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SilverStone Raven SST-RV03B-W EATX Tower Chassis Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

The Raven gets redone, this time in its third incarnation. SilverStone have dropped off a SST-RV03B-W for us to have a look at!

| Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 24, 2011 10:06 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%      Manufacturer: SilverStone

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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SilverStone's SST-RV03B-W is built mostly of 0.8mm steel panels that are cut, bent and painted inside and out with a matte black color. Externally, the RV03B looks much like the RV02 with its longer than it is tall design, but the overall design and shaping is a close reminder as well; the RV03 was designed with its own personality in mind. On top there is the large, louvered cover for the rear I/O that we are used to. The cover smoothly flows around to the front into the front I/O and down over the optical bays. Since the interior has a new layout, the bottom of the front bezel has a large plastic area with the Raven emblem on it to cover the PSU to be installed there later. The top and front are made of ABS plastic to allow for the unique shapes, but this time there is a pair of gold "racing stripes" that run the full length of the top and continue down the front to the bottom of the chassis.

For those who have owned any of the Raven cases, what's on the inside won't surprise you too much. Most notably, the motherboard tray gets a ninety degree twist the right, orienting the motherboard to allow the graphics card/s and CPU coolers to blow air out the top of the chassis. This tray is marked for the full lineup of motherboards it can hold, and even marks off VGA length so you can see easily if long cards will fit. In the front there are seven 5.25" bays all with tool-free clips. Inside of six of those you will find both fan adapters to add 120mm fans here, along with six hard drive trays if you plan to install hard drives in the front. Where else are you going to install them, you're thinking, right? Believe it or not, there is room for up to five hard drives behind the motherboard tray as well!

 

Cooling the RV03 is a pair of 180mm Air Penetrator fans on the floor. These fans are slightly offset from each other. The one on the right is set out to add a great flow of air to the GPU area. The right fan is set further back and under the motherboard tray a bit. With the added venting at the bottom of the tray, it allows this fan to add air flow behind the motherboard tray as well. Both of these fans are connected to a fan controller found near the front I/O that have a Hi and Low setting and are pre-wired, just like all the other chassis wiring found in the RV03. There is one other fan installed in the RV03 from the factory and that is the 120mm fan in the top acting to exhaust the chassis. Optional places for fans are the front, and if you wish to remove the 180mm fans in the floor. In the front, you can use the 120mm fan adapter to secure up to four fans in the optical bays. If you remove the 180mm fan, you then have room to use three 120mm fans, or for those who water cool, the RV03 will take on a triple 120mm radiator.

 

SilverStone just released this concept of the Raven, so I expect availability to be a bit limited at this moment. A quick trip over to Google shopping definitely confirms this. Searching every way I could think of, I was only able to locate five e-tailers showing stock of this chassis. Pricing is all over the place with this chassis! I see pricing going from $139 on the low end, and charging up to $40 to ship it, while others are listing around $209 shipped. In the middle, as usual, I found a listing of $159.99 at Newegg.com. They are asking $28 to ship the RV03B-W, but all said and done, the RV03 rings out at under $180 this route. With the price of the RV01 at $249, dropped to the $179 of the RV02, I'm glad to see change didn't come with a heavy price. Now let's see if it's worth it!

 

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