SilverStone launches $140 mid-tower Raven RV03

By Matthew · 10 replies
Apr 11, 2011
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  1. SilverStone has expanded its Raven desktop chassis series with a new mid-tower version that sacrifices some real estate for a friendlier price. Unsurprisingly, the Raven RV03 takes design cues from its elder siblings including its matte black, 0.8mm steel body and vertical orientation. That said, the new arrival touts updated aesthetics which are immediately noticeable on the front façade and side panels.

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  2. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    For $140 for a mid tower, you'd expect it to be made of aluminium, not steel.

    I'm still not completely sold on the 90° rotation of the motherboard either. The cable management in my case is fantastically neat. I'm not bragging here, it's just how it is. The back of my case though, is an absolutely hideous mess of randomly coloured cables. It's fine though, because it's all behind the case and out of site. With a 90° rotation of the motherboard though, it's going to be incredibly difficult to not have such a mess of wires sprouting out of the top in such a way that your computer can be mistaken for a cybernetic conifer.

    It's a novel idea, but I wasn't sold on it for the full tower, and I'm still not convinced now.

    Another mild complaint I have is, this mid tower version looks hideous. You'd think that whoever designed it was still on pretty heavy medication after some very complicated eye surgery.
  3. s3thar

    s3thar TS Rookie

    Interesting design in it's own little ways, at least it's good to have a mid-tower version. I'm still curious about having a 90° rotated motherboard, benefits?
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    I loved it, everything from top to bottom only wish this cases got here (Chile) with that price (I ask too much... I know =( ).

    That 90º rotation looks quite radical on the review, although I'm a bit unsure of how many cables it would have over the top.

    What I find most attractive are the fan design on the bottom with a bit more height.
  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    Any chance Matthew we could get a review of this case? I'm even inclined in ordering one!
  6. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    @Lurker101: If you're scared of a mess of cables being visible, you get one of those plastic wire looms and turn all your individual cables into one tube. This is much easier to do in a 90 degree design since all the cables come out of one point, rather than octopusing from the back.

    @s3thar: The primary "benefit" is that it takes advantage of natural air convection, where hot air rises. The idea is that rather than high heat components such as videocards horizontal and essentially becoming obstacles for general airflow and trying to push air through the GPU heatsink fan horizontally out, hot air naturally rises through the heatink fan and exits the case. With the fans on the bottom, they push air up to replace the naturally rising hot air. The same can be said for the CPU heatsink fan but to a lesser extent.

    @kibaruk: there's a link in their article to the Raven RV02 review they did a little while ago. A LOT from that review can probably be applied here, except that the case is smaller.
  7. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    Actually I like this idea.. pretty neat!
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,889   +1,223

    I'd like a review too... I'd like to know how quiet it is and how well it works with only two fans.

    I also like this design. It always seemed weird to me that cool air is sucked in the bottom front of my case to exit out the top back. Right in the middle of that path is a huge video card blocking most of the flow with a fan on it that sucks air from the case and blows it out the back. and my CPU is sitting right behind it. I'd hope a rotated design would allow the fans to run slower (and quieter).
  9. I just built a computer using the RV-02. Cable management was no problem. I just wish i'd've known this was coming out because the full tower raven is just a bit too big.
  10. This is to some of the comments on here as to why use a 90 degree mother board, well first is graphic cards are getting really heavy and really big so this will help to take weight off the pci express slot and the weight off the graphics card and also reduce heat, since heat rises up! You will also make less of a mess keeping your cords tidy and uniform by compile them together coming from the top of the case, the only down side is losing a few inches of cable doing this.
  11. Omnislip

    Omnislip TS Rookie Posts: 91

    Still ridiculously expensive compared to Antec 900/2 or Haf 922/912...

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