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Monday, 03 November 2008 17:25

Silverstone Temjin TJ10B-WNV dissected

Written by Nedim Hadzic

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Review: You need, coolin', baby I ain't foolin'

 

On our today’s menu, we have Silverstone’s Temjin TJ10B-WNV case, which we put through its paces to see whether it’s worth your hard earned money (and yes, we realize cases can’t do paces, but hey…).

The case is well cushioned inside the box; it’s well secured with Styrofoam and comes with a nylon cover to prevent any unwanted scratches. 

The contents of the box, besides the case, are the manual and the needed screws. We sincerely recommend using these, as everything is packed so tight that we had to reach for those at one point ourselves. The hard disk cage simply refused to slide back in its cradle without using the provided screws.


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Its dimensions are 207mm x 521mm x 644mm (W x H x D) and weighs in at 13kg. It’s made of aluminum and features a nice stylish design where everything is nicely built and polished, down to the last detail. The theme is themed in Nvidia-green, and although Nvidia doesn’t quite stand for supremacy these days, this case has got nothing to worry about. Five 120mm fans provide excellent airflow and, as you can see from the photo below, they didn’t forget watercooling fans either. The fans are quiet, but not inaudible. Still, it’s a small price for excellent cooling.

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Two 120mm fans are placed on the top of the case, where with a little help from the back fan, they do a job of cooling the CPU, memory and graphics card. The fourth fan is positioned in a way where it’s blowing cool air directly at the graphics card, whereas the last one is located between the HD cages, in order to provide optimum work environment for your disks. All the fans glow green – the picture on the left shows the graphics card fan and the right one is HD cage fan. Kinda Sci-Fi eh?

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The picture below shows the USB panel, mounted on top of the case, that’s very sturdy and will take years of abuse. On it, you’ll find two USB and one IEEE-1394 FireWire port, as well as microfone and headphone ins. The same picture shows a bit unusual hole in the middle of the case, that has the graphics-card fan on its left side. This provides the fan with cool air, and at the same time creates two separate airflows – one for the disks, the other for the rest, which is certainly a nice feature.

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The case comes with a removable and reinforced motherboard tray, so you can mount your motherboard away from the actual case and by the fireplace, if you have one. If not, a comfy chair will suffice. The same goes for two removable hard disk cages, each featuring three slots. This will most certainly save you a lot of scratches, not to mention back aches.  The photo below also shows the optical-drive slot caps, which are made of thinner aluminum. We recommend not throwing these away as they’re textured like the case so you might need them. You could also combine four or more and improvise a nice dream catcher in Quad CrossFire (ups!).

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We used the case for a couple of days and it’s evident that this, sometimes quite underestimated, component is very important. Namely, the author is famous for pushing various systems’ CPUs to a point of reset using all kinds of audio tasks. This time, however, everything ran like a charm, but it doesn’t mean I’ll stop trying.

Here’s how it looks during operation. Lights out – a must!

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Conclusion

Silverstone’s Temjin TJ10B-WNV case is extremely well built and is not a bad investment. Still, if you’re planning to take it to your friend’s LAN party from time to time – think again. This 13kg heavy giant is obviously intended to be assembled and kept at home. We’re quite confident that even thieves would give up on stealing this one.

The case is very practical as it provides tool-less access to the removable motherboard tray and HD cages. USB panel placement is good and easily accessible, providing two USB and one IEEE-1394 port as well as microphone and headphone ins. This case will also paint your room in spooky green, so you’ll probably prefer the lights out.

It’s a shame that Silverstone didn’t incorporate a mini-display that would show temperatures and other information, and that’s the only thing we actually wished for. Still, considering that the inside of the case is enough to cool your beer to optimal temperatures anytime, it might not be that important anyway.

The case is practical, nice looking and it’s strong enough to endure years and years, so $339.99/ €284,99 price point doesn’t sound bad in that respect. However, three removable components and the green glow don’t quite justify such high pricing, especially knowing that this money can buy you three NZXT Tempest cases, which feature additional fan and two more HD slots. We’d recommend this case to enthusiasts and those who plan on buying their last case, but bear in mind that there are cheaper options, which will not compromise quality.


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