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SilverStone Raven RVZ02 Review

SilverStone Raven RVZ02 Review

Some of the most stand out cases we have seen over the past few years have been from SilverStone. Their Raven series offers much more than just another black box and really adds an interesting twist to case design. Recently they announced a new mini-itx addition to that great range of cases and today we cover it in our SilverStone Raven RVZ02 Review.

SilverStone Raven RVZ02 Review – Box and Bundle

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The RVZ02 arrives in a fairly compact box with the two large surfaces fairly blank. The sides of the box are packed with images and info though. Opening it up we find the case suspended in polystyrene blocks, wrapped in a cloth bag and covered, in places, with protective plastic sections. Stored in a cardboard box within the case we find the bundled extras. These include two types of feet, one for vertical orientation, one for horizontal, various supports for our components, cable ties, screws and PCIe parts which are used to route our PCIe slot to a chamber within the case.

SilverStone Raven RVZ02 Review – The SST-SX500-LG PSU

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Many recent compact cases allow the installation of a standard desktop PSU however this makes them larger than they really need to be. The Raven RVZ02 uses the SFX PSU standard, which also includes the SFX-L. Two different sizes basically. SFX-L PSUs like the SilverStone SST-SX500-LG shown above are very much like their standard desktop equivalent, just smaller. We still get modular design, 80plus Gold efficiency certification, silent/fanless operation at low loads and a range of wattage options. SilverStone also include flat cables to assist with wiring and a bracket to install in larger cases if needed. You can see more about this PSU, including full specifications, on SilverStone’s website… of course it goes without saying that it is an ideal fit for the RVZ02.

SilverStone Raven RVZ02 Review – External

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The main body of the RVZ02 is steel. A plastic front panel adds some style and there are two large transparent windows on the sides (or top and bottom depending on orientation). In the bottom corner we find a power button and opposite reset. As far as dimensions go the case measures 380x87x370mm (12 litres) and it weighs 3.3Kg. A version of the case is also available with carry handle (Info).

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Turning the case round we find that there are two expansion slots, two Kensington lock slots, the I/O area and a power input (which is actually a passthrough as the PSU gets placed at the front with cable pre-routed).

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External connectivity can be found just to the side of the slimline optical drive cover and beneath a sliding section which also houses the power LED. SilverStone give us 2x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm audio in this location.

SilverStone Raven RVZ02 Review – Internal

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Three screws hold each side of the case in place and removing them allows each to slide off. Inside there are two chambers with the first shown above. It contains space for our mini-itx board, the SFX PSU, slimline optical drive and two 2.5″ drives (tool free install). Wiring is provided for the front panel connectivity and motherboard stand-offs are already in place. As far as cooler support goes, the limit is 58mm.

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Flipping the board over reveals the second chamber, primarily for our GPU. That said, if we opt for a compact model there are mounts for a 2.5/3.5″ drive. GPU support (without drive) is 13″ in length with a width of up to 4.78″.

SilverStone Raven RVZ02 Review – Build

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With a case design as unique as this an initial build is a little more complicated than the average case once we start, it is however pretty easy and the manual is helpful for those who need it. First we installed our PSU, opting for pointing the fan downwards, not necessarily the recommended orientation. More on that later. Next we dropped in the motherboard, four screws, done. The SSD was next, tilting the bay up and sliding it in and then we routed the appropriate cables before adding in the PCIe routers.

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Flipping the case over we then get to install our GPU (and if needed, drive). Holding the GPU steady with one of two bracket locations. You can also see in the above image that there is airflow, through a cut out, for the PSU when upside down and that CPU cooler backplates can be easily accessed if needed. Next we screw the sides of the case back on, done!

SilverStone Raven RVZ02 Review – Conclusion

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Starting with the build quality of the RVZ02-W we have a case which feels nice and solid. The steel body has been assembled well and is a decent thickness, offering plenty of stability for our components. Deciding to use two chambers means there is a nice solid panel running through the core of the case and the plastic front is manufactured well too. The sliding panel could be a little smoother to operate, or maybe spring loaded for some extra quality, but overall no significant issues. External layout is decent with the ports, buttons and optical drive easily accessed.

There are two changes we would make. First a nice set of LEDs around the case windows would be cool, with a button to enable/disable. install some LEDs inside (e.g. A GPU with LED fans) and the case has the ability to look great…so SilverStone should take advantage of that. We would also like to see some sort of mesh on the two windows to catch some of the dust which will otherwise enter the case . Thats the reason, even though it is not recommended) that we decided on placing the PSU fan downwards in our case, if we went for the normal orientation it would be sucking in all the dust in the area through the large window holes. (Silverstone tell us the non windowed version does have filters)

Other than the PSU orientation our build was trouble free. We very much liked the tool free drive bays, they work well. there is a nice amount of room around the PSU to bundle all the spare cable and the dual chamber layout works very well. Ideal for keeping our two main heat sources separate. Its also a great way of allowing plenty of space for larger graphics cards and maximising the flexibility of the case.

Summary: An impressive case from SilverStone. Easy to build in, flexible for the form factor, decent looks and well priced.

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