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Of all of the cases we have taken a look at recently, the Raven 3 tops the charts for how many times you could make us ooh and aah. Its unique design is still impressive to this day even though it is similar to what we have seen on past Raven and Fortress cases. On top of that the interesting color combination looks amazing and frankly I am happy to finally check out a Raven case without a door on the front. All of it put together makes this one of the best looking cases we have seen in a long time. The Raven 3 also is one of the best cooling cases we have seen as well, with its large cooling fans and 90 degree rotated motherboard.

So you have to be wondering what is wrong with it then right? The old saying nothing is perfect does apply to the Raven 3 and almost all came up during our installation. I wasn’t a huge fan of the room that you are given for a power supply. Even though it is enough room for most power supplies, I imagine that the Raven 3 would be perfect for extreme quad GPU builds that might require a 1200 or 1500 watt power supply and I question how well they would fit.

On top of that the top I/O location will most likely cause issues for people who need a DVI-HDMI/VGA adapter or even people who are running HDMI. I have had multiple HDMI cables break from being bent even just a little bit on the back of a monitor, the tight space on the Raven 3 could cause similar issues. My last issue was with the location of the power plug. I really don’t think they could find a more difficult location to put a power plug. I would have loved to see the power plug into the back of the case or at least be a little easier to get to.

Having said all of that, I was so impressed with the rest of the Raven 3 that I would happily ignore the issues that I did come across just for its amazing styling and great cooling performance. After multiple years of tweaking this design I was a little disappointed to see that they seemed to create new issues with the design, but I am a sucker for its two inches of space behind the motherboard tray for wire management. If this were Jerry Maguire I would be saying you had me at the wire management.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #29671 28 Feb 2013 21:51
Another case review today, we take a look at the unique Raven 3's design
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NitrosDragon replied the topic: #29673 28 Feb 2013 23:15
Awesome review! I'm glad to see that Silverstone is still pioneering the rotated motherboard style. I really enjoy it in my FT02.

I wish I could see how the Raven 3 would have handled a different heatsink while pushing high temps.
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evildoer replied the topic: #29675 01 Mar 2013 00:19
Raven 4 is supposed to be out soonish too.

I had the Raven 3 for about six months. Very nice case and easy to build in with a ton of built in cable management.

What I didn't like with the 3 is that:

1) The Raven 2 had an extra fan on the bottom of the chassis
2) No consideration for mounting of consumer grade liquid coolers (Corsair H70, for example) I had to mount one in push&pull and vent it out the top. It looked a little weird.
3) The front panel USB were USB 3.0 A connectors that piggybacked off of I/O USB 3.0 and not a header connector.
4) The position of the power plug was kind of asinine.

From what I was told by someone I used to work with who attended Computex last y ear is that the issues I had with the Raven 3 were fixed in the Raven 4, just keep in mind that I am waaaaaaaaaay pickier than the person who told me this.

Over-all Silverstone cases, IMO, are the best there is. The Fortress and Raven series are just massive and awesome. The problem of course is they're massive. Probably why we don't see many at LAN parties!
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L0rdG1gabyt3 replied the topic: #29678 01 Mar 2013 01:08
Ive got a Raven RV01, and I really like it. My temps, with an H60 stay pretty cool.
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #29679 01 Mar 2013 01:38

evildoer wrote: 1) The Raven 2 had an extra fan on the bottom of the chassis


yeah this bothered me a little, but then I went back to what I wrote about the Raven 2 when I reviewed it. The way they had the hard drives orientated blocked the flow of air from that third fan anyhow.

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