Despite its small size, there is still quite a bit of room left inside to maneuver and install the different components, there are no tool less features on the TJ08, so be sure to have a screwdriver ready.
JMke?s MiniPC Test Setup
|CPU || AMD Athlon 64 3000+|
|Mainboard || MSI ATI RS482|
|Memory ||2 * 512Mb OCZ DDR PC4400|
|Other || Powercolor X800GTO|
80Gb Maxtor 7200RPM HDD
Chieftec 340W PSU
The MSI motherboard fits nicely on the removable motherboard tray, after you screwed in the stand offs:
There is room for 4 hard drives, 3 inside the bracket, one 1 upside down at the bottom like this:
While you can clearly see the 120mm in-take fan in the photo above, it?s cooling impact is minimal on the HDD, and those placed inside the bracket receive practically no fresh air; it would have benefited the HDD cooling a lot if somehow they could have made the 120mm sit in front of it.
With the power supply, hard drive and motherboard installed you can already see a bottleneck around the hard drive cage area, motherboard connectors placed under there are harder to reach, and the hard drive will also obstruct larger CPU coolers.
With the rest of the components installed (Optical drive and VGA card) it?s simply a matter of hooking everything up, the front Firewire/USB2.0 and Audio connectors are clearly labeled and with your motherboard manual nearby are easy to install. Behind the hard drive cage there is enough room left to do some minimal cable management to improve airflow, the VGA card sits in the path of the front in-take without obstructions.
Performance testing and conclusion next ->