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Old August 19, 2009, 11:57 PM
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So I'm seriously considering this case, I like the looks, design and everything about it. My only real concerns about it are how well it cools and any other functionality issues anyone has come across. From what I can tell, it's awesome all around...and heavy :P. I'll be going by Canada Computers tomorrow and seeing it in person. I'm kind of split between this case, HAF 932, and the Corsair if it comes out in the near future (it's supposed to anyways).
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Old August 20, 2009, 07:18 AM
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I bought the Raven a couple of weeks ago. When I was researching a new case it was a toss up between the Raven, Cooler Master ATCS-840, and Thermaltake Spedo. I was totally unsure about the Raven's size so had my LCS (Memory Express rock!) bring in the Raven so I could have a look at it. When they took it out of its gigantic box I was totally impressed with it. I could hear comments from other customers in the store. I even measured the dimensions myself to be sure the case would sit on top of my desk rather than the floor.

Set up was a breeze and cooling with the stock fans was better than my Antec Nine Hundred. I think the roominess of the full-sized case as well as the rotated mobo design has a lot to with it. My idle temps are 3~4^C cooler than when everything was inside the 900. The other issue I was wary about was seeing how slow and noisy the drive bay door is based on youtube videos. Not the case (pardon the pun) at all. Door slides up quickly and although there is a rumbling noise it is easily fixed with some silicone lubricant (for plastic). Overall I'm thoroughly happy with the Raven.
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I suggest you wait until you see our review of the Raven 2. ;)
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Old August 20, 2009, 08:57 AM
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I would have waited for the Raven RV02 because it does look like a nice case. But the uniqueness of the RV01 with it's stealth/Darth Vader-ish look (which isn't really as hard-edged angular as pics make it look) is what sold me.
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The RV02 looks just don't do it for me, looks like a nice case though and I'll be sure to read the review. I did read through every last line of the RV01 review last night and found the bit about awesome temps, which is a plus. Really I don't see any reason not to get this case as I don't ever plan on watercooling again, it seems to be one of the best air cases according to the review. Signal, did you have a huge issue with SATA cables being too short as well?
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...Signal, did you have a huge issue with SATA cables being too short as well?
Somewhat. I found that the standard 18" SATA cables I have are too short for utilize the cable management system. So they just run directly from the drives over to the mobo. I plan on ordering some 24" cables in order to conceal them.
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Somewhat. I found that the standard 18" SATA cables I have are too short for utilize the cable management system. So they just run directly from the drives over to the mobo. I plan on ordering some 24" cables in order to conceal them.
Ok that's what I had read as well, I'll do it if/when I buy it to save the hassle. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna go with this case :)
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guys I just ordered a Raven RV02 From NCIX today. PM'd with newegg.ca's price. I'm deff excited to see this baby... Btw 3DGameman just did a video review on it 100% Kickass rating :)
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guys I just ordered a Raven RV02 From NCIX today. PM'd with newegg.ca's price. I'm deff excited to see this baby... Btw 3DGameman just did a video review on it 100% Kickass rating :)
Kewl! Let us know how you like it once you get it all set up. Like I said/typed earlier, the RV02 seems to be a great case but I prefer the look of the RV01.
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Btw 3DGameman just did a video review on it 100% Kickass rating :)
As opposed to what?
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