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: The Raven RV03 is an interesting case that right now is selling
for around $140~160 USD (the cheapest has been found at
for $139.99). It is not my most favorite SilverStone chassis that I have come
across as the Temjin TJ10 still holds a special place along with the Fortress
FT02 and some other models in past years. The RV03 is a nice evolutionary upgrade
over the earlier Ravens with the better drive and cooling options along with the
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.
Summary: This Raven has two gold stripes running up the front of the chassis, which strikes us as a bit tacky. Overall, the Silverstone Raven RV03 is a solid case, and gets points for ingenuity. It may look a little garish and feel a little plasticky, but it’s roomy, features a stunning amount of ports and slots, and offers a crazy-organized build and great cooling.
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: I decided to use this case for my everyday rig and the reason being is the cooling factor. After about a week of using the Raven RV03, the average temperature was down about 4 degrees on the CPU, and even more on the video.
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!