Raven RV02 or NZXT Phantom
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May 23, 2011, 08:54 PM
Join Date: May 2011
Having used the RV02, I'm going to give you reasons why I think the Phantom is better. Opposed to stating "RV02 all the way" "RV02 FTW"
Here are the issues I have personally encountered with the RV02.
Hard drive cage is not tooless
Maximum of 3 hard drives + 1 SSD adjacent to your cable management on the RV02 (Yes I am aware of the RV02 E)
Tight fit for an optical drive in the 1st top bay since it hits the PCI slots (This is the probably the only time I was able to take advantage of the tooless slots since all tooless locking mechanisms are located in the 5.25 bays
Drive bay in the RV02 is layed out horizontally. Opposed to modern cases which should be front facing for better cable management.
Optical drive is not flush with chassis unless you peform the stealth bezel chassis mod
Front and top of the RV02 is plastic
And here is the kicker, according to Bit-tech the Phantom is on par with the RV02 in regards to cooling (even with the front 140mm and top exhaust fan not installed.
But then again the RV02 E addressed some of these issues, but obviously you'll have to pay considerably more for these design changes.
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