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SILVERSTONE RAVEN Series RV03B-WA Matte Black with Gray Trimming, Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

  • Reinforced plastic outer shell, 0.8mm Steel body ATX Full Tower
  • USB 3.0 x 2 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
  • Audio x 1
  • MIC x 1 Front Ports
  • 4 x 120mm Front Fan
  • 1 x 120mm Rear Fan
  • 1 x 120mm
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Learn more about the Silverstone SST-RV03B-WA

Model

Brand
SilverStone
Series
RAVEN Series
Model
SST-RV03B-WA

Spec

Type
ATX Full Tower
Color
Black, Grey Trimming
Case Material
Reinforced plastic outer shell, 0.8mm Steel body
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Bottom
Motherboard Compatibility
SSI EEB, SSI CEB, Extended ATX, ATX, Micro ATX
With Side Panel Window
Yes

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
7
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
10 (6 from 5.25" Adapters)
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
2
Expansion Slots
8

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB 3.0 x 2 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
Audio x 1
MIC x 1

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
4 x 120mm Front Fan
1 x 120mm Rear Fan
1 x 120mm Side Fan
1 x 120mm Top Fan

If front panel is filled to capacity with six hard drives, then only two 120mm fan slots is usable.
Installing 120mm fan into rear fan slot will take away space from the eighth expansion slot.
180mm Fans
2 x 180mm Bottom Fan (compatible with 3 x 120mm fan)
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
22.44" x 9.25" x 20.55"
Weight
25.13 lbs

Features

Features
Revolutionary 90 degree motherboard mounting from RAVEN RV01

Includes two Air Penetrator 180mm fans for superb performance and quietness

Support up to seven 120mm fans for exceptional cooling flexibility

Motherboard back plate opening behind CPU area for quick cooler assembly

Supports Extended ATX motherboard

Supports eight expansion slots and graphics cards of any length

Mandatory cable management design for clean looking system on every build

Hard drive compartment with independent cooling zone

Upscale and aggressive styling with dual-purpose front panel bezels

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Mark M.
  • 8/14/2014 7:59:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove It... with a caveat

Pros: Love the design, top loaded ports make for super easy access. Also: Really appreciate the filters on the case bottom, should make future dusting that much easier. Full ATX is sooo roomy!

Cons: Why is this form field required?

Other Thoughts: The power supply positioning caused me some problems. Power cord feeds into the case through the bottom and attaches to your power supply internally via a supplied cable. That cable attaches to your PSU from inside the case at a flush, 90 degree angle. This caused me a problem due to the angled cable overlapping my PSU's normally external kill switch, forcing it to stay in the powered off position. If your buying this case, make sure your PSU's switch is either flush or is positioned away from the cable connector port

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  • Marc S.
  • 7/26/2014 12:23:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome case, notable flaw

Pros: The case is very spacious, I like the idea of rotating the mobo 90 degrees, and I like that they are breaking with conventional thought. I don't normally buy things at the cutting edge, for lack of a better phrase, but the configuration just made great sense. It's less stress on the cards and better for airflow (heat likes to rise upwards and this case like to send it on its way!)

Cons: If you buy this case, be prepared to manage the large holes at the top (you can see what I'm talking about from the photos). Mind you, these ventilation holes are normal for a case, however this is a modified design. Those holes are normally out the BACK of your traditional case, not the TOP. Yes, there is a plastic piece that goes on top, but this is not proof against things falling or bouncing into it. Just the thought of a case screw or other metal object (easily) falling into the case through these holes makes me cringe. It can fall straight down into the bottom fans, or bounce around and arc along your graphics card or mobo, etc. and fry your rig. Get yourself some mesh or screen and glue it, etc., to the inside to cover these gaping holes, while still allowing for ventilation. I hope the manufacturer is paying attention, because with a vertical configuration like this, you have to think about gravity pulling things into this case. They need to reduce size of the grill holes or screen them over.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/1/2014 5:44:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsnice looking, but over-designed

Pros: vertical orientation of GPU means no sagging & no strain on PCIe slots
high quality, thick window
two mega-fans blowing air upward are nearly silent and still very effective on low setting
room for 11 storage devices
USB & audio on top

Cons: power supply at the front
power supply sideways
These two design choices are definitely the worst thing(s) about this, which overall is still a good case.

The wiring from one or more of the top USB, audio, and fan speed switches gets in the way of putting an optical drive in the only available 5 1/4" bay. It will fit, but getting it in there involved friction, so I didn't want to leave it there. Depending on the mood of the assembly line workers on the day yours was made, you could get an RV03 without this problem. And going without an optical bay is not inconvenient enough to try to RMA a case, considering the postage, but it's unimpressive and worth mentioning for anybody who really requires an optical drive.

I think the grommets for water cooling are also a bit far to the front, considering they would have to go all the way to the back then down for any custom loop with any part outside of the case. It gives the impression that the designer just checked "liquid cooling grommets" off a checklist of requirements, putting no thought into any actual liquid cooling. But there is also space more than halfway to the back where you could drill your own holes, which is a pretty minor mod for anybody who's already doing custom liquid cooling.

Other Thoughts: The cons I listed really never bother me. I haven't thought about any of them since assembling the system, but they should still not be left out of a good review. If you agree with the following, this is likely the case for you in spite of the cons. As much as good GPUs weigh, they simply should never be oriented horizontally. So as soon as I began shopping, I had narrowed the candidates down to either a Raven or a large HTPC case, and for gaming I didn't want to deal with the size constraints of HTPC cases, even relatively large ones.

If I could afford the Temjin 11 I would have preferred that but in my price range this was the best choice, or at least close to the best. As good as this looks, I think that due to the cons I would have preferred a Raven RV01, RV02-E, or RV05. It's hard to say which is the best though, they're all close to perfect and probably all have some compromises which will be significant to some users but not all.

Regarding the power supply, in the worst case, if you have trouble routing the extension cord to your PSU's AC input, just undo its twist tie to get enough slack. It WILL reach. And there is lots of room for cable management behind the mainboard. It will take more time than just jamming extra cable into the space next to the PSU, as you can do with more generic ATX case designs, but to me it's worth it to know that my GPU's weight will not damage itself over time, nor the PCIe slot on the motherboard where it's hanging.

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  • Matthew M.
  • 5/18/2014 9:39:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest case I've ever built in

Pros: Incredible design. I'm not sure why more case manufacturers have adopted this model. The 90 degree rotation makes for an incredibly efficient cooling design. The result is amazing temps, with low fan speeds, and a cleaner case as a result of the lower airflow in combination with the filters.

Also happen to love being able to access all ports on top of the case rather than the back. Every future build will be designed around this case.

Cons: None. However, if you're not willing to think out your build it may be a little different for someone use to a standard case.

Other Thoughts: Also happen to think its the best looking case I've ever seen.

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  • Luke S.
  • 5/2/2014 8:18:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI love it.

Pros: Great airflow design; Having rear panel on the top makes it a lot easier to plug/unplug wires; Filters are good quality; Most wires can be routed behind motherboard plate; Power supply cord was long enough for me, no problems connecting it; Hard drives mount behind motherboard plate and because of the small area, the side panel fan is able to pull a lot of air around them; Fan controller for the intake fans on the bottom;

Cons: The filters on the bottom made maneuvering the case awkward during setup; The handle is good quality, but there needs to be a second place to grab in the front.

I only see 2 front mounting locations for fans, which are located directly behind the bays. The description says there are 4 total?

Other Thoughts: I had to remove the top fan guard for a push/pull setup to work. I wish the metal for the screw holes was flat instead of round so I might have had enough room to leave it on.

I also wish the power cord could exit the top rear with the other wires.

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  • Mr. h.
  • 2/25/2014 11:44:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsRV03B

Pros: Nice case

Cons: No on board case USB connectors from the motherboard and missing front panel speaker connector

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  • Miguel C.
  • 11/21/2013 4:30:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsStress off the GPU!

Pros: Motherboard tray is rotated 90 degress, so the IO knockout is at the top of the case. It provides the necessary support for today's heavier GPUs. All the weightt is on the case itself as opposed to the PCI slot. This means no more warped PCBs! This is the main reason I got this case.

It looks great and has sufficient cable management for most systems. The power supply's orientation makes it even better, as all the wires come behind the mobo tray.

The SSD/HDD mounting behind the motherboard as opposed to in/under the drive bays is quite intuitive! It goes great with the cable routing. You can even 'hide' some excess cabling between the mounts and the back of the motherboard tray.

The fan control switches at the top of the case work as advertised, and the case has room for a few additional 120mm fans, but I ended up not needing them. All the included fans in the case provided enough airflow for my system, but the option is to add more is great.

Cons: The internal Power supply cable is a little short. I had to force it to connect to the power supply. It is connected and it works, but I don't like that pressure. It has me a little worried. I don't see why Silverstone couldn't add just ONE MORE INCH to that cable. Oh well, it still works, but to me it's enough of a concern to knock off an egg. No wiring should be subject to such stress. They need a little room to wiggle, and this case's internal power supply connector doesn't have that wiggle room.

Not really a con for me, but it might be for some: the white light at the top of the case is quite bright. I wouldn't recommend having this case face the direction of wherever anyone is sleeping.

Other Thoughts: Overall it's a good case. It's perfect for anyone who wants to take the weight strain from the GPU off the PCI slots. It has some issues that may or may not be trouble for some power supplies or overly large CPU coolers. The Noctua NH-D14 has only a couple of millimeters of clearance from the viewing window, but it fits. Anything bigger than that might not allow proper case closure. I still recommend it, though.

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  • Wesley H.
  • 11/15/2013 10:55:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: -Stunningly good looking. I bought the case for a combination of aesthetics and performance, and it delivers superbly on both fronts. The window allows for full view of everything you want to show off (mobo, CPU, cards), and nothing you don't (drive and their bays).
-Great airflow. The vertical orientation makes sense- heat rises!
-The 180mm fans are very quiet at low RPM, and perfectly adequate for most anything. On the higher setting, they're louder, but not "loud".
-TONS of room/spots for add-ons, be they fans, hard drives, LEDs, etc.

Cons: The one real complaint is that I don't see any way to mount a hard drive in the front bays with a fan installed in the rear fan mount position (between the bays and the motherboard). Not worth knocking an egg off, but a little disappointing.

The sideways-mounted PSU means that if you take the window on and off (something I did during my build process) you may bump the power cable, shutting off the machine. Again, not so much a con as a slightly inconvenient quirk.

Other Thoughts: Be careful/use a magnetic screwdriver when adding/removing drives if the case is standing vertically, if they drop in to the bottom they're a pain to retrieve.

The 90° mobo tray is really nice, but keep in mind the vertical airflow when looking at CPU coolers.

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  • Jeremy S.
  • 5/27/2013 10:46:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice case

Pros: Easy to use magnetic fan filters for the bottom intakes
Quiet, the two AP181 (180mm intakes) are very quiet on low speed through the integrated fan controller, the top exhaust fan is good, it's like a small step down from the scythe slipstream 12 but it's not really audible
Good airflow
Good window
Mounting holes for a harddrive cooling fan on the side panel
Big, but not stupid big, and it looks really good (subjective)

Cons: The four rod things that screw into the back to mount the harddrives aren't quite perfect, you could accidentally loosen them from the case and make it difficult to get the hdd mount out. Also another reviewer stated the side hdd mounts aren't secure, but they are quite secure.
If you keep this next to your on your desk, you're gonna hear your power supply, not really a terribly nuisance but my psu whines a bit sometimes (Corsair HX750)

It is literally impossible to touch the side panel without permanently ruining, this is my first build in 5 years and my first case with a side panel and I really didn't expect it to be this bad. I tried to remove some fingerprints with a good quality microfiber cloth and it's just completely covered in visible scratches where I tried cleaning it

Other Thoughts: No plastic parts were broken on mine
Really wish case makers used something like gorilla glass, or at least a plastic that doesn't scratch if you look at it funny
Cable management is kind of compromised by installing harddrives on the back, and it's not really simple cable management like normal big cases, but you can still make something half decent looking, unless you have a ton of accessories to plugin, then you'll have a mess on one side
Right angled sata cable plugs aren't that great to use for the rear mounted harddrives, I suggest picking up some 20" or 24" straight sata cables
The front fan brackets don't work with the h100i that well, you might be able to get one bracket on and mount it, also if you put a h100i in the front you can't use any of the 5.25" bays, however a good alternative is just to drop the radiator on top of the 180mm intakes, it reduces airflow but won't affect temps notably. I have an h110 sitting on top of the intakes now and they pretty much completely covers both of them, gpu temp hasn't changed and motherboard is unaffected

overall it's quite nice and it's my favorite case, and I plan to use it for one more build which for me means it'll probably be used for almost 10 years. I just need to do something about that side panel, maybe.

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  • Ethan H.
  • 4/3/2013 11:28:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood case with compromises

Pros: We already have two of the previous, RV02 model Raven cases. Both are packed to the gills with computational and storage kit. They remain our overall favorite cases for builds that combine high performance with low noise. We have used the the newest Raven case for about 6 months and it is decidedly a compromise.

On the plus side, cooling performance remains excellent even though it only has two of the massive bottom fans compared with the three in the RV02. This, combined with a revised internal layout shortened the depth of the case by over 4 inches - a good thing for storing under a desk. The height, however, grew by a couple inches. Noise levels are, if anything, even lower than with the previous version. Our RV03 has dual Xeon processors, an NVIDIA workstation graphics card, and 4 HDDs and only produces a low murmur under load.

Cable management is also greatly improved, making clean installs easy. Silverstone embraced SSD drives, with several mounting positions behind the motherboard for seriously clean cabling. There is even a cutout for the CPU backplate, so you don't have to remove the motherboard to replace standard ATX or eATX processors or heatsinks.

Cons: All is not perfect with the Raves 3, however, There are four 3.5 inch drive caddies located behind the motherboard. Unfortunately there is little cooling, so you wouldn't want to use these slots for drives that get much use. Also, the mounts in two of the four slots are less than secure, so even moderate movement is enough to knock the drives loose, leaving them to crash to the bottom of the case. Hope your drives are still under warranty...

Speaking of drives, the Raven 3 the only traditional internal bays are for 5.25 inch drives. Adapters are included for 3.5 inch drives, but the shortened chassis has eliminated the fan that provided airflow across these bays. In our system, the HDD drives are only used in a RAID6 array for backups. As such, they are only used for short times late at night when the system is otherwise idle. If you plan on using a HDD as a system or data drive, you'll need to add internal fans to keep them cool.

Silverstone added USB3 headers to the case. That's good except that instead of providing cables to attach to internal motherboard USB3 headers, the case cables are simple extenders that (barely) reach the USB3 ports on the back (or top, since we're talking the 90 degree-rotated Raven) of the motherboard. So, yes you get two USB3 ports on the case, but these come at the cost of losing the two on the back of the motherboard. Thanks, I guess...

A final complaint is in order for the power supply placement. Unlike previous Ravens, the PS is now located at the bottom front corner. The case has a ventilated cutout that proved tight for even a standard-dimension, modular power supply (Corsair HX series). In the interest of clean design, Silverstone has an internal line power connector to the power supply. The wall plug is then built into the case, emerging stylishly to preserve the clean lines. What makes this approach boneheaded is that the on-off button for the power supply is inaccessibly buried in the case. You can't reach it from the outside. The only way to fully turn off power is to unplug the case from the wall - there's no external connector or switch on the case itself. Good luck if your system is connected to a UPS buried under a desk or reaching the wall outlet requires moving furniture.

Other Thoughts: Overall, the Raven 3 remains a very good case. Build quality is excellent, although they skimped on thumbscrews and went back to connectors requiring you to break out a screwdriver. The enclosure is clean inside, offering excellent cooling performance with low noise. They obviously thought out cable routing and made swapping processors and heatsinks as painless as possible - all good things for a high performance, enthusiast case.

The compromises and design decisions Silverstone made simply are not competitive in this market segment. HDD placement and cooling are, to be generous, not optimal. You need to choose between either no cooling at all and insecure mounting behind the motherboard tray or minimal cooling with extra fans and cables that disrupt the processor and graphics card airflow. If you only use solid state drives or, like us, have HDD drives only for backups, you'll appreciate the 2.5 inch drive holders behind the motherboard tray.

Design decisions such as the USB headers cannibalizing the motherboard ports and the power supply placement are simply silly. Overall, Silverstone made a step backwards with the Raven 3. I really wanted to like this case, but cannot recommend it.

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