Silverstone TJ09 ATX Full Tower Chassis
Published: 15th January 2007 | Source: Silverstone | Price: |
From the moment I opened up the Silverstone TJ09 I loved the looks. Minimalist externals coupled with brushed Aluminium make it a very "sexy" and desirable case to look at.
Fighting my desire to go OTT I took a good look around the case. The ducts in the case side are for the "graphics fan" which blows cold air onto the GPU area from outside of the case.
This is a pretty good idea in theory and the implementation doesn't take up too much internal room as you'll see in a bit.
Taking a look at the drive bays we see that Silverstone use the same brushed Aluminium as the case is made from continuing the professional theme consistent throughout the case.
The top of the case has a top IO panel that flips up with a nice reassuring "clunk". This makes it easy for those who place their case on the floor (as I do) to access their external USB/Audio and Firewire ports. The screws are countersunk so well you can barely know they are there.
The case has the kind of feet you would find on a top-end media system once again showing how Silverstone have gone into details with this case.
Silverstone have included a logo on the front bottom part of the case I'm not too sure if I like it or not, perhaps I would have preferred something slightly more subtle. Still it's still pretty nice looking.
Also included in this case is a top grill that has fixings for 2 x 120mm fans. This would be ideal for those wanting a dual 120mm RAD fitted onto the case externally and there is enough room inside to possibly squeeze one in there internally with a bit of dremel modding persuasion.
Looking at the back it's pretty standard stuff for a top-end PC nowadays...apart from a couple of pretty nice additions that Silverstone have taken the care to include. The above shot is taken upside-down showing the PSU slot at the bottom of the unit.
The expansion bays are fairly standard apart from having an inside cover on them (which I'll show you later on). Notice the thumbscrews on all parts of the outside of the case apart from the PSU holder...easy to take apart and get that motherboard tray out. Notice also the holes covered with grommets here that you can use to route a watercooling system though to an external RAD. Very considerate thinking by Silverstone.
The rear fan is a very quiet 120mm model that you can barely hear a whisper from when running at full power. Again, well finished with a nice silver fan grill.
Now let's take a look at the internals of the case.