SilverStone has proven a few things with their latest Raven to hit the market. One is the simple fact that not everyone needs a full assortment of drive bays to get their system up and running, and for most of us, that usually goes as unused space anyways. At the same time, there are still enough drive spots for most. Also, while the design is completely new, it still harks back to the original Raven more than any other design ever did. Another thing SilverStone has proved is that the ninety degree motherboard orientation, accompanied by 180mm AP fans, still remains successful. They have also proved to us that nobody has been able to pull off an angled design quite on the same level that SilverStone delivers in the SST-RV05B-W.
In our testing, we did find the chassis to have great stock air flow, even if it is a tad loud at full speed. The nice thing is that when switched to low speed, the noise level drops considerably, but these fans still deliver better airflow than most other cases since there is little to block what flow they do produce. While it is definitely geared towards gamers, we definitely liked the wide light across the front, and with the opaque cover, it will never blind you, but it is still large enough to illuminate a dark room pretty well. On another note, there is no flicker of an HDD activity light to deal with or to blind you, as there simply is not one on this chassis.
We do suggest the use of specific power supplies, like the unit we were sent that fits in the space. It is important that the cabling be flat, so that you are left with a clean looking finished product that shows the interior of the Raven in its best light. We had no issues with the length or fitment of the video card, but the 162mm height for the CPU cooler may drastically reduce your air cooling options. The best thing about the cooling potential of the RV05 though, is that this is by far the most water cooling ready design of the bunch. If air cooling is out, you can always hang an AIO from the top for the CPU, or if you plan to cool more components, you can go with a custom loop with a 280mm radiator or 360mm version.
Considering that the chassis has been stripped down to only the essentials, we do appreciate that the pricing follows along with the offerings. It is a complete design, and with some time, planning, acquiring of the right components, and patience, the SST-RV05B-W is one serious looker of a system when finished. Even with the angled window, we find that because of the use of the flat cables, there is very little wiring to be seen in our view inside; in fact, the motherboard just seems to float inside of the chassis.
With a price of just $115.99, that investment will not only get you a sleek looking gaming rig, but you will also have the most aggressively styled, and in our opinion, the best layout of any of the Raven Series. If you have been waiting on the fence to join the SilverStone Raven band wagon, then wait no longer, because this is clearly the time to join.
PRICING: You can find the SilverStone Raven RV05 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [SilverStone Raven SST-RV05B-W Full-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the SST-RV05B-W]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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