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SilverStone Raven RV02 review

Let's Get Vertical - SilverStone Raven RV02

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Vertically Challenged

Vertically Challenged

Traditionally and even today, motherboards are mounted onto casings in such a way that its rear I/O ports are always located at the back of the casing. However, when SilverStone released the Raven RV01, they decided instead that the motherboard should be mounted vertically with the rear I/O ports facing skyward. Needless to say, this caused quite a lot of debate amongst DIY enthusiasts.

But they are not doing so just for the sake being different. As dictated by the laws of mother nature, hot air rises. To facilitate the expulsion of warm air, the SilverStone RV01 has a cleverly placed exhaust fan at the top of the casing. To help speed things up further, intake fans at the bottom suck in cool air. Therefore, mounting the motherboard vertically actually makes sense, since it's actually working in tandem with mother nature to get warm air out of the system. This is as opposed to traditional casings, where the intake and exhaust fans are located laterally.

The new SilverStone Raven RV02 follows in the footstep of its predecessor and continues the vertical-mounting tradition. This time, however, SilverStone said they have improved upon its design by making it smaller and lighter, and have also added some additional features. Naturally, we had to check it out for ourselves.