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Builder and the Beast
Even though the TJ08-E's 8.8" x 14.7" x 15.2" dimensions are a tad larger than the average mini-tower's, we still had to seek out an alternative to the ATX motherboard we typically use for case testing. Gigabyte graciously provided us with a Micro ATX 880GMA-USB3, which features AMD's 880G chipset and supports the 140W Phenom II X4 CPU we use for case testing. The Temjin will accept smaller DTX and Mini-ITX boards, as well.

We started our build by unbolting every component that could be removed from the case. With parts sprawled out across the workbench, we picked up the new motherboard, did a little dance, and got down to business.

The Gigabyte board dropped into position without issue. The removable tray made this perhaps our easiest motherboard installation to date. The tray also features a large cutout for easy access to the underside of the socket, allowing us to shackle our Thermaltake Frio cooler to the CPU with little resistance.

After slapping the motherboard tray back into the chassis, we grabbed our Radeon HD 6870 to see how the TJ08-E would cope with a 10"-long video card. It didn't flinch. Turns out the Temjin is capable of housing cards up to 13.3" long.

Installing hard drives is straightforward, though it requires a screwdriver. We prefer a tool-free mounting scheme, but we had no trouble fastening our humble Seagate drive to the extracted cage. We did, however, encounter one small hiccup in the otherwise pleasant process.

While attempting to put the drive cage back in place, we discovered that one of the screw holes that anchors the cage to the chassis was stripped. The same issue afflicted my Sugo S02, which leaves me wondering if it's just coincidence or if SilverStone's materials and manufacturing processes warrant some additional QA scrutiny.

With the case's top removed, the power supply and optical drive fell easily into place. Like the hard drive cage, the 5.25" bays unfortunately lack tool-free amenities. To keep things tidy, a large cable routing hole sits between the PSU and the optical drive, allowing the data and power tendrils to be tucked into the 0.75" gap behind the motherboard tray.

Since the TJ08-E is slightly wider than your average mini-tower, the power supply can sit off-center, providing another handy cubbyhole where unused cables can be stowed. More cable routing holes exist along the back and bottom edges of the motherboard tray, including a notch for the motherboard's auxiliary 12V connector. Given this enclosure's limited internal volume, the cable management considerations are both impressive and appreciated.

The front-panel connections are sheathed in black, which looks great and protects the wires at the same time. The USB ports connect to an internal USB 3.0 header, and SilverStone includes an adapter for motherboards with only USB 2.0 headers. Unfortunately, the USB cable is quite rigid. Our motherboard's USB 3.0 header is located behind the hard drive cage, which the cable butted up against, nearly breaking the motherboard connector. A more flexible cable and a lower-profile connector would help to allay this potentially damaging issue.

That problem aside, building a system in the Temjin was easier than with any of the other diminutive cases I've dealt with over the years. I would recommend that users install the drive cage last, though.

We've covered most of these details already, but here are the rest of the TJ08-E's particulars in a handy table.

Dimensions (W x H x D) 8.27" x 14.72" x 15.15" (210 x 374 x 385 mm)
Weight 11.6 lbs. (5.3 kg)
Supported motherboards Micro ATX, Mini DTX, Mini-ITX
3.5" drive bays 5 (1 external)
2.5" drive bays 1
5.25" drive bays 2
Fan mounts 1x 180 mm, 1x 120 mm
Included Ffns 1x 180 mm
Max. graphics card length 13.3" (338 mm)
Max. CPU cooler height 6.5" (165 mm)
Max. PSU length 6.3" (160 mm)
Gap behind motherboard 0.75" (19 mm)