Introduction

SilverStone is a company known for their atypical, sometimes even strange case designs. The ML04 and ML05 that we reviewed several months ago are a good example, but the company offers dozens of small form factor and unique enclosures, each designed with specific applications in mind. Their designs often bend (or even entirely neglect) the ATX design guide rules. The cases of the Raven series are another example as well, with the 90° rotated motherboard design. We hosted reviews of the first Raven (RV01), the RV03 and the RV04 during the past years.

With the exception of the RV04, which does not share the 90° design, the cases of the Raven series were somewhat bulky and excessively long – features that did not make them very popular among users. In response to that, SilverStone has released the RV05, the most compact case of the Raven series to date. Despite the reduced dimensions of the case, SilverStone boasts that it retains outstanding thermal performance and usability. We will provide an in-depth look at the Raven RV05 in this review.

SilverStone Raven RV05 Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bays External 1 x Slim Slot Loading
Internal 2 x 3.5" (front drive cage)
2 x 2.5" (rear of motherboard tray)
Cooling Front -
Rear -
Top 1 x 120 mm (optional)
Left Side -
Bottom 2 x 180 (included)
Radiator Support Front -
Rear -
Top -
Side -
Bottom 240 mm / 280 mm
I/O Port 2x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Mic
Power Supply Size ATX
Clearances HSF 160 mm
PSU 170 mm
GPU 310 mm
Dimensions 529 mm × 242 mm × 498 mm (H×W×D)
20.83 in × 9.53 in × 19.6 in (H×W×D)
Prominent Features Signature RAVEN styling touches
Revolutionary 90 degree motherboard mounting from RAVEN RV01
Breakthrough 5.25 inch bay-free design for unprecedented power to size ratio
Two Air Penetrator fans included for great performance and quietness
Positive air pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention
Quick-release latch for fast side panel removal
Front access to main filter for easy maintenance
Support for various liquid cooling radiator sizes
Price $117 Including Shipping ($107 after rebate)
$115 for non-windowed version

Packaging and Bundle

We received the Raven RV05 in a colorful, sturdy cardboard box. The artwork is very aggressive and a bit chaotic, with pictures of the case mixed with the shadow of a raven and numerous abstract shapes. The lightweight case is very well protected inside the box, with thick Styrofoam slabs ensuring its safety during shipping.

SilverStone supplies only the hardware essential for the installation of the components, a few simple cable ties, and a 120mm fan filter. There also is a very well written manual, but there are no extras such as cable straps or decorative stickers.

SilverStone Raven RV05 Exterior
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  • JohnMD1022 - Friday, December 26, 2014 - link

    It's ugly with a capital UGHHHHH.. Reply
  • Laststop311 - Saturday, December 27, 2014 - link

    I don't think making it shorter and losing 1 of the 180mm fans is a feature to brag about. I use the ft02 and i think the 02 versions of this case were the best. If you have enough room to fit this case you almost 100% are likely to have the room for the 02 version and the third 180mm fan is a big deal. Those fans do such a good job losing 1 kills me too much Reply
  • R3MF - Saturday, December 27, 2014 - link

    speaking as a person who already owns a Fortress 02, and just built a new rig with the 05:

    this is a nicely made case, i appreciate the extra space, and remain unfazed by the lack of bays.
    Reply
  • dumpsterj - Sunday, December 28, 2014 - link

    Ive had the RV02 since it came out. Its huge , but it has awesome thermal properties and im probably sticking with it forever lol. Reply
  • SeleniumGlow - Sunday, December 28, 2014 - link

    Instead of the Coke Can, I'd prefer to have an actual ruler/scale in the background (or maybe foreground). You see, my country doesn't have this size or shape for a cola can. It's thin, and not as tall, and only has a volume of 200 mL. I have no idea of the dimensions of that can on the picture.

    Plus, I'm sure a wooden (or those new steel ones) ruler would cost less than a cola can :P
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  • codylee - Saturday, January 3, 2015 - link

    +1 Coke can.
    More importantly- I echo the notion that a mobo manufacturer needs to have some vision and rethink the standards to accommodate board design and placement.
    Reply
  • Maltz - Friday, January 9, 2015 - link

    +2 if it'd been Dr Pepper. :) Reply
  • romrunning - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    But then we would have the complaints about metric versus US/Imperial measurements... Reply
  • trynberg - Friday, January 9, 2015 - link

    I don't understand this review. This case was designed to provide quiet, state of the art air cooling, which it does. Using water cooling doesn't even make sense. Optical drives are going the way of floppy drives. Aesthetics are in the eye of the beholder. This is the most negative review of this case I have seen. Reply

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