Each side panel is held in place with two thumbscrews from the top. Removing the left we get our first look at the atypical layout of the RAVEN series. Nearly everything has been blacked out, from the riser blanks to all the screws and mounting hardware. Intake fan power cables, audio cable and front panel motherboard cables have all been wrapped in a rubberized mesh. Only the chrome grill and the power cable of the top exhaust fan have not been treated to the same blacked-out detail as the rest. The motherboard orientation is rotated 90° clockwise and supports up to EATX size boards.
The right side panel hides the 2" of space behind the motherboard tray, utilized for mounting brackets for four of the 3½" and one 2½" drive locations. There is an oversized opening for CPU backing plate access, and plenty of room for wire management, with lots of slotted openings around the perimeter of the motherboard tray for passing cables through. The power supply opening is located at the bottom of the front drive bays and is turned sideways for easier wire routing.
The included 180mm intake fans feature SilverStone's Air Penetrator, designed to aid in greater air flow channeling with reduced noise compared to a typical axial fan. These are pre-wired to the fan speed control panel at the top of the case; only these two 3-pin connectors need plugged in to provide power. The top 5¼" drive bay is left open for an optical drive while the lower six have brackets for mounting up to four additional 120mm fans: two at the front and two in the rear. Furthermore, the 5¼" bays can also be used to mount additional 3½" hard drives if extra space is needed. The rear 120mm fan opening could be utilized for intake, to blow directly on a video card for example, however it would likely interfere with the last motherboard slot.
The blank plates on each of the 5¼" bay covers can be removed, revealing a mesh frame behind it. This opens up additional intake airflow, although they do have more of an unfinished look compared to the blanks with their repeating V styled shape.
Let's get some hardware installed into the RAVEN 3.