Silverstone TJ09 ATX Full Tower Chassis

Silverstone TJ09 - Installation and Testing: Cooling and Noise

Installation - Test Rig

To get a feeling how current hardware would work in the silverstone TJ09, I installed some spare hardware into the case:

Intel Core2Duo E6700 @ 3.3Ghz with Scythe Infinity Cooling
Asus P5W Dh Deluxe
2 x 1gb Mushkin HP2 6400
XFX 8800GTS and MSI 8800GTX (separately for reference)
SoundBlaster X-Fi FPS Fatal1ty edition
Panasonic DVD-RW
Crystalfontz LCD Bay Screen
OCZ Gamextreme 850w
1 x Hitachi 7K150
2 x Hitachi 7K80 in RAID 0
2 x Noctua 120mm quiet fans running at 5v

Installation

First of all as mentioned before the motherboard tray makes installation of the main components a dream. This took me hardly any time at all and even the massive Scythe Infinity had enough room to be installed before putting the tray back in the case. Taking the tray out and getting it back in was merely a matter of undoing then doing up some thumbscrews...it was that easy.

silverstone tj09 mobo tray installed

The HDD's were easy to install out of the case also by simply pulling out the cage, sliding in a HDD and screwing up the 2 provided screws. Note here you have to use the flush screws as it's a tight fit.

silverstone tj09 HDD bays 2

As you can see there's plenty of room for at least 6 HDD's in there.

silverstone tj09 io panel

The DVD-RW was slightly harder to install as the wires from the IO panel are sticking out almost into the top drive bay. It still wasn't a complicated task though.

silverstone tj09 system installed

I could have taken more time to get those wires more tidy, but I thought that this wasn't too bad. With a bit more effort and some time well spent you could get this case pretty wire-free. The only thing (as I have mentioned) is that the PSU wires are very hard not to have on show.

silverstone tj09 8800gtx check

Just to check I installed my 8800GTX in the case to make sure there would be no issues and it's not surprise that the case coped well.

silverstone tj09 expansion holes

One thing you could find slightly awkward is that the expansion bays are covered over by the case internally. Silverstone provide screwdriver holes but as you can see they are not the easiest to get a screwdriver in without risking scratching the case.

silverstone tj09 psu holder

Finally above is the PSU holder. It doesn't make a whole load of difference to mounting, but would hold it in place pretty firmly were you to take the case to a LAN.

Installing the whole lot into the case (including my meager wire tidying) took me 1.25Hours. Pretty damn good for a top end chassis.

Testing

I thought I'd provide some figures on heat output on this system. Ambient is 24°C.

silverstone TJ09 temperature results

The temperatres are pretty nice from the case and actually the ambient temperature and the motherboard temperature is comparible to my Lian Li PC71, which has a lot of high CFM fans running at 100%.

Noise

Unfortunately at present I do not have any professional noise testing equiptment in my test labs. However, I can say that I can barely hear noise from the case when the PC is powered on. The very loudest two items in there are the fan on the 8800GTX or 8800GTS and the clicking on the hard disk drives.

Other than that the case is virtually silent and combine this with the temperature test results and you have a chassis that can comfortably house a very high-end chassis, with almost silent performance.

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Most Recent Comments

15-01-2007, 09:39:00

FarFarAway
Is this rather large case worth a chunk of the cash in your wallet? Have Silverstone made another cracker?

All these questions and more answered here

15-01-2007, 09:40:42

llwyd
It's arrived! Nice review and an even nicer case. Not as big as the one I've got in my sights though

15-01-2007, 11:23:01

ai_01
its very simple and sexy, good review kemp

16-01-2007, 16:56:22

chudley
Nice to see it but I think it is a bit pricey for me at the moment.

16-01-2007, 20:48:37

markkleb
Beautiful case, and as always GREAT review Kempez..

17-02-2007, 19:59:58

Major
Should be my next case of purchase for my new build, Although I have to say, the GPU temps of 70c are extremly high arn't they?

17-02-2007, 20:03:54

Ham
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Major'
Should be my next case of purchase for my new build, Although I have to say, the GPU temps of 70c are extremly high arn't they?
On an 8800GTX no, thats normal.

18-02-2007, 04:47:55

Rastalovich
Nice review, can`t say I like the gash in the side or the way the usb/etc thingy is done.

Better in black prehaps

18-02-2007, 06:03:21

FarFarAway
Aye maybe better in black but you can't really fault the case just for preferring another colour, especially seing as they do offer black

18-02-2007, 12:38:32

Major
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Ham'
On an 8800GTX no, thats normal.
Ah ok, I didnt know this.
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