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Silverstone's New $500+ Behemoth Case

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Silverstone's new hernia-inducing number will be available by the fourth quarter of this year, a company rep said.

One of the selling points of the new Silverstone TJ11 full-ATX case, on display at Computex 2010, is that access panels would be supported by a solid, one-piece aluminum frame.

But the frame of the demo TJ11 was clearly made out of several pieces. The Silverstone rep quickly pointed however that the unit was simply a mockup, designed to show off component layout and fan placement. He assured us that the final production case would be as advertised, when it hits the market by the fourth quarter of 2010.

In any case, the TJ11 will feature the same unconventional motherboard placement as Silverstone's current flagship Raven. Motherboards mounted on this case will expose their back-plates to the top, instead of the usual rear.

Directly below the motherboard mount will be two of Silverstone's AP181 fans, advertised as a new case cooling solution that concentrates airflow better than your usual case fan. The two AP181s will suck air in from the side, then blast it upwards towards the motherboard's components. A cover-plate goes on top to keep things neat. Silverstone believes this setup encourage the hot air to evaporate up out of the case.

Also apparent from the TJ11 mockup was the high number of drive mounts. Aside from the nine 5.25" slots gracing the front, and three 2.5" slots hidden somewhere inside, there are six 3.5" mounts on the bottom of the case. The latter are oriented towards the side, on slide-out rails to facilitate drive installation. Directly behind these slide-mounts (on the opposite side in other words) are two smaller 120mm fans for cooling. Last but not least, there's space for the PSU below the AP181 duo.

We're not sure how well Silverstone's compartmentalized cooling setup will work, especially considering that the AP181s have to suck in air through a relatively small side opening. For sure it will take a little money to find out. The TJ11's projected price will be in the $500 to $600 range.  A figure totally justified according to the sales rep, to reflect Silverstone's provision of "its most advanced case construction and technology yet".

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    ksampanna , 6 June 2010 15:07
    It's ugly .. but that's my opinion.
    Won't the top mounted motherboard outputs make the whole thing weird - looking after it's actually plugged in?
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    Vampyrbyte , 6 June 2010 17:00
    Its a design for me that makes the most sence. But then you put a cover over the top, which must effect the cooling effeciency. The price is well out of my range though, So i guess I will never find out.
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    Silmarunya , 6 June 2010 17:14
    VampyrByteIts a design for me that makes the most sence. But then you put a cover over the top, which must effect the cooling effeciency. The price is well out of my range though, So i guess I will never find out.


    True, but on the other hand air has a natural tendency to rise up. Exhausting hot air through the top requires less air movement than exhausting it through the rear.
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    ElCdt , 6 June 2010 17:31
    No doubt the price is hernia inducing aswell...
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    Motopsychojdn , 6 June 2010 18:56
    I actually like the look of it, and the top-mounted backplate would make sense in my particular set up, unfortunately Its way out of my price range as well,
    which is a shame...
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    mi1ez , 6 June 2010 19:13
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    Silverstone believes this setup encourage the hot air to evaporate up out of the case.

    Really? The hot air evaporates?
    And you missed the S on encourageS.
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    LePhuronn , 6 June 2010 21:30
    Finally...the 90 rotated Temjin TJ07 I've wanted since the Raven was released.

    Not sure about only 2 180mm fans though, the Raven 2 and Fortress 2 have 3 of them
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    13thmonkey , 7 June 2010 00:06
    hot air rises - true, BUT any drift upwards will be overidden by all but the weakest fan. Whats needed is clean and large air intakes, clean air outputs so that there is no backpressure or restriction of the air coming in.
    This does put the fans in the middle of the case so it might be quieter, it needs to have a lot of benefits though for that price...
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    Silmarunya , 7 June 2010 04:29
    13thmonkeyhot air rises - true, BUT any drift upwards will be overidden by all but the weakest fan. Whats needed is clean and large air intakes, clean air outputs so that there is no backpressure or restriction of the air coming in. This does put the fans in the middle of the case so it might be quieter, it needs to have a lot of benefits though for that price...


    It indeed needs to be worth it, especially given the Fortress II sells at 'only' $200 or so. It has the same top backplate design, looks and even better cooling and is still more than spacious enough.

    They'd better have something really special up their sleeves, after all they're on the price terrain of design cases like that Thermaltake/BMW cooperation (I believe it's called level 10)
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    david__t , 7 June 2010 19:16
    In times when everything is getting cooler - SSDs / smaller micron chip tech for example - this ugly case with its strange layout is surely not going to find buyers is it? There are plenty of cases (such as the Corsair 800D) with ample room for watercooling, and other cases such as the Coolermaster Stacker provide for people who want loads of drive bays. This just seems overpriced nonsense to me.
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    Userremoved , 7 June 2010 19:20
    I dont see the point of this really why would you need so big a case. Quad Xfire and SLI it dosent scale good. On top of that it's ugly.
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    varunmitroo , 7 June 2010 20:08
    I have the Temjin TJ07 case. It cost around $200 three years ago if I remember. It runs my RAID 5 server, and I have had up to 13 hard drives and a blue ray drive installed at one time (8 in hot-plug drive casings using 6 of the front 5.25 bays.

    It is an AWESOME case, with high quality thick brushed aluminum and slide out panels. The case has had motherboard, CPU, graphics card, and power supply upgrades, and still looks and works awesome.

    I don't know if I believe the claim of warm air passively rising, since there are plenty of fans on the TJ07 case, and air never lingers anyway. I don't think the case would look nice with all the connection wires dangling off the top.

    Here is a link to a youtube video with one of the RAID servers that I build for a client, using the Temjin case.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WVS-vLZzmo
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    Anonymous , 7 June 2010 21:14
    I'll stick with my 800D!
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    Gonemad , 17 June 2010 19:23
    With all the cabling when powered, it should resemble a water fountain. Not just the price, but the actual weight would be hernia inducing, since something that large would weight at least 15kg, if it wasn´t aluminum. Add your favorite setup of motherboard, RAIDed drives, optical drives, cards, and it would need two people to move it around.
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    Anonymous , 25 July 2011 23:17
    Where did the spam bots even FIND this thread? It's over a year old...