Final Thoughts, Pricing, Availability, Conclusion
After reviewing the interior, exterior, and installing components into the Raven 2, I have to say I’m extremely impressed with the uniqueness of the entire design and construction of this case. There are many gripes from the PC builder community that Silverstone answered with this Raven 2 case, including creating a cooling system that can adapt to using a triple radiator for custom watercooling.
They also moved the motherboard 90 degrees so that the back I/O panel can be accessed from the top of the case. Not only does this change how cables are routed, but it also works better with heat rising from the processor and other components. The large 180mm fans worked beautifully and also kept the noise down, which is a huge plus for a case with these unique dimensions.
Pricing and AvailabilityThe Silverstone Raven 2 case can be found at Newegg.com for $179.99. It can also be found at other online shopping websites like Frys and FrozenCPU for the same price as Newegg.
We would like to thank our friends at Silverstone for providing the Raven 2 case for our review today. It’s exciting to review components that are unique and veer off the beaten path that so many vendors have taken, especially when it comes to PC cases. The RV02 is a huge improvement from the bulkier RV01, and even throws in a few additional features as well as drops the price a bit form the original Raven case. The rotated motherboard is an excellent addition that added quite a bit of real estate for installing parts, but it also added room for more hardware like graphics cards and TV tuners. The hard drive cage’s suspension system also worked as advertised, but it would have been nice to make it removable through the inside of the case instead of out through the front optical bays.
Overall, the Silverstone Raven RV02 case receives PC Perspective’s Editors Choice Award for its creativity, functionality, expandability and killer looks!