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Silverstone Aluminum/steel Micro Atx Media Center/htpc Case Ml03b Black

Silverstone Aluminum/steel Micro Atx Media Center/htpc Case Ml03b Black
alaScore 89

162 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 162 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the reliability and usability. The design and size are also mentioned favorably.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Silverstone Aluminum/steel Micro Atx Media Center/htpc Case Ml03b Black is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 125 user reviews of Silverstone Aluminum/steel Micro Atx Media Center/htpc Case Ml03b Black from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on

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This summary is based on the product: SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX Media Center/HTPC Case ML03B (Black)

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You can fill this.


In the specifications of this case I noticed how many hard drives it fits. I didn't see how but looking at the manual they manage to hide a hard drive in every extra nook. A clever set of brackets gives you you all of these hard drives

None so far

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Nice case


Over all it's a well made, and fairly easy to work with case.

Clean lines allows this to look just like another audio component on the rack

Yes, it's a bit tight in there, but with some planning and thought everything will fit well enough. As someone has said the textured front is a little strange. I could have done without that since the optical drive doesn't match it


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Good case


I have 4 of these cases in use right now. One has 2x4tb drives a 128gb OS drive and an Antec SATA hot swap tray - used as an HTPC and media server w/ i5-760 and AMD HD6670. One has an i7-4770, Intel quad GBe NIC, 2 Velociraptor 500gb drives, a C300...

Low Profile, small footprint ; Same width as network racks ; Look good, price is right ; You can actually fit 2 3.5 inch, 1 2.5 inch drives and an optical drive all at the same time

Tight assembly takes some planning. Some motherboards don't play well with connector locations. Power supply depth is a major concern

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Sleek and Stylish


I contacted Silverstone about how best to set up the side fans. They nicely sent me a diagram, which showed, from the front bezel, three fans as intakes and the fourth fan as an exhaust. They said this set up will create positive air pressure in the...

Pictures don't do this case justice. I love the texture on the front bezel. My brother-in-law was looking at it the other night and couldn't make it out what it was, so it blends in nicely in the TV stand. Like the extra dust filter and plentiful...

Wire management is a challenge, since there is maybe one modular PSU that could fit the case. After wrestling to get all the cables tied off and tucked away, I was thinking $95 for the PSU was maybe not such a bad idea

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Except for the weird front and lack of optical cover, I love this case. I had original built my son a pc for school and light gaming: ASRockl A55M-HVS mATX mobo AMD A4 3300 Proc Team Elite 4gb ram (2x2gb) XFX HD6450 for dual graphics 64gb SSD for OS...

Black Aluminum, 3 hard drive locations (2x3.5, 1x2.5), support for standard ATX power supply, looks like any other HT component

Weird front bezel has texture....but they don't provide a matching CD/DVD/BR drive cover. Brushed aluminum instead of textured front would have been much better ; Tight fit between optical drive and Power Supply. 2 hard drive locations, 1 3.5 and the...

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Disappointed again


Looks and build quality. I have found after doing many builds that the cases offered on the market are nearly all cheap and never look or feel as good as in the pictures. The front plastic face plate on this unit is not horrible but the sticker that...

Size, full size (small) psu, USB 3.0 front ports, front looks decent, plenty of room for main board fan and memory

As others have said.... Really really cramped when using a DVD drive. Only about 1inch clearance between the drive and psu. No place to hide or route cables effectively. I thought hey, I route cables like a champ on my other builds. Expect to do some...

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Decent Case, Definitly a tight fit build.


If you like your cables looking nice and neat, plan on spending a decent amount of time working on cable routing. I put an ssd and a 2TB storage drive and an optical drive in here and there is very little clearance for the motherboard power cables. The...

Fits right in with the rest of the entertainment center, For the price this case is nice and solid. As everyone else states, make sure you don't buy too large of a power supply if you plan on putting an optical drive in here. This is a small profile...

The SSD mounting bracket hangs over the motherboard a bit. If you buy a motherboard where the main power hookup and usb 3.0 hookup are on the opposite side of the board from all of the main outputs, you will have problems. I had to move the ssd bracket...

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For those of us who have room for it


It's a big case, so if you have an entertainment center that doesn't have a lot of room in it, you are going to need to go smaller. It fits a mini ITX with plenty of room to spare. IMO, the quality of this case is quite good for the price.

This case is nice and roomy. It is about the same width as my directTV box but taller. It has feet under it to keep it up off the service. Keeping my HTPC cool shouldn't be a problem in this case. It was easy to install everything. It came with cord...

It's big, but I knew that going in

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Excellent Design, Component look


You can not ask for much more considering the price. It hits a sweet spot for budget minded HTPC builds. Looks are great considering price. You really need to think about cable management as you move along. Put your drives in last, route the power...

Excellent Design for a HTPC. Goes well with other black audio equipment. USB 3 Ready but also includes a USB2.0 converting cable. Smart cabling management options and excellent hard drive installation design. Ultimate value for HTPC box

Could use a couple of fans in the event your building a more powerful HTPC. Not worth dropping an egg considering the price