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SilverStone Raven Perfects Airflow and Display, CES 2019

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Posted January 22, 2019 by Josh Jackson in Cases & PSU

Raven Revolutionizes Airflow

If you build a custom water cooled PC, airflow isn’t a huge concern. As long as you have enough radiators, chances are your components will stay nice and cool. If you have air cooling however, optimized airflow is an absolute must from a PC case. The typical design from most cases is pretty mundane. SilverStone is turning case design on its head, almost literally, with a new Raven prototype at CES.

By turning the motherboard 90 degrees, the I/O ports end up at the top of the case. The Raven compensates by adding a top panel cover to keep that section from looking messy. After that, the two graphics cards are vertically mounted in the system. Right underneath those cards are two, airflow optimized, 180mm fans to cool things down. By using a focused airflow design, even systems with air cooled Crossfire or SLI configurations are likely to have a much more controlled temperature under gaming loads.

Perfecting Component Display

Airflow isn’t the only thing the Raven is revolutionizing. Even though displaying builds has gotten a lot better recently, there’s still one major problem. No matter how you look at it, the graphics card has the hardest time being shown off. Traditional vertical mount GPU risers do a good job showing the bottom of the card, but the side is at an awkward angle. Also, it causes the card to stand out in a way that doesn’t feel like it’s part of the build. On top of that, vertical mount cases aren’t designed for Crossfire or SLI.

The Raven fixes all of the design bugs facing graphics cards in cases. At least all the ones I can think of. First, the cards are vertically mounted in a way to negate any sag. Second, the cards are mounted normally to the motherboard, making them feel like they are part of the build. Third, you can easily see the side of the cards through the side glass panel. Finally, you get to see the graphics card prominently displayed as the key component of the case. How? The final design will have a see through front panel as well. The fan design on an air cooled card will be the first thing you see at the front of the case.

And Tons More to See

The Raven prototype was just one new design SilverStone had on display. They had server chassis’, SFF cases, Power Supplies, CPU coolers, fans and more. Check out the video for the rest of the announcements since there’s more to cover than one guy has time to for. SilverStone is doing some amazing things with cases though and we can’t wait to see these units come to market. Stay tuned for more CES 2019 news coming soon.


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