Silverstone Raven 3

Innovative solutions to age-old problems

Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 05.06.2011
Manufacturer: Silverstonetek
Product Group: Enclosures
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Back in 2008 Silverstone launched a new Raven RV01-case that introduced an unique layout and cooling system. After the first case they've also launched RV02 and Fortress FT02 that use similar cooling system, and now it's time for a third version of the Raven. Not surprisingly the layout is still there, but lets see what other features the case packs.


Package & Specs


Silverstone Raven 3 - Innovative solutions to age-old problems

The case arrived to our test packed in a brown cardboard box with pictures and specifications of the case printed around it. The box also has carrying handles and inside the case is wrapped in plastic and covered with styrofoam, so it shouldn't suffer any shipping damage.

Model No. SST-RV03B (black)
SST-RV03B-W (black + window)
Material Reinforced plastic outer shell, 0.8mm Steel body
Color Matte black
Motherboard SSI EEB, SSI CEB, Extended ATX, ATX, Micro ATX,
Drive Bay External 5.25" x 7
Internal 3.5" x 10 (6 from 5.25” adapters), 2.5” x 2 for SSD
Cooling System Front 4 x 120mm fan slot (2 if all HDD-bays are used)
Rear 1 x 120mm fan slot (using this will reduce the expansion slots to 7)
Side 1 x 120mm fan slot
Top 1 x 120mm exhaust fan, 900rpm, 18dBA
Bottom 2 x 180mm AP181 fan 700/1200rpm, 18/34dBA (compatible with 3 x 120mm fan)
Internal --
Expansion Slot 8
Front I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply Standard ATX (max. 180 mm)
Expansion Card Compatible with expansion cards up to 13.58 inches
Limitation of CPU cooler 163mm
Limitation of PSU 180mm
Net Weight 11.4kg
Dimension 235mm (W) x 522mm (H) x 570mm (D)

Looking at the specifications the first thing to catch the eye is the large number of drive bays. There are seven external 5,25" bays, six of which come with adapters to house hard drives. Beside these six 3,5" bays there are also four dedicated ones, as well as two 2,5" bays. Other things to notice are the weight, which is a kilogram lighter than the RV02, and also that the case is a bit wider and taller than its predecessor, but also a good 70 mm shorter.




Silverstone Raven 3 - Innovative solutions to age-old problems

The bundle includes the usual manual, bag of screws and bunch of zip ties, as well as a power adapter for connecting three fans directly to the power supply, and also a stealthing kit for the optical drive. With these two pieces one can hide the drive behind one of the 5,25" drive bay covers in order to keep the front panel looking unified.

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