SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution Chassis
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 09-23-2013
Provided by: SilverStone

First introduced nearly ten years ago, the Temjin TJ04-E marks the next evolution of SilverStone's popular mid-tower case. Slightly taller than its predecessor, the TJ04-E also includes more fans and extra fan positions and every fan position includes a detachable filter. The power supply is relocated to the bottom and there is added support for USB 3.0 and many more internal bays - up to nine 3" and six 2" drives. As has become more common, the interior is fully painted to match the exterior and the drive bays are removable for easier installation and adaptable configuration.

SilverStone also included an adapter for those that may not have USB 3.0 compatible motherboards and two SATA power extenders, similar to their new CP06-E4 cables, which will really come in handy for filling all those drive bays. For those that use liquid cooling, two tubing knock-outs are provided, or a 120mm x 2 radiator could be mounted in the top of the case. SilverStone claims even their thickest AIO radiator the TD02 will fit without problem, which we hope to test ourselves soon. The exterior fit and finish of the panels and side window is good, although the 5" bay blanks feel flimsy and mount into the bays, not the front panel, so alignment becomes an issue.

Further complications arose when using the included mounting hardware, which had excess paint in the threads. Sadly the interior finish does not meet the same standard as the exterior and the rear chassis panel feels flimsy and is easily bent. The chassis feet are simple rubber/plastic posts, without any chrome or aluminum trim and not very wide meaning they easily sink into carpet. Overall the issues are mostly minor and the TJ04-E makes for a decent mid-tower case, but having reviewed several SilverStone cases over the years I'd say the TJ04-E felt a bit lacking in quality.

Online the standard TJ04-E goes for around $150 with the windowed version about $15 more. That seems a somewhat steep price to pay for what is arguably a nice, but not exceptional, mid-tower case. awards the SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E our Silver Seal of Approval.

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