For the installation portion of this review, we decided to install our high-end Intel i7 system that includes the i7-920, Prolimatech Megahalem heatsink, Gigabyte EX58-Extreme LGA 1366 motherboard, 6GBs of DDR3-1600, and other goodies that go with this system. One of the first small tasks to do is remove the back PCI slot covers so we can install video cards and other PCI devices.
The next task we tackled was installing the power supply. This was a little different than typical installs, but went pretty smoothly. The only thing that users will need to do first before securing the power supply is installing the included black velcro strap that will go around the power supply and secure it to the chassis.
Here’s a shot of the black velcro strap that goes around the power supply. Users will also want to use the included power supply bracket that helps ensure the PSU doesn’t move around while being mounted to the top of the Raven 2.
Next, we installed the optical drive, which was as simple as popping out the optical bay cover, sliding in the new drive, and securing it in place with the locking mechanism.
The next item we installed was our primary SATA hard drive. We used four special screws that secured the drive to the hard drive cage. Then, we pushed the hard drive cage into position and locked it down with four thumbscrews.
Lastly, we installed the motherboard, heatsink, memory, and video card to complete the installation.
After almost 45 minutes, we were able to finish installing our Intel i7 system into the Raven 2 case. The installation went very well and the extra room around the motherboard really made it easy and simple to install this hardware in this particular case. Cable management is still somewhat of an issue because, as you can see in the photo, most of the cables are laying on the bottom of the case over the three 180mm fans. This could cause some issues with the case’s overall cooling system. Also, as I mentioned earlier in the review, the hard drive cage can only be removed through the front optical bay panel because the motherboard is in the way of the drive rails.
Here’s a quick shot of the top panel that includes the motherboard’s back I/O panel, video card ports, and power supply.
Here’s one more shot of the front of the case with one optical drive installed. The drive is lined up perfectly with the other optical drive covers and flows seamlessly with overall appearance of the Raven 2.