Installation Impressions

Given the RVZ01's unique design, we gave the user manual a once over and we suggest you do the same as it will likely help save time. There are a number of steps that need to be done in a precise order to avoid redoing the same job.

Silverstone suggests that the user first remove all the screws from the graphics card bracket as well as the power supply cage. Between the two you are looking at having to remove a total of ten screws and the four around the power supply cage are quite difficult to remove and even harder to put back. If you wish to install an SSD on the center brace, it is also recommended that this be removed as well.

At this point, we can now install the motherboards I/O shield along with the motherboard itself.

With the power supply cage out of the system, we installed a 3.5" drive on top of it, a Seagate 3TB NAS to be precise. With the hard drive installed on top of the cage, you can also go ahead and install the power supply.

Silverstone supplied the ST45SF-G which is 450 watt SFX power supply, the most powerful unit you can get in this form factor as far as we are aware. Keep in mind the RVZ01 does not come with a power supply so the user is free to pick their own unit, though we highly recommend the modular ST45SF-G at an additional cost of $95.

This gold-certified PSU features 100% modular cables, a 450w continuous power output at 40 degrees for 24/7 operation. Its single +12V@37A rail can handle a pretty high-end GPU and comes with a single 8-pin or dual 6-pin PCIe connectors.

With the 3.5" hard drive and power supply installed, we connected up the 3-pin extension power cord to the power supply and slot the cage into place.

For this build, we used the Asrock Z87E-ITX which is a highly capable Mini-ITX motherboard that supports the 4th generation Intel Core processors. Before installing this motherboard, you must first add the CPU and CPU cooler, assuming rear access to the motherboard is required.

Given the size restraints of this case there is no rear access to the motherboard once installed so we had to position the NT06-Pro before installing the motherboard. This makes changing CPUs a lengthy and difficult job, though luckily this isn't something you should have to do often.

From there we configured the graphics card bracket which gives the option of installing a pair of 2.5" drives, a slim optical drive and a full length PCIe graphics card. We paired the Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB and the WD Black2 – random, I know – alongside the Silverstone SST-SOD02 slim optical drive and Palit GeForce GTX 760 graphics card.

It is worth noting that several users have reported running a Radeon R9 290 successfully from the Silverstone ST45SF-G power supply. Since we saw a maximum load consumption when gaming of 350 watts with the R9 290 and Core i7-4770K in our review, this should be doable for the 450w ST45SF-G.

With the graphics card bracket configured, it was simply a matter of neatly installing all the power and data cables before sticking the top cover panel back on.