SilverStone RVZ01: A Mini Raven

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SilverStone RVZ01: A Mini Raven

May 7, 2014 by Lawrence Lee

SilverStone Raven RVZ01
Mini-ITX Case
Original Price

While the SilverStone RVZ01 carries the Raven name, it doesn't share a lot in common with its predecessors, especially its progenitor. The original Raven was the result of a grand experiment not unlike Frankenstein's creation. The RV01 had an enormous body covered with heavily angled plastic housing an alien layout and a series of gigantic fans. As an appeal to show enthusiasts SilverStone could think out-the-box, it was successful, albeit heavy-handed. Thankfully the series refined with time, whittling away the more gaudy elements, leaving behind a sleeker form while maintaining the new positive design elements.

The RVZ01 operating in vertical position.

Specifications: SilverStone Raven RVZ01
(from the product web page)
Model No. SST-RVZ01B
Material Reinforced plastic outer shell, steel body
Color Black
Motherboard DTX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bay External Slim slot-loading optical x 1
Internal 3.5” x 1, 2.5” x 3
Cooling System Top 1 x 120mm fan, 1500rpm, 18dBA
Bottom 1 x 120mm fan, 1500rpm, 18dBA
1 x 120mm fan slot
Expansion Slot 2
Front I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply SFX
Expansion Card Support graphics card up to 13”, width restriction - 5.88”
Limitation of CPU cooler 83mm
Net Weight 3.71kg
Dimension 382mm (W) x 105mm (H) x 350mm (D), 14 liters
Extra Support two Kensington locks
Remark *Liquid cooling support limited to component that fit within RVZ01’s predefined dimensions. For detailed information, please refer to manual.

The Raven Z series is a new initiative to translate the success of previous Ravens into smaller form factors. The first model, the RVZ01, is a mini-ITX chassis that functions as either a slim tower or a wide desktop style case depending on the orientation. In the horizontal position, it has a substantial footprint but its slim 10.5 cm thickness trims down the volume to a mere 14 Liters. Despite this lack of girth, the case can house a long, full-sized graphics card, one 3.5 inch hard drive, and three 2.5 inch drives. It is tiny compared to the full-sized Raven iterations but it retains its positive pressure airflow scheme with a pair of slim 120 mm fans pre-installed and an optional third fan placement.

There are limitations of course — it supports only SFX power supplies, the optical drive bay is for a slim, slot-loading model, and the CPU heatsink height limit is just 83 mm. It just so happens that the Nitrogen NT06-E/Pro coolers are 82 mm tall and SilverStone is one of the few big name manufacturers with a line of 80 Plus Bronze/Gold SFX power supplies. Hopefully, this casual attempt at vertical integration doesn't compromise the case's performance or usability.

The box.



Previous Ravens arrived in dark and ominous packaging while the RVZ01 box has a brighter tone with the sides alight in orange flame. The case is wrapped in a black cloth bag and cushioned by standard styrofoam inserts. Tucked inside the video card compartment is a small white box containing the accessories. The contents include rubber case feet for both vertical and horizontal orientations, three fine mesh dust filters, a PCI-E extension (required to connect a graphics card to the built-in riser), a dual-headed fan connector, a bag of screws, and an extra case badge.

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