SilverStone Raven RVZ02 Slim Tower

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SilverStone Raven RVZ02 Slim Tower

January 4, 2016 by Lawrence Lee

Product
SilverStone Raven RVZ02
Mini-ITX Case
Manufacturer
Street Price
US$70
US$80 (window version)

The SilverStone Raven RVZ01/FTZ01 was an ambitious case that allowed users to build a high-end gaming PC within its compact 14 Liter chassis. Adopting a broad and slim console-like form factor, it used a riser card to lay the GPU parallel to the motherboard. The CPU and board was cooled by a slim fan on one side while the video card received the same treatment on the opposite side with a physical divider on the inside keeping the two sections compartmentalized. It was best utilized in the vertical position as a thin tower with ample airflow on both sides.


The SilverStone Raven RVZ02.

The new model, the RVZ02 has essentially the same layout but is noticeably slimmer, shaving about an inch off its thickness, though it is somewhat deeper than its predecessor. The overall volume has been reduced to an even more impressive 12.2 Liters, smaller than the NCASE M1, though not as evenly proportioned. The features are mostly unchanged as it can still fit a slim optical drive and a graphics card up to 13 inches long and retaining the SFX-L power supply compatibility that SilverStone added with the release of the FTZ01. However, the sleeker profile means there is no room for case fans at all, even the slim variety.


RVZ02 laying horizontal.

To make up for the loss of airflow, the air vents have been greatly increased in size to better feed the CPU and GPU fans. The vents are the only difference between the two RVZ02 models — they're part of the window in the windowed variant (RVZ02B-W) and built into the steel panel on the standard black version (RVZ02B). A third model, the Milo ML08, also uses the same all-steel chassis/panel design except it has a more boxy front panel and a carrying handle. Unfortunately, there is no Fortress version being offered so fans of aluminum construction currently have to settle for the Fortress FTZ01.


Accessories.

Along with an assembly manual, the RVZ02 comes with a white accessory box inside holding all the accouterment. The case ships screws, zip-ties, a riser card, a 9.5 to 12.7 mm slim optical drive face plate adapter, horizontal and vertical case feet, and two plastic clips, one to help secure the power supply, the other to keep the graphics card from drooping. The vertical case stands are much improved as the mechanism used for expansion/contraction is tighter. On the RVZ01/FTZ01, the interlocking portions were so loosely connected, they slid apart with little effort.

Specifications: SilverStone Raven RVZ01
(from the product web page)
Model No. SST-RVZ02B (black)
SST-RVZ02B-W (black + window)
Material Reinforced plastic outer shell, steel body
Color Black
Motherboard Mini-ITX
Drive Bay External Slim optical 12.7 mm or 9.5 mm x 1
(9.5 mm compatibility limited to tray type)
Internal Internal 2.5” x 2
(one additional 3.5” or 2.5” space depending on expansion card installed)
Cooling System Rear Passive exhaust vents
Side Oversized vents over CPU/motherboard and expansion area
Expansion Slot 2
Front I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply SFX & SFX-L
Expansion Card Compatible with 13” long, width restriction – 4.78”*
Limitation of CPU cooler 58 mm
Net Weight 3.2 ~ 3.3 kg
Dimension 380 mm (W) x 87 mm (H) x 370 mm (D), 12 liters
Extra Support two Kensington locks
Remark *Expansion card holder needs to be removed when installing expansion/graphics card wider than 4.78 inches. When system is assembled without the holder, vertical orientation of the case is recommended and transporting/shipping should be avoided. For more details, please refer to manual.


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