Overall we have mixed feelings about the Silverstone Raven RV04. We love the design of the case as it is unique, and while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it certainly could not be classed as ugly. The all-black finish is likely to appeal to a wide audience, although we would like to see Silversotne releasing more colour options in the future. The enthusiast audience do love being able to select from a variety of case colours and it is unusual this has been ignored.
We were impressed by the stellar thermal and acoustic performance of the RV04. We can’t think of a competitor case in the same price zone which will beat it when it comes to cooling capability and low noise emissions. Those users who want a completely silent system should probably consider aftermarket noise supression kits.
Our main issue with the RV04 is the front panel door which feels like something normally incorporated on a £30 case, not one costing £130. Even if we were to forgive the flimsy-feeling plastic used to make it, it still has a number of design flaws. It cannot be used with the case sat on a carpet as the door catches on the floor and cannot be shut without physically lifting up the system. Even when the case is placed on a hard surface, it can still be difficult to shut the door as the magnet doesn’t line up very well at the top.
At a price of £130, we think that the Silverstone Raven RV04 is a good option for those looking for a case with a great balance between cooling performance and quietness. For us, the poor quality front panel is a bit of a deal breaker, though, as most other cases at this price point offer fantastic build quality.
- Air penetrator fans.
- Quiet operation.
- Good thermal performance.
- Exciting design.
- Front door design is terrible.
- Other cases at the price point offer the whole package.
KitGuru says: A decent case from Silverstone, let down only by a poorly designed front panel door.