SilverStone RAVEN RVZ02 Mini-ITX Case Review


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SilverStone RAVEN RVZ02 Component Size Limitations

Small Form Factor (SFF) cases, or as SilverStone likes to refer to the RVZ02B-W case; Super Slim Form Factor, have one main limitation that you need to know before investing into an SFF project. Size limitations. In order to combine the maximum space savings with the maximum performance, you have to cut down some components in order to make it all fit together.


In the above photo, you can see how much thinner, albeit taller, the RAVEN RVZ02B is compared to the Corsair 250D. In order for SilverStone to keep the form factor small for the RVZ02B, they opted for some minor and some major component size limitations. See below for a full list.

CPU Cooler Height Limitation:

  • Height: 58mm height limitation for CPU cooler
  • Upper boundary: The CPU cooler can protrude 15mm over the motherboard’s top edge
  • Front boundary: The clearance toward the front of the chassis is 4mm

PSU Limitation:

  • PSU: Standard SFX or SFX-L power supplies with a max depth of 130mm

Graphics card/expansion card length limitation:

  • The RVZ02B can support a 13″ graphics card. However, if your graphics card is shorter than 7.8″, then you can install an additional 3.5″ or 2.5″ HDD/SSD next to it. Make sure to do this before installing the optical drive.
  • When installing the graphics card holder/support (optional), the max allowable width for the card is 4.78″
  • When installing the graphics card without the extra support, the max allowable width for the card is 6.15″
  • In the event that your graphics card interferes with the support bracket at the rear of the case, it can be safely removed.
  • If the expansion card brace is used, thickness limitation of the graphics/expansion card is 35mm, if not it is 43mm

The PSU limitation is one of the only things that doesn’t move the needle for this case. When I held a ATX PSU up to the front of the case, I realized that with a few millimeters more width to the case, it could accommodate a full sized ATX PSU. SilverStone opted to stick with the SFX/SFX-L PSUs, aside from the fact they sell SFX/SFX-L PSUs, for the sake of only a few millimeters of space savings. A full sized ATX PSU would have been preferred as there are more of them on the market, they’re cheaper and chances are you probably have a spare one laying around.


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