Silverstone Announces New SFF Chassis: RVZ03 With RGB Light Stripby Joe Shields on July 28, 2017 12:00 PM EST
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Silverstone, a familiar face in several enthusiast markets, has announced a new Small Form Factor (SFF) case, the RVZ03. Nestled in its Raven "extreme enthusiast chassis" line, the RVZ03 is an update from their existing RVZ01 chassis from both a styling perspective and the addition of integrated RGB LEDs, giving the lineup its first RGB fix. Silverstone says the Raven Series RVZ03 “...redefines SFF computing with flair.”
The front panel styling differs in appearance versus its predecessor by reshaping the front fascia to give it a more angular shapes as compared to the more plain panel of the RVZ01. The “flair" Silverstone was talking about comes in the form of the RGB LED strip on that front panel. They mention it has the same interior room, supporting Mini-ITX and Mini-DTX motherboards, a standard ATX(PS2) power supply up to 150mm (Silverstone recommends 140mm with flat cables), space for large graphics cards up to 13” (330mm) x 5.88” (149mm) wide, and has “superb air cooling performance”. There is room for up to four 2.5” SSDs or HDDs internally for storage needs. Further, the case can be laid flat or standing up as to fit in whatever space buyers may have.
Looking at the restyled front panel, it holds two USB3.0 ports, 7mm audio and microphone jacks, power/reset buttons, and a drive activity light. The added RGB LED visual is a line running through the front panel of the case, parting the USB/Audio jacks and the Power/Reset buttons on either side. The RVZ03 includes Silverstone's LSB01 RGB light strip control box for allowing expansion and control over additional RGB strips. RGB LED regulation can be done in two ways. First. via the control box itself allowing to swap between several modes (single color, breathing, gradient, and a rotation of those). The second method is by using motherboard RGB software including AURA Sync, AUR RGB LED, RGB Fusion, and Mystic Light.
Below is a complete list of specifications:
|Material||Reinforced plastic outer shell, steel body|
|Drive Bay||Internal - 2.5" x4|
Top 1x 120mm fan, 1500RPM, 18dBA
Bottom 1x 120mm fan, 1500RPM, 18dBA
1x 120mm fan slot
|Front I/O Port(s)||USB3.0 x2|
|Power Supply||Optional PS2(ATX)|
|Expansion Card||Compatible up to 13"(330mm) long, width 5.88"(149mm)|
|Limitation of CPU Cooler||83mm|
|Limitation of PSU||150mm|
382mm (W) x 105mm (H) x 350mm (D), 14L
15.04" x 4.13" x 13.78"
Support Kensington lock
PCIe riser card set x1
RGB light strip control box x1
The RVZ03 comes with two 120mm, 1500RPM, 18dB(a) fans on the top and bottom of the case with space for an additional 120mm fan. Both included fans are bringing fresh air in the case setting up a positive pressure environment. Silverstone says this is to help prevent dust buildup inside the chassis and quietness. The maximum height of the CPU cooler must be 83mm or less. There is also support for using AIO solutions as well.
The RVZ03 is available in Europe starting today with pricing set at 97.50€ (about $114) excluding VAT. Pricing and availability for the US market was not available at the time of publication.
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YukaKun - Friday, July 28, 2017 - linkIt looks bad... I would not like that under my TV, to be honest. If it were a clean aluminium front with that RGB strip in the middle or under, I'd give it a pass.
jordanclock - Friday, July 28, 2017 - linkIt's not marketed as a HTPC box, though. It's marketed as a SFF gaming box, as stated in the second sentence.
PixyMisa - Friday, July 28, 2017 - linkWhere "gaming" translates as "ugly and stupid".
Hurr Durr - Friday, July 28, 2017 - linkSilverstone`s Grandia series is still pretty much the best HTPC case if you go by the looks.
Biernot - Saturday, July 29, 2017 - linkOr Milo series, if you want SFF.
Hurr Durr - Saturday, July 29, 2017 - linkMilo(and SFF in general) is a bit too constrained for my tastes. Yes, there is an LP 1050 variant by MSI now, but Grandia is not much bigger with a lot more options in terms of upgrading.
meacupla - Friday, July 28, 2017 - linkYou would be better served by a ML08 then. It's the same as RVZ02, but with a more HTPC oriented face plate.
DanNeely - Saturday, July 29, 2017 - linkThe ML08 is 18mm thinner than the RVZ03; that's probably going to have a significant impact on what your CPU cooling options are if nothing else.
marc1000 - Monday, July 31, 2017 - linkthat 18mm are the reason I would stick with ML08. however the standard PSU compatibility of this RVZ03 is a good point.
that all could be moot, as ML08 is currently not listed on their site anymore.
dopp - Monday, July 31, 2017 - linkI think the front of this case certainly is a bit aggressive or showy, but I don't think it's out of line compared to an Xbox One or PS4.