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We recently reviewed the latest enclosure in the Kublai Series, the KL04, and were thoroughly impressed with both its storage capacity and its cooling capability. The only real component that we found lacking was the exterior. SilverStone’s newest case in the Temjin Series, the TJ04-E (Evolution), takes cues from the KL04 while adding a sleek and sophisticated front panel design. The interior has the same design as the KL04 with room for up to nine 3.5″ hard drives and six SSD’s, but the TJ04-E adds some extra accessories to sweeten the deal. Two custom hard drive power cables (modified versions of SilverStone’s SST-CP06) with built-in capacitors are included to help with cable management and improve drive stability. SilverStone has also included a special hard drive cooling solution to help keep temps under control. Check out the specs after the jump.


Specifications

Model No.
SST-TJ04B-E (Black)
SST-TJ04B-EW (Black + Window)
Material
Aluminum front panel, steel body
Motherboard
SSI-CEB, ATX (up to 12” x 10.9”), Micro-ATX
Multimedia
Drive Bay
External 5.25″ x 4
Internal 3.5″ x 9 (optional 3.5” x 8 + 2.5” x 1), 2.5” x 6
Cooling System
Front
Rear 1 x 120mm exhaust fan, 1200rpm, 21dBA
Side Right:1 x 120mm intake fan, 1200rpm, 21dBA
Right:1 x 120mm fan slot (optional)
Top 1 x 120mm intake fan, 1200rpm, 21dBA
1 x 120mm / 140mm fan slot (optional)
Bottom 1 x 120mm fan slot (optional)
Internal
Expansion Slot
8
Front I/O Port
USB 3.0 x 2 (backward compatible with USB 2.0)audio x 1MIC x 1
Power Supply
Standard PS2(ATX) *1
Operating system support
Expansion Card
Compatible up to 17 inches in length *
Limitation of CPU cooler
168mm
Limitation of PSU
Net Weight
9.6kg
Dimension
214mm(W)x489mm(H)x489mm(D)
Extra

 

Remark
*1 – If bottom fan or 2.5” SSD is installed, the maximum depth for PSU is 180mm (or 160mm with extra cabling room), otherwise there are no depth limitations.*2 – If hard drive is installed in front of the cards, the length limitation is 12.8 inches.

Packaging and Accessories

The TJ04-E uses retail friendly packaging with a full color design. Pictures of the enclosure as well as features and specifications are clearly displayed. The interior packaging is well done with an extra piece of foam covering the aluminum front panel to protect it from scratches. Accessories include the bag of case screws, motherboard standoffs and tie straps, a USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter cable, two custom sata power cables, two heatsinks for attaching to the hard drive cage, and the user manual.

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Exterior

The similarities between the Kublai Series KL04 and the Temjin Series TJ04-E are too hard to ignore, but the exterior differences alone are enough to separate them. After unboxing the TJ04-E, you will immediately notice the high quality brushed aluminum front panel. This is the sole feature that differentiates it from the KL04 (which uses a plastic front panel). The front of the TJ04-E has four 5.25″ drive bays and more traditional power and reset buttons. The power and hard drive activity lights are also on the front by the buttons.

The right side panel has a filtered air intake with an included 120mm fan with room to mount a second optional fan if desired. This intake is designed to cool the hard drive cage which sits directly behind it.

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The model we’re reviewing is the windowed version (SST-TJ04B-EW) with a MSRP of $159. A windowless version can be purchased for $149 if showing off your parts isn’t your thing.

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The top of the case features an included filtered 120mm intake fan with room to mount an optional 120mm or 140mm. The mic and audio ports reside on the top of the case, along with two USB 3.0 ports. These ports are angled to provide easy access if the case is sitting on the floor. The positive pressure design of recent SilverStone cases continues with the TJ04-E. The side and top fans are intake fans with the included 120mm rear fan acting as the case exhaust. The rear of the case has two water cooling punch-outs for running tubing, though they are the same non-grommeted type that were on the KL04 case. The TJ04-E has eight vented expansion card slots and a bottom mounted power supply opening.

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The bottom has fan filters for the PSU and also for an optional 120mm fan. The PSU should have plenty of fresh air if mounted with the fan facing down to pull cool air from outside of the case. The large rubber feet on the case give extra clearance, but some carpeted floors may still block air intake.

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Here we have a look at new TJ04-E (left) next to the KL04 (right) that we last reviewed. Looking at the front panels alone, you would never suspect that these two cases shared any common traits. Compare the rest however, and you will see that they are identical. This is a good thing, as the design works and has great cooling potential.

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Interior

The black painted interior gives it a nice finished look. There is a large CPU cutout for the motherboard tray. The four drive bays include tool-less locking with the option to install screws if desired. There are cable routing holes in good locations, although they are not covered with any sort of grommets. The lower right contains a huge hard drive cage capable of holding up to eight 3.5″ drives. There is a spot under the main hard drive cage to install either a 3.5″ or 2.5″ drive. There is also a small drive cage in front of the PSU area that can hold up to six 2.5″ drives.

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The right side has plenty of hooks for tying down cables and enough room to route all of your cables behind the motherboard tray without interfering with the side panel.

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The 2.5″ drive cage is a nice addition to the TJ04-E. This cage can be installed in front of smaller power supplies, or removed to allow longer ones to be installed. If a large power supply is installed, the drive cage will get in the way of power cables. The 3.5″ drive cage is huge. With room for eight drives, this case is a great choice for home server builds or any other where storage is a premium.

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The Build

Parts Used:

Case — SilverStone TJ04-E — $159
CPU — Intel Core i7 2600K — $315
CPU Cooler – Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo -$35
Motherboard — ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z — $170
Memory — Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 8GB — $60
GPU — EVGA GTX 570 — $330
PSU — SilverStone ST85F-G Evolution 850W — $179.99
Hard Drive — Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD (CSSD-F120GB3-BK) — $190
Blu-Ray Drive — Samsung SH-B123L — $58
OS — Windows 7 Professional OEM — $140

Total: $1636.99

 

Hard drives are installed inverted in the cage. Drives are secured with three screws on one side, but only one screw on the other side. The drives did feel secure and did not move too much. This design allows the right side fan to cool the hard drives without obstruction. The TJ04-E comes with two hard drive heatsinks to help keep things cool if loaded with drives.

If larger PSU’s are installed, the 2.5″ drive cage can be installed in the bottom of the large drive cage. This option still allows for up to five 3.5″ drives to be installed.

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The two included sata power cables help to keep cable clutter down while providing stable power to the hard drives.

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 We installed out boot drive (SSD) under the main hard drive cage.

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The interior is spacious, especially with a Micro-ATX board installed. Our SilverStone ST85F-G Evolution PSU is 180mm in depth, so we chose to remove the 2.5″ drive cage in order to have more room for the cables. If a bottom fan or 2.5” SSD is installed, the maximum depth for PSU is 180mm (or 160mm with extra cabling room), otherwise there are no depth limitations.

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The right side of the case has enough room to comfortably route all of the cables, with ample tie down hooks across the back of the motherboard tray. The cable routing holes in the tray are in good locations for a clean routing job. Overall, we were very pleased with the finished build. For builders that are only planning to install one or two hard drives or SSD’s, the empty space in the drive cage will just funnel the air flow through the case better.

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Testing

Thermal tests were run using CPUID Hardware Monitor ver. 1.1.8. Four instances of Prime 95 were used to max out each CPU core for max load. Furmark 1.9.1 was used to stress the GPU for testing. Ambient room temperature was 80 Degrees Fahrenheit. GPU tests were run after manually setting the fan speed to 85% using EVGA Precision. We ran tests using the stock case fans for the TJ04-E. Our Intel Core i7 2600K was running at stock speeds, but this time we decided to test with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler installed. The temps were really pretty amazing and it is very clear, by the CPU idle and load temps, just how much of a difference a good CPU cooler can make. The three pre-installed fans push a lot of air through the case. The fans can definitely be heard, but they are not annoyingly loud. The addition of the new SST-ST85F-G Evolution power supply also helped to quiet the build.

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Conclusion

We love the front panel design of the TJ04-E. SilverStone did well to release this model for customers that like the KL04 but prefer a little more style and elegance. The interior is basically the same across the two cases, so our testing was a little different in this review. We really wanted to see just how low our temps could go, so swapping out the Intel stock cooler for the Hyper 212 Evo was a logical choice. We were not disappointed. The TJ04-E is truly an Evolution for this model in the Temjin Series and we look forward to seeing what SilverStone has for us in the future. The model we’re reviewing is the windowed version (SST-TJ04B-EW) with a MSRP of $159. A windowless version can be purchased for $149.