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SilverStone’s New Cases with Front-Panel USB 3.0

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 9 comments

Big ideas are found in small packages in two new SilverStone cases.  First up are improvements to its classic TJ08 Micro-ATX Mini-Tower, the new TJ08E adding a 180mm intake fan with slide-out dust filter, magnetic top-panel dust filer, and the front-panel USB 3.0 connector initially introduced on motherboards last summer.

A pre-production design was also on display that’s designed to make your PC integrate better with office furniture.  Borrowing the cooling path from SilverStone’s full-sized Fortress 2, this small-footprint Micro ATX design is similar in size to a personal-sized paper shredder.

SilverStone also has a solution for those who would like to use the new front-panel ports with older ports, in the form of an adapter that reduces the interface to USB 2.0’s nine-pins

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    ares1214 , January 8, 2011 5:19 PM
    I...cant...believe...they...are selling a trash can with fans as a case. It might be modern, it might be aesthetically pleasing to those who paint their houses with cow manure, but I would never buy that case. Why cant they just be normal for once! :p 
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    thrust2night , January 8, 2011 5:33 PM
    Quote:
    I...cant...believe...they...are selling a trash can with fans as a case. It might be modern, it might be aesthetically pleasing to those who paint their houses with cow manure, but I would never buy that case. Why cant they just be normal for once! :p 


    To be honest my trash can actually looks much better than this case. I wouldn't even use this pos as a trash can.
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    cmartin011 , January 8, 2011 5:41 PM
    "i've eaten at taco bell and filled a toilet with something more organized than that." had to bring it back love it!
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    11796pcs , January 8, 2011 5:44 PM
    I like it, but having the outputs for the graphics card at the top seems like a bad idea, and the front could be better. I think one of the best cases out right now is the Antec Three Hundred Illusion- it's cheap, has good airflow and looks really cool.

    "A pre-production design was also on display that’s designed to make your PC integrate better with office furniture." The whole point of a case (or at least a gaming case, which apears to be the target audience of this case)is to not stand out- to be bold- Silverstone seems to be doing the exact opposite.
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    d_kuhn , January 8, 2011 6:16 PM
    I can see some potential thermo benefits to top exhaust (heat rises) especially for the gpu, but having the power supply on the bottom is only a good idea if it's airflow is completely blocked off from the rest of the case..,. otherwise it just pumps heat into the memory/cpu area.

    Silverstone makes good cases in general (some of the best... though they're expensive), not sure if this one is such a great idea.
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    treefrog07 , January 8, 2011 6:31 PM
    I guess silverstone believes there is under-served market. But for office use, they should add a "spill plate" to cover all those holes.
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    Lutfij , January 8, 2011 8:52 PM
    not all that silverstone make have touched gold...they rather failed to touch wood after the success of their prior line ups!
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    beanoslim , January 16, 2011 12:16 PM
    The 180mm fan is nearly the same height as the whole unit so should be plenty of airflow.
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    cornwolf , May 3, 2012 1:34 PM
    Does anyone know where I can pick one of these cables from? I have just brought an Antec 302 and i need one of these adapters.