SilverStone TJ10 Full Tower

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by Matthew Harris on January 15, 2008 in Cases & PSUs

Got a hankering for a new case? Been bit by the water cooling bug? Having a bit of trouble reconciling the two? You should have a look at SilverStone’s TJ10B. Despite the nay-sayers claiming it’s not ideal for water-cooling, you might just be surprised!

Temps, Final Thoughts


Now, normally we’d be putting in performance numbers to outline how well the case performed but I’ll forgo that because I ran into some oddities. I tend to use a mixture of Speedfan and Core Temp to obtain my CPU core and case temps but for some reason, Core Temp is broken with the CPU I’m using.

It reports 11°C on core 0 and 5°C on core 1 at idle and under load it reports 25°C on core 0 and 17°C on core 1. Speedfan reports 34°C on the CPU at idle and 61°C under load. None of these numbers jibe particularly well but the case temps hang out at nearly 32°C steady under load or idle. The GPU’s are at 33°C (GPU 1) and 26°C (GPU 2) idle and 38°C (GPU 1) and 46°C (GPU 2) load.

Let’s list the load out since we’re talking about temps at idle and load.

  • SilverStone SST-TJ10B
  • ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
  • AMD A64 X2 4000 Brisbane (65nm) @ 2940Mhz 1.44V Core
  • EVGA 7950 GT Superclocked X 2 @ 636Core / 750Mem
  • OCZ Platinum PC6400 (4-5-4-15) @ DDR2 840 (5-5-5-15)
  • Swiftech Apex Ultra w/ 2 X MCW60 GPU blocks & MCR320QP radiator
  • Swiftech MCW-Ramcool/79 X 2
  • Ultra X3 1000W PSU
  • Seagate 500 Gig 7200.9 SATA II
  • Western Digital 160 Gig SATA
  • Samsung 16X DVD-RW
  • Samsung 16X DVD-ROM
  • Windows MCE 2005

As you can see I’ve managed to pull down a very respectable 40% over clock with a .12V increase in the Vcore. The ram has relaxed timings but it’s 100% stable at 5-5-5-15 whereas when I tried tightening it up it caused me to run into minor issues with certain programs. All told I’m at a loss as to why the temps are being reported like they are.

ASUS PC Probe claims the CPU’s hitting 44°C under load, Speedfan claims it’s hitting 61°C under load and Core Temp says the cores are at 17°C and 23°C under load. I dunno who to believe. I do know that the temps aren’t super hot because the GPU’s aren’t seeing any increase from the heat being dumped into the loop which is something I did encounter with my old system using the very same loop coupled with an MCR220QP and Black Ice Pro II X-Flow.

So let’s see how the SST-TJ10B rates:

    Pros

  • Well built case.
  • Nearly 100% disassembly
  • Held together with screws not rivets
  • Solid as a rock
  • Stylish
  • The door swings both ways! (sorry I couldn’t resist)
    Cons

  • It could use the new fascia to mount the I/O ports and open up a larger roof vent
  • No speaker, I mean really.

All told the TJ10 is a joy to work with, the modular design is fantastic to the modders in the crowd and all the other touches make for a case that’s hard to beat. There are a few niggles but very few and they’re stuff that not everyone would consider to be drawbacks. All told I’m happy to award the TJ10 a 9/10 and our coveted Editor’s Choice Award.

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