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Silverstone-raven-rv03.33260770
9.3 out of 10

Silverstone Raven RV03

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Overall 10
10

Fabulous Case

Jeremy C., Newegg
12 September 2014
  • Summary: I have a adaptor on the DVI port from the back of my video card, so the top thingy doesn't fit on. But it would work fine with a flexible dongle. Not the case's fault, just a comment. Really it still looks nice up on my desk with out the top.
  • Pros: Short version: This case is great. Long version: I've owned this case for over a year now and i haven't had any reason to complain. I have my dual EVGA 670 SC's and i've never noticed any excessive heat. During gaming, the chip temps rarely exceed 65 degrees. Under full load, this case manages to dissipate a hell of a lot of heat, very well. The rotated motherboard is fabulous, i'm never going back.Cable management is extremely manageable. I only have the stock fans i...
  • Cons: I've really had to stretch for anything to put here. The top case cover thingy (that snaps on and off) seems *slightly* flimsy. Works fine though. Besides that, nothing really.
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Overall 10
10

Love It... with a caveat

Mark M., Newegg
14 August 2014
  • Summary: The power supply positioning caused me some problems. Power cord feeds into the case through the bottom and attaches to your power supply internally via a supplied cable. That cable attaches to your PSU from inside the case at a flush, 90 degree angle. This caused me a problem due to the angled cable overlapping my PSU's normally external kill switch, forcing it to stay in the powered off position.
  • Pros: Love the design, top loaded ports make for super easy access. Also: Really appreciate the filters on the case bottom, should make future dusting that much easier. Full ATX is sooo roomy!
  • Cons: Why is this form field required?
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Overall 8
8.0

Awesome case, notable flaw

Marc S., Newegg
26 July 2014
  • Pros: The case is very spacious, I like the idea of rotating the mobo 90 degrees, and I like that they are breaking with conventional thought. I don't normally buy things at the cutting edge, for lack of a better phrase, but the configuration just made great sense. It's less stress on the cards and better for airflow (heat likes to rise upwards and this case like to send it on its way!)
  • Cons: If you buy this case, be prepared to manage the large holes at the top (you can see what I'm talking about from the photos). Mind you, these ventilation holes are normal for a case, however this is a modified design. Those holes are normally out the BACK of your traditional case, not the TOP. Yes, there is a plastic piece that goes on top, but this is not proof against things falling or bouncing into it. Just the thought of a case screw or other metal object (easily) ...
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Overall 8
8.0

nice looking, but over-designed

Anonymous, Newegg
1 June 2014
  • Summary: The cons I listed really never bother me. I haven't thought about any of them since assembling the system, but they should still not be left out of a good review. If you agree with the following, this is likely the case for you in spite of the cons. As much as good GPUs weigh, they simply should never be oriented horizontally.
  • Pros: vertical orientation of GPU means no sagging & no strain on PCIe slots high quality, thick window two mega-fans blowing air upward are nearly silent and still very effective on low setting room for 11 storage devices USB & audio on top
  • Cons: power supply at the front power supply sideways These two design choices are definitely the worst thing(s) about this, which overall is still a good case. The wiring from one or more of the top USB, audio, and fan speed switches gets in the way of putting an optical drive in the only available 5 1/4" bay. It will fit, but getting it in there involved friction, so I didn't want to leave it there. Depending on the mood of the assembly line workers on the day yours was m...
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Overall 10
10

Best case I've ever built in

Matthew M., Newegg
18 May 2014
  • Summary: Also happen to think its the best looking case I've ever seen.
  • Pros: Incredible design. I'm not sure why more case manufacturers have adopted this model. The 90 degree rotation makes for an incredibly efficient cooling design. The result is amazing temps, with low fan speeds, and a cleaner case as a result of the lower airflow in combination with the filters. Also happen to love being able to access all ports on top of the case rather than the back. Every future build will be designed around this case.
  • Cons: None. However, if you're not willing to think out your build it may be a little different for someone use to a standard case.
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Overall 10
10

I love it.

Luke S., Newegg
2 May 2014
  • Summary: I had to remove the top fan guard for a push/pull setup to work. I wish the metal for the screw holes was flat instead of round so I might have had enough room to leave it on. I also wish the power cord could exit the top rear with the other wires.
  • Pros: Great airflow design; Having rear panel on the top makes it a lot easier to plug/unplug wires; Filters are good quality; Most wires can be routed behind motherboard plate; Power supply cord was long enough for me, no problems connecting it; Hard drives mount behind motherboard plate and because of the small area, the side panel fan is able to pull a lot of air around them; Fan controller for the intake fans on the bottom;
  • Cons: The filters on the bottom made maneuvering the case awkward during setup; The handle is good quality, but there needs to be a second place to grab in the front. I only see 2 front mounting locations for fans, which are located directly behind the bays. The description says there are 4 total?
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Overall 8
8.0

RV03B

Mr. h., Newegg
25 February 2014
  • Pros: Nice case
  • Cons: No on board case USB connectors from the motherboard and missing front panel speaker connector
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Overall 8
8.0

Stress off the GPU!

Miguel C., Newegg
21 November 2013
  • Summary: Overall it's a good case. It's perfect for anyone who wants to take the weight strain from the GPU off the PCI slots. It has some issues that may or may not be trouble for some power supplies or overly large CPU coolers. The Noctua NH-D14 has only a couple of millimeters of clearance from the viewing window, but it fits. Anything bigger than that might not allow proper case closure. I still recommend it, though.
  • Pros: Motherboard tray is rotated 90 degress, so the IO knockout is at the top of the case. It provides the necessary support for today's heavier GPUs. All the weightt is on the case itself as opposed to the PCI slot. This means no more warped PCBs! This is the main reason I got this case. It looks great and has sufficient cable management for most systems. The power supply's orientation makes it even better, as all the wires come behind the mobo tray. The SSD/HDD mounting ...
  • Cons: The internal Power supply cable is a little short. I had to force it to connect to the power supply. It is connected and it works, but I don't like that pressure. It has me a little worried. I don't see why Silverstone couldn't add just ONE MORE INCH to that cable. Oh well, it still works, but to me it's enough of a concern to knock off an egg. No wiring should be subject to such stress. They need a little room to wiggle, and this case's internal power supply connecto...
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Wesley H., Newegg
15 November 2013
  • Summary: Be careful/use a magnetic screwdriver when adding/removing drives if the case is standing vertically, if they drop in to the bottom they're a pain to retrieve. The 90° mobo tray is really nice, but keep in mind the vertical airflow when looking at CPU coolers.
  • Pros: -Stunningly good looking. I bought the case for a combination of aesthetics and performance, and it delivers superbly on both fronts. The window allows for full view of everything you want to show off (mobo, CPU, cards), and nothing you don't (drive and their bays). -Great airflow. The vertical orientation makes sense- heat rises! -The 180mm fans are very quiet at low RPM, and perfectly adequate for most anything. On the higher setting, they're louder, but not "loud"....
  • Cons: The one real complaint is that I don't see any way to mount a hard drive in the front bays with a fan installed in the rear fan mount position (between the bays and the motherboard). Not worth knocking an egg off, but a little disappointing. The sideways-mounted PSU means that if you take the window on and off (something I did during my build process) you may bump the power cable, shutting off the machine. Again, not so much a con as a slightly inconvenient quirk.
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Overall 10
10

Nice case

Jeremy S., Newegg
27 May 2013
  • Summary: No plastic parts were broken on mine Really wish case makers used something like gorilla glass, or at least a plastic that doesn't scratch if you look at it funny Cable management is kind of compromised by installing harddrives on the back, and it's not really simple cable management like normal big cases, but you can still make something half decent looking, unless you have a ton of accessories to plugin, then you'll have a mess on one side Right angled sata cable plugs...
  • Pros: Easy to use magnetic fan filters for the bottom intakes Quiet, the two AP181 (180mm intakes) are very quiet on low speed through the integrated fan controller, the top exhaust fan is good, it's like a small step down from the scythe slipstream 12 but it's not really audible Good airflow Good window Mounting holes for a harddrive cooling fan on the side panel Big, but not stupid big, and it looks really good (subjective)
  • Cons: The four rod things that screw into the back to mount the harddrives aren't quite perfect, you could accidentally loosen them from the case and make it difficult to get the hdd mount out. Also another reviewer stated the side hdd mounts aren't secure, but they are quite secure. If you keep this next to your on your desk, you're gonna hear your power supply, not really a terribly nuisance but my psu whines a bit sometimes (Corsair HX750) It is literally impossible to t...
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