Small is beautiful, ever since the first personal computer companies have strived to make the grey box smaller and prettier; the obvious goal: integration. The wide success of smaller cases can not be ignored; companies like Shuttle make it core their business, building custom motherboards and power supplies to go with their compact enclosures.
If you are looking for more flexibility when it comes down to what hardware is installed inside you?ll have to look for mini-ITX cases, Silverstone has a wide selection of enclosures in their product line-up geared towards HTPC use as well as large towers and desktop designs. The TJ08 tested here today is made for mini-ITX motherboards but is quite large compared to a Shuttle case, while the obvious disadvantage is size, it does have some very recommendable positives.
Most noteworthy features: takes normal sized ATX Power supply
120mm front in-take and 120mm rear out-take!
Up to four hard drives and 2 optical drives
Removable motherboard tray
The fact that you can use an ?off-the-shelve? power supply is very good news, as you won?t be limited to xxx Watt from a custom design PSU found in most mini PCs. With four hard drives and two optical drives you can get pretty wild on the storage side of things; and last but not least, two 120mm fans will ensure optimal airflow keeping the components cool inside.