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[User Review] Tecnofront RAVEN Benchtable

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by bundymania, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. bundymania

    bundymania

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    Hello,

    it's time for yet another review.
    Today I take a look at the new benchtable Tecnofront Raven,
    coming from beautiful Italy.
    After having tested the first Tecnofront benchtable, the Hardwaredock,
    for you, it's the successor's turn today. A benchtable isn't only good
    for bench sessions, but also very useful if you replace components
    regularly, prefer an open setup for watercooling or just want to use it
    for presentation.

    The Tecnofront Raven comes well packed in a rather inconspicuous
    box, sparing us from a gaudy retail box. The parts are seperated in
    several layers in the box, each part being packed seperately and
    protected against any damage that might occur during the shipping. The
    benchtable also comes with an illustrated, English manual and the
    required M4 screws for assembly.
    Sadly, the screws required to fixate the drives aren't included.

    The Raven's material is made out of black acrylic glass in a high glossy
    optic, looking very appealing and classy. This is also the reason why
    you should always keep a duster at hand.
    The assembly was rather easy, even though it would have been easier if
    every kind of screw would have been packed seperately. Overall, I was
    done in about half an hour, as there aren't that many parts.


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    The screws used are mostly M4x16 and M4x20. Some elements are only
    suspended, allowing even faster switching of components. Here you can
    see the parts in an overview:

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    To let you get a better idea of how assembly went, I took a few pictures
    while at it:

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    Material strength:

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    The mount for the radiator and fans is only suspended, simplyfing
    assembly a lot.
    It's made for a triple radiator with 3 120mm fans.

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    On each side, you can mount a 120mm and/or a 80mm fan:

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    You can also add another mount that you can use to install a reservoir,
    for example:

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    The spacers for the motherboard are installed from below the top
    mounting plate:

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    Hard and optical drives are screwed to the side plates and afterwards
    fixated on the floor of the benchtable:

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    Additionally, you can also intsall a 80mm fan in fron of the HDDs:

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    The PSU is only put in position.

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    Another tip for watercooling enthusiasts: You can only use radiators
    with the usual 15mm space between fan screws. In this example, I used an
    Alphacool Nexxos radiator with Noiseblocker PL2 fans:

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    The motherboard plate comes with two holes on each side, which aren't
    mentioned in the manual. You can put tubing with a maximum size of
    11/8mm through there:

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    Further to the front, there's enough space to get bigger tubing to the
    lower level:

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    The Raven's looks without a radiator mount from the back:

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    A power- and reset-button, or other cables, aren't included in the scope
    of delivery. These are available at a low price, though.

    The Raven's price is around 140EUR.

    Technical data:

    Material: acrylic glass
    Color: black
    Size:
    Height: 370mm
    Table height: 230mm
    Width: 420mm
    Depth: 320mm

    Scope of delivery:
    Benchtable
    Illustrated, English manual
    Assembly material


    Conclusion: An optically appealing benchtable with good features at an
    affordable price. There are a few things you could improve, but the
    performance at this price is good.

    For the appealing design and the moderate price, the Raven earns my
    Silver Award:

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    Thanks go out the the following companies for supporting me with this test:

    Tecnofront ,
    Aquatuning ,
    Phobya ,
    Alphacool ,
    XSPC ,
    Gigabyte ,
    Noiseblocker ,
    Aqua Computer ,
    www.kingston.com , EVGA ,
    seasonic
     
    MRCL and Ilden say thanks.
  2. Ilden New Member

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    Do you have a better picture of the PCI card holder? Is it strong enough?
     
  3. bundymania

    bundymania

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    I guess it´s stable enough, when not changing hardware every 2-3 days :)
     

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