SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E Review and test case

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E Review and test case

It’s been some time since we looked at products from SilverStone Technology is a Taiwanese manufacturer known for its high-quality computer chassis, power supplies and different cooling systems for the PC.

The last time it was a case SilverStone Primera PM1 is positioned as a gaming solution form factor Midi Tower. Now we will study a compact design for mini-ITX system from the Raven – SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E.

Is the successor already visited the lab a “little daredevil” Silverstone Raven RVZ01. While maintaining the same size and form factor Slim Desktop differences of the novelties presented in the spring of 2016, are the possibility to install a standard ATX PSU and dual-slot graphics card.

Case design allows to use it both in horizontal and in vertical orientation, the benefit included are two legs. Next story about him will be assuming a horizontal arrangement.

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E Review and test case

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E: Packaging equipment

The box is very small and lightweight. It is decorated very modestly, on a black background specifications given in ten languages, including Russian, and the image of the model in the orange insert.

I note that the packaging is not provided with cutouts at the ends to facilitate transportation. However, it is so compact and lightweight (about 4 kg) that it can be easily transported without them.

Inside the housing is not wrapped in a plastic bag, as usual, and in a black bag in non-woven fabric, and then sandwiched between two Styrofoam clips.

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E Review and test case

The use of such cloth bags for packaging I first met in a recent review of the case be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900. Maybe it’s a new trend? The impression they produce is very nice, so packing it is worth noting high.

Supplied Packed in a box made of corrugated cardboard slightly smaller in size of the sheet A5. In it there are three dust filter for the ventilation holes with a diameter of 120 mm, replacement emblem Raven, a bag with all the necessary cogs splitter to connect two fans, “riser” PCI-Express and two sets of legs for horizontal and vertical installation.

The user guide is a plump booklet in ten languages, among which Russian is present, the A5 about 35 pages. Result scan one of the pages to get an idea:

And for curious readers will put a link to the user guide on the website of the manufacturer.

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E Review and test case

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E: Appearance and design

Let’s start the standard – pictures for the press:

The case looks strictly, without any frills. In my opinion, this design is more suited to office solutions than games.

The control unit is located in the left part of the front panel. On top of this there are two standard USB 3.0 connectors and headphone and microphone.

Bottom placed power button the power and emergency restart, and between them the two blue led power and disk activity system. To the right is the logo of the series, Raven.

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E Review and test case

Claims to the control unit, no button is extremely convenient, an emergency restart can be performed without the use of any improvised means.

The top panel is solid with the exception of the 120 mm fan. After a long string of casings with acrylic Windows, it even causes some nostalgia.

Rear cutout provides expansion ports of the motherboard, plugs two expansion slots that should be occupied by a video card, and power connector.

At the bottom of the case there is a vent for the power supply, as well as two seats for 120 mm fans, one of which is preinstalled. Their task is the cooling of the graphics card.

Perforated metal ends are decorated with plastic panels with ventilation holes of complex shape.

We are almost finished with the description of the appearance, and you can move on to the study of the internal structure. It remains only to present the traditional compilation.

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E Review and test case

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E: internal structure

The motherboard compartment is on the bottom left. Above it there is a spot for the power supply, the length of which should not exceed 150 mm (the manufacturer recommends a BP of 140 mm).

To the right is a snap-in for video (maximum length – 330 mm), which is equipped with a “riser card” PCI-Express. On it are two seats for the solid state drives or hard drives size 2.5″.

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E Review and test case

System cables (Cable management) this case is not equipped.

So SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E looks with the removed snap-in graphics card. Visible ventilation holes and mounted the fan.

It looks like the beveled snap-in designed for graphic accelerator:

Now, list the components of the test stand and proceed to the Assembly system.

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E Review and test case

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E: Test bench

In the case SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E has assembled the following system:

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI;
  • CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6 GHz;
  • CPU cooler: low profile Ice Hammer IH-1500;
  • Thermal interface: Gelid GC-Extreme;
  • RAM: 1 x 4GB Samsung PC3-12800;
  • Video card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2 GB;
  • Disk subsystem:
  • 5″ WD Blue 500 GB;
  • Power supply: Hipro HP-D6301AW 630 Watts.

Test configuration, without a doubt, not the hot. But with such components it is possible to get an impression of the body.

As mentioned above, according to the manufacturer’s specifications enclosure can accommodate dimensional graphics cards up to 330 mm and ATX PSU length up to 150 mm. But the CPU cooler can be no higher than 83 mm.

Motherboard mini-ITX in a SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E mounted on standard six-millimeter stanchions which is pre-installed in the pallet specification mini-ITX. Together with the power supply system looks like this:

The power supply is not quite normal – not close to the back wall and to the opposite side using the extension cord.

To install you must first remove the snap-in graphics card. Installed it and “riser” to snap:

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E Review and test case

Now set all this on its place in the housing, install and connect the hard disk Assembly of the system is finished. It remains only to install the top cover and do not forget to connect the fan.

Here we will need a staff fan-out as on the test motherboard only two slots for fans. One of them is busy the CPU cooling system, and the second split we will connect the Cabinet fan to cool the video card and the fan on the top cover for cooling CPU cooler.

In General, the quality of the case is at a high level. And collect it is interesting due to unusual form factor. However, there may be some difficulties due to the high density of installed components.

Despite the fact that in a closed form due to the lack of Windows on the case, nothing betrays the presence of installed components, we traditionally recall how the system looks assembled.

The system is assembled and ready for testing. Turn it on and take a closer look at the cooling system.

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E Review and test case

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E: Cooling system

In the standard supply SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E it includes two fans with a diameter of 120 mm and a rotation speed of 1500 rpm Stated noise level of each is 18 dB.

The fans are made of black plastic. One of them is mounted on the bottom wall and designed to cool video cards, working on blowing. There is also a second seat for the same model. The second is located on the top cover above the CPU socket and remove the heated air from the housing.

Thus, the body creates excess pressure, due to which the heated air leaves the system through ventilation holes in the ends. However, the system works quite noisy, a little later we’ll check it out instrumental measurements.

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E: Tools

For clarity, the programs used are combined in the table.

  • Heating of CPU CPU-Z 1.77.0
  • Monitoring CPU temperature CoreTemp 1.4
  • Additional monitoring of CPU CPU-Z 1.77.0
  • Heating 1.17.0 GPU Furmark (“Bublik”)
  • Warming up the HDD IOMeter
  • Monitoring temperature of HDD SpeedFan 4.49

Testing methodology

The noise level and the efficiency of the cooling system SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E were evaluated in comparison with an open stand (“Open Stand” on the charts). All tests were conducted in 64-bit Windows 10. In addition, the graphs for comparison are the values of the corresponding parameters of the environment (“Ambient”).


Processor AMD A8-5600K worked on regular frequency 3800 MHz. Warmed it through the stress test and CPU-Z were cooled easy to stabilize the temperature (five minutes unchanged).

For monitoring the temperature of the CPU was responsible utility CoreTemp. In all cases the graphs are the temperature of the hottest core.

Memory modules DDR3 worked on regular 666 MHz.

To warm up the graphics cards we used the utility FurMark version 1.17.0 with the following settings:

Fixation indices of the temperatures of the GPU and the speed of rotation of its turbine was carried out by means of standard Furmark. The cooling system of the graphics accelerator was working in automatic mode.

The room temperature during testing was maintained in the range of 25-26 degrees Celsius.


To check the acoustic parameters of the system in the SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E and on the open stand was run in a quiet time. Measured total noise levels of the test system on an open bench and in a sealed enclosure.

The measurements were performed with a distance of 1.0 m from the side of the front panel at the height of 50 cm from the plane on which you installed the case.

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E: Test results


The first step is to check the level of noise emitted by the system on the open bench and in a sealed enclosure.

System in the building is quite noisy. At a distance of one meter noise level 41 dB is noticeable.


Cooling system SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E failed in their task, despite a fairly small body, but it was noisy.

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E: Conclusion

On the one hand, Silverstone has provided a good case, which (unlike the Silverstone Raven RVZ01 PSU with a standard SFX / SFX-L) allows you to use full size ATX PSUs. It is possible to collect productive compact system with a processor with a TDP of about 100W and a powerful graphics card.

On the other – is to complain about the inability to install 3.5″ hard disks, although it would be quite possible to find a place. And the level of noise in the test sample were not the lowest. And if the first is easy to explain the widespread proliferation of solid state drives, the second remains on the conscience of the engineers of Silverstone.

Pros SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E:

  • Good workmanship;
  • Compact size;
  • Strict design;
  • Removable dust filters.

Cons SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E:

  • The inability to install 3.5″hard drives;
  • A fairly high price.

May not suit:

  • Only two USB ports on the front panel.
  • Not the lowest noise level.

Source: silverstonetek

SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E Review and test case was last modified: November 5th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby