Silverstone Raven Two

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Silverstone Raven Two

Dec 4, 2009 by Mike Chin

SilverStone Raven RV02
ATX Tower Case
Market Price

The original Raven, which we reviewed in the spring earlier this year, was clearly a success, at least in terms of functionaility. It kept our hot gaming system well cooled yet very quiet. The only real drawback was the dramatic "Knight of the Night" styliing, which probably split reaction into opposing camps: Those who love it and those who hate it. Version Two of the Raven comes sheathed in a similar but more subtle exterior, without EATX motherboard support this time, which results in useful reductions in size and perhaps less polarized responses to the style. SilverStone says it's been refined in many ways, which is usually a good thing.

The official story from SilverStone:

After releasing the ground-breaking RAVEN RV01, the first retail chassis to utilize the 90 degree motherboard mounting layout, SilverStone’s RAVEN team quickly went back to the drawing board to create another chassis with even more mass appeal. The resulting RAVEN RV02 is smaller, lighter, and higher performing. Compatibility with Extended-ATX motherboard and server level storage capacity were sacrificed in favor of a more compact dimension and consumer oriented design. Three custom designed 180mm fans and one 120mm fan are included in the RV02 to provide noise to cooling performance ratio that breaks existing benchmark for enthusiast chassis. Additional features such as the inclusion of the 8th expansion slot (for triple or quad graphics cards), all black painted interior, custom designed hard drive suspension cage, and radiator mounts completes a package that will not only appeal to hardware enthusiasts but also to anyone looking to assemble a system that makes a statement with plenty of cooling and very little noise.

Another huge box.

Again, the case is well packed and protected, in a very large box.

It is cushioned with styrofoam, which breaks more easily than closed cell foam.

It's not as tall as the Raven One, but deeper, and with fewer stylistic features reminiscent of the Batmobile.

The Raven Two is a large case with a big side window on the right side. Normally, this means access is from the right side, and the motherboard ends up being installed "upside down". But in the Raven Two, as in the original, the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees from normal, so that all the "rear" ports are facing the top. The top exterior panel is dramatically styled, and mostly perforated; it is the primary exhaust vent for the case. Unlike the Raven One, whose steel panels were entirely wrapped in plastic, the side and back panels are one layer of steel.

As with the RV01, the core concept is an attempt to employ the heat rise of natural convection for more effective cooling. The intake vents and fans are at the bottom, blowing up, and the exhaust vents are at the top. The concept worked well in the RV01; perhaps it is even better executed here.

Model No.  
SST-RV02B (black)
SST-RV02B-W (black + window)
Material reinforced plastic outer shell, 0.8mm Steel body.
Color Matte black
Motherboard SSI CEB, ATX (maximum 12” x 11”) , Micro ATX
Multimedia --
Drive Bay External 5.25" x 5 or 8 (without hard drive)
Internal 3.5" x 3 (w/ suspension system), 2.5” x 1 for SSD
Cooling System Front --
Rear --
Side --
Top 1 x 120mm exhaust fan, 950rpm, 18dBA
Bottom 3 x 180mm intake fan 700/1000rpm, 18/27dBA
Internal --
Expansion Slot 8
Front I/O Port USB2.0 x 2
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply 1 x optional standard PS2 (ATX)
Expansion Card Compatible with expansion card up to 12 inches
Net Weight 12.5kg
Dimension 212mm (W) x 503mm (H) x 643mm (D)
Extra --

A few of things worthy of note:

  • It is made not of aluminum, as with many SilverStone cases, but of 0.8mm thick steel and plastic.
  • The 12.5kg weight is actually modest for such a large steel case.
  • SPL specs are given for the four fans: 18 dBA for the 120mm top fan and 18/27 dBA for the bottom three fans, which have two selectable speeds. These numbers are respectably low.
  • There's officially room for only four HDDs, three 3.5" and one 2.5". However, the remaining five 5.25" bays could easily be used for HDDs as well.

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