SilverStone Raven RV05 Review
Published: 21st July 2014 | Source: SilverStone | Price: 82.99 |
Up Close: Exterior Overview and Roof
The new RV05 cuts quite a striking pose, Raised high off the deck on it's four solid feet it appears somehow crouched forward as if waiting to pounce. As with all Raven cases you can have any colour you want, as long as it's Black, and to aid in admiration of all things shiny inside you do though get a window on the left hand side panel. The window could perhaps do with being a little bigger, perhaps extending another 20-40mm above and below its vertical margins.
We really like the roof of the RV05. It not only looks good but as this is a positive pressure case with the intake in the base it will provide excellent convection out of the case for the hot air inside.
The front I/O is situated at the leading edge of the case with a flush fitting removable rubber cover both protecting and hiding from sight the pair of audio and USB 3.0s. The power and Reset buttons are placed either side on the outer margins blending nicely into the lines of the case so as not to spoil the aesthetic.
A gentle tug from the rear is all it takes to remove the top cover revealing what would in a "Normal" case be the rear. As the RV05 has the Motherboard rotated 90 degrees everything we would see round the back is now up top, the layout though at first disorientating is still actually quite conventional with a space for a 120mm fan beside the rear, sorry top I/O cut out.
To the left of these we find seven vented PCI slot covers beside which lies the PSU cut out. As there's plenty of room to turn the power cable before the roof is reached there should be no need for a 90 degree IEC mains lead termination. And if you can turn the power cable around you should have no problem turning and routing all the other assorted cables towards the rear.
The side panels are removed after first releasing two spring loaded clips inside the upper edge of the roof. After doing so the case sides, along with the remainder of the roof sections on each side pull away with a firm tug. If you don't read the instructions, you haven't got a cat in hells chance of finding them. Removing the roof section of the case also gives you access to a pair of three position fan controllers. We like that these are secreted away inside the case rather than unnecessarily spoiling the exterior. If you're the sort who's forever adjusting their fan speeds, firstly don't, and secondly tough buns, you're going to have to take the roof off to do so.