Building the System
With the side panels removed it's easy to see how open a case layout is when drive bays are eliminated. The doors are easy to remove with a simple latch mechanism holding them in place. Simply pull to release the latch as you grip the door, and the entire panel slides upward and out.
Once inside mounting an ATX motherboard was extremely simple as standoffs are preinstalled for this form-factor. Here you can see the motherboard and power supply installed together.
It isn't necessary to install the PSU first, but it is easier (especially when you are using a fully modular design that pushes the limits of the supported depth, as I am here).
On the subject, any non-modular 160mm depth (or less) PSU fits easily with the HDD caddy in place as shown. My modular 160mm PSU is going to be a tight fit since the cable connectors need some room, but I'll make it work!
Testing the limits, my modular 160mm PSU just fits
I am using an AMD system for this build and didn't change out the stock backplate, but any aftermarket cooler can be installed without removing the motherboard as there is a huge cutout behind the board. You will have to remove the included slim ODD bracket (more on this shortly) to have full access.
The cutout area is cluttered in this view, but it's a simple matter to gain full access
There are in fact no traditional drive bays at all in the RV05, as hard drive storage is supported via a removable plastic dual-drive caddy. This is located below the power supply mount at the back of the case. I chose to remove this right away since I planned to use only an SSD, but I'm in the minority. Removing this caddy is the best way to install hard drives regardless, but you'll want to do this without the PSU installed.
Easy removal of the HDD caddy requires the PSU to be removed first
This slides up and out after the screws are removed, and up to two 3.5" hard drives can be installed easily.
SSD storage is handled via two 2.5" mounts on the rear of the motherboard tray, and my boot drive is installed next to the motherboard cutout we looked at previously.
Next we have the optional slim optical drive bay bracket, which SilverStone has included with the case.
This can be removed if you don't need it, but it wasn't in my way so I simply left it attached. There is an included cover for the ODD slot on the outside of the case if you're concerned about this opening as well.
Finishing the Build
Since I opted against installing a slim optical drive the only tasks left to complete the build were installing the components on the board and fitting a CPU cooler. By default the RV05 has only one 120mm fan mount available, though liquid coolers of up to 360mm are supported if the bottom fans are removed. I wanted to leave the stock intake fans installed so I chose a Corsair H75 all-in-one cooler for the CPU, and it fit easily. Next I connected my graphics card – the mammoth MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning – which just fits in the case with a little room to spare above the bottom fans. (I measured 12.5" from the expansion slots to the top of the fans, and my R9 290X is 12" at the longest point.)
And here are those bottom intake fans, dual 180mm "Air Penatrator" fans by SilverStone:
These can move a lot of air on the high setting, and the RV05 includes easy speed control from the top of the case.
Next we'll have a look at the completed build from both sides, and then check out the results of some benchmarks before I add some final thoughts on my experience with the RV05.