Silverstone TJ05-ST
Posted on: 11/11/2004 06:00 AM

Looking first at the front of the chassis, you'll notice the curved aluminum door which really adds to the overall physical appeal of the case. It's opened by simply pushing in on the right side of the door which releases the clip and lets you pull back and open the door. Closing it is just as simple, simply shut it, and lightly push in on the right side to engage the clipping mechanism. It's not unlike many Home Theatre cabinets in that respect.

Once the door is opened, you'll notice the four external 5.25" drive bays and two external 3.5" drive bays. Removing those panels to be replaced with an optical drive or floppy drive is relatively easy. You'll have to open up the case and remove a couple of screws.

As you look further down below the door, you'll notice the integrated thermal display (and fan controller), the power and reset buttons and the power and hard drive LEDs all aligned vertically in the middle of the chassis. The smoothed, rounded edges on the bottom front portion of the chassis also add to its appeal. It really is an attractive case. I think Silverstone did an excellent job on the visuals.

I apologize for the blurriness of the picture below and to the left. My camera is starting to show its age and it's certainly not that great at macro photography. All the same, you get to take a closer look at the display on the front of the TJ05-ST. It includes two buttons, "mode" and "set" which let you toggle back and forth between the various thermistors which are available inside the chassis. You can monitor the temperatures of a single CPU, case ambient and a hard drive. As I stated above, the unit can also act as a fan controller and adjust the speed of your 80mm fans (the 120mm fans are not connected to the unit but they're quiet enough that it's not an issue) based on various temperature thresholds. While some of you might utilize this feature, it's not something that I'm overly interested in. Given the fact that the chassis comes with a 120mm intake and output by default, I haven't even installed additional 80mm fans to this point.

Looking at the back of the chassis, you'll notice the empty spot for the PSU of your choosing. The unit didn't ship with one and to be perfectly honest I don't mind that either. What would be the point of shipping a unit like this with a 300-350 watt PSU if you were planning on installing your existing dual Opteron or dual Xeon hardware that you're currently using with a 500+ watt PSU? If it cuts down on the costs, I'm all for it, especially since this is clearly targetting enthusiasts. The grill that covers the rear 120mm fan is satisfactory, but it doesn't measure up to those included in the Antec SX-series line of cases.

On the right-hand side of the front panel, you'll find the I/O ports. Depending on your perspective, this could be considered good or bad. Since the door opens from the right and the hinge is on the left, it's quite likely that you'll end up sitting the case to your left. In that case, having the I/O ports on the right-side of the panel might make sense. Others would probably prefer the front I/O ports to be front and center. It's all a matter of personal preference. The only thing that I would change is that I would move the ports further to the top since the case will be sitting on the floor and the plug for my headphones may not reach or give me enough slack. I've talked to some people who actually elevate their cases off the floor and in that scenario, this may not be a problem.

If we slide the case around and take a look at it from the side, you'll notice a few things worth noting. To remove the side panel, there are two sliding tabs which have to be slid away from each other. Once you've done that the side panel will come off with relative ease. The tabs are plastic and don't really inspire confidence, but they do seem to hold the panel in place relatively well after you've removed the screws. If you're in and out of the case as often as I am, you probably never put the screws back in place on the left side panel.

Looking to the bottom of the side panel, you'll notice the grill that Silverstone has included. There's a very specific purpose for this grill as behind it, Silverstone has included a bracket which can accomodate two 80mm fans.

From this shot you can also get a sense of the thickness of the front panel. It's several inches thick and is held shut by a key lock on the left-hand side. Two generic keys are included. If you've seen one, you've seen them all.

The TJ05-ST is quite top-heavy and it's imperative that you actually use the slide-out feet on the bottom of the case. Especially if you unlock the front panel and slide it to one side. If the feet aren't out and you open the panel there's a good chance that the case will tip over. One recommendation that I would give to Silverstone would be to improve on the feet. I would make them even longer because even with them out, this case isn't 100% stable on carpet.

Let's remove the side panel and take a look inside of this case.