Are you ready to take your big screen gaming to the next level? The desktop gaming market may be booming, but there’s a big demand for the something small, systems that is. Having a high-end gaming PC under your TV is very much a possibility, but few make compact cases as well as Silverstone and their new Milo ML08 looks set to dominate those smaller spaces. Under your TV, perhaps you’re limited on desktop space, or you want something portable for LAN gaming, this chassis is just the right size for all of them, but more importantly, it doesn’t compromise on the size of the GPU.
“Based on the excellent RAVEN Z RVZ02 chassis, the Milo ML08 is a super slim Mini-ITX console case with highly capable accommodations. With a volume of only 12 liters, this case is small yet easy to assemble when compared to other slim cases in the same class. There is plenty of room for a powerful graphics card up to 13 inches in length while tool-less drive cages make assembly quicker than ever.” says Silverstone.
As you can see, it’s pretty well equipped, but the most important aspect is the fact that despite only being 87mm deep, this chassis can house a full-size graphics card of up to 13″ long, which is pretty amazing; you’ll see how it does that in a moment.
We’ve seen impressive mini-ITX chassis from Silverstone in the past, and it’s no secret that the Milo is based around a very similar interior design as their popular RVZ02, but with a much less aggressive exterior design.
“With clever space utilization and engineering, two major heat sources are separated via the chassis’ main chamber so CPU and graphics card can each have their own airflow path. Despite its diminutive size, the ML08 is a remarkably versatile case that can be used anywhere from being a compact desktop workstation (in vertical orientation) to a living console or HTPC (in horizontal orientation). There are even optional models of ML08 with integrated handle, making them effortlessly portable and perfect for any slim PC build.” says Silverstone.
In the box, you’ll find a nice selection of bits and bobs, such as the user manual, fitting components, vertical stand and the riser cards.
There two adaptors are what allow the GPU to fit in such a slim chassis, by allowing the GPU to lay parallel to the motherboard, helping save a huge amount of space.
First impressions of the Milo are very promising, a powder black finish gives it an almost stealthy quality, which is good when you’ve got it sitting under your TV, as a bright chassis could be visually distracting. There’s a huge ventilation panel on the left side, with a clip-on cover/dust filter for easy maintenance.
A similar story on the other side, with another large cover for ventilation. This is a slim chassis for high-end hardware, so airflow is very important.
The covers pop off easily enough, giving you a quick and easy way to clean the filters.
There’s extra ventilation on the narrow side of the chassis.
And there’s even more around the other side.
The front panel is nicely designed with a subtle, yet rather stylish cover and a sliding port cover in the center.
Slide the cover over and you’ll find a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HD audio jacks, as well as the power and reset buttons.
Around the back, you’ll find even more ventilation on the top edge, as well as a little more below the AC power pass-through connector. There’s the usual motherboard I/O cut-out, but you can now also see how the GPU is going to be situated next to the motherboard.
Right, let’s dive in and take a look at the really cool stuff! Lurking under the top panel you’ll notice there’s a good amount of space on the interior, with the left section being used for storage thanks to two quick-release 2.5″ hard drive bays., as well as room in the bottom left for a slim ODD drive.
On the right, you’ll find room for the mini-ITX motherboard, as well as pre-installed stand-offs and even cable routing spaces to make installation nice and easy.
That’s right, despite its small size, there’s actually dedicated cable routing space in this chassis, which I personally think is amazing! the PSU mounts on the left, which is obviously going to have to be an SFX form factor unit. There are two cable routing holes that allow you to pass cables from the PSU to the motherboard.
The AC pass-through is simple enough, allowing you to have the PSU mounted on the side of the chassis, yet keep the mains cable coming out of the back of the chassis where it cannot be easily seen. It’s also nice to see all-black or braided cables used, especially if you’re opting for the model with window panels, as this will enhance the visuals of the build.
Extra care has been taken to allow you to channel cables.
There’s even an extra cut-out to pass cables through to the GPU mounting compartment on the other side.
This small slot here is for the GPU riser card, allowing the GPU to be mounted in the other side of the chassis parallel to the motherboard.
This small flap here is the tool free lock for the optical drive bay.
There’s loads of room here for your GPU and more than enough room for many high-end graphics cards such as the 980Ti and even some of the biggest cards on the market such as the Sapphire Tri-X range.
With all our hardware installed, things are looking pretty busy in here. Then again, this is some serious hardware in a seriously small chassis, so that’s to be expected. We didn’t have a modular SFX PSU, however, so there are a lot of excess cables, but even then we still had room to store them behind the PSU and away from fans and other hardware.
The SSD mounts are nice and easy to use and offer tool-free installation. I should point out that our SSD is the wrong way around, as the SATA connector needs to be at the other side, but that’s something we didn’t realise until after the fact (and the system was dismantled) as it’s only a dummy hard drive for the photos.
We even managed a low-profile cooler with a few millimeters to spare, so you’re not limited to stock coolers either!
The SFX PSU mounted easily enough and both this and the CPU cooler will make use of the large side panel ventilation and dust filters.
The PSU pass through cable is on the slim side of the chassis, but will be covered completely by the side panels, giving you a neat and tidy final build.
The GPU raiser card fits easily enough, allowing for a pain-free installation process.
As you can see, even the massive Sapphire R9 270X Tri-X Toxic fit with ease!
With plenty of room to pass-through the required cables. The fans on the GPU pull air through the other large side panel filter, giving you excellent cooling potential.
All panels back in place, you can barely see the hardware on the interior.
Of course, it is lurking behind that dust filter and you can see the fans for the PSU and the CPU cooler are perfectly situated to get great airflow.
On the other side, you can just about see the GPU behind the filter, again, perfectly located for great airflow.
The chassis can be laid flat like a HTPC, but the included vertical mounts work perfectly too, giving you a couple of solution for mounting the chassis.
The Silverstone Milo SST-ML08B is available from Overclockers UK for a very reasonable £69.95. That’s great value for money for a chassis of this caliber and with a unique set of features, making it a great and affordable solution for those building a HTPC gaming system.
The latest mini-ITX chassis from Silverstone is simply stunning, sure it’s got more than a little in common with the Silverstone RVZ02, but while the Raven series is styled for those who love aggressive styling, the Milo is a lot more versatile. It’s styled to look understated and stylish, so it’s not going to look out of place next to your desk, in the office, under your TV, or anywhere for that matter.
HTPC gaming systems are nothing new, but they’re often quite box-like to allow room for the graphics card and power supply. Of course, Silverstone cracked that problem by using SFX power supplies and the GPU riser card, allowing for a significantly slimmer chassis design. The use of SFX power supplies used to be a bit of a limiting factor, but with companies (including Silverstone) now producing 600W units in this form factor, powering a high-end graphics card and overclocked system from one is easily done these days.
Build quality is superb throughout, although I wouldn’t have expected anything less from Silverstone. A lot of care has gone into the little details too, from tool free drive installation, clip-on dust filters, cable routing holes where you really need them, heck, there are even cable management spaces despite the chassis small size.
Overall, this is one of the best mini-ITX chassis I’ve ever seen and if you’re looking for something small, versatile, and still extremely capable of housing high-end gaming hardware, then the Milo is certainly the way to go.
- Great build quality
- Excellent cable routing/management
- Dust filters
- Supports 13-inch GPU
- Vertical/horizontal mounting
- Competitive price
- Excellent airflow
“The latest mini-ITX chassis from Silverstone is one of the best small form factor chassis we’ve ever seen. Perfect at home, in the office, under your TV or anywhere that you want a powerful gaming PC, without taking up a lot of space.”
Thank you Silverstone for providing us with this sample.