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SilverStone RAVEN RVZ02 Mini-ITX Case Review

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SFF PC Case Final Thoughts

Personally, I like the RAVEN RVZ02B-W. I dig the slimness of the case, as well the ability to put a full sized graphics card in it. The only thing that doesn’t move the needle for me is the PSU limitation. A few more millimeters of width and we could use any PSU (not extended of course). The clearance is so close, it makes me wonder if I could just mod it to fit. I’m not sure why SilverStone stuck with the smaller and pricier SFX/SFX-L PSUs for this case, but it would be great if they’d release a slightly wider version that could have this ability.

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SilverStone RAVEN RVZ02B-W Conclusion

Performance wise, given the inherent qualities and limitations in cooling capacities that come with small form factor cases, this case would perform well. With it’s large vents, and graphics card segregation, it should have no problem handling a decent gaming system. It is worthy to note that you cannot add water cooling, or at least not easily, to this case. So combine that with the size limitations of the CPU Cooler, you’ll want to keep this a medium to low heat/power build. SilverStone does note that cooling performance will be hindered if you keep this case in the horizontal orientation, as it blocks a large amount of the built in ventilation.

Appearance wise the RAVEN RVZ02B-W is slick. Especially in it’s vertical orientation. With the slimness of this case, one could easily hide it behind a decent sized monitor. It would have been nice for the windows to be smoked instead of clear, but at least with the clear you can add some LED lighting to make the case more unique to your own individual personality.

Considering that SilverStone prides themselves on being master aluminum builders, I had expected the case to feel a bit beefier. Don’t get me wrong, the case feels solid when all the panels are attached and secured, but the panels themselves are quite flimsy. But at this price point, you can’t ask for too much with out significantly increasing price.

The RAVEN RVZ02B-W functions well as a super slim SFF mini-itx case, so long as you stick with medium to low heat components. It is worth noting that some people have successfully modded this case to use water cooling, with external pumps and custom loops.

At the time of this review, the RVZ02B-W sells online for $79.99 (NewEgg | Amazon), a great price for a quality SFF Mini-ITX case. Most, similarly priced, SFF cases don’t offer the option of a full sized graphics card. The sleek design, USB 3.0 ports and a full sized consumer level graphics card option make this case a real value. The only drawback to the price is that in order to get a decent SFX/SFX-L PSU, you’ll end up spending close to, if not exceeding, the cost of the case on a PSU. The saving grace to this predicament is that even SFX/SFX-L PSUs can be used in ATX PSU cases as most come with an adapter bracket. So in essence, your PSU could be used in more than one form factor of PC case.

I recommend this case for anyone looking for a Slim SFF Mini-ITX case that can be used for gaming. With it’s ability to support a full sized graphics card, it’s smart layout design, it’s use of positive pressure, and it’s price, I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this case.

 Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award Logo (Small)

+ Attractive design
+ USB 3.0 front panel
+ Comes with PCIE riser and extender
+ Tool-less drive cages
+ Full size graphics card capable
+ Positive pressure design
+ Slim ODD option
+ Multiple orientation options

Cons:

– SFX/SFX-L PSU required
– Slim ODD (They can be pricey)
– Limited cooling capacity
– Limited cable management options

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.50
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 9.25
  • Functionality: 9.25
  • Value: 9.50

Final Score: 9.25 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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