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Written by Austin Downing   
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
SilverStone RV02B-EW Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

SilverStone Raven RV02B-EW Case Review

Case design for the last 25 years has not changed very much, disk drives in the front, motherboard in the middle, connections out the back. Enthusiast and casual users alike have just accepted that this is the fact of how computers work. In the recent years, growing concerns about heat have led to some different case designs each claiming to help beat the heat, but each case has still followed this tried and true design with the only variations being where fans go, and how the air flows through the case.

SilverStone attempted to shake things up with the original Raven RV01 but many critics had complaints of some first generation design quirks, high price, and extravagant looks. Silverstone toned down the looks, and had a more refined products with the RV02-BW but even that could have used some improvements. By combining the interior of the Fortress FT02, with the exterior of the RV02, all updated with Silverstone's 180mm Air Penetrator fans for great cooling the Raven 2 Evolution was created. Nevertheless, as many enthusiast know a cases features are useless if they come at too high of a cost or do not functions properly. In this review, Benchmark Reviews will look at this unique design to see if it truly is smarter than its competition or if it is all marketing hype.

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When reviewing a case you have four major things you need to look at. First, you need to look at build quality because no one wants to spend hours putting hardware in a case only to find defects or to have parts that will fail months later. Secondly, you need to look at cooling because as the heat output of components goes up, so do cooling needs. Third, you need to look at the acoustics of your new case because as anyone who has worked on or near servers knows adequate cooling can come at a acoustic cost unless a company put expenses into preventing this. Lastly, you need to look at the ease of build, which depending on your system may or may not play a big role in your choice of case. If you like, I spend lots of time inside of your case modifying parts then you want a system that you can easily move around in while making modifications. On the other hand if you want to setup your system and leave it then this becomes less of a importance and therefore can be moved lower on the requirements for your case.

Manufacturer: Silverstone Technology Co. Ltd.
Product Name: Raven 2 Evolution
Model Number: RV02B-EW
Price As Tested: $189.99

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Silverstone Technology Co. Ltd.

SilverStone Raven Features

  • Revolutionary 90 degree motherboard mounting from RAVEN RV01
  • Three 180mm Air Penetrator fans for unprecedented positive pressure and stack effect cooling
  • Supports liquid cooling radiator mounting
  • Motherboard back plate opening behind CPU area for quick cooler assembly
  • Supports 11" wide ATX motherboard
  • Highly flexible drive storage options with hot-swappable SATA adapter

RV02B-EW Specifications

Model No.
SST-RV02B-EW
Material
Reinforced Plastic Outer Shell, 0.8mm Steel Body
Color
Matte Black
Motherboard
SSI CEB, ATX(Maximum 12" x 11", Micro ATX
Multimedia
--
Drive Bay
External 5.25" x 5
--
Internal
3.5" x 5, 2.5"x 1
Cooling System
Front --
Rear
--
Side
--
Top
1 x 120mm exhast fan, 950rpm, 18dBA
Bottom
3 x 180mm intake fan 700/1200 RPM, 18/32dBA
Internal
--
Expansion Slots
7
Front I/O Port
USB2.0 x 2
Audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply
1 x Optional Standard (ATX)
Expansion Card
Up to 12.2"
Limitation of CPU Cooler
169mm
Space Behind Motherboard Tray .75"
Net Weight
12.5kg
Dimensions
212mm (W) x 503mm (H) x 643mm (D)
Extra
One CP05 included for single hot-swappable SATA hard drive, additional CP05 can be purchased separately



 

Comments 

 
# RE: SilverStone RV02B-EW Computer CaseDoug 2011-01-12 00:00
Please correct me if I'm wrong, since I skimmed more than read the article, but the guts of this case, and the drive, are mounted in the top and have channels that hide the cables, right? If so, that's pretty nice. Finally we have some real innovation here. It's nice to be able to work from the top of the case.

Where this case isn't innovative, and was noted by the author, is where all cases are breaking down. It's the drive bays! Why can't case designers just use something like this?: ##amazon.com/Kingwin-3-5IN-Sata-Mobile-Rack/dp/B00126U0VA/ref=pd_sim_e_3

Problem solved because the drive slides into the tray w/o any sleeves. I have 4 of these in my case and I love them. I can swap out drives anytime w/o cracking the case.

I also agree--plastic is so, uh, 80s case design. At least they didn't use eggshell white. Plastics can be pretty cool though. Just look at the Pelican Cases. If we could get a case's exterior made out of this sort of high impact plastic in matte, which they all are, that would be really nice, and an acceptable replacement for aluminum or steel.

But good for Silverstone. I actually woke up a little when I saw the top down, instead of the front, back, side, approach.
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# RE: SilverStone RV02B-EW Computer CaseAthlonite 2011-01-12 00:49
So really the only difference between this and the RV02B-W I own is different HDD mounting and 3 penertrator fans big frigging woop but I spose thumbs up to SilverStone for listening to your users as the HDD bay in RV02B-W which fits just 3 HDD's I had to purchase another one for the 5 HDD's I had thumbs down to silverstone for not providing 2 of the 5.25" to 3.5" HDD bays
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# RE: SilverStone RV02B-EW Computer CaseAthlonite 2011-01-12 00:54
Oh and the very least you could've done when putting hardware into a case to show it off is do some cable management as the way you've left it looks like # and doesn't do the case any justice whatsoever and would have taken all of ten minutes to route them
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# RE: SilverStone RV02B-EW Computer CaseShakey 2011-01-12 03:31
And the reason to get this over the Fortress 2 is? OK, the aluminium makes it cost more, but with the internals now identical why bother with this fugly design? The Raven 1 looked awesome, the Raven 2 always looked the pits.

Fortress 2 all the way.
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# RE: RE: SilverStone RV02B-EW Computer CaseAustin Downing 2011-01-12 10:41
I actually disagree on this, I felt the Raven 1 was way to showy and hated its looks but the way SilverStone toned back the looks with the Raven 2 I felt it helped open it up to a bigger market. At the same time by picking the Raven 2 Evolution you get the $75 of Air Penetrator fans that don't come with the Fortress 2 and you save $60.
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# RE: SilverStone RV02B-EW Computer CaseJiri 2011-01-12 06:51
Agree with the previous post. Author is speaking about good cable management possibility and leave the case look like mess...
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# Confused.....PJ 2011-01-12 09:19
"At the same time, they removed what many would consider an integral part of a full ATX case by taking out one of the expansions bays leaving a total of only seven expansions slots making many tri-SLI/crossfire setups impossible."

-Why? Why does it make tri crossfire impossible? I don't get what they're saying here. I ask because I just bought this case with dual crossfire, and considered a third card in the future.
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# RE: ConfusedAustin Downing 2011-01-12 10:17
It depends on the design of your motherboard, depending on the spacing of your PCI-E x16 slots you may not be able to fit another dual slot cooler at the end of your motherboard. For example this motherboard ##newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157213 would be unable to fit a third dual slot card due to needing a 8th slot.

This also means that all quad SLI/Crossfire setups using card that utilize dual slot coolers would be impossible due to not having at least eight slots
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# RE: SilverStone RV02B-EW Computer CasePJ 2011-01-12 09:23
Wait a minute, you mean on the back?!?! Eek....
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# RE: SilverStone RV02B-EW Computer CasePJ 2011-01-12 09:27
yeah, lot of contradictions in this article regarding the tri/quad crossfire. which one can it not accomidate? tri or quad?
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# Behind the mbEd Hume 2011-01-12 18:07
Nice quick review. I would have liked to see a measurement of the distance from the back of the mb tray to the left panel. I hear rumblings about cable management in these turned-mb cases from Silverstone. A direct measurement would be nice.
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# RE: Behind the mbAustin Downing 2011-01-12 18:43
I will take that advice into consideration in my next case review, thank you for the input
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# RE: RE: Behind the mbOlin Coles 2011-01-12 19:22
Please take the measurement.
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# RE: SilverStone RV02B-EW Computer CaseAustin Downing 2011-01-12 20:09
I have made the measurements and from the back of the motherboard tray to the side of the case is almost exactly .75".
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# questionmanup85 2011-06-17 05:53
sorry but power supply is it install on wrong position?
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# RE: questionAustin Downing 2011-06-17 09:48
No due to the design of the case the PSU is installed in the intended position.
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# re:questionmanup85 2011-06-19 10:03
so the power supply fan have to be on internal position right?
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# RE: re:questionAthlonite 2012-05-31 21:35
No the case has a nice big opening which is filtered for the PSU to suck cold air in from outside of the case
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