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Pros: -unrestricted intakes
-all intakes are dust-filtered
-a lot of positive pressure
-can fit any size GPU, CPU air cooler, & PSU
Cons: TIMELINE of failures:
Day 1: Broken front audio connector
Half a year later: rattling fans
8 months: Flicker power LEDs
9 months: Dust filter mesh starting to fall off.
Roughly 1 year later: completely dead power LEDs.
-flimsy side & top panels
-only 2 front USBs
-PSU intake/filter doesn't line up with short PSUs.
-no black wires on front panel connectors.
-must remove side panel to access dust filters.
-must remove top panel to access fan controllers.
-window scratches very easily.
-little cable management room in the back.
-CPU cut-out on the motherboard tray isn't big enough (limited compatibility).
-not enough cable tie-down points on the back.
-no rubber grommets for cable routing.
-none of the drive mounts are tool-less!
-orientation of the hard drives make it difficult for 90º SATA data cables with more difficulties for chained SATA power cables; basically expect to be making some U-turns when you connect your drives!!
Other Thoughts: I might've reviewed this case somewhere else or even on here before, and I remember giving it a decent score—that was only because I thought the issues were negligible. As time went on and having to LIVE with this case, more and more issues came up. I bought this case for it's great airflow, but that strong point cannot outlive the myriad of negatives present with this case. This is a $200+ case; that's surely a premium price tag, but it doesn't feel like a premium case AT ALL...nowhere even close to it. Oh, and trust me, I have emailed a rep. from SilverStone, and you know what the replay was towards my failing parts? The guy basically said that parts fail and that it's too bad. Great. A lousy one-year warranty on a premium product. Am I expected to buy a new SilverStone case every year, then? Absolutely ridiculous.
I feel nothing short of cheated, and I don't think I'd be wrong to feel incredibly disappointed and angry with this case. These feelings would be reasonable if this was a budget, sub-$100 case...BUT IT'S NOT. SilverStone is asking so much for this case and giving so little. This case is merely a travesty of a premium product.
I'll definitely be looking in another direction for my next case and never consider a SilverStone product ever again.
This review is from: RAZER Abyssus RZ01-00360100-R3U1 Wired Optical High Precision Gaming Mouse - Black
Pros: Switch for sample rate (125hz/1,000hz)
Switch for DPI (450, 1800, 3500)
Concave left & right click
Cons: After 3 months, the scroll wheel begins screeching as if it needs oil. Not only can I heart it, but I feel the grinding on my finger when I scroll. Definitely gotta take off an egg for this.
Other Thoughts: There should be a switch or button to turn off the blue LED logo. It's actually very bright once you turn off all the lights.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Big rectagular window
-Very tactile, very easy to press power/reset buttons
-Dust filters for all 3 bottom fans as well as PSU intake
-Built-in fan controllers for the three 180mm air penetrator fans
-Can fit almost any size GPU, PSU, and CPU heatsink
Cons: -Have to remove the top grill to access the fan controllers
-Have to remove side panel to access dust filters
-Barely enough space for cable management
-Placement of PSU intake cut-out is too low for shorter PSUs as it covers part of the PSU fan
-No grommets for cable management holes
-Not enough tie-down points for zip-ties
Other Thoughts: The drive mounting system is SEMI-tool-less; i.e., the hard drives require screws to be mounted onto the drive rails before the drive rails can be slid into the drive cage.
This isn't a perfect case, nowhere near perfect at all. However, if you're buying this case, then more likely than not you're buying it for its direct, uninterrupted, stacked airflow design. There are many other cases out there that solve all of the issues that the RV-02 has. However, if you're one of those people who would rather have superior airflow & temperatures, then the cons of the RV-02 might be something that you can live with.
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