SilverStone at CES 2011
Author: Jakob Barnard
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 01-22-2011
Provided by: Silverstone
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RV03 – Raven Series

The Raven series has proven quite popular and CES 2011 was their chance to update the line with the new RV03. If I understood correctly the version we were shown at the Hilton was a demo model and there might be some changes before final production. Myself, the guys from The Best Case Scenario and our SilverStone rep got into a very interesting discussion of what tweaks could potentially be made to the case to make it even better.

As you will see below, the RV03 comes with gold trim. The general conclusion we came up with is that it would be much snappier with a glossy black trim or silver trim. Metallic gold on plastic just isn’t attractive to me, no matter how stylish everything is. That being said, the RV03 is definitely a case to see.



As with the other cases in the Raven series, the RV03 features the 90-degree turned mainboard, so all of your cabling comes out of the top as opposed to the back. In the third picture you get a better idea of the sort of cooling this case comes with. Air will be venting out of the top already with the turned mainboard, but with dual (slightly offset) AP181 fans sitting on the bottom, this case is ready to move some air. It also supports 120mm fan mounting either in front of or behind the 5.25” bays.

The first picture on the bottom row is what really snagged my attention for a couple of minutes on this case: back mounted hard drive spots with support for 3.5” and 2.5” drives and mandatory cable routing. It is deep enough behind the mainboard not only to keep the wiring clean, but there are actually spots to mount hard drives. The last picture is of the different looking back to the case due to the turned mainboard.

Stay with us as we give one more case a feature – the newest entry in the Fortress series.


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