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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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  • 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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  • Long N.
  • 3/21/2013 12:53:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome case!!!

Pros: Huge amount of space. Airflow is great if you are buying GPUs that are not opened air. Just got it today, but haven't used it yet cuz CPU hasn't come home yet.

Cons: Only one could be more organized manual.

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  • Andrew O.
  • 3/21/2013 7:37:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: -Tons of space
-Great build quality
-Lots of Airflow
-Comes with fans
-Multitude of HDD mounts

I used this for my second build because its 90* rotated mobo tray has all the outputs at top, which is super for me because I don't have a desk big enough to put this on, or enough room under, makes connecting my peripherals really easy.
Despite being a full tower case, its layout makes it little bigger than my HAF 912.
Cable management was super easy in this, there's tons of room behind the motherboard tray where, and it gives you the option to mount a 120mm fan behind the cpu, how cool and useful!
Loved being able to install 4 HDD's and 2 SSD's behind the mobo tray, keeps things clean and makes managing wires easy.
I'm fairly knowledgeable on computer tech, but am still a relatively novice builder (never had the time to build many rigs myself, had to go with pre-built) and this case made it easy, I was able to hook everything up in under an hour using its simplistic but effective manual.
It helps a little that it looks beautiful.

Cons: I wouldn't really call them cons, at least not enough of cons to warrant a removal of an egg, but I wish there was a way to route your peripheral wires through the case's top covering as opposed to going under the handle at the back, but that's solve-able with my garage's workbench, hehe.
I had a little trouble with the 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays, but I'd call it user error.
All in all it's a brilliant case and would recommend to novice and veteran builders alike.

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  • Jonathan L.
  • 2/7/2013 7:06:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Stuff right nyah!

Pros: Just the right amount of plastic structure with a great amount of steel reinforcement. I've had many cases in the past and this baby made me happy right out of the box.

Further inspection satisfied me that much more. Its easy to figure out, everything is very conveniently placed, lots of space, and room for options.

She's a beauty and the price was a steal compared to the RV01 and RV02.

Cons: It has a handle built into the rear top of the case for easy transportation, but thats the only handle. I would have preferred Silverline to finish the idea and put a second handle on the opposite side of the case for ease.

Also the handle is plastic, so I foresee it breaking one day.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this baby because the RV01 was about 5x the price. I was presently surprised that she incorporates some of the best ideas of her two predecessors, thus making her better than the RV02 by far, but still second to the RV01. Again, for the price of this baby, she was a steal! I plan to purchase 4 more fans for this beauty since it has so much room for more!

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you very much for purchasing a SilverStone. The RV03's rear top handle is actually made out of polyoxymethylene (POM), a material that is much stronger than plastic so you shouldn't worry about it breaking for the life of the product!

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  • Sabin S.
  • 12/11/2012 7:34:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery, VERY sweet case

Pros: Loads of room
Love the PS mounting!
Cooling is amazing
Mounting options are great
Clean looks
VERY easy to work with

Cons: Need a way to secure the AC power cord under the case.
Case fan filters are not attached well.

Other Thoughts: I always wait a while before I write a review of something. Gives me a chance to really play and see if there is anything that really drives me nuts about something. Here is my review of this Silverstone case after just over a month of tweaking, playing and working with it.
I built a dual processor Xeon based server with a total of 7 drives with a 1200 watt power supply in this case. There are two - 3Tb HDDs in a RAID, two - 256Gb SSD drives in a RAID and two - 2Tb HDDs in a RAID plus an 24x DVD optical drive. It was so nice to have all the mounting options that this case allows! I still have room, on the MB and in the case to instal FOUR more drives if needed! When building a server for a small business that doesn't want multiple boxes in multiple places this really was the ticket. And the customer LOVES the look as compared to a klunky rack mount system.
Anyone that has any problems working with this case just don't get it. It is a simple design that makes everything work. I added fans to the case simply because of the type of computer I was building and EVERYTHING stays nice and cool! Those 180 fans on the bottom really move air and with the RAM chips being vertical on the board, air really moves across them nicely. The processors are stacked on on top of the other in this case and the upper CPU only runs about 2C hotter than the lower one. And neither of them EVER gets hot while running.
It was very nice to be able to route wires and make a clean, clean install. There are almost NO cables, wires or anything crossing over the MB. I was even able to hide the CPU cooler cables! This case just allows so many great options. In my opinion you will need to add a couple of fans at least. I chose to install 120 PWM fans because my MB supported numerous PWM fans and it certainly made the finished product quieter. You can sit two feet away from this case with SIX case fans and TWO CPU fans running full tilt and still carry on a conversation with someone without having to even raise your voices! It is just "white noise" from anything past three feet or so. The customer could not believe how quiet this thing was! And, after it boots and the MB controls kick in and slow the PWM fans...... You can't even hear it from ten feet away. Period.
After seeing the old Transformer case and some of the R0-2 cases I was hesitant..... But Silverstone really hit it on the nose with this R0-3 Raven. It is a sweet case if you want to build a strong, clean and professional build! This case is worth every penny and it will definitely do the job for you.
If you are a "slap it together and run" kind of builder with no patience.... DO NOT get this case. You won't understand how it works and you will get frustrated. If you are a "plan it out and make it right" kind of builder you will absolutely LOVE this case!!
Build:
Tyan MB with dual Xeon E5-2420 processors.
64Gb RAM
2- 3Tb HDDs
2- 2Tb HDDs
2- 256Gb SSD HDDs
1- 24X DVD+R
Thermaltake 12

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  • Harold R.
  • 11/27/2012 8:06:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLove the 90degree MB turn.

Pros: I own the RV02B version. I absolutely love it. I am building a new Rig for my neighbor and will use this RVO3B version.
RAVENS ROCK!!!

Cons: I dont really have any complaints.

Other Thoughts: So easy to access the cables from the top. Most all heat exits from the top. Gotta love it.

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