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

Silverstone's attractive TJ05-ST has become an excellent home for my MSI Master-LS2 and dual 3.2GHz Xeons w/ 2MB L3 cache. While there were certainly some issues with its drive bay rail implementation that bothered me considerably (anytime I suffer from massive blood loss, I'm generally not going to be happy), all-in-all I would say it's a solid case. It's large enough to handle any motherboard that you'll want to throw at it and from a cooling perspective, Silverstone has covered all the bases. Remember large cases from the past like AOpen's HX08 which could handle almost any motherboard but might as well have doubled as an oven? The TJ05-ST will give you more than adequate airflow with its 120mm intake and output fans and brackets for additional 80mm fans if your heart desires.

Simply by looking at the feature list, it's clear that the TJ05-ST belongs. The front I/O ports and thermal monitor/fan controller add functionality that enthusiasts pine for. While I generally don't fall into that category of geek, I'm sure many of you do and if that's the case, the TJ05-ST may be the case for you.

The inside of the case is laid out quite well and I'm personally a big fan of the internal drive cage orientation. Having it turned towards the left-side of the case allows easier access to your drives and gives you an opportunity to really do an excellent job cabling your system. I installed PATA drives in the case and after running the IDE cables to the drives through the back-side of the drive cage they were hardly visible at all. It ended up being very neat and tidy. With a standard orientation, you wouldn't be afforded that luxury.

A quick google search tells me that the Silverstone TJ05-ST can be picked up without a power supply from several online retailers for ~150USD. Do I think it's worth the money? I would say yes only if you actually intend on using the thermal display/fan controller. If you'd like a more basic version of the case, you can probably save yourself 25-30 dollars.

Rating the case has proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. The night I installed my hardware in the case and cut myself several times, I was prepared to give it a negative score. As my wounds have healed, I've softened a little bit towards the case and as a result, I'll bestow 7.5/10 CPUs on Silverstone's TJ05-ST. If Silverstone's R&D department puts their heads together and improves on the drive bay rail design, a similar case would easily score 9+ on our scale.

Jim Kirk gives this case 7.5/10 CPUs!

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