Friday, August 8, 2014

The SilverStone Raven RV05 Case

Official Website
Raven RV05

"The RAVEN RV05, the fifth edition in the exciting RAVEN enthusiasts chassis series continues the tradition of breaking and evolving the standards of desktop PC design. With a bold move that sees the removal of all 5.25” drive bays, the RAVEN team engineers again saw the opportunity to re-utilize the 90 degree rotated design. "

  • Signature RAVEN styling touches
  • Revolutionary 90 degree motherboard mounting from RAVEN RV01
  • Breakthrough 5.25 inch bay-free design for unprecedented power to size ratio
  • Two Air Penetrator fans included for great performance and quietness
  • Positive air pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention
  • Quick-release latch for fast side panel removal
  • Front access to main filter for easy maintenance
  • Support for various liquid cooling radiator sizes

  • Expansion Card -  Compatible with 12.3” long, width restriction – 6.57”
  • Limitation of CPU cooler - 162mm



included are a nice black fibre cover & dust meshes

Views From Different Angles


lifts off very easily, revealing the I/O area

Close-ups of the Power & Reset buttons, audio jacks and the USB3 connectors


take note of the deceptive slit on the right, that's the understated opening for the slim 5.25" optical drive


featuring the fenestrated dust grille for the power supply intake fan


with a viewing window on the left


revealing the removable dust mesh and rubber padded feet

Side Panels

with the top off, the 2 side panels lift off with ease upon depressing the catch in the middle

Demonstrating the mounting of the side window

The type of panel catches used

Do take more care around certain corners with thinner plastics


showing the minimalist vertical mobo tray & grilled ventilated I/O plates

The 2 massive 180mm Penetrator intake fans at the bottom of the case

The fan markings

The back of the mobo tray

The Slim 5.25" ODD

possibly the last hurrah to optical storage devices?

Fitting Up

featuring the Silverstone Strider 700W Bronze PSU and the Asrock B85 Fatal1ty Killer mobo

Initial Impressions

  • Unique vertical motherboard placement per Raven series 
  • 2 x 180mm Penetrator fans included with speed control, fantastic blow power of up to 130 CFM each
  • Straight-thru' ventilation path for CPU and GPU
  • Good paint finish
  • Good panel fittings
  • Easy tear apart process down to the skeletal framework
  • Compact size for a Raven model
  • Lowest SRP amongst the Raven ATX cases

Can be improved...
  • Tight interior, especially for longer PSU models
  • Not tool free
  • Minimal cable management
  • Limited storage possibilites for a mid-tower
  • Thin plastic edges around certain corners
  • Finger print magnet due to silky smooth black finishing 

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