Sleek looks; affordable; easy to build into;
Micro Anything Else
Gets crowded with full-size components; just one stock fan; fairly limited cooling.
SILVERSTONE'S TEMJIN TJ08-E is a microATX chassis that strikes a nearly perfect balance between practicality and performance. The TJ08-E is fabricated primarily from steel, but its front panel is brushed aluminum, with two USB 3.0 ports (with an internal header), a mic input, a headphone output, and power and reset switches. The front I/O ports are located beneath the two 5.25-inch drive bays and above the chassis’ only fan, an 18cm Air Penetrator concealed behind a large mesh cover. The fan features an on/off switch built into the side of the case, and there’s a large removable dust filter between the mesh cover and the fan.
The TJ08-E is surprisingly roomy for a small form factor chassis. Although it measures just 8.26 inches wide, 15.2 inches long, and 14.7 inches tall, it provides enough interior space to accommodate a GTX 590 videocard without having to move anything. The TJ08-E also provides four internal hard drive slots, a single 2.5-inch mounting bracket, and a dual-purpose 3.5-inch drive bay. We had no problem popping our full-size drives into the bays and securing them with screws, although the backs of the drives protrude from the rear of the hard drive cage. The hard drive cage can be completely removed, in case you need extra room, and a CPU-cooler support at the bottom of the case will prevent a large heatsink from banging against its floor.
Brushed-aluminum front panels make us drool, especially when they sport USB 3.0 ports.
The power supply compartment up top is large and accommodating, although installing a PSU requires removal of the case’s top panel. A videocard installation, meanwhile, requires screws, as does most every other facet of the TJ08-E. The TJ08-E offers one additional cooling option: mounting holes for a rear 12cm fan. An oversize cutout in the removable motherboard tray is provided for a CPU cooler backplate. We tidied our wiring using the three motherboard tray cutouts; but if your build consists of similarly massive parts, you’ll find it tough to cram them into such minimal space.
Believe it or not, a full-size, 12.2-inch videocard will fit in there.
Windowless steel doors latch to the sides and are secured with thumbscrews. With its doors on and its front fan spinning, the TJ08-E is extremely quiet. We’re impressed with all that Silverstone was able to accomplish with the TJ08-E. It looks and sounds great, it’s easy to build into, and it’s very affordable, with an average street price just over a hundred bones.
We’d have happily bestowed it with a Kick Ass award if it came with another fan and had more than just two fan mounts. But if you’re performance-minded and simply don’t have space on or around your desk for a full-size tower, the TJ08-E should be on the short list of candidates for your next build.