It's that time of the summer again to look at another SilverStone chassis. This time up for review is the SilverStone Raven RV03, which is the successor to the previously reviewed Raven RV01 and Raven RV02. The third-generation Raven carries a lower introductory retail price, improved cooling over the RV02, greater storage capabilities, and support for fitting an SSI EEB Extended ATX motherboard.
- Reinforced plastic outer-shell, 0.8mm steel body
- SSI EEB, SSI CEB, Extended ATX, ATX, Micro ATX Compatibility
- 7 x 5.25-inch Drive Bays
- 10 x 3.5-inch Drive Bays (6 From 5.25-inch Adapters), 2 x 2.5-inch SSD Bays
- 7 x 120mm Fan Slots
- 2 x 180mm Fan Slots With SilverStone AP181 Fans
- 8 x Expansion Slots
- 2 x USB 3.0 Ports
- 11.4 Kilogram Weight
- 235 x 522 x 570mm Depth
The SilverStone Raven RV03 is available in two versions: SST-RV03B and SST-RV03B-W. Both RV03 cases have a black exterior with golden / champagne trim, but the later model features a side-panel acrylic window. The Raven RV03 was introduced with a $140 USD price-tag, which may seem like a lot for a chassis, but is on the low-end for being a SilverStone product with the RV01 and RV02 both being launched at much higher prices. The Raven RV03 was a SilverStone chassis I first saw at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this past January, but now it's available en mass.
The Raven RV03 comes with the usual assortment of mounting screws for the motherboard and various drive bays. There are also a couple of zip-ties for cable management. The user manual for the SilverStone RV03 also happens to be their most in-depth guide they have ever written for one of their enclosures, but it is not because the case is overly complicated. The guide was not even used in assembling the case but looked through after the fact when SilverStone had mentioned it was their most complete guide they have written.