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SilverStone NVIDIA Edition TJ10


Author:  Ian Garris
Date:  2009.02.18
Topic:  Cases
Provider:  SilverStone
Manufacturer:  SilverStone






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Installation

I found the Temjin remarkably simple to work with due to the well-implemented removable motherboard tray, the removable drive cages, and a well thought out and spacious interior. Setup involved removing both side panels (three thumbscrews each), and sliding out the motherboard tray (five thumbscrews). Included were a large number of motherboard standoffs; I screwed in the ones that matched my motherboard's tie-down holes and the backplane lined up perfectly. Once in place, everything screwed in nicely, and I took the opportunity to install my graphics card. Then the power supply went into the chassis, sitting on two small padded rails over the power-supply air vent. Next the tray went back in, and the drives were cabled up - all went smoothly until the fans were ready to be plugged in and I discovered that my motherboard only had two headers - but Silverstone was thoughtful enough to provide Molex adapters which will do in a pinch. Integrated cables for top-panel USB and audio proved easily long enough, and the power/HDD light/reset button cables (unshielded twisted pair) were thoughtfully twist-tied from the factory. Once power was supplied to the drives and the motherboard, the side panels were replaced and the system was ready to go. Nothing loose or out of place, everything as one would expect when building a system from scratch.

All in all, this was no more painful than one would expect when assembling a desktop computer by hand, and on occasion, rather less. One caveat, however - if you, like me, have a computer desk designed for a mid tower, the Temjin may find itself a a wee bit cramped. I was able to work around this, but it may compromise cooling in certain installations, and may in fact be a deal breaker for some. The only improvements possible would be if I had a motherboard with two or more IDE busses, or a modular power supply. SilverStone exceeded expectations on this one, and they're getting an award for this.

In Conclusion

The Temjin, as I have said before, represents the epitome of SilverStone's achievement in computer chassis - and for all I can tell, it is the industry's high-water mark, that which others aspire to. This review was surprisingly difficult to write - it was difficult to find anything to criticize about this case. It really represents an awesome combination of features, quality, and style and if you have to have the best, you have to have this case.

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