Hardware Secrets
Home | Camera | Case | CE | Cooling | CPU | Input | Memory | Mobile | Motherboard | Networking | Power | Storage | Video | Other
Content
Articles
Editorial
First Look
Gabriel’s Blog
News
Reviews
Tutorials
Main Menu
About Us
Awarded Products
Datasheets
Dictionary
Download
Drivers
Facebook
Links
Manufacturer Finder
Newsletter
RSS Feed
Test Your Skills
Twitter
Newsletter
Subscribe today!
Recommended
Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies
Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, by Mark L. Chambers (For Dummies), starting at $5.59


Home » Case
SilverStone Raven RV02 Case Review
Author: Gabriel Torres 101,324 views
Type: Reviews Last Updated: August 20, 2009
Page: 2 of 7
The Top Panel
Hardware Secrets Golden Award

The top panel is where both RV01 and RV02 are different from all other cases available on the market, as here is where the motherboard connectors are located. RV02 comes with two USB ports (which are far away from each other, which is nice) and the traditional audio jacks. For a case from this class we expected it to come with at least one eSATA port.

SilverStone Raven RV02
click to enlarge
Figure 6: Top panel.

SilverStone Raven RV02
click to enlarge
Figure 7: Top panel with its cover removed.

There are several differences between RV01 and RV02 here. RV02 gained one extra expansion slot, having a total of eight against seven on RV01. On RV01 the power supply is installed on the bottom part of the case, while on RV02 it is installed on the top part. We liked this move, as now all cables from the case come out from the same spot, while on RV01 we had all cables attached to the motherboard coming from the top of the case and the power cord coming from the bottom of the case.

Both RV01 and RV02 have a 120 mm fan on the top panel (950 rpm, 18 dBA), but RV02 gained three fan controllers for the three internal 180 mm fans, each one with two steps (low and high). All fans use a three-pin connector, allowing you to install them on your motherboard to monitor their speed, and the case comes with an adapter that converts one standard peripheral power plug from the power supply into three three-pin power connectors.

Like RV01, RV02 has a place for installing SilverStone’s SST-CLEARCMOS product and the slot covers are meshed, which is great to improve the PC internal airflow. We think, however, that a high-end case like this should have come with black slot covers instead of silver. There is also a mesh above the place where the daughterboards are installed, which is also great to improve the airflow.

SilverStone Raven RV02
click to enlarge
Figure 8: Top panel with the PC built.

SilverStone Raven RV02
click to enlarge
Figure 9: Fan speed controllers.

SilverStone Raven RV02
click to enlarge
Figure 10: How cables are routed after the PC is built and the top panel is closed.

Print Version | Send to Friend | Bookmark Article « Previous |  Page 2 of 7  | Next »

Related Content
  • SilverStone Raven RV01 Case Review
  • SilverStone Fortress FT02 Case Review
  • SilverStone Raven RV03 Case Review
  • Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra Case Review
  • SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution 750 W Power Supply Review

  • RSSLatest Content
    ASRock Z97 Anniversary Motherboard
    December 16, 2014 - 4:27 AM
    Gigabyte H81M-S2PH Motherboard
    December 12, 2014 - 3:05 AM
    Aerocool Dead Silence Case Review
    December 2, 2014 - 3:00 AM
    NZXT S340 Case Review
    November 27, 2014 - 3:45 AM
    AMD A4-5000 CPU Review
    November 26, 2014 - 3:10 AM
    Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Tablet Review
    November 25, 2014 - 3:00 AM
    ASUS X99-PRO Motherboard
    November 5, 2014 - 3:00 AM
    ASRock QC5000-ITX Motherboard
    November 4, 2014 - 3:00 AM
    Gigabyte X99-UD3 Motherboard
    October 30, 2014 - 8:30 AM







    © 2004-14, Hardware Secrets, LLC. All rights reserved.
    Advertising | Legal Information | Privacy Policy
    All times are Pacific Standard Time (PST, GMT -08:00)