Conclusion: Silverstone have set out to break from convention here and while turning the motherboard 90 degrees seems like a design gimmick at first, it does actually bring some tangible benefits to the build. The first of these is that heavy graphics cards seem to put a more linear strain on the motherboard PCI slots, preventing the cards from drooping downwards.
Pros: Unique design, Great air cooling, Great support for larger graphics card, motherboards and power supplies
Cons: One of the most expensive chassis on the market, Could offer more storage options given overall size of chassis, Cable management could be improved (although excusable given age of design)
Conclusion: SilverStone says they are targeting this case for the Extreme Enthusiast and it has a plethora of features and innovation for just that crowd. The price tag online is $249.99 as of this writing, making it not for the faint of heart when it comes to those with a light wallet this case is not for you.
Summary: The SilverStone Raven RV01 Case is available in a black color with or without a window. It has a reinforced plastic outer shell & an .8mm steel body. It has a number of very unique features, one of them being that the motherboard tray is rotated 90 degrees clockwise. So instead of having the motherboard's I/O shield plate and expansion slots at the back of the case they are at the top. This frees up the back of the case for things such as a large radiator.
Summary: The Raven routes all I/O cables from the top of the case. We like the Raven’s looks, and we actually hope the rotated motherboard thing will catch on. We just wish the outer shell felt a bit more solid. And eSATA on top would be nice, too. The Raven stealths its front-panel connectors and 5.25-inch drive bays behind clever paneling.
Pros: Rotated motherboard tray to improve airflow. Screwless retention mechanism for drives. Cable-routing clips on motherboard tray.
Conclusion: The Raven is an interesting product and throughout testing we have had a number of mixed thoughts about the chassis. First and foremost, this is a design concept we have never seen from SilverStone before. Gone are the understated, slick looking design cues we’re used to seeing and the Raven has been given a dose of sci-fi inspired structural engineering in the form of plastic panels covering the core chassis.
Conclusion: It’s a rare thing when you see a case designer try something truly original, much less succeed. Silverstone has done just that with the Raven, as their re-oriented motherboard arrangement works great to provide excellent cooling and functionality. Tower coolers especially will benefit from the Raven’s unique design, as cool air is forced through the fins thanks to the stacking effect.
Summary: SilverStone Raven RV01 is a full-tower case targeted to the enthusiast that wants a high-quality high-end full-tower case and liked the concept of the motherboard being 90° rotated. Here is a summary of what we found about this product.
In summary, if money is not an issue, we think this is a terrific product for the enthusiast. However, because of its price we cannot recommend it for the average user, which will be better off picking a more affordable product.
Conclusion: CONCLUSION in⋅no⋅vate: to introduce something new; make changes in anything established. We are not going to list our lists of likes or dislike of the Raven as they are mainly judgment calls, which as we warned you in the beginning are calls only you can make. We personally do not like the looks of this case, but we do respect it. Hopefully by this time you should have a very clear idea of whether or not this first generation case is right for you.