SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution Case Review

We always get a little bit excited when a large SilverStone box arrives in our offices.  Over the past few years they have released very impressive cases and it is clear that their design team are on a mission to be innovative, creating products like the Fortress FT03 and Raven RV02.
These innovative products may hit the headlines but they only make up a small portion of SilverStone’s chassis portfolio.  They also produce a range of more conventional cases which face stiff competition in the market.
Today we are going to look at the Silverstopne Temjin TJ04-E which is essentially a refreshed version of the old TJ04 which was released back in 2004.  Since then, the PC case market has evolved significantly and there are now many features which consumers expect as standard on high-end mid-tower cases.
SilverStone has therefore updated the TJ04 adding an ‘E,’ which stands for Evolution.

Features
  • Positive pressure design for effective dust reduction.
  • Support eight expansion slots and extra long graphic cards up to 17 inches.
  • Classically styled 7mm thick aluminum front panel.
  • Quick access and removal for fan filters.
  • Smart backside cable routing design.
  • Motherboard back plate opening for quick CPU cooler assembly.
  • Support up to nine 3.5” hard drives and multiple 2.5” drive slots.
  • Built-in innovative hard drive cooler.
  • Includes two custom SATA cable for improved cable management.
For more detailed information on the features and specification of the Silverstone Temjin TJ04-E, please visit the Silverstone product page here.

The TJ04-E is supplied in a large cardboard box which features a black livery, containing a great deal of information about the case within.  There is also a large diagram on the box which illustrates some of the key features.  Inside the box, the case is sandwiched between two slabs of polystyrene for protection.

SilverStone supply all of the screws and fittings that are required for installation.  There are a few other complimentary items in the box including a selection of cable ties, some SATA power adapters and heatsinks to help cool the hard drives.

It’s clear that SilverStone are targeting the high end of the market with the TJ04-E, as it has a simple but elegant visage.  Even though the main chassis is constructed from SECC steel, SilverStone has covered the front panel in black brushed aluminium, which looks lovely.

Even though the power and reset buttons are located on the front of the case, the front panel connections are actually located on the top.  This is great for users who keep their tower under the desk as they are more easily accessible.
Both of the USB ports support are 3.0 standard and connect to the motherboard via a USB3.0 header.  There are also headphone and microphone jacks which are fed by an internal HD audio connector.

Rather than integrate any air intake fans into the front panel of the case, SilverStone has mounted them in the side instead.  There are two 120mm fan locations at the front of the right hand side panel.  One of these locations is populated with a SilverStone branded 120mm fan.

There are also two 140mm exhaust fan locations in the roof of the case and a further one in the rear of the case.  SilverStone include two 120mm exhaust fans, one in the rear and one in the roof.  There is another 120mm fan vent in the floor next to the power supply vent.  Both of these are dust filtered to prevent carpet fluff being sucked in.

Removing the side panels of the case is a very simple process as they are both secured in place using thumbscrews.  The interior of the case is powder coated black which will compliment many components aesthetically.

Installing a power supply in the TJ04-E is a relatively simple process as we need to remove the drive rack first by removing four screws in the floor of the case.  There are a generous selection of cable routing holes cut into the motherboard tray which makes it very easy to achieve a tidy build.

SilverStone have adopted an unusual 3.5″ hard drive rack which can be completely removed from the case to install hard drives.  This is one area in which the TJ04-E is showing it’s age as it requires us to screw the hard drives into the rack before screwing the rack back into the case.  Modern tool-less designs make it far easier to install storage drives into the case.

It is also tricky to install solid state drives into the case as the rack has to be removed beforehand.  It makes sense to install the solid state drive at the same time as the power supply as we have to remove the rack anyway.  The Solid State Drive then has to be screwed into place and then the rack has to be screwed back into the case.  When it’s in place it can be quite difficult to fit all the cables in as they conflict with the 3.5″ hard drive cables.
The problem would be made worse with longer power supplies installed as this would require us to move the 2.5″ rack towards the front of the case.

There are tool-less clips included for installing 5.25″ drives but we would recommend using screws to secure them as well, for added rigidity.

Installing a motherboard into the case is quite a simple process.  First, we are required to screw in a few motherboard stand-offs before screwing the motherboard into place using the provided screws.  There is a sizable cutout in the motherboard tray for installing a CPU cooler so it should be quite easy to update down the line.

Finally we installed our AMD Radeon HD 6950 graphics card into the case.  There is plenty of room for long graphics card but we have to unscrew a small section on the back of the case to access the expansion slot screws.  While this isn’t a great deal of effort, we feel that it needlessly complicates the installation process.
In this review we are going to measure the temperatures of the Intel i7-3770K at reference clock speeds and when overclocked to 4.7 GHz.  We are using a Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU cooler for our tests.

Test System:
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Cooler: Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 2
Thermal Paste: Arctic Cooling MX-4
Memory: 4GB (2x 2GB) Kingston HyperX Genesis RAM
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6950
Power Supply: Corsair HX850W
System Drive: Intel 520 Series 2400 GB
Monitor: Viewsonic VX2260WM
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Software:
CPUID Hardware Monitor
Prime95 64-bit
Furmark V1.9.2
To test the thermal performance of the Silverstone TJ04-E we loaded our test system for 15 minutes using Prime95 and Furmark and recorded the maximum temperatures reached using CPUID Hardware Monitor.  We then restarted the system and left it for 15 minutes before recording idle temperatures.  Room temperature was maintained at 19 degrees C for the duration of our tests.
We are then going to try a stress test, when loading the 3770k with 1.3 volts. Not really realistic under most ‘real world’ situations.


We were reasonably happy with the thermal performance of the SilverStone TJ04-E.  When overclocked, the CPU load temperatures are very high but this is a consequence of overclocking the i7-3770K to this level with such high voltage.
To test the noise performance of the case we placed our digital dBA meter 1m from the front of the case and replaced the Radeon HD 6950 with a HD 5550 Silence.  We also momentarily detached our CPU cooler’s fans so we were only taking the noise into account from the case fans.
The noise level generated by these fans was below the 30 dBA minimum sensitivity level of our noise level meter.  They were barely audible in a quiet room so this case is ideal if you’re looking to build a quiet system.
Overall we are left with generally positive impressions of the Silverstone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution case.  It has a very sleek aesthetic design which will fit in well in both home and office environments.
There is also a variant available with a side-panel should you want to show off all the components inside the case.
As we’ve come to expect from SilverStone, the build quality of the case is of the highest standard. Even though the main chassis of the case is constructed from Steel, the feeling of quality is on a par with the best cases we have tested over the years.
We are a little underwhelmed by the internal design.  It was quite clear when installing our test system into the TJ04-E that it is a refreshed version of an old model.  There is basically no provision made for tool-less installation as both hard drives and solid state drives have to be screwed into place.  The most annoying part of the interior design is the 2.5 inch drive rack which gets in the way during installation and really needs to be removed beforehand.
The case does offer good airflow, however, and there are plenty of unpopulated fan mounting points should you want to improve it further.  The fans SilverStone include are very quiet which makes it easy to build an almost silent system.
At present, the SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E is only available from a couple of etailers in the UK.  We feel that the price of around £130 from Scan is a little expensive compared to what is on offer from other manufacturers.  The Corsair Obsidian 650D offers a much simpler installation process and has a superior internal layout.  This said, the TJ04-E is better looking on the outside and is still a great option if you’re in the market for a high-end mid-tower case.
Pros:
  • Beautiful appearance.
  • build quality is flawless.
  • decent airflow.
  • quiet.
Cons:
  • Internally it is based around an old design, just refreshed.
  • facing stiff competition.
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