Compact casings are quite the attraction these days, especially when personal computers are making ways to living rooms and other compact spaces, the Raven RVZ02 from SilverStone is one that’s with a slim profile, making it suitable for even the most compact of space.
The Raven RVZ02 comes with the signature front design, and with a slide-open door for USB and audio port access.
Here’s the view from the top, or side if you prefer as the Raven RVZ02 can be placed on horizontal orientation.
From the rear you’ll see that despite being a slim profile casing, the Raven RVZ02 is able to cater a single graphics card. You might notice that the transparent panel appears on both side of the casing.
Here’s the view from the other side, the transparent panel on the other side covers the motherboard and PSU.
SilverStone designed the product very well, to include PCI-E connectors, rubberized feet, PSU and PCI-E component holders, stands and so on.
On the inside the Raven RVZ02 provides sufficient space for a small PSU and a motherboard with 2x 2.5″ drives and an optical drive.
Here’s a closer look at the interior, it’s not much space but it’s sufficient for getting everything in place.
This is the compartment on the other side, the top side which is ride behind the 2.5″ drive bay that’s made for graphics card.
Once in place the graphics card resides just nicely on its own, the RVZ02 can fit large graphics cards up to 13â€ long and 4.78â€ wide so that means even high end cards such as GeForce GTX 980Ti/Titan X or Radeon R9 390X/Fury may fit as long as the model does not exceed the space limitation. With SilverStoneâ€™s own SFX 600W PSU reportedly capable of powering a Mini-ITX system equipped with Titan Z (which exceeds RVZ02â€™s size limit), you shouldnâ€™t have to worry about powering whichever card you can fit in the RVZ02.
Here’s what the mess looks like on the Motherboard + PSU section. It’s not that bad actually, in fact I think the space allowed for cable management is great and I could stash the cables into the room around the PSU and still have some space to spare. One word of caution is that being a Mini-ITX setup, you should consider carefully what items to mount first before another, for example get the heatsink in place before securing the motherboard.
I only have 2 complaints throughout my entire journey with the SilverStone Raven RVZ02, the first being that the screws provided are almost indistinguishable so your best bet is just to go with the “see if it fits” method to get the right screw for the mounting. My second complain is the cable that leads to the PSU that’s quite thick in profile, when the casing cover is in place the cable looks like a python stuck in a small aquarium.
The SilverStone Raven RVZ02 Mini-ITX Desktop Casing is beautiful, it retails at RM 359 which I think is quite reasonable considering the build quality. It’s a sleek and compact casing that’s carefully designed, one of the few Mini-ITX casings that I really enjoyed setting up.
If you’re looking for a compact casing as your living room or desktop companion, do look into the RVZ02.