Originally Posted by CaptainZombie
The fan from the CPU cooler was rather loud. I think it helps with the Node too that it's not a case that is completely open all the way around like the RVZ01, so it helps cut down some of that additional noise. I understand the RVZ01 had to be designed that way to expel heat.
Fair enough, that's what I was thinking. And those thin Thermalright fans seem to be pretty bad noise-wise.
The Node in actuality is not that huge of a case as its at 19L vs. RVZ01 at 14L. When compared to a few other cases I've tried, the Node is pretty small.
I was all set to pull the trigger on the Silverstone SG10 (23 litres) when the RVZ01 caught my attention. I'm more interested in a small footprint on my desk rather than overall volume, height doesn't really matter to me as long as it's not too ridiculous. Despite being mATX, the SG10 has a smaller footprint than the Node. But if height or portability is an issue, the Node is obviously the better option. I was hoping Silverstone would do an SFX/ITX version of the SG10, I think there was a rumour about that a while back. That could have been promising.
I can't help thinking though that the Raven is still a little too big. Ideally I would have liked to see a more stream-lined version - drop the 3.5" and optical drive support, forget water cooling (not that it's viable anyway with the AIO's currently available), and limit the graphic card size a little more. Then it could have really taken advantage of the ITX form factor. But at least it's a step in the right direction.
SG08 seems kind of big for what it is, but the SG05 is appealing. That's the other one I've considered too. It has the least depth of all the ITX cases I've looked at while still allowing for something like a GTX 760/770 (I believe the MSI cards fit), or a reference 780 with some modding. But the SG05 is an open design too, so I imagine it wouldn't be any better than the Raven acoustically.
My one wish with ITX moving forward is that motherboards start to have more than just 2 fan headers. The 2 fan headers can be sooooo limiting.
Absolutely. 3 headers should be the minimum on an enthusiast ITX board. That's why I don't like the idea of having 2 fans in the CPU area in the Raven. A splitter is fine to run a pair of fans on the GPU side, but if I had both a case fan on the other side and a CPU fan, I'd want to have independent control of them.