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  1. It begins... Unveiled at CES 2014 the Raven RVZ01 became the first SSF member of the Silverstone Raven series of cases, this gaming chassis is among the best of compact designs I've personally seen for cramming a fully-fledged enthusiast PC into an impressively small space (I hope so at least or I'm screwed). Being a member of the Raven series, the RVZ01 is very aggressive looking and features the same design found on the much larger RV04 (ironically I thought it's bigger Brother looked cheap and tacky lol), it's also worth noting that Silverstone have also released a more conservative styled version of the same chassis called the ML07. Measuring 382mm wide, 105mm tall and 350mm deep, the RVZ01 has a capacity of just 14 litres and weighs 3.71kg, making it only slightly bigger than the Xbox One. The RVZ01 has support for enthusiast grade kit in abundance however; GPU's up to 13" (330mm) long can be accommodated - technically leaving enough room for pretty much every GPU currently on the market. The case is designed to either stand vertically as a conventional tower or lay flat as a desktop case - the Raven logo can also be orientated horizontally regardless of whether the case is used as a tower or desktop, which is a nice touch. The case itself has a matte black finish (the paint is of a very high quality), while the plastic front panel and side are fairly finger print resistant, the steel side panels (top and bottom panels dependant on case orientation) are extremely prone to gathering fingerprints. If you lay the case flat in a desktop type orientation the left and right side panels are ventilated to allow hot air out, Silverstone has gone with a positive air pressure design. Some of the ventilation slots can also be used to install the rubber feet which are provided in the package should you choose to stand the case up like a tower as I have - alternatively, when laid flat like a desktop there are self adhesive rubber bumper feet that can be used to raise the case about a centimetre off the ground. The fan grills are machine cut into steel panels that I mentioned earlier (top and bottom when the chassis is in the desktop position, side panels when positioned vertically). The top panel features a single 120mm fan (CPU intake, removable panel) grill while the underside panel (non removable panel, basically the floor) there are two (GPU intakes), the third smaller grill is for the PSU. Three magnetic dust filters come included with the RVZ01 - a highly practical way of keeping dust out of the RVZ01 and can be quickly removed for cleaning without having to take the case apart. The dust filters work extremely well due to the fan configuration of the RVZ01, the air drawn into the case is filtered; the positive pressure then means dust can't get in through the unfiltered slots/vents around the case as the airflow is constantly being expelled from these openings. And now to the build itself… The brief is simple enough (he says now), R@v3N will utilize an overclocked Intel i5 4690K, with a view to energy efficiency to facilitate a general purpose come gaming rig with some graphical cojones and a decent onboard audio capability (tall order I know and did I also mention I wanted it to run virtually silently?). We'll just have to see if I can pull it off... ;)
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