We installed G.Skill’s F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL memory prior to clipping on the CPU cooling fan, due to overlapped mounting space. The cooler allows its fan to slide up and down by around one-half of an inch to accommodate medium-height memory covers.
Hardware installation went quickly from this point, though a system this complex does have a great many cables to manage. Note that the two graphics cards are shoved together because the motherboard’s third x16-length slot has only eight pathways.
Even though the back of the motherboard is on top, the power supply and intake fans surround it in a similar fashion to traditional cases. This design turns the usual front-to-back airflow into bottom-to-top, allowing convection to assist in case cooling.
The Raven RV02’s top panel snaps off easily to attach cables, which then exit from under the installed panel through a hole under its rear edge.
The complete system looks great, though some users might want to show off internal components by substituting in lighted fans.
- The Quest For Six-Core Value
- CPU And Graphics
- Motherboard, CPU Cooling, And RAM
- Case And Power
- Component Installation
- Component Installation, Continued
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: Synthetic
- Benchmark Results: CoD: Modern Warfare 2 And Crysis
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency