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’s Latest NAS, HTPC & SteamBox-Style Chassis On Display At CeBIT 2014

Here we are once again at CeBIT 2014 with more great coverage from some of the top manufactures from around the world. Silverstone are already highly regarded for their attention to detail and innovation and the new cases on display at the show are no exception. First up we have the lovely new SG08-Lite (top left) which features an bold exterior design, extensive ventilation for keeping your GPU and other components cool, a slot loading optical drive bay, ATX PSU support and room for a mini-ITX motherboard.

Next to that we have on of the coolest cases on the market today, the RVZ01 gaming chassis (2nd from left) which features room for a large GPU and plenty of storage thanks to its innovative design. We actually reviewed this case recently, so if you would like to know more you can check out the full review here (spoiler: It’s awesome).

Next in line we have the DS260 mini-ITX chassis (below), easily our favourite Silverstone product at CeBIT 2014. It features a thick aluminium construction and despite only being a mock-up it’s already looking superb. It features a hybrid design that makes it ideal for a mini-ITX style system, but it’s real purpose in life is as a NAS box.

Aside from feature a sturdy chassis which features carry handle style side panels, you’ll also find tabbed hard drive bays which can be lifted out right from the top of the case. If you’re in need of a case that allows quick and easy hard drive swaps then you’re going to love this. If you need to do mass backups, file transfers, or need very flexible storage then the DS260 may very well be one of the best choices on the market for a self-build NAS system.

The new GD09 is a serious power house for those wanting to build a mighty HTPC style build, although I guess there is no reason why you couldn’t use it for a desktop based system dependant on your requirements and preferences. It is compatible with ATX motherboards, ATX PSU’s, multiple large graphics cards (just like any other ATX sized chassis), features plenty of air filters, fan mounts and everything else you would expect from a high-end Silverstone product.

If your space requirements are a little more limited, the ML06 features support for mini-ITX motherboards, but still features plenty of ventilation, dust filters and side inputs for USB 3.0 and HD Audio that make it an ideal compact solution for a HTPC or space-saving desktop system.

ML06 not small enough for you? Then check out their gorgeous new range of PT14 NUC style cases, which feature passive CPU cooling designs that range from eSATA storage compatibility in the smaller ones, to full 3.5″ hard drive support of the larger models, making them great for digital advertising, HTPC, media streaming, or just a powerful, yet compact system that you can take with you with ease.

We’ve got plenty more to share with you from CeBIT 2014 and even more from the Silverstone booth, we will be back shortly with coverage of some of their larger chassis products, as well as other accessories.

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.