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Silverstone's New $500+ Behemoth Case

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 45 comments

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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    anamaniac , June 6, 2010 6:57 AM
    For $500, they could have at least made it look decent...
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    Luscious , June 6, 2010 7:20 AM
    No case is worth that price if it cannot accommodate a quad radiator.
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    Ragnar-Kon , June 6, 2010 7:13 AM
    Cool, but $500? Really!? I could build a decent machine for $500.

    Maybe if it was in the $120-$180 range, but $500.... no.
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  • 27 Hide
    anamaniac , June 6, 2010 6:57 AM
    For $500, they could have at least made it look decent...
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    jacobdrj , June 6, 2010 7:12 AM
    They totally need to make this case more expensive. Here is how: Add those Dyson bladeless fans to replace all the conventional ones in the case. At 200-300 bux a pop, this could quickly and efficiently increase the cost of this case, while minimally but still detectably improving its performance, slightly, at the same time...
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    Ragnar-Kon , June 6, 2010 7:13 AM
    Cool, but $500? Really!? I could build a decent machine for $500.

    Maybe if it was in the $120-$180 range, but $500.... no.
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    Anonymous , June 6, 2010 7:17 AM
    Pillowy mounds of mashed potatoes...
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    Luscious , June 6, 2010 7:20 AM
    No case is worth that price if it cannot accommodate a quad radiator.
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    jacobdrj , June 6, 2010 7:46 AM
    They probably had to pay licensing fees to apple for the aluminum unibody design... Hence the $500 price tag...

    Because clearly this technology never invented by the auto industry to make aluminum engines for the Ford Taurus back in the 1980's... :rolleyes
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    Sunburn74 , June 6, 2010 8:25 AM
    Too costly and not better than the FT02.

    As a case, the FT02 is absolutely perfect. (I own one btw)
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    PC_GI , June 6, 2010 8:27 AM
    I wonder how loud it is...
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    Emperus , June 6, 2010 8:38 AM
    A fourth quarter release date and 500$ price tag for something which more or less resembles a contemporary desktop full tower.! Why not integrate the case with one of the strider line PSU's.. That'll definitely crank up the hype and then even a 600$ price tag will sound worthy..
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    DjEaZy , June 6, 2010 8:45 AM
    ... the concept is really good... i would say - excellent...
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    -blue- , June 6, 2010 8:46 AM
    for that price a mountain mods case all the way
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    backin5 , June 6, 2010 11:45 AM
    The Raven series failed to deliver the anticipated cooling advantage of having the graphics cards blowing their hot air up.

    Hopefully this new case will succeed where Raven failed, however with a 500$ price tag, most people won't buy it.
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    Anonymous , June 6, 2010 11:47 AM
    I guarantee you my CM Storm Sniper has better airflow and more room inside to work with, at half the price!
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    micky_lund , June 6, 2010 1:35 PM
    ohhai500bucksI guarantee you my CM Storm Sniper has better airflow and more room inside to work with, at half the price!

    less than half price
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    AMW1011 , June 6, 2010 2:35 PM
    LusciousNo case is worth that price if it cannot accommodate a quad radiator.


    It looks exactly like the TJ07, just with slightly different fan lay out. The TJ07 can accommodate a quad radiator so this should too, but it also costs $150 less...
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    kelemvor4 , June 6, 2010 4:37 PM
    Interesting board positioning, I wonder how the top exhaust for video cards helps temps. I think I still prefer desktop style cases where the board is horizontally mounted. Having recently switched back (mountain mods extended ascension with horizon mount) I am finding it really nice to work on after many many years in tower style cases.
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    nforce4max , June 6, 2010 5:03 PM
    I like it. :) 
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    Arethel , June 6, 2010 5:54 PM
    I think the price sounds about right though, considering what it's made out of. If it's all milled out of aluminum, that's very expensive. All of the component mounts are probably of high quality. The fans are probably premium fans. The tolerances of all the parts are probably very tight.

    I know Cooler Master has some $600 cases that are very nice, as does Lian Li. If you have no intentions of ever spending that much on a case then so be it. You're probably the wiser bunch.

    Only thing is though, Toms says that this is a "hernia inducing" design, but I was hoping/assuming that maybe it would be lighter than it looks.
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    falchard , June 6, 2010 7:58 PM
    $85 for the case. $415 to paint the motherboard tray black.
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