Silverstone Raven RVX01 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


The Silverstone Raven series has long been established as one of the most-unique chassis ranges on the market, offering a range of products that suit slim Mini-ITX system builds, right up to high-end full-tower systems. One thing is for certainly, all of the Raven series chassis to date have been mighty impressive, both in terms of design and functionality and that’s a trend I hope to see continued today.

“After completing the evolutionary RAVEN RV05 with 5.25” drive bay design completely removed, the RAVEN team created another forward thinking line of cases with the introduction of the “RAVEN X” subcategory. This line will not only retain the essence of what made the original RAVEN series great with features such as signature aggressive styling and 90 degree rotated layout, but also cater to enthusiasts looking for more exciting designs in an entry-level price point. With the smallest ever footprint for a ATX RAVEN tower case, the RVX01 has remarkably accommodating interior that can easily fit large ATX motherboards up to 12” x 11”, full size graphics card, four 2.5”/3.5” drives, and spaces for up to three radiators.” – Silverstone

The RVX01 is not only the latest gaming chassis from their Raven series, but it’s also one of the most interesting. Not only is it designed to be more affordable, it’s also the smallest, but with that in mind, it still promises are premium chassis experience and support for some serious high-end hardware. Affordable, well made, good looks and great compatibility… sounds pretty perfect to me!

  • Signature RAVEN styling touches
  • 90 degree motherboard mounting from legendary RAVEN RV01
  • Three 120mm Air Penetrator fans included for sublime vertical air cooling
  • Positive pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention
  • Quick access filter for convenient maintenance
  • Support up to three sets of liquid cooling radiators

There are three colour options available, red, blue and green. You’ll also find enclosed and windowed panel variants of each also, giving you plenty of variety to choose from overall. There’s room for up to an ATX motherboard, ATX PSU, monster sized 13.7-Inch expansion cards, tall CPU coolers and while there is room for fans, there’s a very impressive trilogy of Silverstones 120mm Air Penetrator fans pre-installed!

The chassis certainly make a visual impact when you first set eyes on it. The panels are coated with a stealthy black, which blends in perfectly with the matte finish black plastics. A mixture of extreme angles give it an aggressive appearance, but it still manages to look fairly refined at the same time.

We obviously have the black and red variant at our disposal today and while we don’t have the window panel (which is a real shame), it would be located here on the right side panel, as this chassis employs a rotated motherboard design.

The front panel keeps that aggressive at full power, with more strong angles and two LED lights mounted in an angular and almost evil eyes fashion.

Tucked into the top of the front panel, a pair of control switches for the power and reset. They’re just made from a cut-away in the plastics, which is a little bit of a cheap way of doing it, but they work and if it saves costs to the consumer, it’s not so bad. There’s an I/O panel with dual USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks.

Around the back, you’ll notice a distinct lack of a standard I/O port for the motherboard, as that is located on the top of the chassis. Instead, you’ll find a ventilated section for the PSU air intake.

On the base of the chassis, there’s a lot going on, as we’ve got that lovely bright red trim and four large and durable rubber grips on the feet.

Those big feet provide ample ground clearance for a full-length slide-out dust filter, behind which you’ll find a wall of superb quality Air Penetrator fans. These fans can push a mighty amount of air with minimal noise, which is obviously what you want for a chassis fan!

SilverStone Releases RVP01 Oversized Mousepad

We have all experienced the trouble in hectic games when our mouse exits the surface areas edge and we lose proper control of our beloved input device, the mouse. Silverstone has now released a new surface pad that is large enough for both your keyboard and mouse and thereby gives you an entire gaming surface for your desktop rather than just a mouse pad.

The extra-large pad creates a seamless and consistent gaming area and it features a fine machine woven top surface for smooth movement and precision stitched edges with an excellent durability. The Raven RVP01 oversized pad features a non-slip coating made of eco rubber that makes sure it stays where you place it.

The new Raven RVP01 extra-large gaming pad for mouse and keyboard measures an impressive 85cm by 30cm and uses a combination of black and blue to create a great looking surface for your desktop.

 

We will find out just how great this extra-large gaming pad from SilverStone is when we have our own review of the Raven RVP01 gaming pad ready for you very shortly.

Which surface type is your preferred choice for battle and work? Soft woven fabric or hard surface pads? Do you prefer normal sized pads or would you want a large one like this? Let us know in the comments.

SilverStone Release New RVX01 in the Raven Series

SilverStone collected a lot of praise for their Raven series and now the family got a new member, and while it is the ATX-sized Raven with the smallest footprint yet it is not the runt of the litter. The new Raven RVX01 comes in two versions, one with a side panel window and one without. The one without the window is only available in red but you can get the windowed RVX01-W in three colour options: red, blue, and green.

Despite the small footprint, the Raven RVX01 has room for a lot of hardware such as an ATX-sized motherboard and PSU, graphics cards with up to 348mm length, and CPU coolers with a height of up to 162mm (159mm in the windowed version). The cooling options aren’t bad either with three 120mm Air Penetrator fans pre-installed at the bottom of the case, 1200 RPM at 19.7dBA, and the option to mount another 120mm at the front and one at the top.

The Raven RVX01 has seven expansion slots for full usage of your ATX-sized motherboard options and comes with two front-IO USB 3.0 ports as well as two audio jacks for a headset or the last surround sound connections.

The overall measurements come down to 215mm width by 485mm height by 500mm depth and a total volume of 52.1 litres. If you already been convinced that this should be your new chassis then you don’t need to wait that long for it to become available. The Raven RVX01 should be available on December the 2nd for a suggested end-user price of $84.60 USD for the RVX01BR without window and $89.40 USD for the windowed RVX01BR-W with colour options.

The Raven signature features such as a motherboard that has been rotated 90 degrees for a top instead of rear IO panel and hidden cables as well as the stylish looking front, easy access, and positive pressure design.

Special Features:

  • Signature RAVEN styling touches
  • 90-degree motherboard mounting from legendary RAVEN RV01
  • Three 120mm Air Penetrator fans included for sublime vertical air cooling
  • Positive pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention
  • Quick access filter for convenient maintenance
  • Support up to three sets of liquid cooling radiators

Silverstone Raven RVX01 Details Revealed

The Silverstone Raven series is one of the most unique and awesome chassis ranges ever to have graced the PC market. Their incredibly unique and offer the usual wide selection of innovations that Silverstone are known for. Now we see that their latest creation, the RVX01 Mid-Tower, is not far from its release to the public in November.

TechPowerUp was given a sneak peek at the new chassis, which features ABC and steel construction, meaning it should be as robust as previous entries in the Raven series. There will be two variants, one with and one without a side panel window. The Raven series is known for its unique looks and you’ll still find the motherboard mounts with the I/O facing upwards, meaning the GPUs stand vertically in the chassis and make use of a bottom to top airflow pattern.

There’s room for 162mm CPU air-coolers, 349mm long and 150mm wide graphics cards, as well as 225mm long PSUs, so there’s no doubt you can fit a good amount of enthusiast grade hardware in here!

The cooling comes from three 120mm air-penetrator fans in the base, with support for a radiator of (up to) 360mm. There’s also optional fans mounts, with a single 120mm in the front, and a 120mm in the top.

The RVX01 is expected to launch this November, with prices around $80.

SilverStone Unveils Raven RVZ02 HTPC Chassis

The original SilverStone Raven RVZ01 impressed us a great deal over two years ago and is still one of the best HTPC chassis on the market. Now the time has come for its successor, the unimaginatively named, RVZ02 to be publicly showcased. Firstly, the RVZ02’s aesthetic design is beautiful with a subtle Raven logo and vivid power indicator. Additionally, the case’s exterior is constructed from high-grade plastic and features a strong, steel body.

As you might expect, the chassis supports the Mini-ITX form factor and requires an SFX or SFX-L power supply. SilverStone also added support for long graphics cards up to 13 inches and incorporates a tool-less drive cage design. The case also utilizes independent expansion slots to allow for easy assembly. In terms of dimensions, the chassis is 380mm x 87mm x 370mm and 1.2 liters. On the front, we can access two USB 3.0 ports, microphone and audio jacks.

The tight enclosure means the maximum CPU cooler height is 58mm. This shouldn’t be a major problem but will limit the your cooler selection. For instance, the Noctua NH-L9x65 is designed for ITX builds but exceeds the case’s maximum at 65mm. The RVZ02 opts for chassis ventilation holes to help with airflow. I’m quite fond of the idea that you use the system both horizontally and vertically. Hopefully, we should be able to conduct a review of the RVZ02 very soon.

Silverstone Raven RV05-BW Chassis Review

Introduction


Silverstone are back again with the latest entry in their now legendary Raven series. We’ve always loved the Raven chassis here at eTeknix and while we’ve not reviewed the entire range, I have spent some time tinkering with each of them personally. Just check out our Reviews of the RV04 and the RVZ01 here to see what else they have to offer. Of course if you’re eager to check out their latest and greatest, then you’ll do better to stick around for the rest of this review first.

The Raven series is something of a flagship range for Silverstone, often pushing innovation and very unique designs for the gaming PC market. They’ve often been big, relatively expensive and uniquely styled compared to rival offerings, but the RV05 looks set to do thing a little differently. The 5.25″ drive bays are gone, allowing much more room for the motherboard and other components, while also allowing Silverstone to cut the overall size of the chassis down considerably, this is backed up by a much more affordable price tag when compared to the older Raven models, which often cost a little over £100 at release, where as the RV05 is a much more wallet friendly £80.00.

The lower price point may tell you that the RV05 has fewer features than its older brothers, but that really isn’t the case here. As you can see, the chassis may have dropped the 5.25″ drive bays, but has instead added a slim slot-loading optical bay. Cooling is handled by two powerful Air Penetrator 180mm fans, although you can remove these in favour of 120mm and 140mm fans if you wish. Tall CPU coolers and long graphics cards are also supported.

The packaging is really nicely design and while a box is just a box, the extra effort on design does indicate that this is a premium product.

 

The chassis is really well packaged, with a protective cloth cover over the chassis and plentiful protective padding on either side.

In the box you’ll find a high quality multi language manual, some screws and cable ties, and a magnetic dust filter.

Silverstone RAVEN RV05 Chassis Coming Next Month

Silverstone are back once again and so is their legendary Raven series. Now on its fifth iteration, the Raven RV05 is the latest edition of one of the most unique chassis designs on the market. It’s full of innovative design aspects and features that should really set it apart from the competition once again.

The motherboard is mounted in the chassis rotated 90 degree, allowing for a bottom to top airflow design that benefits from two 180mm Air Penetrator three speed fans in the base of the chassis. The 5.25″ drive bays are gone, allowing the system to be remarkably capable of holding larger motherboards, long graphics cards and a decent amount of storage and cooling.

Removable air filters, tool-less panels, premium grade build quality, unique styling, great ergonomics, this case has it all. Best of all is that it’s price pretty good too, given the overall specification and premium that the Raven series has been known for. RRP (excl. VAT) is $118.23 / $89 Euro and the RV05B-W will be available from July 3rd.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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Silverstone Desktop Amp & DAC At CeBIT 2014

Here we are once again at the Silverstone booth at CeBIT 2014 and while we’ve already had great fun checking out their new chassis products for 2014, I can’t help but be even more excited about their audio products. Silverstone are well known in the industry for their attention to detail and premium grade engineering, a mindset that works well when designing high-end audio equipment.

Below we have the RAV01 and the RAV02 audio products, both of which are part of Silverstone’s premium grade gaming series “Raven”. The devices booth look simple enough, black boxes with a pair of audio jacks on the front. The RAV01 is external and compact, while the RAV02 is a little larger to allow mounting in a 5.25″ drive bay slot on your chassis. Both of them are designed to filter and improve the quality of your sound while gaming, perfect for blocking background noise and giving your headset an extra kick.

The really awesome stuff comes in the form of the new desktop amp and DAC (Digital Audio Converter). These two sleek looking devices are made from beautifully finished brushed aluminium and while they can be run separately you can hook the pair together to really reap the benefits of high-end headsets and headphones on your desktop. Improved signal quality and power delivery really makes a big difference and I’ll be taking a closer look at these products in the coming weeks for an in-depth review.

There is still more great things to see at the Silverstone booth as well as from the rest of the show here at CeBIT 2014, so well be back very soon with even more coverage from the show floor.

Silverstone Display Upcoming Fortress FT05 & Raven RV01 Chassis At CeBIT 2014

Here we are once again at the Silverstone booth at CeBIT 2014 and out on display we have four great chassis products, two existing ones and two more that will be hitting the market very soon. The PS09 is something we’ve already seen here at eTeknix and you can read our full review right here and the larger PS10 is fairly similar, but offering up more space and room for ATX motherboards Vs the PS09’s Micro-ATX motherboard support. What were really interested in are the two big cases on the right, the first being the Silverstone RV05 and the second being the FT05.

The RV05 is Silverstones latest entry to their Raven series, which I think is one of the most epic and unique chassis ranges on the market today, to give you an idea of what I mean you can read our review of the RV01, RV04-B and the RVZ01. The RV05 features a smaller exterior form factor that it’s older brothers, but still has a lot of space on the interior thanks to its innovative design. We actually saw a little of this case back in January at CES 2014 and we really can’t wait to get one in for review.

eTeknix CES 2014 – Silverstone Suite RV05

The FT05 is the latest entry in the Fortress series, which again features much of the innovation and extreme performance of the Raven, but with a much bolder and cleaner design. While on some levels this is the same case on the interior, it’s most certainly aimed at a different part of the market. Just check out our FT04 review to see how great these chassis can be, if that isn’t enough to get you excited about the FT05, then nothing will be.

eTeknix CES 2014 – Silverstone Suite FT05

We’ve got even more coverage from the Silverstone booth at CeBIT 2014 on its way, so stay tuned for more updates from here and from the rest of the show.

http://www.eteknix.com/silverstone-fortress-series-ft04-chassis-review/

Silverstone Raven RVZ01 Mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


Silverstone have long been the masters of small form factor PC cases, in fact in many ways their chassis are some of the best in the world no matter what form factor you look at. Their Raven series is one of the most robust, versatile and our right cool ranges of gaming chassis products ever created and while they’ve often been focused on large full-tower and ultra-tower designs, their latest incarnation looks set to shrink things down with a product that wants to take a seat in the premium real estate under your TV.

With the sudden increase in demand and popularity of small form factor gaming builds, especially with the current interesting in SteamBox builds, there are countless new chassis product hitting the market to fill the void. Sure there has always been a market for these smaller cases, starting off with HTPC builds, NAS boxes, media streaming systems, and in the last few years people wanting to use things such as Steams BigScreen Mode. SteamOS however looks set to unify a lot of these features, giving you a native OS that is tailored to gaming on the big screen, and Silverstone are going all in with the RVZ01, which they hope will be the ultimate choice for a self-built SteamBox, or just any compact gaming rig.

Packed full of features, the RVZ01 looks promising both on paper, and just from the few PR photos we’ve seen floating around the web, as well as the samples we saw kicking around at CES 2014. With support for large and powerful graphics cards in a chassis of this size, where half-size cards are often the maximum limit, as well as a big focus on air cooling thanks to slim fans, room for a few hard drives, slim optical drive and making good use of the SFX power supply form factor (much smaller than ATX power supplies). As far as specifications are concerned, this chassis sounds pretty epic, so let’s get right to the good stuff and see what else it has to offer.

In the box I found a decent selection of fitting components, such as a two way fan splitter, handy given that many Mini-ITX motherboards only have a couple of fan connection points. There is a dust filter kit for a 120mm fan mount, and a set of brackets, rubber feet and pads to help you mount the chassis in both vertical and horizontal formats. Of course you will also find a nice selection of high quality screws to help you install all major components such as motherboard, PSU and hard drives. Finally there was also an extra Raven logo, this one is curved from left to right and is perfect for when the chassis is stood vertically, while the one that is pre-installed looks better horizontally.

Silverstone Raven RV01 ATX Chassis Review

Silverstone have established a rich and wonderful legacy in the PC market, crafting some of the finest chassis on the market today. Yet while they’re often regarded as one of the best (if not THE best) when it comes to making computer chassis solutions such as the Sugo, or many of their HTPC products, sometimes its easy to forget they’re also masters at the very large and on occasion extreme end of the chassis market.

We saw this side of Silverstone when we were at CES earlier this year, on display were some gargantuan industrial type chassis that really dominated the room and while some of those have yet to be released it was a small taste of what big things Silverstone can do. The chassis I’m taking a look at today is another example of the extreme end of Silverstone who are more often than not better known for cool, sleek and refined designs.

The RV01 is a huge chassis, but it is not its size that makes your eyes widen, but its design. Firstly it looks like it was styled off of Batmans body armor and secondly the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees with the I/O panel pointing upwards. As you can see from the spec sheet below the RV01 isn’t lacking in features and it will be interesting to see how it holds up in our build section given its somewhat unique design and layout.

The box for the RV01 is huge and while the chassis isn’t anywhere near the size of the box it does come well packaged and padded to provide support for the bulky 13.8KG chassis.

The back of the box features a nice breakdown of many of the major features, but we’ll take a closer look at those in a moment.

In the box I found a manual that was nicely written and easy to understand, a few brackets, lots of screws, some cable ties and a USB 3.0 to 2.0 adapter.

Computex: Silverstone Display Their Latest HTPC Cases, Audio Products & More

Silverstone make some of the best compact PC solutions on the market and while they make a wide range of HTPC chassis, they are certainly not tied down to one thing. The DS380 (pictured above) is a mixture of a HTPC mini-ITX chassis, but it features 8 SAS/SATA hot swap bays that can be accessed from a key lock front panel, making this idea for a NAS based system. Those with extensive home networking requirements will love this.

The HTPC market is as popular as ever and Silverstone seem to have a solution for every setup, from TV wall mounts, multi monitor swing brackets,  there are 11 HTPC cases in this picture and many more out of shot. each one a different shape and size that will cater to just about any system configuration from silent running low power systems to high end gaming rigs.

For those that want their HTPC to be more suited to music, Silverstone now also produce these gorgeous headphone apllifiers, they look great but I personally can’t wait to really get stuck in and test these in a more suitable environment, aka not at a noisy trade show.

Silverstone even have a new Raven themed HTPC case and while it’s not going to be to every ones taste I rather like it, it makes a nice change from the usual flat fronted HTPC boxes.

It’s also quite large, as you can see, the mini-ITX board takes up about 1/4 of the chassis, leaving plenty of room for storage solutions and a full size ATX PSU.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex