TechSpot: Silverstone Raven 2 Evolution ATX Case Review

Released in late 2008, the original Silverstone Raven RV01 quickly caught our attention because of its strange orientation that pointed the motherboard upward at a 90-degree angle, so the "rear" I/O panel was placed on top of the enclosure instead of behind.

Indeed, the RV01 was quite unique but it didn't execute the design as well as it could have, among the most common complaints: PSU placement and massive size. Silverstone was thus forced to be more creative with their next-generation Raven.

The Raven 2 Evolution has a more efficient design, it is 24% skinner and 18% shorter than the RV01. The smaller dimensions have also allowed Silverstone to shed 17% of the overall weight. The new changes make for a very interesting computer case that maintains the unorthodox orientation, let's dive in for a closer look...

Read: Silverstone Raven 2 Evolution (RV02-E) ATX Case Review

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I was able to get all the cable tucked away without much bulk, but I also have minimal components. It's a nice case, but not the one you really want for water cooling.

duneworld said,
Yea, the cable management leaves something to be desired.
It does have cable management but it seems they didn't use it very well...

Nice review except it's missing the ONE picture of the case I wanted to see.... how it looks with all the wires connected (DVI, power, etc etc) since they're coming out of the top

Rudy said,
Nice review except it's missing the ONE picture of the case I wanted to see.... how it looks with all the wires connected (DVI, power, etc etc) since they're coming out of the top

I believe there's a shield you place over the top so all the cables go out the back, that's how the first one was anyway I think,

Rudy said,
Nice review except it's missing the ONE picture of the case I wanted to see.... how it looks with all the wires connected (DVI, power, etc etc) since they're coming out of the top
HawkMan is right it has a top the clips on and all the cables are routed out the back.

I used to sell computer chassis from the likes of Zalman, Coolermaster and Hiper at distribution level and while some of the designs were very aesthetically pleasing I never understood the amount of cash people spend on these things!

Personally I'd rather not see my PC at all and make my desk/floor as usable as possible, I know there is the overclocking community where it is important but I find this just another one of those overpriced items for really no purpose - unless of course you like fiddling inside a lot but the majority of these machines people spend top ££ just for it to be tucked under a desk!

To me, this lookst just like a FT02 from the inside and a RV01 from the outside
Looks pretty good, I like the FT02 more myself, but that's just my opinion...
What I'd really like to see is more outtake fans at the top, well at least one more with so much intake at the bottom.

Jaimy Porter said,
To me, this lookst just like a FT02 from the inside and a RV01 from the outside
Looks pretty good, I like the FT02 more myself, but that's just my opinion...
What I'd really like to see is more outtake fans at the top, well at least one more with so much intake at the bottom.
I thought about the same thing but it just wouldn't be logically possible when you think about it.