Silverstone TJ04-E Review
Published: 13th February 2012 | Source: Silverstone | Price: £110est |
Up Close: Exterior continued
Looking more closely at the front we can see that visually a few changes have been made since the original TJ04. Gone is the floppy drive bay (seriously who uses floppy now?). Also gone is the small door at the base of the case that used to house the front I/O connections. The front of the case and the bay covers are made from Aluminium and finished to an extremely high standard with a black linear brushing. The front of the case is kept very clean and simple with 4 5.25 bays. Power and reset buttons along with power and HDD activity lights can be found spaced vertically on the lower half of the fornt panel. The only other feature on the front of the case being the Silverstone name and Logo. The outside edges of the front panel have been ground at a 45 degree angle and then milled and polished to a high silver sheen to provide a contrast with the satin black of the front.
Turning our attention to the roof of the case we can see that this is where the front I/O ports have been relocated to. Silverstone have provided 2xUSB3 sockets along with a headphones and mic jackplug socket. The connections are located in a ramped recess towards the front of the roof, more akin to the hot-swap drive bay ramps we've seen on other cases. Personally I think the use of this recessed ramp breaks with the sleek lines of the case and would like to have seen a simple row of sockets mounted into the roof, or perhaps a covered plate in the roof.
The roof of the case also houses a plastic perforated fan grill cover. The cover is easily removable and has a mesh filter fitted to it's underside. Locations for 2x120mm or 1x120mm and 1x140mm fans can be found underneath. The case comes fitted with 1x120mm case fan mounted as intake. While on the subject of ventilation let me draw your attention back to the side fan grill. Again with fitted mesh filter this grill is slightly recessed and covers an intake able to accept 2x120mm fans (1x120mm fan is fitted). The intake is intended to provide cooling for the HDD rack as well as providing a non linear source of airflow to the front of the case.
And finally onto the rear and base of the case. Silverstone certainly haven't scrimped on the powder coating with even these areas been afforded a good thick coat of the black stuff. The rear of the case has 8 vented expansion card slots along with square mesh areas to the right. By now you're maybe thinking why so many meshed areas and why so many intake fans. Well if it hasn't just dawned on you, this case is designed as a positive pressure enclosure, so hopefully in addition to providing good cooling dust ingress should be kept to a minimum. The rear also sports 2x1" watercooling tubing holes. The holes are closed off by means of a metal disc held lightly in place by a small tab so should just twist off when access is required. It's worth noting that the holes are not protected by rubber grommets. Underneath these holes and to the right of the rear I/O port area is 120mm fan set on extract (the only extract in the case in keeping with the positive pressure set up).
The TJ04-E supports a base mounted PSU. An ample filtered intake area allows support of the larger sized PSUs. An additional 120mm filtered fan mount can be found anterior to the PSU location, but more of this when we move to the interior.