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More Pics of SilverStone's Kickass Raven Case

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments

We seriously can't get enough of SilverStone's new line of Cases: the Fortress and Raven 2 series.

There are endless cases you can choose from, and to be honest, a lot of PC cases are just terrible. There are some that merely look good on the outside, but the insides are poorly designed. Bad air flow, bad internal structure, poor quality craftsmanship--there are a lot of companies out there that just want to make a quick buck.

We're not about cutting corners here.

After my last article about SilverStone's Fortress case, some of you asked for more pictures of the Raven 2 case. Here there are, including a shot of how air flows out of the unit. The motherboard's backplane faces upwards in the case, and there is a standard 120mm fan that provides exhaust flow.

Both the Fortress and Raven 2 have an upwards cable management system. Both cases have a top lid that covers the cables and they're routed to the rear of the case through an opening. The top lid provides roughly 3 inches of moving room, so you won't have to worry about over bending thick cables. The motherboard mount actually seats the board an inch down from the top surface of the case.

The back side of both the Fortress and Raven 2 case contains mounting braces for a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD drive. On the Raven 2, you can see that SilverStone has mounted an SSD from OCZ.

Internally, the Fortress has a vertically mounted HDD SATA back-plane system whereas the Raven 2 does not. While the Raven 2 looks great in stealth-black, the Fortress has a slightly better internal design. Nevertheless, these two cases would win our Computex's Choice award, if we had one. Instead, we're giving SilverStone the Tom's Hardware 2009 Excellence award.

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    scook9 , June 7, 2009 2:46 PM
    didnt the first raven model come out like 2 weeks ago, and they have already replaced it....way to go silverstone. The backplane model looks nice, but frankly, for what this will most likely cost, I think I'd still prefer the Corsair case. I just havent had significant enough heat issues to warrant this orientation.
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    Anonymous , June 7, 2009 3:32 PM
    Excellent at being cool and quiet, now with a hole behind the motherboard tray, cable management, etc., and a lot less expensive than the Corsair. I probably won't need so many places for hard drives as the Fortress was made for. I hope Silverstone releases them soon so we can see acoustic and thermal test results.
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    ta152h , June 7, 2009 3:57 PM
    These look like bricks with faceplates on them. They're ugly.

    It's like a woman, (or a man, if you're a woman). Even if she's quiet and cool, you still don't want her if she's ugly. It's reality. They need to spend more time on making cases attractive, since we tend to look at them more than our significant other (or about the same if we hide the computer under the desk).
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    glenster , June 7, 2009 4:08 PM
    The Fortress supplies a conventional silver look reviewers have particularly admired, and the new Raven is subdued in that direction and admired, too. If you want a bargain from the Core i7 920 or such, you want it quiet and cool, and these should excel at it. You don't want to spend a lot more for something hotter and louder for the privilege of having something made of the same thing they make beer cans out of that says "I spent too much to show I find beauty in banality." Besides, I tend to look at the monitor myself....
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    Ogdin , June 7, 2009 4:42 PM
    The Fortress looks very nice,but the brain dead setup they have for the top air filter kept me from buying one.And the Raven is just fugly.
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    redgarl , June 7, 2009 6:13 PM
    4 120mm fans? Does anybody who doesn't own 2 295 GTX really need that?
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    JeBuSBrian , June 7, 2009 7:27 PM
    "We're not about cutting corners here."
    Hah! How about running your articles past a proof-reader before publication, then?
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    rockerrb , June 7, 2009 8:17 PM
    Ty for this article. I have long argued that the case is the most important part of the computer. Buy a good case and you can upgrade it for life whenever you can.
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    one-shot , June 7, 2009 9:50 PM
    redgarl4 120mm fans? Does anybody who doesn't own 2 295 GTX really need that?

    I have 5 120mm fans including the one 120mm fan on my CPU cooler. I think it is necessary as my case stays cool and the noise is down with low RPM fans which move lots of air.
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    doomtomb , June 8, 2009 12:37 AM
    I bet the cooling performance on the Raven 2 is awesome with those 120mm fans pointed straight at the graphics cards and CPU
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    mitzz , June 8, 2009 12:56 AM
    Ugly, burn it with fire. But that's my thoughts on it.
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    jaragon13 , June 8, 2009 4:46 AM
    redgarl4 120mm fans? Does anybody who doesn't own 2 295 GTX really need that?

    1 gtx 260, one Antec 1200.
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    maigo , June 8, 2009 8:54 AM
    I think I'd rather have the cables at the bottom? Sure, USB ports could be an issue, but wires out the top, that's just silly
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    f4nt4sm4 , June 8, 2009 11:44 AM
    What is his price? if it goes beyond $200, then forget it. For that cost I would like something sexy and with a lot of features.
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    rags_20 , June 8, 2009 1:39 PM
    Won't the PSU and the graphics be too heavy? How can they be held like that? Also, it would be difficult to plug in/out cables. Each and every time you have to remove replace the lid. I like the normal design better. And could someone tell me what's 'revolutionary' about it? Its just different, not revolutionary.
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    thegh0st , June 8, 2009 2:47 PM
    rags_20And could someone tell me what's 'revolutionary' about it? Its just different, not revolutionary.

    my thoughts exactly...I get it that maybe no one thought to try it before but is a different orientation really "revolutionary"? maybe I missed something though.
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    hellwig , June 8, 2009 4:58 PM
    They have no bridges on their Quad-SLI setup, that's just a waste of money right there. Of course, is there a good way to bridge four GPUs in the first place? I haven't seen a dedicated quad-SLI bridge.

    And 8 expansions slots is nice, but when I we going to see the expanded ATX form factor with 10 expansion slots? Seems like with chipsets having some 40+ PCIe lanes, we could benefit pretty soon. I mean, if I'm designing a new multi-hundred dollar case, I'm gonna think towards the future.
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    Mineria , September 1, 2009 1:32 PM
    Anyone tried this case with a GTX SLI setup?
    I own a Raven RV01, and my graphic cards get pretty hot in that case.
    Did a side-vent mod without adding a fan to it, but still, temps on the cards only dropped by small numbers.
    At least they only go to 74C now, vs the 85C + without side-vent holes.
    When I remove the top and side temps drop down to around 65C.
    All temps are under full load condition temperatures after min 1 hour of gaming, and my GTX260's set to nVidia reference speeds.
    At the moment I consider to add a 200mm exhaust fan on the side, since that seems to be the main problem with the RV01 case.
    It simply can't transfer the heat out fast enough.