SilverStone TJ11 Case PreviewManufacturer: SilverStone
We doubt few will argue should we suggest that one of the greatest PC cases ever made, was the SilverStone TJ07. We've lost count of how many mods, watercooled rigs and even more than a few Dream PCs have used one over the years. Back in 2005 (!) it was ahead of its time, with its single piece of curved aluminium for top, front and bottom, and the fact you could squeeze a triple 120mm-fan radiator in the bottom and a dual 120mm-fan radiator in the roof without modding made it all the more appealing for premium systems.
The larger TJ09 and 10 followed, but they didn't have those curves
and that overall balanced high-end yet just-affordable appeal the TJ07 commanded. So, we're glad SilverStone has gone back to its roots and drawn more than a lick of inspiration from the old favourite, with its new TJ11.
It's mahoosive! And allllll black.
However, in fact, the TJ11 is more of a love child between the TJ07 and the recently reviewed FT02
. While on the outside the curves are back and inside it's compartmentalised in the same way as the TJ07, there's now an FT02-esq upward facing motherboard and SilverStone Air Penetrator fans to complement it.
Despite the case being entirely built out of aluminium, it's still pretty heavy as the material of choice are 2mm thick sheets. To backup the idea of its massiveness, the TJ11 has nine
5.25in drive bays and it'll house an XL-ATX motherboard from Gigabyte or EVGA and still
have space for a quad 140mm-fan radiator in the bottom!
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Yes, that's two
power buttons in the picture above. They are both backlit and rigged into the same loop so whether your case resides on your (reinforced) desk or is sat on the floor, there's always a switch within arm's reach. You would have thought this looks silly, but it's surprisingly useful.
Silverstone has cleverly hid the two USB 3 and two USB 2 ports plus the 3.5mm jacks for headphone and microphone and a tiny reset button along the edges of the protruding fascia. This method is extremely neat, but our only concern is that fatter USB flash drives
are impossible to use here. However, since the motherboard has its backside facing the roof anyway, the rear I/O ports are only a little further away.
Neatly placed side ports