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Silverstone announces Raven RVZ02 HTPC chassis, successor to RVZ01

By Koh Wanzi - on 2 Oct 2015, 10:01am

Silverstone announces Raven RVZ02 HTPC chassis, successor to RVZ01

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Silverstone has taken the wraps off the new Raven RVZ02, the successor to the popular RVZ01 HTPC chassis.

The underlying design language is the same, but the RVZ02 sports several refinements that make even better use of the limited space within the mini-ITX chassis. It is also actually slightly slimmer than the RVZ01, but is taller and longer, which makes for a more elegant profile.

Like its predecessor, the RVZ02 has space for up to three storage drives and graphics cards up to 33cm in length, making it a very attractive choice for all who want to build a powerful PC for the living room.

The two cases utilize similar layouts. For one, the motherboard remains mounted in the lower rear of the case in the RVZ02, and it will fit only an SFX power supply right in front of the motherboard. To connect the bottom-mounted PSU unit to the power jack located in the upper rear, you’ll need to use an extension cable that runs through the case interior.

Two tool-less 2.5-inch hard drive mounts are located above the motherboard tray, and there is space for a slim optical drive toward the front. The graphics card is meant to be installed behind the storage drive mounting area, and depending on the length of the graphics card, there may be space for a third 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drive.

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The chassis itself is available in two different versions. A black variant sports two large black mesh sections on both sides of the case for ventilation. The motherboard and graphics card are located on opposite sides of the middle divider, so they each get access to unimpeded airflow.

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The second version has a slightly larger acrylic mesh instead of an all-black one. This windowed version of sorts lets you see through the case and even wraps around the top, with vents all around.

The Raven RVZ02 is an HTPC chassis at heart, and it is designed to be able to sit flat or upright like a regular tower PC. The case even comes with a stand to secure it in its upright position as the base would be a little too narrow otherwise. The black version retails for US$93.48, while the windowed version is slightly more expensive at US$106.68.

Source: Silverstone via Tom’s Hardware