Mid-Tower Case Final Thoughts
The SilverStone Raven RV05 is a worthy design to take up the mantle of the Raven series. With a clean, attractive exterior complemented by a sturdy, well built interior, it’s difficult to find fault with the RV05. SilverStone has made the effort to pay attention to every little detail and utilize the space, from covering the front ports to providing ample storage space with minimal use of the interior. Those seeking a greater feature set for the same price will likely prefer one of the RV05’s competitors, but for those who appreciate quality and performance, the Raven RV05 is definitely a top choice.
Below you can see the completed build, and for the most part it is a pretty clean looking build. You can also see that the Corsair H100i in push/pull configuration installed with room to spare, which is great to see after having to struggle a bit to fit the radiator in other cases. I wonder if it might even be possible to fit a custom loop in the RV05, assuming you have the skills to mod and install the pump and reservoir, because there is plenty of space for a full radiator in the bottom.
SilverStone Raven RV05 Conclusion
For a small mid tower that has only four fan mounts, the cooling performance is impressive. While temperatures will differ depending on your system, in my system (FX-8350 / 750TI SC) temperatures were an average of 3° – 5° cooler than in my Phanteks Enthoo Pro chassis. I think that SilverStone could have potentially made the upper mount a 140mm, but thats just a thought.
The RV05 is a great looking mid tower chassis. The matte black finish is very attractive, and fingerprints and dust don’t show up as noticeably as on many others. SilverStone put in the effort to not create a case that was flamboyent and covered in LEDs, but one that included little touches, such as the front I/O and slot drive covers, and the muted white LED strip.
SilverStone’s description of “plastic outer shell” is accurate. The front panel, top panel, and bottom structure are all made from sturdy plastic that blends well with the steel. The main part of the chassis, including the side panels are all of high quality steel. The plastic also seems more resistant to marks and scratches than that on other cases.
The removal of the 5.25″ bays marks a continuing trend in case design. However, for those that cannot do without optical media, the slot loading drive still presents that option while leaving only a minimum footprint within the chassis. What SilverStone has accomplished in such a small chassis is a testament to their experience and designers.
The Raven RV05 sells for $116.99 (Newegg | Amazon) regardless of which version you get. This puts it up against competitors such as the NZXT H440 and Phantom, Corsair Obsidian 450D and Carbide 500R, and Fractal Design R4. While the RV05 is well constructed and boasting an excellent design, many of it’s competitors include more stock cooling options. However, it is worth noting that the AP181 fans Silverstone includes are of a much higher quality than fans included with competitors such as the NZXT H440 and Corsair Obsidian 450D.
If you are looking for a solid, attractive case with high build quality, look no further than the SilverStone Raven RV05.
+ Attractive, sleek exterior.
+ Strong cable management despite minimalist design.
+ Good cooling performance.
+ No wasted space, high flexibility.
+ Easily removable bottom and PSU filters.
– Included cooling options are not as extensive as some competitors (but they are of much higher quality).