SilverStone Raven RV04 Overview

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SilverStone Raven RV04 Overview

October 8, 2013 by Lawrence Lee

Product
SilverStone Raven RV04
Extended ATX Tower Case
Manufacturer
Street Price
US$160

Four years ago, SilverStone released the revolutionary Raven, a case that combined several interesting design elements to create a highly efficient performance tower. The design involved massive fans sucking up cool air from the bottom of the case (where the noise they emitted was better disguised) and blowing it through all the important components mounted to a rotated motherboard. Following natural thermal convection, the hot air then exhausted out the top. Built uncharacteristically with a plastic exterior, the next generation featured a more refined Raven RV02, and the aluminum-clad Fortress FT02. The interiors were identical — they were essentially the same chassis only decked out with different materials.

The latest incarnations, the Raven RV04 and Fortress FT04, are also closely related to one another. Both cases arrived at our doorstep together but given their similarities it didn't make sense to test them both. The more premium FT04 took precedence and while offering excellent performance, it left a bad taste in our mouths. Incorporating the Temjin TJ08-E's modular style design was an ambitious move but it didn't really add to its appeal aside from making it less deep. The well-crafted but over-engineered door created some fit and finish issues which never should have made it to the assembly line. The number of flaws was surprising for a SilverStone given their reputation for fastidiousness, but it was also inexcusable for a US$230 enthusiast case.

Today we're going to take a brief visual tour of the Fortress FT04's plastic brother, the Raven RV04. Like the FT02/RV02, the internal construction and layout are identical, so for all extents and purposes you're looking at very similar performance. However, it's still worth taking a separate look as the door doesn't suffer from quite as many problems, the feature-set is slightly different, and it's substantially more affordable at US$160. The RV04 is available in only two models, plain black (SST-RV04B) and black with a side window (SST-RV04B-W).


The Raven RV04.

The RV04 isn't nearly as attractive as the FT04 but the plastic composition of the door and top cover aren't really to blame. Previous incarnations of the Raven shell featured sharp angled contours vaguely resembling beaks which we didn't mind either way. The RV04 has a feather/wing pattern running along the outside that is more realistic but at the same time, kind of creepy. Most likely the last time you've seen flattened feathers was on the side of the road. It also brings to mind tree bark which isn't something most people like to see inside their homes.

Cases with front doors usually have two options for intake airflow, either vents lining the sides of the bezel (good), or a gap at the bottom (bad). The RV04 has neither, with SilverStone instead opting to just leave a massive hole on each side. This doesn't block out as much of the noise produced inside and also adds to the case's unusual appearance. In addition, what symmetry the case possesses is broken by the large hinge at the top.


The box.


Accessories.

The RV04 is protected in similar packaging as the FT04 and includes mostly the same accessories. The case ships with an assembly guide, a bag of screws and standoffs, a few zip-ties, brackets to mount up to a 3 x 12 cm radiator in the front, and a VGA holder, a plastic device with tabs to physically support up to three graphics cards.

Specifications: SilverStone Raven RV04
(from the product web page)
Model No. SST-RV04B (black)
SST-RV04B-W (black + window)
Material Reinforced plastic outer shell, steel body
Motherboard SSI-EEB, SSI-CEB, Extended ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX
M / B Support --
Drive Bay External 5.25" x 2
Internal 3.5" x 7 (2 hot-swap) , 2.5” x 4
Cooling System Front 2 x AP182 180mm intake fan 600/900/1200rpm, 18/25/34 dBA
Rear 1 x 120mm fan slot (option)
Side --
Top --
Bottom --
Internal --
Expansion Slot 8
Front I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply 1 x Optional standard PS2(ATX) no length limitation
Expansion Card Compatible up to 13.3” long, width restriction-6.69"
Limitation of CPU cooler 165mm
Limitation of PSU 180 mm
Net Weight 10.9
Dimension 219mm (W) x 581mm (H) x 479mm (D), 57.6 liters


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