SilverStone Raven RV05 Overview
Looking at the exterior of the RV05, it’s easy to see the similarities in the design with the RV01. The front panel is made of plastic and features the Raven logo, and below that is a angled LED strip that glows white. It gives off a much more muted light than many LEDs, which fits the case better. As the RV05 has no 5.25″ bays, the front presents an uninterrupted, attractive finish. The only other item of note on the front panel is the slim slot loading drive bay located on the lower right that is covered by a grey rubber strip so as to detract less from the overall look.
Each side panel is decorated by a pair of fins at the top and bottom. On the RV01 the lower fins were extra intakes, but here they are simply decorative. It is possible to purchase the RV05 with a window on one of the side panels at the same price as the non-windowed version. The SilverStone logo is etched into the top of each panel.
The top panel is built with a perforated design to allow air to flow effortlessly out from the case. To remove the side panels, one must first remove the top panel, which is removed easily by pulling it straight off the chassis. Then, release the latch found under the upper fin on each panel and pull the side panel straight off. Power and reset switches are on either side of the I/O panel, which is concealed by a rubber cover so as to not detract from the design.
The bottom of the case is basically a large dust filter with four rubber soled feet. As the bottom acts as the RV05’s intake, the feet are purposefully taller than with most cases to provide intake clearance. The dust filter can also be removed for cleaning by simply pulling it out from the front.
As the motherboard tray is rotated 90 degrees, the back of the RV05 has none of the standard expansion slots and I/O hole expected in most cases. Instead, it’s sole feature is an intake for the PSU (which is mounted vertically to exhaust air up and out of the case) and SilverStone includes a magnetic dust filter for the intake. The large gap between the main part of the chassis and the top panel is where all your cables pass through to connect to the motherboard and PSU.
Some say that the design of the Raven series is one that you either love or you hate. With the RV05, SilverStone has taken a step backwards in design, but the end result is no less impressive. With a matte-black finish and angular accents, the RV05 is a looker, and can work wherever you put it, especially given its small footprint.