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Tom's Hardware's 2009 Gift Guide: Part 1, For System Builders

Chassis: SilverStone Raven RV02-BW

www.silverstonetek.com
$159
By: Ed Tittel

SilverStone has been building capable, attractive PC enclosures for some time, with offerings that appeal to a wide range of market niches. The Raven RV02-BW aims squarely at the high-performance PC and gaming crowds, with its sideways design and side-panel window to show off the PC’s innards. The 90-degree rotation means that heat naturally travels upward on its way out the case, where twin overhead vents and a 120mm exhaust fan accelerate it out of the case away from sensitive circuitry and components. The Raven RV02-BW’s solid steel internal construction is quite sturdy, though at 27.5 lbs (12.5 kg) it’s pretty hefty in its own right.

Strong enough for a man, but built for her!

The matte-black finish is understated and attractive, with a plastic shell outside the unit’s internal steel cage. The overall design is neither overly flashy nor terribly boring. The case's external connectivity suite is situated at the front edge of the top surface, with two USB ports, plus audio out and microphone jacks for easy access even when stashed under a desk or computer workstation.

Aside from the sideways motherboard layout, the Raven's best features include lots of bays and great ventilation. Up to eight externally-facing 5.25" device bays are available, of which up to three may be repurposed as internal 3.25" hard drive enclosures. In addition to the 120mm exhaust fan at the top-rear of the unit, it also features 3 x 180mm intake fans at the bottom of the case. All fans are desighned to run at low speeds (950 RPM for the top fan, 700-1,000 RPM for the bottom fans) and are rated at either 18 dBA (very quiet) or 18/27 dBA (barely audible, even at the high end).

With room for a full-sized ATX motherboard, gamers and performance enthusiasts can stock this case with a wide range of components and peripherals, with room to maneuver during installation and later tinkering or upgrades. Cable management is at least decent throughout the case, if not better in others (pro tip: extra long, 1m, SATA cables will be helpful in this enclosure). The tool-free drive retention clips also make it easy to add and move hard disks within this enclosure.

If you have a gamer or enthusiast PC builder to buy for this Christmas, the Raven RV02-BW makes a nice gift, and will certainly consume some serious space under the tree (in the box, it’s huge; outside of its cardboard home, the dimensions are 25.31” x 8.35" x 19.80" HWD).

  • the_silent_one
    Anytime you mention eyefinity, be sure to mention that ONE MONITOR MUST EITHER BE ON DISPLAYPORT OR ON AN ACTIVE DISPLAYPORT ADAPTER (not just any displayport adapter, but one that uses supplemental power). If people don't know this. They are in for a rude surprise. Also, if using a displayport to hdmi or dvi active adapter for eyefinity, make it the middle monitor.
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  • Bluescreendeath
    She would make a far better Christmas present than hardware components... ;)
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  • dhowie
    I think she should be on the gift guide, I can certainly bet most of us would rather have her then anything on here :)
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  • 1898
    Does she come with the retail version of the i7?
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  • 1898
    Obviously I meant to say i5 but seriously, why isn't there an edit button?
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  • nanotiberium
    I would like she to bring me the gift! :)
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  • FoShizzleDizzle
    Bet shes likes a good overcocking.
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  • FoShizzleDizzle
    overclocking*
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  • gtvr
    FoShizzle gets the Freudian slip of the day award
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  • kencolestud69
    Sarah, you make christmas better for us(tech geeks) each year.
    :P
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