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Hello fine people of Overclock.net (and the unregistered visitors too)! Silverstone has been kind enough to supply me a continued flow of cases for review, so that I can bring you these beautiful reviews! Today is no different, I will be reviewing their RVZ01-E chassis, the second version of the Raven ITX RVZ01. This one has support for an ATX psu thus an also SFX PSU with it's included bracket. You ready? Good! Let's start!

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General Specifications





Packaging Outside









The fully colored box is great, always very nice to see such a box. It has everything on the box to be able to describe the product inside, along with it's translations into what seems like most popular languages.

Packaging Case




The case itself is packaged inside styrofoam side bumpers and a black tissue bag. Also included is the manual in a zipper lock back.

Case itself



We first get the impression that case this has a bold approach to looks. It is made to be subtle, but aggressive at the same time with it's lines and styling.




The Raven logo on this case is made to be seen horizontal, but Silverstone includes a replacement badge is you ever have it sitting vertically. The fan grills have a very uncommon pattern, which is something I love, not the usual hex grills as we see everywhere.




On the back of the case we see the two expansions slots, the PSU power cord along with the slot for the I/O shield.



The under side of the case has two slots for 120mm fans along with a vent for the PSU. One 120mm fan is included here and the other included back is on the top panel, which brings us to our next area,
the interior of the case!


Interior




Both included fans as slim profile with the possibility of putting a third while are installed under the GPU.





When you first remove the top panel, your impression is like, Woah, there's no room for anything in here and this is where Silverstone nailed it. Everything has it's place and works so well together. We immediately see two spots for 2.5" hard drives or solid state drives and the big GPU shroud/mounting plate.






With the GPU bracket/shroud removed, the PSU shroud/bracket and a chamber divider (that also serves as a GPU shroud/bracket mounting point, we see this case opened up quite a bit.



The front I/O connections needed are both HDD and activity LED along with Reset and Power switches along with HD Audio and USB 3.0.

PCI-E Angled Riser




The angled PCI-E riser is actually two parts. It has a second riser in the even that you're using a mini-DTX motherboard that has the GPU on the second slot. It is very high quaility and is a whole PCB without and ribbon. It mounts directly to the GPU shroud/bracket.

Package content



The package includes four rubber legs for vertical positioning, four rubber dome feet for horizontal layout, three magnetic 120mm fan grills, a 3-pin fan splitter (1 to 2) and a few other brackets and bumpers for the GPU bracket. Also the alternate badge for vertical positioning.

Build

Build specs

ADATA 2*8GB XPG Dazzle 3000/16
ECS Z270H4-I
Palit KalmX 1050 Ti
Silverstone 450W SFX 80+Bronze PSU


I used an SFX PSU because I didn't have any PSU short enough to fit this case. The GPU is very wide and thick to test compatibility of the case for wide GPUs.[/B]











The build was very easy, everything is thought of in this case, which makes building and managing cables a breeze.

Conclusion

I would easily recommend this case to a friend or anyone in the market for a slim ITX case, not only can it accomodate wide GPUs, but it can also house a powerful ITX motherboard and it's processor.

I rate this case 5 our of 5 stars, it is simply flawless from what I've seen.



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Looks pretty slick, definitely a contender for my next itx build.

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Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post

Looks pretty slick, definitely a contender for my next itx build.

It's definitely a great case. My daughter has one with a Z77 board/ 3770k and soon gtx970. I'd buy another for sure.
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Got any recommendations for CPU coolers for this case that would work really well given the layout?
    
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I keep coming back to this case as a possibility for my next build, but I really don't like the stepped-v exterior look. Everything else about it seems perfect, though.
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Originally Posted by Blze001 View Post

I keep coming back to this case as a possibility for my next build, but I really don't like the stepped-v exterior look. Everything else about it seems perfect, though.

How about the Fractal node series?
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Thank you for the write up. That was great review.

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How about the Fractal node series?

The Node 202 is the current front-runner in my search. It seems largely the same to this, but less "gamer" looking.
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When standing vertically the case vaguely reminds me of the Dell Optiplex 3xx series of desktops. redface.gif

http://en.community.dell.com/cfs-file/__key/communityserver-discussions-components-files/3514/5811.optiplex_5F00_755_5F00_family_5F00_300.jpg
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