Summary: The SilverStone Raven RV03 endured our torture tests with grace like its predecessors, the RV02 and Fortress FT02 , despite shedding a fan in the update. The basic design still works wonders as the rotated motherboard tray design plus the immense fans in the case floor creates effective cooling for the main heat sources while limiting noise.
Excerpt: SilverStone's Raven 3 case ups the ante from its older siblings. While keeping the best features from the older versions, the RV03 brings some new improvements to the table. SilverStone has literally turned the case on its ear, with the mobo I/O shifted to the top and the power supply moved to the front and installed crosswise.
Summary: In the third generation of its RAVEN series cases, SilverStone has managed to reduce both the size and weight of the case without sacrificing functionality or usable interior space. The style of the top and front bezels has been refreshed and the front cover blanks can be removed for maximum cooling if desired. With two 180mm "Air Penetrator" and one 120mm fans provided, cooling is already very good, but up to six additional 120mm fans can be added.
Summary: Much like that goth kid sitting alone behind the bleachers, the Silverstone Raven RV03 seems to go out of its way to attract attention. The case is obviously different, and it deserves praise for daring to stray from the flock. However, the RV03 feels like it's trying to be different simply for the sake of being different—not because there's a good, justifiable reason.
Excerpt: Silverstone’s latest Raven is the third in the series best known for its rotated- motherboard configuration, which puts the I/O backplane at the top of the chassis. The PSU mounts at the bottom-front of the case, and the entire mobo setup is cooled from below, using two upward-blowing 18cm fans.
Pros: Stunningly organized build; tons of slots and ports; very roomy; good cooling
Cons: Lots and lots of plastic; tacky color scheme
Summary: The Raven RV03 comes with a terrific price for its category and, at least on paper, it would be an excellent option for high-end users who want a fully-loaded mid-tower case at a very affordable price. However, this case has too many serious flaws for us to recommend it.
Summary: The SilverStone Raven RV03 Case is yet another uniquely designed product. There's plenty of drive bays, lots of fans, black interior, window on side panel, dust filters, tool-less design and more. This is not your traditional full tower case!
Excerpt: Recently Silverstone have been on a roll with the staff here at OC3D, there's not really been a chassis they have produced we haven't liked. Even the quirky FT03 went down well with all of us, we did however worry that the RV03 may have been a step too far towards the wacky. So it's with bated breath that we have the Raven RV03 in for a full strip down build up review to see if all the new design ideas work or wane.
Excerpt: When the original Raven case from Silverstone was introduced, many people were on the fence about its oddball looks, massive size and what seemed like a gimmicky rotated motherboard position. Well, the looks of the original version may still be up for debate but the cooling benefits of its unique interior design have been widely accepted by the enthusiast community.