SilverStone Raven RV03

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The Raven RV03 has seven 5.25" drive bays which share the same space as two hard drive cages supporting three 3.5" drives a piece. Another four 3.5" drives and two 2.5" drives can be mounted behind the motherboard tray. Cooling is provided by a pair of 18 cm fans on the case floor and a single 12 cm model at the top. You can also install four 12 cm fans in the front (push-pull configuration for the two hard drive caddies) and single 12 cm fans at the rear and on the right side of the case behind the motherboard tray.

Compared to the RV02, the RV03's layout is flipped around, accessed primarily from the left side rather than the right, with the expansion slots toward the rear of the chassis rather than the drive cage. The other major change is the power supply moving from the top/rear of the case to the bottom/front, sacrificing the RV02's third 18 cm intake fan and a single drive bay.

A power cable sticking out of the side of the case would be unsightly, so an internal extension cable is used.

The star of the show is the RV03's giant 18 cm fans blowing across the motherboard toward the graphics card(s). They are wired to two-speed fan controllers at the top of the case and have sleeved 3-pin internal connectors.

The top 3-pin 12 cm exhaust fan looks almost comical compared to the fans across from it. In some systems the rear fan mount might not be usable given its proximity to the expansion slots.

Nested inside the 5.25" bays are two 3.5" drive cages supporting three drives each. They also have fan cages both at the front and back.

For the tool-less approach, plastic locking mechanisms are provided to secure the drive caddies in place. However there are also screw holes provided for fixing them in place the old fashioned way. Individual drives can be immobilized as well with their own screws.

Behind the motherboard tray are a series of cable-tie points and two 2.5" and four 3.5" drive mounts, two of which are placed upside down so cables can be stuffed underneath. This arrangement covers the screw holes of the 5.25" drive cages so they have to be removed temporarily to secure drives properly in the front cages.

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