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SilverStone launches Raven RV03

SilverStone launches Raven RV03

The Raven RV03 has a unique design, inside and out.

SilverStone has just launched its new Raven RV03 case, which we've been eagerly awaiting since our preview in October. The case features design elements of the brilliant Fortress FT03, with the PSU placed at the front of the case under the drive bays.

The PSU will have to be mounted sideways, with vents on either side of the case to give it airflow. However, this limits the maximum length of the PSU to 180mm – we believe the case will come with a right-angle connector or some other clever way of routeing the mains cable to the PSU.

There are two 180mm Air Penetrator fans in the floor of the Raven RV03, which blow upwards over the rotated motherboard towards the roof-mounted 120mm exhaust fan. You can fit up to seven fans in the case, with four 120mm fan mounts at the front, another on the side and a final 120mm fan mount at the rear of the case. The Raven RV03 can also accommodate an E-ATX motherboard and has space for eight expansion slots.

While it looks like the positioning of the PSU at the front of the case has reduced the number of hard disk bays, there are a couple of supplementary bays on the rear of the motherboard tray. They’re joined by the side panel fan mount, so you can blow cool air onto the rear of your motherboard's CPU socket (via the hole to mount CPU cooler backplates) and over these disks. This area also holds some interesting devices for cable management.

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The front panel is hidden behind a flip-up panel at the front of the roof, and contains two USB 3 ports, plus the usual connections. Unfortunately, we can’t tell whether the USB 3 ports connect to a pass-through cable or an internal header.

The layout of the Raven RV03 is certainly unusual, but with the success of previous unique cases, we’re really looking forward to seeing this case in our labs. We’re also intrigued by the gold flashes down either side of the case too.

Let us know your thoughts about the unique design and looks of the Raven RV03 in the forums.

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Phifty Cal 14th April 2011, 11:44 Quote
Looks uglier than the RV02. The gold trim doesn't do it any favours.
mi1ez 14th April 2011, 11:45 Quote
Some interesting features. Can't wait to see the full review!
Jack_Pepsi 14th April 2011, 11:53 Quote
Don't like the gold bits.
wuyanxu 14th April 2011, 12:05 Quote
apart from the overly flashy front decoration, i like it, i like its space saving layout a lot!

but the HDD at back of motherboard is a bit worrying, there are no airflow there, how would they get cooled? they really need a small amount of airflow to keep them from reaching 45c+.
Parge 14th April 2011, 12:16 Quote
Nice case, shame about the Gold go faster stripes. Yuck.
Lance 14th April 2011, 12:59 Quote
I like the raven at the bottom of the front, but Gold trim? I wouldn't even want that on a sports car let alone a computer in my room. But then I suppose I'd take the FT02 anyway.

I reallly like the HD mountings on the rear though.
rikaldrey 14th April 2011, 13:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
apart from the overly flashy front decoration, i like it, i like its space saving layout a lot!

but the HDD at back of motherboard is a bit worrying, there are no airflow there, how would they get cooled? they really need a small amount of airflow to keep them from reaching 45c+.

They’re joined by the side panel fan mount, so you can blow cool air onto the rear of your motherboard's CPU socket (via the hole to mount CPU cooler backplates) and over these disks.

I like the space saving design too but with all the fancy decoration makes it cheap looking. Guess they just want it to look a bit different than the previous RV's, albeit rather overdone.
azrael- 14th April 2011, 13:18 Quote
If only they'd apply the front-facing PSU design to the FT02, so they could shorten the case to about 50cm...

Or market the case they designed for MainGear as the Shift...
SMIFFYDUDE 14th April 2011, 13:53 Quote
SilverStone Firebird Trans Am
TAG 14th April 2011, 14:04 Quote
Not a fan of the gold trim or the rear mounted HDDs. Although the main compartment seems very neat the rear looks like a big mess with bits thrown together wherever there was spare space.
Snips 14th April 2011, 14:41 Quote
I built a rig using the Raven RV02 because it looked good. I can't really say that first impressions are better with this version at all. Was there something wrong with the last version that I haven't heard about or experienced?

As Will Smith said "If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it!" (In a high pitched melody black mans voice)
SpAceman 14th April 2011, 14:42 Quote
I like it apart from the gold trim. A very quiet fan would fix any HDD temp worries but I cant imagine that would be a necessity. My HDD temps barely get above 30C and they have next to nothing when it comes to airflow.

I can imagine having the drives back there works wonders for keeping the cables looking tidy through the side window.
Guinness 14th April 2011, 14:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by azrael-

Or market the case they designed for MainGear as the Shift...

You mean, the RV01?? Underneath the sleek facia, its the same case.
Guinness 14th April 2011, 15:10 Quote
I like the design. Remove the gold flashes and I think it could be quite popular.
Paul2011 14th April 2011, 18:58 Quote
I hope they dont stop making the rv02 because of this, thats my next case im saving for
jimmyjj 14th April 2011, 23:09 Quote
Looks are subjective, but I am sorry, to me it looks god awful.
SpAceman 15th April 2011, 01:03 Quote
It would be interesting to see if its easy to paint over the gold with something like white, red or a deep blue. It looks to me like it may be removable once some black plastic is unscrewed.
maximus09 15th April 2011, 19:15 Quote
lets hope they make that gold trim an option or at least changable with another colour.
M7ck 15th April 2011, 23:58 Quote
I like it, and I am loving the gold trim.
dave99 23rd April 2011, 21:24 Quote
Fugly!
Dackman 25th April 2011, 13:19 Quote
Case looks ok but not with the gold
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