Continuing where the popular Grandia GD05 left off, the Milo ML03 HTPC case again combines the full size features of Grandia series with small form factor dimensions. The slimmer Milo ML03 has a profile of 105mm height and 340mm depth, making it extremely easy to integrate into any living room furniture. Incredibly, this case can accommodate up to three 3.5” hard drives or five 2.5” HDD/SSD through its smartly designed drive cages that can mount either size without any use of adapters. For cooling, the ML03 can be fitted with up to four 80mm fans so users can choose to build a quiet system with low power components or a powerful HTPC with 140W CPU if needed. There are also numerous small touches including pre-cut hole for VGA (D-SUB) connector, Kensington lock support, and an additional full size expansion slot for installing extra motherboard I/O, fan controller, or accessories products such as CLEARCMOS. For those looking to build an HTPC with good expansion and cooling capability but has limited room and budget, the SilverStone Milo ML03 is the one to get.
Support up to four 80mm fans Drive cages with multi-purpose mounts eliminate need for adapters Easy to install and cable route Support standard PS2(ATX) power supplies Support low profile expansion cards Includes two USB 3.0 ports
- by David_W @Dec 20, 2010
Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body
Micro ATX, Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX
5.25" x 1 (compatible with one 3.5” HDD or two 2.5” HDD/SSD)
3.5" x 2 (compatible with one 2.5” HDD each), 2.5” x1
Right: 4 x 80mm fan slot; Left: Hard drive vents
Oversized CPU vents
4 low profile +1 utility
Front I/O Port
USB 3.0 x 2 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0) audio x 1 MIC x 1
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Just purchased my second case. Overall a great little case that is affordable and easy to work on. A bit tight inside so you have to manage your cables but everything fits with some effort.
Great case for the price point. Main complaint is that the internals are very difficult to work with - however, it is a half-height case, so that's understandable. Best used with one internal 2.5" drive with network access to NAS. Very crowded once you start adding a 5.25" optical drive and additional hard drives.
I've bought this case for a few builds. It's easily the best valued HTPC case out there. I haven't seen another HTPC case with front USB 3.0 ports for even close to this price range, even by cheap brand names. Silverstone is known for making quality products.
This chassis was very easy to assemble, except for one minor little hiccup when I was putting it back together. There is a diagonal cross-bar to make the whole thing sturdier, but it only goes in one way and it's not obvious from looking at it. If you put it in backwards, the top cover will not fit so don't try to force it.
The only drawback was actually the motherboard I used in the case: F1A75I-Deluxe. I decided to try and maximize the free space inside the case with a mini-itx Llano mobo and the Silverstone SFX 450W power supply. The problem was that the 24pin connector would not reach the motherboard!!! Ah well, live and learn. Ended up putting in a full size Antec Neo450W. Booting with a Crucial M4 SSD, with a Samsung Blu-Ray drive, and two 2TB hard drives for media, all running under XBMC. Cool, quiet and AWESOME!
Great case. Looks good along side my other stereo components. Just wish it had some sort of cover or flap to hide the optical drive (when installed). I picked up an asus dvd burner which has writing and logos all over it, kind of ruins the slick black minimalistic look. Of course you could always go with no optical drive, which when not installed allows mounts for 2 more 2.5" drives.
I really like this case despite having a couple problems with the build process. A screw for a strut was loose and therefore I had to take the case apart to fix (tedious) and I (stupidly) didn't read the note about using a shorter PSU (140mm depth) bu8t tried using a PSU I had lying around. Other than that, the case is very solid and works perfectly for what I am using it for.
This is a very good case. It would be a great case with a few simple modifications. For example, the bracket that accepts either 2.5" or 3.5" drives is a great idea, but the execution falls short. It overhangs the motherboard ever so slightly, just enough to make plugging the USB3 connector into my motherboard very, very difficult. A few mm in the other direction and it would be fine. It would also be nice to have larger screw holes for the 5.25" drive so that you could position it with more precision.
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