SilverStone ML04 & ML05 Slim HTPC Cases Reviewby E. Fylladitakis on April 18, 2014 2:30 PM EST
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Silverstone ML04 and ML05 HTPC Enclosures: Introduction
Silverstone is well-known among technology enthusiasts, and while they offer a great selection of technology-related goods, cases and virtually everything enclosure-related are their specialty. The company offers a very impressive selection of such products, and for variety we decided to have a look at their low-profile HTPC products; even then, Silverstone had over a dozen from which to choose.
We requested they send us two of their most popular slim HTPC cases and Silverstone responded by sending us the Milo ML04 and the Milo ML05. The former is Silverstone's entry level HTPC offering, capable of holding up to Micro-ATX motherboards, while the latter is its smaller cousin, designed for Mini-ITX motherboards. As with most similar products, both of these cases are non-standard designs that have been developed specifically for use in living rooms, each with their unique features, strengths, weaknesses and limitations.
The following tables summarize the most important specifications of each case:
|Silverstone Milo ML04|
|Motherboard Form Factor||Micro-ATX|
|Drive Bays||External||1 × 5.25"|
|Internal||1 ×2.5" 2 × 3.5"|
|Side||4 × 80mm (none included)|
|I/O Port||2 × USB 3.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Mic|
|Power Supply Size||ATX|
350mm × 440mm × 105mm (D × W × H)
13.78 in × 17.32 in × 4.14 in (D × W × H)
|Weight||≈4kg (8.8 lbs.)|
|Price (without tax/shipping)||≈56.5 EUR / 74.99 USD|
|Silverstone Milo ML05|
|Motherboard Form Factor||Mini-ITX|
|Drive Bays||External||Slot Slot-Loading (not included)|
|Top||1 × 120mm (not included)|
|Side||2 × 80mm (none included)|
|I/O Port||2x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Mic|
|Power Supply Size||SFX|
|Clearances||HSF||≈70mm / 37mm|
204mm × 350mm × 99mm (D × W × H)
8.03 in × 13.78 in × 3.9 in (D × W × H)
|Weight||2.1 kg (4.62 lbs.)|
|Price (without tax/shipping)||≈32 EUR / 39.99 USD|
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johnny_boy - Saturday, April 19, 2014 - linkThe ML04 looks alright (not great, not terrible) but the ITX ML05 is terribly ugly. Diamond buttons? Big plastic strip across the front? There's a serious lack of nice, affordable, ITX cases especially in this HTPC form factor.
Dave12311231 - Saturday, April 19, 2014 - linkI would like to use the Milo ML05 with a 19V DC connector equipped motherboard and a Broadwell or future AMD system. This would negate the cables from an internal PSU whilst still having a very small case, hopefully cheaper than a NUC system overall.
jabber - Saturday, April 19, 2014 - linkThese are NOT great looking cases.
C'mon people try harder!
Alan G - Saturday, April 19, 2014 - linkWell they do look better than the traditional cable box that comes courtesy of your provider!
I've built several HTPCs for family and friends over the past six months and these cases should be OK. You don't need any graphics cards with new CPUs (I use Intel but I'm sure the same is true with AMD on board graphics). In addition HTPC systems are not energy demanding and I've got one in a Lian Li PCQ-27 case which is passively cooled. Temperatures under operating conditions with only the Intel stock cooler run just over 30C which is fine. The review is correct about the lack of choices in PSUs for these applications. I've been using Seasonic G-360s which work just fine and are silent.
Thanks for this posting and continue to find some small HTPC case to review.
irusun - Saturday, April 19, 2014 - linkAgree.
And especially the "mirror" front on the ML05 sounds awful... why would I want that sitting under/next to my TV bouncing all sorts of reflections?
jtd871 - Monday, April 21, 2014 - linkSilverstone now offers the recent ML06, which is the same chasis as the 05, but dumps the acrylic front panel for anodized aluminum like the 04.
irusun - Saturday, April 19, 2014 - linkI'm aware others have had similar comments, and I'm sincerely not trying to hurt E. Fylladitakis feelings or question his technical competence, and I'm rooting for him to succeed, but he really needs help with the writing. It's pretty obvious that english is not his first language, and it results in wordy paragraphs, weird phrasings (at times it sounds like it was written by a bot), and it's just plain difficult to follow at times. I expect better writing at Anandtech.
irusun - Saturday, April 19, 2014 - linkI'm surprised there's so little mention of "noise" in HTPC case reviews where noise is one of the primary issues of concern. I understand what was stated in the article about not being able to quantify results above background room noise, but how about some subjective comments just based on experience. Were the supplied PSUs "quiet"? Do the cases offer any advantages or disadvantages for building a quiet system? It's understood that there are an infinite combination of coolers and fans and PSUs, but I would expect some further thoughts on the noise front, even if they're just informed opinions.
Daniel Egger - Monday, April 21, 2014 - linkWhen building an HTPC noise is completely in your hand. Even if the case contains fans you almost certainly don't want to use them without any sort of fan controller if at all. Getting a mainboard with enough 3 or even 4 pin connectors for controlling the fans is highly recommended. In my setup I connected the 2 case fans only to provide some general airflow through the case so the rest of the components will also receive some cooling (and the CPU fan blowing out at the top can run at the slowest level for a longer time) but they're setup to run at the lowest possible speed so they're inaudible unless you hold your ear right next to them. Before changing the fan controller setup they were blowing at full pace making some unacceptable amount of noise.
Voldenuit - Sunday, April 20, 2014 - linkOK, I can understand why the ML04 doesn't have one, but wth didn't Silverstone design the ML05 with a GPU riser card to accommodate at least a medium to high end GPU? Even if a user opted not to turn their HTPC into a gaming device, this would open up the possibilities for more expansion cards that are not half height.