SilverStone Raven RV05 Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

SilverStone Raven RV05 Review

Introduction

In the same way that over the years Russian leaders have alternated between bald and hairy, has anyone else noticed how the Motherboard is placed alternately on the left then right hand side in successive Silverstone Raven cases?  We're not saying this is significant in any way, but we're already wondering as much about Putin's successor as we are about the RV06, which if the mere blink of an eye since we reviewed the RV04 is anything to go by shouldn't be too long a wait.  So political follicle significances aside, what's new in the RV05?  Well as you might have guessed the motherboard is on the Right hand side for a start, and gone are a great many of the annoying plastic fittings that irked us so much about the RV04.  Silverstone have also done away with 5.25" bays replacing them instead with a very low profile slim line optical bay should the grip of spinning silver platters grab you.  There are of course many more things to tell about the RV05, To find out, you're just going to have to make a cuppa, get comfy and read the review.  For now though, let's get things kicked off with the Technical Specification.

 

Technical Specification 

 Dimension 242mm (W) x 529mm (H) x 498mm (D)
 Material Plastic outer shell, steel body
 Motherboard ATX, Micro-ATX, Supports up to SSI-CEB motherboard
 5.25" Slim slot-loading optical x 1
 HDD 2x3.5"
 SSD 2x2.5" behind Motherboard
 Cooling

 Floor 2x 180mm AP fan, 600/900/1200rpm, 17/25/34dBA

         3x120mm Optional

         2x140mm Optional

 Roof  1x120mm Optional

 Water Cooling Up to 1x360mm, 1x280mm
 Expansion Slot 7
 Front I/O USB 3.0 x 2 / audio x 1 / MIC x 1
 Max GPU 12.3” long, width restriction – 6.57”
 Max CPU Cooler Height 162mm

 

Features

- Revolutionary 90 degrees motherboard mounting enables stack effect for natural heat convection
- Independent PSU intake vent prevents waste heat circulation
- Supports up to SSI-CEB motherboard
- Two 2.5” SSD/HDD slots on the backplate
- Supports two easy access drive bays with thumb screw design
- Top-mounted stealth I/O ports include microphone, audio and two USB 3.0 ports
- All black one-piece front panel inherits signature RAVEN styling touches
- Slim slot-loading optical drive slot
- Support for various liquid cooling radiator configurations
- Positive air pressure design with front-accessible main filter for class leading dust reduction
- Top 120mm fan slot completes overall airflow and supports AIO liquid cooler

 

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21-07-2014, 05:46:29

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...060040967l.png

Let's take a look at the Fifth case to wear the Raven badge. How will SilverStone arrange the internals this time round?


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21-07-2014, 05:57:09

Watsyerproblem
Looks like a good addition to the series.

My question is, would an exceptionally mad individual be able to place... lets say a dual 180mm rad in the bottom and use those large air penetrator fans in the bottom?

21-07-2014, 06:01:56

barnsley
Finally a proper Raven case! I was worried they were starting to become all boring and non-daft. Few .

21-07-2014, 06:30:12

MaddenShadow
I think it actually looks quite good, aside from that odd top bit. That really ruins the overall look to me.

21-07-2014, 08:40:24

SieB
Tempted to buy... one guy on left shoulder saying no and the other guy on the right is saying yes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmo0dAo-7PQ

21-07-2014, 08:52:57

Wraithguard
Different I'll give Silverstone that, the one thing it does for me is the orientation to gorp at your lovely hardware from a different angle

Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
Looks like a good addition to the series.

My question is, would an exceptionally mad individual be able to place... lets say a dual 180mm rad in the bottom and use those large air penetrator fans in the bottom?
Those penetrators aren't really that impressive as SP fans, but they do create a lot of air flow.

21-07-2014, 09:04:42

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by SieB View Post
Tempted to buy... one guy on left shoulder saying no and the other guy on the right is saying yes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmo0dAo-7PQ
Go for eeet! maybe make it match your Tri-X.
Also I forgot about that film!

21-07-2014, 09:14:21

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Go for eeet! maybe make it match your Tri-X.
Also I forgot about that film!
Just realized there is no where to fit my H100 without removing the 180mm fans. Don't really want to take them out and just have the fans on my H100 The main thing about the Raven cases is the better air flow, but if I remove the fans and just have the two 120s on my H100 it defeats the purpose.

That is the only thing stopping me from buying it now :\

21-07-2014, 09:19:02

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by SieB View Post
Just realized there is no where to fit my H100 without removing the 180mm fans. Don't really want to take them out and just have the fans on my H100 The main thing about the Raven cases is the better air flow, but if I remove the fans and just have the two 120s on my H100 it defeats the purpose.

That is the only thing stopping me from buying it now :\
Mod it! (somehow)

21-07-2014, 09:26:14

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Mod it! (somehow)
I'm no good at modding, i'd just end up destroying it
I could buy an air cooler, but i'd rather not do that. Think i'll stick to my Switch for now, although I may change my mind.

21-07-2014, 09:38:11

tinytomlogan
Why not get full water sorted in your switch first.... then you have the option to flip over to the RV05 if you get bored.

21-07-2014, 09:47:31

Greenback
I like the overall looks of the case except for the dip in the roof, though not enough to put me off buying 1

21-07-2014, 10:01:38

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Why not get full water sorted in your switch first.... then you have the option to flip over to the RV05 if you get bored.
I could do I suppose, just not got the money to buy all the water cooling stuff at the moment.

Just had a thought about trying to find a 180mm - 120mm fan adapter (looking now) or I might be able to get a piece of clear acrylic cut from from Ebay. 2x 180mmx180mm with screw holes spaced for 120mm and 180mm. That way I can mount the H100 to the acrylic and then it would also fit and screw on the 180mm fans.

21-07-2014, 10:14:02

tinytomlogan
Would create a lot of wind noise due to resistance

21-07-2014, 10:21:15

drunkenvalley
I imagine the 2x180mm radiators fit in this case. It'd be interesting to run my two 680s off of that in something like it. Knab one of those 1150 motherboards that had a big backplate to boot, they'd look swell in this.

21-07-2014, 10:37:57

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Would create a lot of wind noise due to resistance
Didn't think of that :\ But yeah it would, think i'll just leave it for now and start getting the bits I need for watercooling. Or buy it now and slowly add them in later, don't know yet, I need to sleep on it.

21-07-2014, 15:32:30

G-Dubs
SilverStone do not officially support the use of a 180mm fan based rad for this case. However......we think it would fit. You'd only have about 40mm of usable space though as the AP 180s (which wouldn't be the best fan for the job anyway) sit under a recess.

21-07-2014, 19:16:20

drunkenvalley
The absence of official support hasn't exactly stopped people who want to watercool.

21-07-2014, 19:39:43

Wargod56
I have been waiting for this, love 90 degree rotation on the MoBo the best way to eliminate graphics card sag, very tempted to get this.

Also very reasonable price wise,

23-07-2014, 18:32:27

demonking

personally i think this is a poor effort a B- at best when looking at the Raven history. the RV-03 was my first proper gaming case and bought it based solely on toms review but i don't like this one.
It looks really cramped and small, not many cooling options, PSU is not filtered, hardly any mounting options and over all really poor layout.
don't get me wrong the 04 was a joke compared to its predecessors and this is a step in the right direction but not enough to bring the raven series back to glory.
The RV02 is still the best case out of the line up, TTL did a competition rig in a white one of these with custom watercooling (can't find it as was a few years ago) and it was awesome, best Raven build i have ever seen and the 03- (sitting to my right) was a good mass market successor. The only thing that could have improved the 03 (imo) was to add water cooling support in the front, there was mounts for 4 x 120mm fans but you really had to mess around with the case to get a h100 in there or take out the 180's (oh and a USB3 header would have been nice instead of the stupid extension cables from the I/O).
whole thing just seems rushed and seems to be moving away from the fortress design but the front looks good and the space between the roof and the top seems better, also cable management seem to have improved from the sling it behind the removable hard-drive cages that i have going on.

23-07-2014, 19:31:04

drunkenvalley
Quote:
Originally Posted by demonking View Post
Etc.
I frankly disagree with you demonking. This case seems very much in line with the Raven series.

Also...
a. Cramped and small would be the point I would think.
b. Not many cooling options? What exactly do you even define as many cooling options? For aircooling the stock is pretty much the king of configurations, and for watercooling you have good options.
c. The case does come with a PSU filter among the accessories, according to Hardware Canucks. It's a magnetic filter fit for the recess of the powersupply's fanslot.

I'll give you that the case has limitations. Small cases have to. Bit of the point. However, the average user has a single harddrive, maybe two, and nowadays possibly an SSD. And for the average parts, this case has room for it all.

Then you start getting into the odd ones. If you want a lot of drives this isn't the case for you, but you do have two 3.5" and two 2.5" spots. That's more than what I think the average user will ever consider using, especially as we move towards M.2 slots or the like.

If you want to watercool the case you can stick a big, juicy 360 rad in the bottom, and a single 120 in the top of the case. While the 180mm fans aren't ideal static pressure fans, I doubt they're so bad that the increased cooling surface doesn't more than make up for it. That'll be enough for less power-hungry components.

My problem with the case is predominantly behind the space behind the motherboard. However, you bring up the RV02 in your post, which far as I'm aware had a similarly restrictive space.

If I shat money and time, I'd put together something beautiful for you in this case for the occasion.

23-07-2014, 19:37:08

MaddenShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by drunkenvalley View Post
I frankly disagree with you demonking. This case seems very much in line with the Raven series.... etc.
Mate, Tom is not exactly saying bad things about the case. It got a 9 for performance, 10 for price, 9 for presentation, and an OC3D Gold Award.

23-07-2014, 19:40:48

drunkenvalley
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
Mate, Tom is not exactly saying bad things about the case. It got a 9 for performance, 10 for price, 9 for presentation, and an OC3D Gold Award.
I'm not arguing Tom's call, only another forum user's.

23-07-2014, 19:44:48

MaddenShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by drunkenvalley View Post
I'm not arguing Tom's call, only another forum user's.
Alright, I didnt see any of those points made, but fine

23-07-2014, 19:57:18

drunkenvalley
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
Alright, I didnt see any of those points made, but fine
Is fine, I just happened to be at the cutoff for the next page, and I didn't think of my post being top one on a page would mean context might've been lost.

So just edited in what post it refers to for clarity.

23-07-2014, 19:59:56

MaddenShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by drunkenvalley View Post
Is fine, I just happened to be at the cutoff for the next page, and I didn't think of my post being top one on a page would mean context might've been lost.

So just edited in what post it refers to for clarity.
Ah I didnt realise that you were refering to the user demonking. I thought it was a typo or something My bad

24-07-2014, 03:30:04

demonking
sorry to offend just giving my opinon

24-07-2014, 08:29:07

drunkenvalley
No offense taken, I just disagree with the opinion.

08-08-2014, 03:37:15

Nasigoring
Quote:
What Silverstone don't mention, and perhaps they should is that it's entirely feasible to fit the fans under the floor of the case.
I have a H105 and Antec Kuhler 620 and I was thinking of doing what is mentioned in the quote above with the 180mm pentrators under the case pushing and the stock fan pulling air. In the top, space permitting, i'll be running a push-pull with the Kuhler (2x corsair fans) for the GPU with a NZXT Kraken G10.

Does anyone know:
1) Will the Antec Kuhler's tubes fit and/or reach to the correct side of the gpu?
2) will I have to remove the filter from under the case?

21-08-2014, 19:44:59

Scarecrow1976
Great case. It looks not the same like the other cases. Great style !

22-08-2014, 15:24:46

TeeBlack
I never liked Raven cases. This one is no different just not my cup of tea.
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