Since I had both versions now, I like the RV02 better overall. While the original version was the more innovative chassis, it came at a premium price as well, somewhere just over $300 when it first hit the shelves if I recall correctly. Price aside, I do find the RV02 a bit more refined even with the lack of a couple of options, it still accomplished the task it set out to do. That is to provide great airflow through the bottom of the chassis and let convection take its course and aid in the dispersal of heat inside the chassis.
When I first powered the system I had all three switches set to the "HI" seting, and there was a noticeable hum coming from the fans at about 2-3 foot away from the RV02. With this hum comes good news, though. I was able to run with a two degree drop in not only the CPU temperature, but the GPU, NB and I would assume the rest of the motherboards hotter components, as my software for motherboard monitoring is limited, I can only guess. With the RV01 I wasn't so impressed with the temperatures, but this time around it looks like SilverStone took a harder look into making this chassis work a bit better.
The SST-RV02-BW is a long chassis and a lot of floor or desktop space is required to set the case down. For me I have a shorter desk, and my PC sits on top. I could move it to the floor, but then I can't see inside of it; I can see the dilemma most users are going to ponder already. The case is definitely cheap enough to make it a "looker" on anyone's shopping list. Just be sure if you do compare it to other choices, you get a good price. For instance, as I mentioned earlier, the lower end of the pricing can be found at Newegg for $179.99. Yes, there is shipping to incorporate, but at this time I don't see Newegg offering many cases with free shipping any longer. So for just over $200 you can have an appealing redesign of a great chassis in the Raven RV02 from SilverStone.