SilverStone Raven RV03 Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 12-27-2011
Provided by: SilverStone

The RAVEN 3 has a solid appearing front bezel and a highly sculpted and vented top. Both side panels contain a slight bulge at the lower front corner with a heavy waffle style grill. The left side houses the window, if so equipped, which is attached to the outside of the panel with plastic push-pin rivets. One change I made later was to move the window to the inside of the panel so that it fits flush with the cutout, then all that is visible are the black plastic rivet heads. This gives it a much cleaner, more finished appearance, well worth the 1/8" of clearance that is lost to the interior in my opinion.

The center of the right panel and the top of the rear contain vented openings that will fit 120mm fans, neither of which are included. It is strange to see such a featureless back on a computer case, as we will soon see the motherboard I/O panel and riser slots are hidden beneath the top cover. Due to this orientation, SilverStone points out that it is perfectly acceptable to place the RAVEN flush against a wall, as the rear fan vent is completely optional.

Underneath the top cover we find what we typically expect to see at the rear of a case. A chrome grill covers the included 120mm exhaust fan, and slotted riser blanks and more waffle style grid openings provide additional ventilation. There are dual grommeted holes for liquid cooling tubing, and two pass-through USB cables are pre-wired to relocate the "rear" motherboard USB 3.0 ports to the top front of the case.

The bottom of the RAVEN 3 houses dual 180mm intake fans, covered on the outside by these removable mesh filters. They are aligned by slight ridges around the perimeter of each, and held in place with tiny magnets encased in the plastic frames. These magnets are fairly weak, and the filters are easily jarred loose, particularly if using the gap at the bottom to get your fingers under to pick up the case for example. But this undoubtedly makes getting the filters off much easier for periodic cleaning, without having to move or tilt the case. The plastic feet at each corner of the case raise the bottom a good 1" off the floor, and have rubber pad inserts to help prevent slipping or scratching.

The combination power and hard drive activity LEDs are incorporated into a single transparent V shaped bar at the top front of the case, with power and reset buttons placed immediately below this. A raised panel flips up to reveal the two USB 3.0 ports and headphone/microphone jacks. Two fan speed control switches are recessed behind the plastic trim panel and feature low/high settings for the included 180mm fans.

Let's continue with a look at the interior of the RAVEN 3.

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