SilverStone Raven RV05 – Test and Review

SilverStone Raven is a worldwide famous case series made to offer a various set of unique features, made entirely to provide the best possible cooling capabilities, compatibility and appearance balance. Raven series was originally announced a few years ago and now already offers several models, which are:

  1. SilverStone Raven RV01 – the first case ever introduced back in 2008 with dimensions of 280mm (W) x 616mm (H) x 660mm (D) and weight of 13.8kg, entirely painted in black matte, featuring 90 degrees motherboard mounting, cooled by 2 x 180mm as intake and 1 x 120mm as exhaust fans made according to natural airflow layout with positive pressure design. The case is meant to be compatible with motherboards according to SSI-EEB, SSI-CEB, Extended ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX standards, PS2(ATX) power supplies, features up to 7 expansion slots and CPU coolers with maximum height of 170mm.
  2. SilverStone Raven RV02-E – the second case introduced back in 2009 with dimensions of 212mm (W) x 503mm (H) x 643mm (D) and weight of 12.6kg, entirely painted in black matte, featuring 90 degrees motherboard mounting, cooled by 3 x 180mm as intake and 1 x 120mm as exhaust fans made according to natural airflow layout with positive pressure design. The case is meant to be compatible with motherboards according to SSI-CEB, ATX (maximum 12” x 11”) , Micro-ATX standards, PS2(ATX) power supplies, features up to 7 expansion slots and CPU coolers with maximum height of 169mm.
  3. SilverStone Raven RV03 – the third case introduced back in 2011 with dimensions of 235mm (W) x 522mm (H) x 570mm (D) and weight of 12.5kg, entirely painted in black matte, featuring 90 degrees motherboard mounting, cooled by 2 x 180mm as intake and 1 x 120mm as exhaust fans made according to natural airflow layout with positive pressure design. The case is meant to be compatible with motherboards according to SSI-EEB, SSI-CEB, Extended ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX standards, PS2(ATX) power supplies, features up to 8 expansion slots and CPU coolers with maximum height of 163mm. According to the official technical details and my experience, the case is able to be a home for up to 7 x 120mm fans for the ultimate cooling.
  4. SilverStone Raven RV04 –  the fourth case introduced back in 2013 with dimensions of 219mm (W) x 581mm (H) x 497mm (D) and weight of 10.9kg, entirely painted in black matte, featuring 180 degrees motherboard mounting, cooled by 2 x 180mm as intake and 1 x 120mm as exhaust fans. The case is meant to be compatible with motherboards according to SSI-EEB, SSI-CEB, Extended ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX standards, PS2(ATX) power supplies, features up to 8 expansion slots and CPU coolers with maximum height of 165mm.
  5. SilverStone Raven RVZ01 – the fifth case introduced in 2014 with dimensions of 382mm (W) x 105mm (H) x 350mm (D) and weight of 3.71kg, entirely painted in black matte, featuring a various set of HTPC case options, cooled by up to 3 x 120mm fans. The case is meant to be compatible with motherboards according to DTX, Mini-ITX standards SFX, SFX-L power supplies, features up to 2 expansion slots and CPU coolers with maximum height of 83mm.
  6. SilverStone Raven RV05 –  the sixth case introduced in 2014 with dimensions of 242mm (W) x 529mm (H) x 498mm (D) and weight of 7.6kg, entirely painted in black matte, featuring 90 degrees motherboard mounting, cooled by 2 x 180mm as intake and 1 x 120mm as exhaust fans. The case is meant to be compatible with motherboards according to SSI-CEB, ATX, Micro-ATX standards, PS2(ATX) power supplies, features up to 7 expansion slots and CPU coolers with maximum height of 162mm.

For this test and review I’ve received the latest SilverStone Raven RV05 model, version SST-RV05B-W entirely painted in black featuring an acrylic window on the left panel, which arrived in a pretty serious package and to be honest, since I’ve already been using SilverStone Raven RV03 for the past two years I am pretty excited to check what the new model has to offer to me and all the people worldwide, who decide to buy this product.

Enough with the history lesson, I believe it is about time to start checking every single feature of the product.

SilverStone RV05 front side of the package SilverStone RV05 side/back of the package
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SilverStone Raven RV05 was provided to me a few days ago in a pretty massive and at the same time very colourful and very attractive looking carton box, entirely painted in black, white and red colours. On the front panel of the box there is a big logo of the brand, together with the model of the product accompanied with a big picture of the case itself and some technical details regarding the product. On the back and sides of the box there are a lot of details and explanations regarding the technologies used so this case model can be created in several languages and what we are able to do with the product. The box looks pretty nice and I doubt anybody will miss it if it is on the shelf in some IT shop, but still this review is regarding the product inside, so let’s open it and check out the case itself.

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First thing to notice after I opened the big package was a statement written in red and in several languages on the carton tops, stating ” This is a unique product, please read the installation manual”. Right after that I saw the installation manual itself and a SilverStone advertisement leaflet. Beneath them there was the Raven RV05 packed in cloth for protecting the case from scratches and put inside a Styrofoam material protecting the case from any damage, which could be done while moving the case. Anyway the case arrived in perfect condition ready to be tested and reviewed.

And after I took the case out of the cloth material, this is the view, which I got…

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At first sight, I should say pretty interesting and at the same time very aggressive design, but we will talk in details a bit later.

I believe it is time to check the chassis exterior in detail, before moving on to the interior of the case.

SilverStone Raven RV05 EXTERIOR

SilverStone Raven RV05, version SST-RV05B-W, which I’ve received and which in my opinion is much better looking than the one without the window, is entirely painted in black matte featuring an acrylic window on the left panel and was standing on my table in it’s full glory offering a very aggressive and at the same time very stylish design made of pretty solid steel body and plastic outer shell with dimensions of 242mm (W) x 529mm (H) x 498mm (D) and with overall weight of 7.6kg, which is actually pretty tall and at the same time not really deep middle tower ATX case.

SilverStone RV05 front/left side SilverStone RV05 front/right side
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And this is what the left and the right panels look like. Both of them offer absolutely clean flat and stylish surface, while the front panel of the case is made to look pretty aggressive with just the brand logo on the top part and the V-shaped power and HDD activity LEDs constantly glowing in white for the power LED and blinking red for the HDD activity. A feature which is pretty typical for the series. The case has no 5.25″ external slots but features a cut in the plastic for a slim DVD drive. Of course, the hole is filled with a rubber, which can be easily removed.  

SilverStone RV05 top/right side SilverStone RV05 top side
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As usual for the Raven models the front panel’s futuristic and very aggressive design is continued and finished on the top panel, which most of all, features a plastic mesh part covering the side panels handles and all of the cables coming out of the motherboard. Apart from that, all of the power/reset buttons, the 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x Audio and 1 x MIC ports are located on the front part of the top panel. Beneath the plastic mesh there are the handles made for easier moving of the case.

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And as usual for the Raven products, the back side of the case is absolutely empty with just some space with a lot of holes, which should be the intake space for the power supply’s fan and a big opening between the frame and the back handle for the power, mouse, keyboard, monitor, sound and lan cables, which will come out of the motherboard.

I believe the next step is to check the interior of the chassis.

SilverStone Raven RV05 INTERIOR

To do so I had to remove the side panels, which is a child’s play. To remove the panels I had to remove the top plastic mesh and just press on a quick-release latches made to hold the panels to the frame.

SilverStone RV05 left side SilverStone RV05 right side
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After I removed the left panel of the case, the first thing to notice was the completely black layout inside the case, the pretty simple motherboard tray with a huge cut for easier CPU cooler installation and as you can see from the pictures above, the model offers a cage just for 2 x 3.5″ HDDs and the option to install up to 2 x 2.5″ SSDs, which should be installed behind the motherboard. The model is supplied with a slim DVD RW device bracket, which should be installed behind the motherboard, too.

As always, to do a proper review for this product I decided to remove all parts from the case and describe them one by one while mounting them back together to the frame and after I removed almost everything from the case this is what the frame looked like:

SilverStone RV05 left/top side SilverStone RV05 front/top side
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And this is what the RV05’s frame looks like seen from different angles.

SilverStone RV05 bottom side SilverStone RV05 left side
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The frame is entirely painted in black and even though there are a lot of cuts and openings, which should be used to do some proper cable management, it offers pretty rigid structure and no bending at all. After all of the parts were completely removed from the frame, apart from the handles, which were pointless to remove it remained a bit heavy and very, very solid.

After I spent about 20 minutes disassembling the parts from the case and arranging them for taking some pictures, this is the view, which I got. And yes, there are a lot of components provided with the frame. But before I start installing and describing them one by one let’s check out every one of them…

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SilverStone RV05 is equipped with:

  1. Solid left panel made of metal with an acrylic window
  2. Solid right panel made of metal
  3. Front plastic panel with the V-shaped LEDs and the brand logo
  4. Top Plastic mesh panel
  5. Bottom plastic parts acting as feet for the case
  6. Bottom plastic dust filter
  7. The I/O and Power and Reset buttons panel
  8. 2 x AP181 fans working at 600/900/1200 revolutions per minute controlled by a switch
  9. A plastic HDD cage made to be used with up to 2 x 3.5″ HDDs
  10. A plastic bracket made to hold a slim DVD RW drive
  11. A dust filter for the Power supply’s intake fan
  12. A lot of screws and zip-ties
  13. An installation manual
  14. A metal bracket, which should cover the PCI expansion slots after all expansion cards are installed

All of the parts and the additional accessories are pretty rigid and entirely painted in black. Removing them was the easiest part, now I have to try put them back together.

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To rebuild the case first thing to do is to install back the feet of the case to the frame. Actually there are 3 parts forming the base of the case, entirely made of plastic, of course painted in black. Two of them should be installed on the left and the right sides of the case with screws, while the third part is made to stand on the back of the case between the first two parts.

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Of course, both of the plastic feet offer rubber pads to provide better stability of the case.

With the base of the case installed back to the frame I believe it is time to install the fans, too.

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SilverStone RV05 is equipped with 2 x AP181 fans with dimensions of 180mm (L) x 180mm (W) x 32mm (H) made to operate at 600/900/1200 revolutions per minute at noise level of 17/25/34dBA correspondingly. Both of the fans are entirely painted in black and of course featuring the patented air channeling technology. And here comes the interesting part. Both of the fans are powered and regulated by two cables. The longer one, which as you can see on the picture above is sleeved in black mesh and is made to be plugged to the power source, which could be the motherboard or directly the power supply, while the shorter cable is made to be connected to the long 3-pin cables coming from the two small 3-step switches installed on the I/O panel. Good job, SilverStone. This feature makes the fans much easier to be removed.

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Both of the fans should be attached to the frame using 8 screws and a screwdriver. As you can see from the picture above, if someone decided to, they could easily remove the 2 x AP181 fans and install 3 x 120mm fans or 2 x 140mm fans and of course the corresponding water cooling radiators.

Apart from that, the case can hold one more 120mm fan on the top panel, which is not included in the package.

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With the fans installed it is time to slide the bottom dust filter from the front side to the back side of the case and proceed with installing the other parts to the frame.

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And this is what the bottom side of the case looks like when it is fully assembled.

Next step is to install the HDD cage and the slim DVD RW plastic bracket.

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Both the HDD cage and the plastic brackets are entirely made of plastic, of course painted in black matte and should be attached to the frame with just several screws, which is a pretty easy task.  And to install a regular HDD to the frame all I had to do is just slide the drive without any screws or tools. With the two brackets installed to the frame it is time to install the I/O panel and the front plastic panel.

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The I/O panel is entirely painted in black and made of plastic part, which holds all of the power/reset buttons, the 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x Audio and 1 x MIC ports, which will stand after it is installed on the front side of the top panel of the frame. All of the USB, Audio and Mic ports are hidden beneath a rubber part, which is not attached to the case in any way and can be easily lost. All of the cables coming out of the I/O panel are pretty long and entirely sleeved in black mesh.

The I/O panel installed Seen from left side
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To install the I/O panel I had to use just 2 bolts and 2 screws and later it will be connected to the front panel with additional screws. All of the cables should pass through a big cut on the front side of the frame and behind the motherboard tray.

And since I mentioned the front panel, let’s install it too…

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To install the front panel all I had to do is push it to the front side of the frame until it clicks and secure it with several screws to the frame and to the I/O panel. Of course, I had to put the Power and HDD activity LEDs’ cables through the cut in the frame, too since they are attached to the front plastic panel. And here I want to mention that between the front panel of the frame and the front panel itself there is plenty of space, which can be used for cable management and hide the long cables and those that won’t be needed.

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With the front panel installed, the case is fully assembled and I believe it is time to install my testing rig inside and do some testing.

 

SilverStone Raven RV05 TESTS

For this case I decided to go with my AMD FM2 A85X Test system, which features:

CPU: AMD APU A8-5600k

  1. At standard frequency of 3.600 MHz (at 1.312V)
  2. At low overclock frequency of 3.900 MHz  (at 1.440V)
  3. At medium overclock frequency of 4.200 MHz (at 1.456V)
  4. At high overclock frequency of 4.500 MHz (at 1.472V)

Motherboard: ECS A85F2-A GOLDEN (V1.0)

Video card: 2 x Gigabyte GV-R927XOC-2GD

Memory: 2 x 4GB Geil Black Dragon 1866 MHz

Hard drive: Kingston SSD SV100S264G

Case: SilverStone Raven RV05

Power supply: Antec HCP-750W

Cooler: Noctua NH-U14s

Thermal paste: Noctua NT-H1

The tests were conducted in a closed system with:

  1. 2 x SilverStone AP181 – 180mm fans on the bottom panel putting fresh air in and spinning at 600 and 1200 rpm
  2. Room temperature of about 20 degrees.

Both SilverStone AP181 – 180mm fans were connected together to the chassis 1 connector and were rotating at 600 and 1200 revolutions per minute.

And here I want to describe my testing method.

I will install my test rig inside the case and do CPU and VGA stress tests using AIDA64 stability test for about 10 minutes with these settings:

  1. AMD APU A8-5600k at standard frequency of 3.600 MHz (at 1.312V) and the 2 x Gigabyte GV-R927XOC-2GD working at 1100mhz / 1400mhz first with the 2 x AP181 working at 600 revolutions per minute and later rotating at 1200 revolutions per minute.
  2. AMD APU A8-5600k at low overclock frequency of 3.900 MHz  (at 1.440V) and the 2 x Gigabyte GV-R927XOC-2GD working at 1130mhz / 1500mhz first with the 2 x AP181 working at 600 revolutions per minute and later rotating at 1200 revolutions per minute.
  3. AMD APU A8-5600k at medium overclock frequency of 4.200 MHz (at 1.456V) and the 2 x Gigabyte GV-R927XOC-2GD working at 1160mhz / 1500mhz first with the 2 x AP181 working at 600 revolutions per minute and later rotating at 1200 revolutions per minute.
  4. AMD APU A8-5600k at high overclock frequency of 4.500 MHz (at 1.472V) and the 2 x Gigabyte GV-R927XOC-2GD working at 1190mhz / 1500mhz first with the 2 x AP181 working at 600 revolutions per minute and later rotating at 1200 revolutions per minute.

Before I do the tests I had to install my test rig inside the case, which was a bit tough and tricky job. First I had to install my system SSD behind the motherboard and later the power supply. And here I got a problem. Antec HCP-750W, which I am using, is a bit longer ATX power supply and the fan could just half fit to the holes on the back panel, through which the PSU fan should suck air and cool itself. Of course, after the PSU was installed I had to put the additional dust filter provided in the package to keep the PSU clean. Apart from that, since the PSU is longer, installing the HDD cage was impossible for me. There was contact between the HDD cage and the PSU cables, so I decided to do the tests without adding any HDDs.

Apart from that, installing the motherboard with a pretty big cooler and pretty long graphic cards was based on serious magic, a lot of hard to describe angle calculations and a lot of imagination. After I finally, somehow succeeded to install my hardware inside the case and arranged the cables through any possible empty hole, including the gap between the front panel and the front side of the frame, this is the view, which I got.

The rig without the left panel With the left panel
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And this is what the case looks like ready for testing next to my 22″ LCD, keyboard and mouse.

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Here are the results from the testing procedure with the 2 x AP181 fans working at 600 revolutions per minute:

 SilverStone RV05 3600mHz 1100mHz 1400mHz @600rpm full load SilverStone RV05 3900mHz 1130mHz 1500mHz @600rpm full load
SilverStone RV05 3600 1100 1400 @600rpm full load SilverStone RV05 3900 1130 1500 @600rpm full load
 SilverStone RV05 4200mHz 1160mHz 1500mHz @600rpm full load SilverStone RV05 4500mHz 1190mHz 1500mHz @600rpm full load
SilverStone RV05 4200 1160 1500 @600rpm full load SilverStone RV05 4500 1190 1500 @600rpm full load

 

Here are the results from the testing procedure with the 2 x AP181 fans working at 1200 revolutions per minute:

 SilverStone RV05 3600mHz 1100mHz 1400mHz @1200rpm full load SilverStone RV05 3900mHz 1130mHz 1500mHz @1200rpm full load
SilverStone RV05 3600 1100 1400 @1200rpm full load SilverStone RV05 3900 1130 1500 @1200rpm full load
 SilverStone RV05 4200mHz 1160mHz 1500mHz @1200rpm full load SilverStone RV05 4500mHz 1190mHz 1500mHz @1200rpm full load
SilverStone RV05 4200 1160 1500 @1200rpm full load SilverStone RV05 4500 1190 1500 @1200rpm full load

 

SilverStone Raven RV05 CONCLUSIONS:

After I spent several hours, disassembling, assembling, reviewing and later testing the case, I believe it is time to express my thoughts regarding the product.

1. SilverStone RV05 performance – Raven RV05 as part of the very well known worldwide Raven series offers a set of pretty unique features such as the 90 degrees motherboard installation and cooling by using two fans featuring the channeling technology according to natural airflow layout. The case itself is not really big but at the same time made to provide the best possible cooling for all of the hardware components installed done by just 2 x AP181 fans, working at 600/900/1200 revolutions per minute manually controlled via 3-step switches and according to my experience, job done. Even though it was a bit hard and tricky to install my hardware, with just the two standard fans all of the hardware inside my test setup, was working stable at full load for extended period of time of 10 minutes at pretty decent temperature levels. In fact, before the tests I was expecting that an additional 120mm fans will be needed on the top panel but it was just a thought. Seems the case handled the systme without any problem just as it was. And of course the case provides the option to remove the 2 x AP181 fans and replace them with 3 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm fans and install on top of them 3 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm water cooling radiators all of them located on the bottom panel of the case.

And here I want to mention that after I installed my long power supply, my 2 x very long graphic cards and pretty tall CPU cooler, I can say that the case offers very serious compatibility with a wide range of hardware products and is able to keep every single one of them cool, stable and quietly running working at default or overclocked frequencies.

2. SilverStone RV05 appearance – Raven RV05 as the newest member in the Raven series features the typical for the series pretty attractive, very innovative and at the same time very aggressive design with its pure black colour scheme, sharp angles and the V shaped Power and HDD LEDs on the front panel. Apart from that the acrylic window on the left panel, provide the option to enjoy the overall hardware looks inside the case and combined with the overall black interior and exterior to provide the best colours contrast, which will definitely make the case a pretty good choice for a tough gaming rig or modding project.

2. SilverStone RV05 noise level – Raven RV05 is a pretty tall and at the same time not really deep and wide case, which should provide the supreme cooling with just 2 main fans. Of course, these days every customer worldwide requires their machine to be as cool and quiet as possible. Following the trends, the guys from SilverStone provided the option that both of the AP181 fans be manually controlled according to the customer’s needs. When performance is not needed the fans can be set to operate at 600 rpm, while when performance is required it is a matter of 2 clicks to make them noisy and very, very effective. And to be honest I am a fan of using fast and noisy fans for the hot summer days and for that reason I am pretty attracted to the AP models.

I think SilverStone RAVEN RV05 deserves the following reward:

Best-Perf-Visual

Official price (MSRP): SilverStone Raven RV05 – 88.8 EUR

Warranty: 24 months

Special thanks to SilverStone for providing us with a test sample.

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SilverStone Raven RV05 – Test and Review
9.4 Total Score
Excellent compatibility/ appearance/ performance/ noise level balance

Design
10
Build Quality
9
Performance
10
Noise dampening
9
User Rating: 4.6 (5 votes)

Dobrin Krastev is the owner, reviewer and newsman of www.DVTests.com with more than 15 years' experience in personal computers, server and storage systems, UPS, peripheral devices and software. Passionate about testing and reviewing, AMD overclocking using AM3 990FXA and AMD FM2 A85X test systems and building modding projects.
3 Comments
  1. Reply Dimcho 21.07.2014 at 12:47

    The case looks awesome, offers great features, but maybe one more filter on top would be nice. Well done, Dobri, keep up the good work 🙂

    • Reply Dk_vr 21.07.2014 at 15:57

      A dust filter on the top of the case is absolutely pointless since overall the air is going up and blowing the dust which may get beneath the plastic mesh on the top panel of the frame.

  2. Reply PepiX 20.07.2014 at 23:50

    Looking great, with really nice features.. but with all those holes on top.. it is immediately out of touch for guys like me (with kids). I say that with regret :-/.

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