External Design (cont.)

Moving to the right side of the bezel, we see how deep it protrudes, about 2.5". This thick casing provides a cover for the hardware used for the LCD temperature display and the auxiliary ports, which are located on the right side of the case.

The TJ05 is the first case that we have seen with the USB, audio, and FireWire ports on the side of the chassis instead of the front. This design helps the façade keep its sleek look without the clutter of various components that may distract us from the main theme. There are 2 audio ports, one for mic and one for headphones, and 1 FireWire port. In addition to those, SilverStone has added 2 USB ports to the standard 2 ports, which we see on most other cases. This helps expand the possibilities of adding more devices on the fly. All of these ports sit flush to further reduce their visibility when looking at the TJ05 from the front.

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On the left side of the bezel resides a key lock for the bezel. When unlocked, the entire bezel opens to the right to show the wiring, intake fan filter, a 3V CR2032 Lithium Ion battery for the LCD display, and the mountings for each component shown through to the front of the bezel.

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We saw this key lock feature as being unnecessary, since there are no security features to prevent access to the inside of the TJ05.

The left side panel is secured to the case by using either thumbscrews or the plastic locks, which slide up and down to lock in the panel. When in the "lock" position, a stopper protrudes from the fixture to keep the panel from sliding back. This is another great tool-less feature that increases the overall attractiveness of the TJ05. There is also a grill to allow air circulation to the inside if fans were to be mounted in that area.

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The right side panel is secured to the TJ05 using traditional hex-nut Phillips head screws. To keep the theme going, SilverStone should have either used thumbscrews or implemented the same locking mechanisms on this panel.

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  • Locut0s - Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - link

    As usualy another great review. Looks like this may be the case for my next system! Not to advertise another site but there is another good review of this case online for those who want more information and another opinion, though equally positive:

  • PuravSanghani - Saturday, August 28, 2004 - link

    #30: If you feel there are typos and issues in the article, please do point them out and we will do our best to try and resolve them. Thanks. Reply
  • Mday - Saturday, August 28, 2004 - link

    There are various typoes and issues with this article. Other than that... I give the article a 6.8/10. Reply
  • DonB - Thursday, August 26, 2004 - link

    "Next case to review: Thermaltake Tsunami. ;) "

    We badly need an updated power supply review too. Most recent one from searching for "power" on the home page appears to be "2003 Power Supply Roundup Part II: Better Faster Cheaper" from Jul 31st, 2003.
  • johnsonx - Thursday, August 26, 2004 - link

    OK, fair enough... Reply
  • masher - Thursday, August 26, 2004 - link

    The 12cm fans I have start at 3000 rpm, and go down from there. They're louder at 12v than nearly all 8cm fans, though you're correct this isn't true for all fans.

    But you're still missing the point-- the reviewer is blaming the CASE for the noise, despite a cooling figure that obviously shows the fans are pumping much more air than those its being judged against.
  • johnsonx - Thursday, August 26, 2004 - link


    12cm fans are almost invariably quieter than 8cm fans without any special effort. I don't know why you seem to think otherwise. I agree that if you were to run them at the same rpm, then yeah, a 12cm will be louder. But 12cm fans are almost always set at a fairly low rpm (in the low 2000 range), while 8cm fans tend to go 3500rpm and up (way up, the really noisy ones closing in on 6000rpm).

    Perhaps you are thinking that all fans run the same speed at full voltage? No, they run at whatever speed they were made to run.
  • masher - Thursday, August 26, 2004 - link

    #20, Sure you can devolt a 12cm fan and get more airflow for less noise than an 8cm...but the reviewer didn't do that, now did he? He ran them full speed, chortled with glee at its resultant good cooling numbers, then expressed shock and awe that it was no quieter than a case equipped with smaller fans. Come again?

    The fans CAN be quieter...they don't start out that way. The reviewer doesn't seem to understand why not.
  • PuravSanghani - Thursday, August 26, 2004 - link

    jm0ris0n: The designer of the TJ05 also designed the Wavemaster which results in the similarities. Reply
  • Zepper - Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - link

    Apparently, jm0.., you didn't actually READ the review...

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