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Originally Posted by dansi View Post
Correct me if i am wrong but RV03 is BIGGER than RV02. Why do people say it is smaller? Any way i prefer RV02/FT02 shorter height but longer, who is with me?

The new revision of RV03 dont look nice to me, cheap out on one AP181 and the PSU mounting is a real killer.
RV02-E 212mmx643mmx503mm
RV03 235mmx570mmx522mm


Depends on how bigger is defined I guess. But I agree that the RV03 isn't everything I had hoped for. Tried liking it, but just can't get over the exterior. Would've preferred a new RV02 revision with USB 3.0 etc.
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Those are ridiculously high temps for the D14/2600k combo...I would be expecting something more in the lines of 20*C http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1581408. What type of thermal paste did you use? What were your temps with the stock intel cooler?
I used the NH-D14's included thermal paste. I got 60*C near the end of the RealTemp sensor test 1 with the Intel stock cooler. I did notice that my vcore was almost 1.3 with the NH-D14 and stock, since i left almost everything on auto and no OC.
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I think some people here may be interested in this temperature comparison that I found between the RV03 and the RV02E. The review is in a language I can't read but I still found the pictures of their build and these temperature charts interesting. With their specific build the RV03 actually performs better than the RV02E in all aspects except for HDD cooling, but that is still within acceptable levels.

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I think some people here may be interested in this temperature comparison that I found between the RV03 and the RV02E. The review is in a language I can't read but I still found the pictures of their build and these temperature charts interesting. With their specific build the RV03 actually performs better than the RV02E in all aspects except for HDD cooling, but that is still within acceptable levels.
Thanks for posting this, interesting stuff. They used a single conventional 7200 RPM HDD in the right HDD tray, behind the motherboard, and all stock fans. I think having a lot of conventional HDDs in this area will only be cooled properly with good cable management, as otherwise that bit of air from the foward 180mm fan won't circulate well. Or users will need to put a fan on the panel, but you should still try to route cables smartly. I suppose this applies to many builds, though.

I'm curious what the contribution of front intake fans will make to overall cooling. Once my CPU heatsink arrives I'll do some tests.
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Thanks for posting this, interesting stuff. They used a single conventional 7200 RPM HDD in the right HDD tray, behind the motherboard, and all stock fans. I think having a lot of conventional HDDs in this area will only be cooled properly with good cable management, as otherwise that bit of air from the foward 180mm fan won't circulate well. Or users will need to put a fan on the panel, but you should still try to route cables smartly. I suppose this applies to many builds, though.

I'm curious what the contribution of front intake fans will make to overall cooling. Once my CPU heatsink arrives I'll do some tests.
I hope I can get by with one 5,400 rpm and one 7,200 rpm in the back HDD area.

I'm curious about the front fans as well. Based on how well designed the rest of the case is I would expect the front fans to help cooling or else Silverstone wouldn't have given the option. The only way I think they could hurt performance is if they were drastically overpowered compared to the other fans in the case.

The biggest gain I expect to have from them in my case will be for motherboard VRM cooling. I'm going to have 2 1,000rpm fans on the inside brackets right near the VRM heatsinks on the motherboard so I think that should work out pretty well.
Edited by juano - 4/24/11 at 6:57am
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I don't think i've seen my motherboard get hotter than 20.0*C with this case.

Although SilverStone recommends a stock GTX 570 type of cooling solution, i think a Twin Frozr 3 would perform much better in this case if your using one card.
Edited by nawon72 - 4/23/11 at 1:08pm
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Although SilverStone recommends a stock GTX 570 type of cooling solution, i think a Twin Frozr 3 would perform much better in this case if your using one card.
I doubt it, naturally the cooling itself would still beat reference in temps, but it does get hindered a little in this case-design.

Anyway, I'm about to find out how my Accelero holds up, RV02-E should be in soon.
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I doubt it, naturally the cooling itself would still beat reference in temps, but it does get hindered a little in this case-design.

Anyway, I'm about to find out how my Accelero holds up, RV02-E should be in soon.
The twin frozr design is actually really good for this case. If you look at the fins for the heatsink they go up and down rather than left to right. So the bottom fans push air right through the fins and out the top of the case.
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The twin frozr design is actually really good for this case. If you look at the fins for the heatsink they go up and down rather than left to right. So the bottom fans push air right through the fins and out the top of the case.
According to silverstone q&a for the raven rv02 (http://www.silverstonetek.com/raven/...V02-E&area=usa) it seems that the largest issue would be with coolers where the heat pipes originate near the top. Since they originate on the side of the TFIII and go horizontally you shouldn't see an issue with in the raven series. The vertical fins help as well though that isn't the most crucial factor.

As for the performance versus "blower"-style coolers? I'm not sure but I expect there to be a significantly smaller advantage for aftermarket coolers over the reference cards than usual.
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I doubt it, naturally the cooling itself would still beat reference in temps, but it does get hindered a little in this case-design.

Anyway, I'm about to find out how my Accelero holds up, RV02-E should be in soon.
I would be interested to hear your impressions of the AXP in a 90 degree rotated case. According to the Silverstone link posted earlier, the AXP should be almost a worst case scenario in terms of heatpipe layout, because while they go up and down about 80% of the length of the heatpipe is going down. My Asus DirectCUII 570 cooler has three of it's five heatpipes facing downward but the other two facing up so shouldn't be too bad. I also emailed Asus to try and find out if the heatipipes on my cooler are powder or groove type as mentioned in the Silverstone link, and will post their answer here.

I'm not too worried about it though, because even if my cooler actually became less effective (which I think realistic worst case scenario would be temperatures staying the same as my Antec 300 and not improving) it would still be more to my liking than the reference design just because of how quiet this thing is, so even though the cooler and case may not work together ideally I still think I will be happy with my decisions. Now just to wait for Amazon to get this case available so I don't have to pay $30 for slow shipping.

I've also decided on a replacement top exhaust fan because I believe the stock one only runs at 900rpm which isn't as much as I'd like, so I'm probably going to get this one to replace it with, and run it as fast as is quiet via PWM. It has an open design instead of the typical caged fan so I expect it will do a better job at exhausting air from all around the area rather than just directly below it. Being mechanically disconnected from it's mount via rubber and having white blades so it's will match the 120mms I will use for front intakes are nice bonuses all at a decent price.



Getting really excited for this build, should come together really well. Last part I need to make a decision on is the CPU cooler, I'm thinking the Silver Arrow so if anyone can confirm that it fits that would be nice.
Edited by juano - 4/24/11 at 1:51am
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