SilverStone Raven RV02 Case Review

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The Top Panel

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 RV02Figure 6: Top panel.

SilverStone Raven RV02Figure 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 RV02Figure 8: Top panel with the PC built.

SilverStone Raven RV02Figure 9: Fan speed controllers.

SilverStone Raven RV02Figure 10: How cables are routed after the PC is built and the top panel is closed.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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