SilverStone Raven RV05

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ASSEMBLY

Assembling a system in the Raven RV05 is fairly straightforward. Our usual ATX case test system was used: An Asus 790GX motherboard with Phenom II X4 955 CPU cooled by a ZEROtherm FZ120 heatsink with a Nexus 120 mm fan, a WD SE16 hard drive, a Cooler Master 700W modular power supply, and two Radeon HD 4870 graphics cards (see full system details on the next page).


Assembly was a snap but it was a tighter fit than in previous incarnations of the Raven. According to our measurements, the graphics card length is limited to 31.2 cm and heatsink height to 16.4 cm.

Rather than using rails or caddies, 3.5 inch drives simply slide into form-fitted bays and are secured with a single thumbscrew each.

Tidying up the cables was an easy job though there is less room than we'd like at the back. If it's not being used, the optical drive bracket should be removed as cables running over it are pushed outward by its edges.

Clearance behind the motherboard tray varied between 1.4 and 2.7 cm, making for a close fit when the right side panel is put back on.

After assembly we weren't able to get the left side panel aligned properly. The panel's hooks all appeared to be oriented properly and cabling wasn't an issue. We must have remounted this panel a dozen of times but never got it flush with the front bezel.

Located under the "beak" of the front face, the white power LEDs shine downward and are diffused by a thin translucent window. The effect is pleasant and easy on the eyes. There is also a red LED at the center indicating hard drive activity with barely noticeable pink flashes.


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