SilverStone Precision PS07: Temjin For Less?by Dustin Sklavos on January 3, 2012 12:20 AM EST
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We were big fans of SilverStone's Temjin TJ08-E when we reviewed it back in August. Who wouldn't be? Even SilverStone was surprised at just how effective the little enclosure was, producing better cooling and acoustics than their own substantially more expensive Fortress FT03. Today SilverStone comes to us with a modified Temjin TJ08-E--modified for a lower price point. The Precision PS07 is almost identical to its predecessor internally, but SilverStone has cut some corners to shave about $20 off the end retail cost. Was it worth the sacrifice?
It's easy to be a little underwhelmed by the PS07. The difference between $79 and $99 just doesn't feel like a very big one, but when you're working on a budget, every little bit can help. SilverStone has also moved a couple of things around in the fascia and changed the internal fan configuration in the process. The result is a case that feels very similar but it has a few differences, some more important than others.
|SilverStone Precision PS07 Specifications|
|Motherboard Form Factor||Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX|
|Drive Bays||External||2x 5.25"|
|Internal||5x 3.5", 1x 2.5"|
|Cooling||Front||2x 120mm intake fan|
|Rear||1x 120mm fan mount|
|Front I/O Port||2x USB 3.0, headphone and mic jacks|
|Top I/O Port||PSU vent|
|Power Supply Size||ATX|
|Clearance||13.25" (Expansion Cards), 150mm (CPU HSF), 160mm (PSU)|
|Dimensions||15.75" x 8.27" x 14.73"|
Spec wise, the Precision PS07 is virtually identical to its predecessor, although SilverStone kills the dedicated external 3.5" bay entirely. That's not a major sacrifice; placement of the bay was so awkward to begin with that I wouldn't expect it to have seen much use. The one major change is SilverStone has removed the 180mm Air Penetrator (I challenge anyone with a juvenile sense of humor not to giggle at the name) fan and replaced it with two generic 120mm intake fans.
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DanielW - Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - linkIf you spend the money and time, two 120mm fans can be significantly quieter than the air penetrator.
JMS3072 - Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - linkWhat are your thoughts on getting the PS07, and then spending a bit more to upgrade the fans to quiet models?
ezorb - Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - linkI wish Noctua would make a 180mm fan, I would buy 3 for my FT02, I think that the 180 size is perfect, but the Silverstone is too loud and unreliable I have had 2 fail on me.
SunLord - Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - linkI can't even hear the 180mm fans in my FT02 the 6870 in it masks all the noise in my case save the dvd drive.. I did notice a few weeks ago frozencpu has a non-silverstone 180mmx25mm fan
Samus - Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - linkI agree, the 180mm fans in my FT01 are amazingly quiet for moving over 150CFM of air each. Unfortunately the factory-included models both broke after a few years (the motor separated from the housing because of the startup-torque) and forced me to replace them with newer models that hopefully have a corrected design. $30/ea for basic 180mm fans is not what I'd call cheap.
Morg. - Thursday, January 5, 2012 - linkI have tested a few 180mm fans, and the best one I've seen is this :
Really nice and silent.
I also bought the Silverstone (just for testing) . and it was a bit worse.
For the long term I have no clue as I haven't been running those full-time.
Morg. - Thursday, January 5, 2012 - linkOh and . the case showed here is a piece of crap that's overpriced . you don't get vga cooling and it's just overall worse than an Antec one hundred that costs much less.
antef - Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - linkHi all,
I haven't read the whole article yet, but I just wanted to post since I JUST bought this case and assembled a system in it over the weekend. I chose it because I wanted a nice mATX case, and was afraid the Temjin would be a little too loud with the large fan and open front grille. With the shipping cost on Newegg, I actually paid the same thing the Temjin would've cost with free shipping, but I don't mind because I wanted this case with the 2 front 120mm fans instead.
It's a GREAT case, very high quality all around, and the manual explained things well. I did have a hard time routing some cables. It was a tight fit behind the motherboard, and certain cables like the main motherboard power wouldn't fit at all with the hard drive cage in place due to the sleeving and not a lot of flexibility so I just removed the cage. It's not the cleanest cable job in the world but it's fine. But I think it's a good, really nice looking case.
Regarding acoustics, it's not really too loud, but not whisper quiet either. I don't know if the Temjin would've been any quieter on the low fan speed setting. I added one Scythe Slipstream 120mm fan in the rear. I'm not sure yet if I want to replace the front fans with anything quieter. I could buy two and end up hearing pretty much the same thing. Or maybe I don't even need two front fans at all? My hard drive is also pretty audible, but I don't hear it much because my primary is an SSD. I was considering hard drive suspension somewhere, but maybe this is just as quiet as this drive's going to get.
Anyway, if anyone has any questions about this case, feel free to ask.
Morg. - Thursday, January 5, 2012 - linkif you wanted silence you should've taken a sonata.
However. slipstreams around 1k rpm are silent enough, and a green drive would be silent (WD caviar green or samsung spinpoint ecogreen).
Next time, buy antec 100 or Sonata .. this case is a piece of crap (never had to remove a hdd cage, and you have no Gfx Fan (helps with the noise).
antef - Thursday, January 5, 2012 - linkI wanted mATX, and a small one at that, not an mATX only in name that's actually just as large as an ATX mid-tower. The cases you listed are too big.