SilverStone Raven RVZ01 Review 14

SilverStone Raven RVZ01 Review

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Value & Conclusion

  • The Silverstone Raven RVZ01 goes for under 80 euro including taxes or 99 US dollars excluding taxes.
  • Excellent use of space
  • Very good price - especially in Europe
  • Long GPUs of up to 330 mm in length will fit
  • Use of high-quality PCB to route PCIe lanes
  • Splitter for the two fans included
  • Two slim fans included
  • Magnetic dust filters for all case fan vents
  • Can hold three hard drives
  • Easy assembly thanks to plastic element
  • Simple but effective interior
  • Everything included to make the most of the chassis standing up, or laying down flat
  • Perfect as a Steam-powered gaming PC for the living room
  • Cool-looking design
  • The use of low-profile coolers is limiting
  • Can only hold slim fans
  • Dust filters don't look as sexy as the rest of the chassis
  • SFX PSU results in a higher initial investment
With Valve making a big splash about their push for Steam machines in the living room, a lot of different case manufacturers now aim to offer compact systems that rival gaming consoles in terms of size. With the Raven RVZ01, Silverstone is one of the few companies that has managed to offer something that comes pretty close to mimicking the size and look of a console. Just slightly bigger than the Xbox One, for example, but also capable of holding very long GPUs of up to 330 mm in length, the chassis makes for an excellent foundation. In the end, it is limited by the exact same factors as consoles: the amount of cooling and storage it can house.

The Silvestone Raven RVZ01 is essentially limited to 83 mm on the CPU cooler's height and can only house up to three hard drives. While the latter may not be a big issue, the CPU cooler's limited height is something you should put some thought into. That said, with today's CPUs become more and more power efficient, this problem is also resolving itself as time goes on, which leave you with a sexy, compact, and capable gaming chassis with lots of cool extras. These include but are not limited to its the feet, magnetic dust filters, and fan splitter - all while clocking in at below 80 euro, which is very sexy indeed.
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