Rated 4 out of 5 by 1
Rated 4 out of 5 by bradzilla Good HTPC case - cable management is tricky
This is my first HTPC build, this time for a Hackintosh, and overall I am happy with the ML05. There are plenty of reviews out there for you to google, I suggest you do before you buy this case - most of them are accurate.
Cable management is tricky, especially the USB3 cable for the front USB3 socket panel - the cable is a bit too long and VERY stiff, and a bit tricky to manage... especially with fans on the side and using the multi-function bracket.
I am using a Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI board, with an i5 with this case, and the airflow is a bit tricky especially with a DVD drive attached underneath the multi-function bracket. The stock intel cooler simply won't cool the CPU in this case (and sounds like an airplane), so I went for a Noctua NH-L9i (also from Scan) which does the job very well and is very quiet. For extra system cooling, I also installed 2 Be Quiet 80mm PVM fans, which significantly help (and are inaudible), and are easy to install on the right side of the ML05.
I combined the case with a 300W Silverstone ST30SF Strider SFX power supply, also from Scan. It fits perfectly in this case.
I am very happy with this case, but did struggle a bit with cables - but I suspect most HTPC cases would also cause me to utter a few choice words while putting a system together!
02 September 2014