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SilverStone ML09B Mini-ITX HTPC Case Review and Recording Project

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Posted April 2, 2018 by Brendan van Varik in Cases & PSU

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $70.06 for Case, $49.99 for PSU, on Amazon
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Quality Design, Nice Layout for SFF, Excellent Price
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Included fan is loud and only has a 3-pin connection
 
BOTTOM LINE:
In Spite of some challenges to work around, the SilverStone ML09B is a great option for a HTPC case. A builder would probably have a much easier time with more modern components, but more specialized builds can take some work in this chassis.
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by Brendan van Varik
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Specifications

So, let’s talk a little about the case before we dive into the good stuff. It’s a tiny chassis, as per their description, and comes in with a total capacity of just 7 liters. For you more metricated folk, that means it measures in at 350 x 99 x 205 millimeters (LxHxD) or 350 x 109 x 205 millimeters with the rubber feet installed. It has a stylish front panel and it also includes a slim 120mm SilverStone fan with further support for two more 80mm fans on the side of the case. Given the size of the case, it does only support an SFX power supply as well as up to four 2.5 inch HDD/SSDs, or up to 20TB (seriously – check out the Seagate Barracuda ST5000) in other words. To finish off, the outer materials largely consist of a 0.8mm steel construction along with an acrylic/plastic combo for the front panel.

To sum it up, the ML09 from SilverStone should make for a great HTPC case (hah, see?) with those specs. So far, it’s living up to expectation… which leads me on to the next point: the more detailed specs sheet, a closer look and installation.

Model No. SST-ML09B (black)
Material Acrylic and plastic front panel, 0.8mm steel body
Motherboard Mini-ITX,Mini-DTX
Drive bay External Slim optical 12.7mm or 9.5mm x 1
(9.5mm compatibility limited to tray type)
(replaceable with 3.5″ HDD x 1, 2.5″ HDD x 2,or 120mm fan x 1)
Internal 2.5″ x 4
Cooling system Front
Rear
Side 2 x 80mm fan slot
Top 1 x 120mm fan, 1500rpm, 18dBA
Bottom
Internal
Expansion slot 2
Front I/O port USB 3.0 x 2
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power supply 1 x Optional standard SFX
Expansion card Single or dual slot low profile up to 6.9″ (175mm), width restriction-2.95″ (74mm)
Limitation of CPU cooler 37~70mm (variable based on use of multipurpose bracket)
Net weight 2.07kg
Dimension 350mm (W) x 99 mm (H) x 205 mm (D), 7 Liters
350mm (W) x 109 mm (H) x 205 mm (D) (includes feet)
13.78″ (W) x 3.9″ (H) x 8.07″ (D), Liters
0″ (W) x 4.29″ (H) x 8.07″ (D) (includes feet)
Extra Support Kensington lock
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