SilverStone Raven RV05 Review

SilverStone Raven RV05 Review


In the same way that over the years Russian leaders have alternated between bald and hairy, has anyone else noticed how the Motherboard is placed alternately on the left then right hand side in successive Silverstone Raven cases?  We’re not saying this is significant in any way, but we’re already wondering as much about Putin’s successor as we are about the RV06, which if the mere blink of an eye since we reviewed the RV04 is anything to go by shouldn’t be too long a wait.  So political follicle significances aside, what’s new in the RV05?  Well as you might have guessed the motherboard is on the Right hand side for a start, and gone are a great many of the annoying plastic fittings that irked us so much about the RV04.  Silverstone have also done away with 5.25″ bays replacing them instead with a very low profile slim line optical bay should the grip of spinning silver platters grab you.  There are of course many more things to tell about the RV05, To find out, you’re just going to have to make a cuppa, get comfy and read the review.  For now though, let’s get things kicked off with the Technical Specification.


Technical Specification 

 Dimension  242mm (W) x 529mm (H) x 498mm (D)
 Material  Plastic outer shell, steel body
 Motherboard  ATX, Micro-ATX, Supports up to SSI-CEB motherboard
 5.25″  Slim slot-loading optical x 1
 HDD  2×3.5″
 SSD  2×2.5″ behind Motherboard

 Floor 2x 180mm AP fan, 600/900/1200rpm, 17/25/34dBA

         3x120mm Optional

         2x140mm Optional

 Roof  1x120mm Optional

 Water Cooling  Up to 1x360mm, 1x280mm
 Expansion Slot  7
 Front I/O  USB 3.0 x 2 / audio x 1 / MIC x 1
 Max GPU  12.3” long, width restriction – 6.57”
 Max CPU Cooler Height  162mm



– Revolutionary 90 degrees motherboard mounting enables stack effect for natural heat convection
– Independent PSU intake vent prevents waste heat circulation
– Supports up to SSI-CEB motherboard
– Two 2.5” SSD/HDD slots on the backplate
– Supports two easy access drive bays with thumb screw design
– Top-mounted stealth I/O ports include microphone, audio and two USB 3.0 ports
– All black one-piece front panel inherits signature RAVEN styling touches
– Slim slot-loading optical drive slot
– Support for various liquid cooling radiator configurations
– Positive air pressure design with front-accessible main filter for class leading dust reduction
– Top 120mm fan slot completes overall airflow and supports AIO liquid cooler