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Silverstone Raven RV04 Case Review


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Despite being finished exclusively in black, the RV04 is quite an exciting design. It’s clear that Silverstone have derived some inspiration from previous Raven models when it comes to the aesthetic design.  We love the way that Silverstone have infused life into the design by including a series of ridges and lines which extend all the way up the front panel of the case and along the top.

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The front of the case is a large door which even makes up a small part of the top panel of the case.  We were quite shocked at how poorly designed this part of the case is however.  The door itself feels like it’s made out of poor quality plastic and doesn’t open and shut very smoothly.

The situation is made even worse when the case is placed on carpet, where it becomes impossible to close the door without physically lifting the whole case up.

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On each side of the door, there is a large open area which feed the two 180 mm front intake fans with air.  These are hidden behind a dust filter which is designed to optimise airflow.  There are also two 5.25″ drive bays hidden behind the door, alongside independent fan controllers for both front fans.

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There is a large fan vent on the top of the case at the back which continues the lines of the case, while adding some design flare.  This feeds the top-mounted power supply with cool air from outside the case.

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We find the front panel connections located on the right hand side of the case.  These consist of two USB 3.0 connectors and headphone and microphone jacks.

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Like a number of other Silverstone models, the main access panel is on the right hand side of the case, rather than the left.  This case features a large window in the side panel which lets us see all the components within.  This window can be removed from the side panel, presumably so you could fit a custom one in it’s place.

While this is a nice feature, it has the unwanted side effect of making the window rattle around a little.

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Moving round to the rear of the system, we can see the power supply bracket at the top, above the eight expansion slots and I/O backplate hole.

There isn’t actually a rear fan installed in the case, which is a deliberate move by Silverstone.  They claim that it disrupts graphics card cooling performance, and that the CPU cooler fans alone are enough to expel hot air from the system.

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