SilverStone Temjin TJ10

Written by Michael Larabel in Enclosures on 22 August 2007. Page 2 of 5. 3 Comments

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So what differentiates the TJ10 from the TJ09? The TJ10 offers such improvements as support for extended-length graphics cards in their unique mid-duct cooling solution, improved cooling performance, and a front panel door along with some other subtle changes. You can think of the TJ10 as just SilverStone's summer refresh. The TJ10 also weighs 13 kilograms where as the TJ09 had weighed 11 kilograms. Another miniscule difference is that the TJ10 is 4 centimeters deeper than the TJ09 but is 3mm thinner and 4mm shorter.

The SilverStone TJ09 had four 5.25" drive bays along with one external 3.5" drive bay, which were exposed and not concealed by a door. However, the TJ10 adds a front panel door to hide these bays. The door itself is made of aluminum and bares the SilverStone emblem on the front. However, the mechanism to keep the door closed is rather weak. For being a SilverStone product, we had expected the door would have been secured via a small lock or a much stronger magnet. If you're transporting the TJ10 around, you may want to remove the door or keep it shut with a piece of tape otherwise it will likely flip open. We are very fond of having the front panel door on the chassis but hope that they will use a stronger latching mechanism in future Temjin revisions as right now the door can open with virtually no force at all. The SilverStone TJ10 door can be easily removed by compressing the spring-loaded hinges.

Below the front panel door is the power and reset buttons along with the power and hard drive activity LED indicators. Both side panels on the TJ10 are the same as the TJ09. The TJ10 continues to use a unique mid-duct cooling solution that pulls air from both of the sides and the side panels have a mesh covering over the hard drive area. On the "-W" models you will also have the acrylic window. At the top of the case is the spring-loaded flap that exposes the front I/O ports. There are two USB 2.0, one IEEE-1394 Firewire, microphone, and a headphone port. External SATA ports haven't yet reached their prime, but hopefully on future SilverStone cases we will begin seeing eSATA ports.


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