SilverStone ML06-E Mini-ITX HTPC Case Review
By Tom Jaskulka
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by SilverStone Tek Co., Ltd.
Still one of the only players in the very small form factor market, SilverStone has consistently iterated on its various designs to bring us new improvements and features, case after case. Not content to rest with their niche ML05 HTPC enclosure, they dressed up the exterior with a full aluminum panel and released the ML06. That isn’t the case Benchmark Reviews is reviewing here – SilverStone decided they weren’t done, and evolved the internals of the ML06 into the product we see here today: the ML06-E. Featuring re-worked internals but the same exterior dimensions, the ML06-E is poised to be the best of the series so far. Let’s take a closer look.
There isn’t enough room in the ultra-small ML06-E for a discrete GPU (well, at least anything over a half-height GTX750ti), so for this review we’ll place the same APU-based system inside as the ML05 reviewed over a year ago. We’ll start with a look around the outside, then take a closer look at some of the detailed features of the ML06-E before building a typical HTPC system inside.
Features & Specifications
|Model No.||SST-ML06B-E (black)|
|Material||7mm aluminum front panel, 0.8mm steel body|
|Drive Bay||External||9.5mm/12.7mm slim slot-loading optical drive x 1 (replaceable with 3.5” HDD x 1 or 2.5” HDD x 2 or 120mm fan x 1)|
|Internal||2.5” x 4|
|Side||2 x 80mm fan slot|
|Top||1 x 120mm fan, 1500rpm, 18dBA|
|Front I/O Port||USB 3.0 x 2
audio x 1
MIC x 1
|Power Supply||1 x Optional standard SFX|
|Operating system support||—|
|Expansion Card||Single or dual slot low profile up to 6.9”, width restriction-2.95″|
|Limitation of CPU cooler||37~70mm (variable based on use of multipurpose bracket)|
|Limitation of PSU||—|
|Dimension||350mm (W) x 99 mm (H) x 205 mm (D), 7 liters|
|Extra||support Kensington lock|
|Support VESA Mount||—|