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[User Review] Tecnofront RAVEN Benchtable / Showtable

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
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
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post #2 of 7
Nice benchtable, but should this be in the case forum?
post #3 of 7
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Well, i was not sure which might be the best place for this review, because of the nice options for mounting a watercooling setup, so i decided to post it here ! smile.gif
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post #4 of 7
More importantly, what size motherboards is compatible with the Raven (as in fits the standoffs to a degree)?
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max. ATX Size
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post #6 of 7
Wow that bench looks really nice.
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post #7 of 7
its available for 170$+Shipping at performance-pcs right now
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