Conclusion and Final Thoughts
To truly test the portability of the Silverstone ML08, I took my system that I use to travel with and installed the components. The ITX form factor has a reputation of being difficult to work with. However, I found that the ML08 was relatively easy to install in compared to the traditional box style ITX cases like the SG05.
Despite the ML08B-H’s affordable price tag at $84.99 (MSRP), the case is sturdy and does not feel like it will fold over under the weight of it’s components. One issue I have seen with other cases is flexing caused by using the wrong grade of steel in order to keep cost down. The ML08’s restriction to only use SFX/SFX-L power supplies does add a factor into the final cost of this setup as currently a majority of the SFX and all SFX-L power supplies are only offered by Silverstone. These power supplies range from $100-140 and currently offer modular models that range from 450 watts to 600 watts.
Despite these restrictions in power supply compatibility. The ML08B-H (black with handle version) is a solid choice to consider when thinking of your next SFF-style LAN rig or HTPC. Personally, I find that the handle included (which has a much more military style look to it), clashes with the aesthetic of the case which has a sleek minimalist profile. Overall, considering the affordability, the rigidity and features available on the ML08 make it stand out from other ITX cases I have seen in the past. With this said the ML08 ITX case from Silverstone gets Modders Inc’s “Must Have” award.