Recently, I looked at SilverStone’s VT02 – a subtle Mini-STX case along the lines of the ASRock DeskMini styling. Aftermarket cases for the M-STX form factor aren’t exactly common, but SilverStone does have two compatible models in the range – today’s review is of the VT01, the cheaper sibling to the VT02.
Inspired by the SilverStone TJ07 – an iconic (albeit huge) case of years gone, the VT01 is an ultra small case for the SFF generation. Built entirely from SECC steel, the VT01 isn’t exactly a pure descendant of the TJ07, but it does offer great value and a different take on the uSFF market segment from the little black boxes we are used to seeing.
Let’s take a deeper look!
The Specs



Model
SST-VT01S


Materials
0.8mm SECC


Motherboard
Mini-STX


Drive Bays
2.5″ x 1 (thickness≦9.5mm) internal


Front IO
USB 3.0 (Type-A) x 1
USB 3.0 (Type-C) x 1
Audio x 1
MIC x 1


CPU Cooler Limitation
34mm


Weight
582g


Dimensions
155mm (W) x...

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Quango

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Thanks!
I am glad I went for the VT02 for my Intel build, which offers more room for cooling and cabling. I wasn't aware of the even smaller size of the VT01.

Also I am now using the closed cell foam from the box as ideally fitting vibration insulator for the VT02 case on the desk. The case remains both unobstructed and protected .
 

rfarmer

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I also have a VT02, the VT01 wouldn't work for me since I am using 2 x 2TB drives in the bottom. I also like the increased height for my NH-L9i
 
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gulliver

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I wonder if those washers or other bits would allow you to replace the 11mm standoffs with a shorter space (trading the 2.5" space for cooler clearance)?

It also shouldn't be too hard to cut out the top ventilation square and replace it with a magnetic square filter. Either or both steps could help with noise and cooling!
 

confusis

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The problem is as soon as you change the standoff height, the rear IO shield is useless :/
 

BaK

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Missed it till today...
Thank you @confusis for one more great review.
I especially appreciate that you emphasize on how recyclable or not the packaging is, this will hopefully lead the manufacturers in the right direction!
 
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