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I got a nice offer last week for a Raven RV02-E black with window, a very nice price around $199 USD shipped. Might not sound a nice deal for people in the US, but this is Spain, and if something costs $50 here it costs 51€ ($72).
Have the option to buy the cheaper edition without the rotated HDD Cage, but

I really want the Extended version if I go for it.

I love the rotated motherboard as I tend to plug in and plug out things out of the back I/O Port quite often, and I also swap hard drives weekly or so, because I just can't handle USB 2.0 transfer speeds

My sig rig is updated so that is what it will go inside and a SSD.

I would like to hear some suggestions/feedbacks.
    
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The RV03 is due out in early April, but it does not have hot swappable hard drives, so if that is a must-have for you, then I don't see why you should wait. The 'E' version (Evolution, not extended) has hot swap, but it only has 7 expansion slots, as opposed to 8, like the RV02.

I like the idea of this design, and apparently it has a positive effect on cooling, so I'm looking at the RV03 for my next build. It has innovative HDD and PSU placement and USB 3.0/2.0 front panel.
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Words of warning:

-Raven is a vacuum cleaner. Any dust/pet fur/carpet/crap on your floor will end up getting sucked into the fan filters. With only my house cat I found that on *low* on the 180s I needed to clean the filters weekly--with the case sitting on my desk. With the 180s on high, the filters would get clogged after only 3-4 days.

-Make sure you have long PSU cables getting molex, SATA power, and PCIe cables to reach and look pretty can be a pain.

-The lid which snaps on top decreases air flow, and increases temps a bit.

-WCing is a pain at best.

-It is big. If Raven is going to live on a desk, it either needs to be a deep desk or the case needs to have the window facing the user.

-For how much the case costs, it is *heavy*-but all the plastic everywhere on the outside feels cheap IMHO.
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post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by Balthazor View Post
The RV03 is due out in early April, but it does not have hot swappable hard drives, so if that is a must-have for you, then I don't see why you should wait. The 'E' version (Evolution, not extended) has hot swap, but it only has 7 expansion slots, as opposed to 8, like the RV02.

I like the idea of this design, and apparently it has a positive effect on cooling, so I'm looking at the RV03 for my next build. It has innovative HDD and PSU placement and USB 3.0/2.0 front panel.
I hate the RV03 HDD system, I don't see why I would want to have my HDDs on the back of the case. I know you can use the 5,25 Bay but thats not the point of having that system on the back then.
As for the cables, they are big enough, I had problems to hide them on my Beta Evo.
Don't plan on WCing. Thought about it, but it's not worth for me and what I do.
Expansion slots, I only have 1 slot used, the vga

The dust... Think I can live with it. I vacuum weekly the room. And I got no pets.

Thanks for all the input.
    
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I hate the RV03 HDD system, I don't see why I would want to have my HDDs on the back of the case. I know you can use the 5,25 Bay but thats not the point of having that system on the back then.
As for the cables, they are big enough, I had problems to hide them on my Beta Evo.
Don't plan on WCing. Thought about it, but it's not worth for me and what I do.
Expansion slots, I only have 1 slot used, the vga

The dust... Think I can live with it. I vacuum weekly the room. And I got no pets.

Thanks for all the input.
I think the idea behind the HDD mounts behind the motherboard was to free up space in the front of the case for the PSU and optional front-bay fans.

But if you need easy-to-access hard drives then it isn't a good choice. I rarely change my hard drives out, so it doesn't bother me.

Skripa, thanks for the heads up, I do have cats and I'll have to monitor the filter clogging. They already clog the filters on my Antec 193 quite frequently.

I am definitely not going to WC the Raven. My current WC build is more of a pain than it is worth.
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Originally Posted by Skripka View Post
Words of warning:

-Raven is a vacuum cleaner. Any dust/pet fur/carpet/crap on your floor will end up getting sucked into the fan filters. With only my house cat I found that on *low* on the 180s I needed to clean the filters weekly--with the case sitting on my desk. With the 180s on high, the filters would get clogged after only 3-4 days.

-Make sure you have long PSU cables getting molex, SATA power, and PCIe cables to reach and look pretty can be a pain.

-The lid which snaps on top decreases air flow, and increases temps a bit.

-WCing is a pain at best.

-It is big. If Raven is going to live on a desk, it either needs to be a deep desk or the case needs to have the window facing the user.

-For how much the case costs, it is *heavy*-but all the plastic everywhere on the outside feels cheap IMHO.
I have one too but I find that it doesn't suck in that much dust. but I don't live in a very dirty house. I vacuum every weekend and I don't have pets and there's not that much dust on the filter.

From what I find the lid doesn't decrease air flow and doesn't affect temps at all.

Overall I think it's one of the best cases I have ever owned but I agree with other people it's not a watercooling case. You do have the option of removing the bottom fans and installing a quad rad without drilling so that's a plus.
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I have one too but I find that it doesn't suck in that much dust. but I don't live in a very dirty house. I vacuum every weekend and I don't have pets and there's not that much dust on the filter.

From what I find the lid doesn't decrease air flow and doesn't affect temps at all.

Overall I think it's one of the best cases I have ever owned but I agree with other people it's not a watercooling case. You do have the option of removing the bottom fans and installing a quad rad without drilling so that's a plus.
Have to agree with most of the above. I have had both the rv02 and the rv02ew and there the best cases I've ever had. I clean my filters once every couple of weeks and there Never that bad.

In respect to the top lid I have my i5 750 running at 3.6 on a h50 with two fans running at 50% and the temp never goes above 31 degrees.

The cas in my opinion is well worth the money. Yes it.s big and yes it.s heavy but it is one sexy looking case once it is all put together.
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Big, heavy, well built tank of a case, I love mine, except for the water cooling problems. The airflow is brilliant, even with a rad in the way of most of it. Cable routing is OK, it's a bit tight behind the tray, and my silverstone power supply doesn't have cables long enough to neatly route the PCI-E power to my second GPU, but overall, I'm very happy.
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post #9 of 11
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I got NZXT Sleeved cable extensions waiting for a new case, so Cable length won't be an issue. My PSU is modular and I won't be using an optical drive, since I share 1 between all the computers just to not buy a sata drive
Might order it tomorrow.
    
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I also use the nzxt in my case. Makes the case look good and hides the messy cables behind the motherboard.

You will not be disepointed if you buy the case.
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