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Originally Posted by TheChris2233 View Post
I considered rv02, but it won't fit on my pedestal and the window orientation means I'd have this mobo's stupid bright lights shining on me / my monitor.

No plans to water cool. I'm happy with air and mild OC. Did you notice any changes in gpu / cpu temp when you changed to rv02? I have read that rv02 and 03 cool about the same due to higher rpm fans (air penetrator- but I have read QA issues with those where they hit the case and break)

RV03 in general seems to have quite a few QA issues. Considering this rig has about reached the limits of it's upgrades, maybe I'll just wait for RV04 and do whole new build
Indeed the case is quite long it doesn't fit on my pedestal either I had to put it on the floor. Window orientation on the other hand didn't bother me as much.

I did notice quite a difference in temps when I switched to the RV02. About 5c on CPU and like 10c on GPU if I remember correctly. I have the RV02-E which comes with the air penetrators as well and yes the 2 chassis cool about the same, which is outstanding.

It's hard to tell which case I like better for each one has their own perks.

The RV02-E gives you at least the option of mounting a 360 rad at the bottom (which I'm in the process of doing), unlike the RV03 which you're pretty much limited to a 120mm radiator. You also don't have the PSU limitations as you do on the RV03. And IMO it looks a little better, not so ricey (if only they left out that darn gold).

The RV03 on the other hand gives you a ton of optional spots for fans. There is an innovative cable management system. Also there's an innovative design to mount hard drives and ssds in the back.

I've thought about upgrading to the RV03 from my RV02-E. But I decided I'd hold off and see what the RV04 brings to the table.

Hope that helps.
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I did notice quite a difference in temps when I switched to the RV02. About 5c on CPU and like 10c on GPU if I remember correctly. I have the RV02-E which comes with the air penetrators as well and yes the 2 chassis cool about the same, which is outstanding.
So CPU ran 5c and gpu 10c cooler? How would you rate dust control and noise of AP fans vs the stock fans of the HAF?

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post #13 of 18
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So CPU ran 5c and gpu 10c cooler? How would you rate dust control and noise of AP fans vs the stock fans of the HAF?

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Well the HAF is a dust magnet since it's such an open design. The RV02 is pretty much as dust free as you can get because of the positive pressure design.

Positive pressurized cases are good for keeping the dust out.

As for the noise well the HAF 932 was pretty quiet. RV02 gets kinda noisey (but not too bad) when the fans are on high but are nice and quiet on low.
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I'd say I agree to EM2J. If you prefer dust-free then set you course to Positive-Pressure case which is in this case to Silverstone (whether it's RV02, RV02-E or RV03). But i'd prefer you to choose RV02-E or FT02 instead of RV03. Why? RV02-E and FT02 have solid build compare to RV03 and better "looks" ...

But looks are personal judgments, everybody has their opinion...
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I'd say I agree to EM2J. ... But i'd prefer you to choose RV02-E or FT02 instead of RV03. Why? RV02-E and FT02 have solid build compare to RV03 and better "looks" ...
Saying the RV02 has a better build quality than the 03 pretty much goes against what he said.

But anyway, I remember reading somewhere that the plastic used in the 03 is very brittle or just breaks easily. Many people have cracked that top panel just taking it off, and others have gotten their cases with broken bits of the outside.

I think it was just a manufacturing defect in either the type of plastic, how it was molded, the thickness, or something along those lines. I would imagine it has been fixed by now.
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post #16 of 18
if you had a choice of buying between them, id probably go with the rv03. but since you already have a haf932, id just stick with that
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Saying the RV02 has a better build quality than the 03 pretty much goes against what he said.

But anyway, I remember reading somewhere that the plastic used in the 03 is very brittle or just breaks easily. Many people have cracked that top panel just taking it off, and others have gotten their cases with broken bits of the outside.

I think it was just a manufacturing defect in either the type of plastic, how it was molded, the thickness, or something along those lines. I would imagine it has been fixed by now.
Recent anandtech review seems to echo this.

The reviewer states "I've read some people concerned that the cover is fragile, but I removed and reattached it quite a few times and it seems fine."

Whole review here:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4501/s...bird-of-prey/1

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if you had a choice of buying between them, id probably go with the rv03. but since you already have a haf932, id just stick with that
This is my current choice. There are too many tradeoffs to justify the cost of what seems to be sidegrade at best (although I'll definitely be patiently waiting for rv04!) I did order some filters for my haf. Hope they help!
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Me too I like the RV03
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