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SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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Pros: Looks great. No front panel door to mess with.
Filters for both cpu fan (top) and psu (bottom) intakes.
Aluminum skin on the front panel looks nice.
Very light, but good overall build quality.
USB3 front panel ports (now standard).

Cons: The plastic edges running along the front bezel were slightly discolored, though this is impossible to notice from your couch so I didn't bother returning it. I did call Silverstone about it and they were very helpful.

Some screw holes were slightly misaligned, though it might be a result of flex in the case during building without the crossbeam support.

Would have been nice to have a stealth cover for the DVD/BD drive rather than having a plastic front to break up the aesthetics.

Standoffs for motherboard are not removable. Some of them near the front of the case are useless and make mounting fans difficult.

Other Thoughts: I was drawn to the ML04, but opted for this earlier version owing to price and features (namely, I didn't want a front panel door).

It's not that hard to build in this thing as long as you follow the manual, take your time, and place things in order.

As many have noted, be sure your PSU is less than 140 mm. I got a Silverstone SFX psu, which leaves plenty of room behind the BD-ROM drive.

My two HDDs started to get a little toasty for my taste, so I added a single 80mm fan and used silicon mounts. If you are going to use a fan, mount it FIRST before anything else. Otherwise you'll have to remove a few things to make it fit.

My build: i3-4130T + AC Freezer 11 LP, 2x2Gb DDR3, 1xSSD, 2xHDD, Silverstone SFX 300W

SILVERSTONE SFX ST30SF 300W Small Form Factor 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Semi-Fanless Power Supply
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Pros: Hybrid design means the fan only kicks in once the psu goes over 100W. For a low power HTPC, this effectively means a fanless psu most of the time but with a fan backup if needed.
Build and packaging are high quality. The included bracket adapter was a nice touch.

Cons: Cables are short. In a Silverstone ML03, the atx power cable was too short and I had to flip over the psu (with the fan up) to make it reach. I'd noticed this in a review so I wasn't surprised, but most people probably won't expect this.
Also, only 3 SATA power connectors. I needed a 4th, but a molex-SATA adapter works fine.

Intel Core i3-4130T Haswell Dual-Core 2.9 GHz LGA 1150 35W BX80646I34130T Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4400
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Pros: 35W at load = virtually silent air cooling.
HD 4400 integrated graphics works great (but you probably already knew that).
No discernable lag in performance despite low power.

Cons: Intel's graphics driver lacks some configuration options and takes some poking around to find what you need. If you're using this for HTPC/video purposes, be sure to disable "dynamic contrast enhancement."

Other Thoughts: Some argue you should get a regular i3 and downclock rather than pay a premium for the "T" version. For my part, I'm quite happy not to fiddle with it.


JAMES G.'s Profile

Display Name: JAMES G.

Date Joined: 11/09/04

  • Reviews: 32
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  • First Review: 05/12/05
  • Last Review: 06/07/14
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