SilverStone Raven RV05

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SilverStone Raven RV05

July 18, 2014 by Lawrence Lee

SilverStone Raven RV05
ATX Tower Case
Street Price

When the original Raven case was launched in 2008, it seemed like a crazy experiment. SilverStone was known for their classy aluminum cases, but the RV01 represented a complete 180 degree turn in more ways than one: A behemoth with a heavily angled molded plastic exterior featuring a rotated motherboard layout and enormous bottom-mounted intake fans. Fortunately, the core design principles were sound enough to form the foundation of a successful line of towers that continues to this day.

Since that first iteration, they've complemented the Raven series with the more conventional-looking aluminum-clad Fortress FT02 and FT04 which adhere closer to their original design. They've also dialed back the aesthetics, with each subsequent Raven appearing less angular and birdlike, as well as trimming the overall size. Drive bay and power supply locations were experimented with, and the number of bottom fans reduced to a two. The RV04 was the biggest departure, though rather than a true Raven, it really was larger version of the Temjin TJ08-E, utilized front-facing fans and a completely upside-down motherboard orientation.

The Raven RV05.

The RV05 turns back the clock in its interior layout, which closely matches that of the RV02/FT02. It's an apt choice considering the FT02 is the best performing case we've tested. The exterior has been toned down further, still retaining that Ravenesque quality but not the jagged aggression of earlier models. More importantly, the RV05 is less bulky, shedding a lot of depth, resulting in a sleeker appearance and a substantial reduction in weight. It's still a big case measuring almost 53 cm (21 inches) tall and occupying just under 64 Liters, but it's svelte compared to some of its predecessors.

So how did SilverStone achieve this more slender form? Simply put, they ditched almost all the drive bays. 2.5 and 3.5 inch drive support is limited to two apiece and full-sized 5.25" mounts are absent altogether. There is space for a single optical drive, but only a slim slot-loader. These changes are drastic but the Raven really doesn't need such varied support. Enthusiast cases focus on cooling which makes them a perfect fit for rigs with high performance CPUs and GPUs. There's rarely a need in gaming PCs for multiple hard drives, but case maker seem to load up any empty space in these cases with drive bays... hoping they look more efficient? These cases are generally quite inappropriate for use as a 24-7 server. In the RV05, Silverstone becomes the first case maker to accept that gaming cases don't need umpteen drive bays. We applaud the decision. The few users who double up their gaming rigs as home servers will have to look elsewhere.

Specifications: SilverStone Raven RV05
(from the product web page)
Model No. SST-RV05B (black)
SST-RV05B-W (black + window)
Material Plastic outer shell, steel body
Motherboard SSI-EEB, ATX, Micro-ATX
Drive Bay External Slim slot-loading optical x 1
Internal 3.5" x 2, 2.5" x 2
Cooling System Top 120mm fan slot x 1
Bottom 180mm AP fan x 2, 600/900/1200rpm, 17/25/34dBA
Downward compatible with 120mm fan x 3, or 140mm fan x 2
Expansion Slot 7
Front I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2
Audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply Optional PS2(AT)
Expansion Card Compatible up to 12.3” long, width restriction - 6.57"
Limitation of CPU cooler 162mm
Net Weight 7.6kg
Dimension 242mm (W) x 529mm (H) x 498mm (D), 63.8L

Like previous iterations, the RV05 ships in only one color (black) with two variants (with and without a side window). Cooling, in the form of a pair of 18 cm fans, is essentially the same as the last couple of generations, minor changes in fan speed notwithstanding. Heatsink and expansion card size limits are reasonable but a bit more restrictive than in previous versions, due to the more compact design.

The box.


The RV05 ships in a large box protected by thick styrofoam inserts but despite this, our sample seemed to exhibit a bit of shipping damage in a slightly crumpled corner. Aside from an assembly guide, the accessories include a fine mesh magnetic filter for the power supply vent and a white box containing just a single small plastic bag of screws and zip-ties.

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