SilverStone Raven RV04 Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 11-14-2013
Provided by: SilverStone
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Installation

I'll be installing the following hardware in the RAVEN RV04:

Intel i7 4770K Haswell
Gigabyte Z87X-D3H
2 x 8GB Kingston HyperX Predator DDR3-2133
SilverStone Tundra TD02 AIO Cooler
240GB Kingston HyperX 3K SSD
2 x 1TB HDD RAID1
LG Hitachi 8X Blu-Ray Burner
Icy Dock 2" to 3" Adapter
SilverStone Strider Gold 650W
Windows 8.1 Professional


Thinking to test out the RV04's capability to host a 360mm (3x120mm) radiator, I removed the front hot-swap bay, main drive cage and support plate. As I mentioned previously, SilverStone has the RV04 pictured on their website with one installed. However as seen above, the extra length of the Swiftech H320 Edge due to the integrated pump and reservoir makes this impossible. It appears there would be just enough room to fit a standard 360mm radiator with the fittings end positioned at the top.

When reinstalling the front hot-swap bay, the screws that must be installed through the plastic base reliefs slipped off the screwdriver and disappeared inside the base. These reliefs should have solid walls to prevent this from happening. To get the screws out, the base had to be removed from the bottom of the case and then disassembled. The screws were found stuck to the magnet inside.

Since the Swiftech unit was out, the SilverStone Tundra TD02 then became the next choice of cooler. Unfortunately in order to install any 120mm-sized unit in the front means losing the included 180mm Air Penetrator fans, and thus losing the integrated fan speed selectors. The front of the chassis is completely open, there is no stamped grillwork to attach to. SilverStone does include brackets to convert the large opening in to three 120mm-sized holes. Because the opening has a rolled edge to the inside, the brackets must go on the front, but the corners then intrude into the 120mm top and bottom opening while the center one is free of this obstruction. What this boils down to is that a 240mm radiator like the Tundra TD02 is going to mount at a slight angle. From a functional standpoint this isn't a big problem, although it does leave a gap between fan and radiator at the top, or bottom if installed into the lower two positions.

Of course, mounting a 240mm radiator in the front also means losing the five bay main drive cage. The two 1TB HDDs were installed in the hot-swap bays. When connecting SATA data and power cables to the 1TB drives, a slight push from the rear to plug in the connector was able to overcome the latch and eject the drive from the bay. If used with the optional SST-CP05-SAS hot-swap connector this would not be an issue, and the latches are enough to prevent the drive from simply sliding out of the bay when tilting or moving the case. It would be nice if SilverStone lined the sides of the hot-swap bays with foam just like the main cage, as some drives tend to get noisy when mounted directly to metal brackets. Although there is space to install 2" drives under the hot-swap bays, adapters were used to mount the SSD in the top 5" external bay where there is more room and easier access.

Let's wrap things up with some final thoughts and conclusion.


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