Silverstone Raven 3 (RV03) ATX Case Review

By on May 25, 2011, 4:15 AM

The Raven series employs an unconventional design that rotates the motherboard and power supply so they are mounted vertically with the I/O panel facing the top of the chassis. Besides improved cooling courtesy of the "stack effect," this design makes it much easier to access the system's power, display, USB, Ethernet and other connectors.

Although Silverstone's second-generation RV02 executed this unique layout very well, the new Raven 3 (RV03) looks to improve on some of its weaknesses in addition to delivering a smaller footprint at a slightly lower price. The Raven 3 is said to have an MSRP of only $160, which is hard to believe considering the competition's pricing. When we reviewed the RV02, its $180 MSRP surprised us as similar products were selling for over $200.

At just $160, we believe the Raven 3 could quite easily stand in a league of its own despite having some serious competition such as the Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced, Thermaltake Element V Black Edition, Antec DF-85 Black and Antec Twelve Hundred. Let's press on to find out how the RV03 "stacks up."

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captainawesome captainawesome said:

Hey TS. Just once can you do a PC speaker system review?

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

That would be pretty cool to do a "2.1 PC sound system round up" and a similar one for 5.1's.

Anyway This case looks pretty nice! I still won't buy one because the rotation of the motherboard looks like it would annoy me with all the wires poking out the top, still nice idea though.

SilverCider said:

Great review! I imagine the location of the power supply to be a bit of an issue but nonetheless people find workarounds.

I must admit, I want one! My Antec 300 will have to live on for now though.

Jinto Jinto said:

Ugh, this case is hideous. I feel it is a total step backwards from the Raven 2. And the colors are just blagh!

fpsgamerJR62 said:

I admit the price is pretty competitive especially for a Raven series. I'm sure my techie friend / gaming PC assembler will have a fit when he sees the layout of this case. If I ever get one, I would need to do something about that tacky gold trim.

example1013 said:

I kind of like the gold...

MilwaukeeMike said:

Great review of the build, but did you ever hook it up and turn it on? Like the Raven 2 review, there's no pic of what it looks like with everything plugged in, which we'd like to see given where the wires come out.

You compare it to the HAF 932, but neither review has any mention of whether the Raven's mobo orientation or the 932's huge fans has any affect on noise or temps over traditional designs.

Aren't those water cooling radiator holes right on the top?

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Steve Steve said:

Great review of the build, but did you ever hook it up and turn it on? Like the Raven 2 review, there's no pic of what it looks like with everything plugged in, which we'd like to see given where the wires come out.

From the RV02E review...

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You compare it to the HAF 932, but neither review has any mention of whether the Raven's mobo orientation or the 932's huge fans has any affect on noise or temps over traditional designs.

Both cases are very quiet and appear to keep components very cool. We have not installed the same hardware into each case to make direct comparisons. At this stage we do not test the cooling performance of each case as it is hard to provide accurate results given all the cases are not tested with the same hardware on the same day.

Aren't those water cooling radiator holes right on the top?

Sure are but where do you mount the radiator?

Leeky Leeky said:

I prefer the original Raven2 we reviewed. I guess I better snap one up soon before there are none left!

Really not sure what to make of that gold trim...Makes it look seriously tacky and cheap in my opinion.

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Steve Steve said:

Really not sure what to make of that gold trim...Makes it look seriously tacky and cheap in my opinion.

Inside its a nicer case but as we said in the review, gold trim is not a good look so I agree with you.

Leeky Leeky said:

I can't help but notice everything seems somewhat more "squashed" in the Raven 3 though. How did you find it to work with Steve when compared to the Raven 2?

The Raven 2 certainly gives the appearance of more usable space.

MilwaukeeMike said:

Thanks for the links, Steve. I ask about the noise and temps because I've read reviews where they've setup a base $100 case and compared it to the reviewed case to record decibel levels etc. Seems a little OCD, and I don't have any idea what 40 decibels sounds like compared to 30 anyway.

I care most about the noise and temps because we only build once, but deal with the noise every day. If the fans are decently quiet, then that's good enough. My 'quiet' Antec P182 is only quiet with the fans on low, not at all when they're going fast.

CHISEL954 said:

mike, i have the 1st ver of the raven & it has the same cooling setup... this case is so quiet it doesn't seem to be running. The fans don't have a high rpm but are large enough to move the air up though the case. The material used is really solid so it helps damper all the sound. I really like mine & sure this one is even better!

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