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 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.
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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.