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SilverStone RAVEN Series RV05B Black Plastic outer shell, steel body Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Compact, excellent air flow, cool design 04/21/2015

This review is from: SilverStone RAVEN Series RV05B Black Plastic outer shell, steel body Computer Case

Pros: I love the 90 degree turned motherboard design. I am no engineer, but we know heat rises. have huge fans drawing cool air from the bottom and expelling out the top is common sense. However there is another benefit. Over the years ive seen my fair share of bent motherboards or video cards being torqued against gravity. Generally you have 1-2 screws at one end and a pci-e slot holding up a huge video card, over time it stresses the motherboard and video card PCB. with a 90 degree motherboard the video card can rest straight up and down with gravity instead of against it.

Excellent cable management for M-ATX boards, with a full ATX it can be a little cramped.

Cons: The case is smaller and flimsy compared to other cases in his price point or my old RV03. Very limited space for hard drives. two 3.5" drives two 2.5" drives on the back side of the motherboard. Its a clever use of space, but in my scenario it was the wrong case for my needs.

Other Thoughts: For my needs an Antec P280 would of been better suited. If your a gamer / overclocker looking for a compact high flow case, this is worth checking out.

I posted a video review of this on youtube if you want to see the unboxing and computer assembly.

TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter, 150Mbps, w/4 dBi High Gain Detachable Antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great signal stregnth, very cheap to buy.

Cons: side of the USB stick can make it hard to get mice/keyboard plugged in along side it. I bought three of these for various mining rigs and all three of them will just randomly drop connection to i remove the device and plug it back in. They have worked solid the past week, but sometimes i have to do this every other day or so.

Other Thoughts: none of my other brand wireless dongles required this.

Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: WOW room to work! extremely high build quality, subtle classy!

I went from a NZXT Phantom full tower to this, because my third r9 290x wouldnt fit in my NZXT without hitting the bottom mounted power supply. The Fractal has 9 expansion slots so if your motherboard has a bottom PCI-E slot you will be able to use it with a dual slot card. However, because of the heat of having 3 cards sandwiched together, i ended up leaving the middle one empty. I keep 2 r9 290x per rig now... besides turns out my 1050watt psu wouldnt be able to handle 3. power draw is 800 watts per rig with just two r9s mining at stock clock speeds.

Cons: its subtle classy appearance isnt for everyone.

Other Thoughts: I bought two of these for my mining rigs. i cant stand the idea of open bench mining rigs, especially at work where noise is a concern or at home where my kids will tamper with them.


David T.'s Profile

Display Name: David T.

Date Joined: 01/10/03

  • Reviews: 26
  • Helpfulness: 14
  • First Review: 02/07/11
  • Last Review: 04/21/15
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