Streacom F12C All-Aluminum Multimedia Chassis

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Streacom F12C All-Aluminum Multimedia Chassis

December 7, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Streacom F12C
ATX Case
Manufacturer
Price
US$275

Streacom is a player in the limited realm of fanless PC hardware, a manufacturer that specializes in passively-cooled machines, cases, and related accessories. We've reviewed many of their previous offerings which employ the usual strategy of utilizing heatpipes to channel the heat to the chassis. The case itself acts like a giant heatsink with a finned exterior portions to increase surface area for more effective heat dissipation to the surround air. Typically constructed out of thick aluminum, they're fairly pricey but for hobbyists with discerning ears, complete silence is a luxury worth paying for.


The F12C box and case.

At first glance, the F12C is molded very much in the same vein as its predecessors, an expensive (US$275) all-aluminum desktop enclosure with a plain minimalist design available in both silver and black. However, it looks more ergonomic and less industrial as it relies on traditional cooling methods rather than heatpipes. Though it doesn't ship with any fans, it's not intended to be passively cooled, making it a big departure for Streacom. It's being pushed as an HTPC enclosure with enough cooling potential for high-end configurations.


A closer look.

The chassis surface features a pleasant sandblast finish on its 4 mm thick aluminum panels. The front is featureless aside from the power button, a tiny status LED on the left side and an IR receiver slot on the right. The numerous vents are lined with thin removable dust filters. For a desktop style chassis, it has a large footprint (44.0 x 32.0 cm) that can handle an ATX motherboard and a graphics card up to 31.0 cm in length. It's also quite tall (18.4 cm including the feet) in order to accommodate the kind of cooling required for high-end hardware.

CPU cooler height is capped at 13.5 cm according to the specifications and there are watercooling options available. A total of three fans up to 140 mm in size can be placed on the sides, along with two or three fans of varying size at the top. It can actually hold up to a dozen 3.5-inch hard drives if a mini-ITX board is used but as both the drives and fans share mounting points on the sides, drive support depends on fan configuration.


Accessories.

The screws and standoffs are segregated into individual plastic bags for convenience and a fully illustrated color assembly guide is kindly provided by Streacom.

Specifications: Streacom F12C
(from the product web page)
Chassis Material Premium Grade (6063) All Aluminum, 4mm Thick Extruded Panels
Available Colours Silver / Black – Sandblast Finish
Motherboard Support Full ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Drive Capacity MAX 24 x 2.5" or 12 x 3.5" (with ITX)
MIN 2 x 2.5" + 5 x 3.5"
Front Ports None
Expansion Slot 7 x Full Height Expansion Cards (MAX 310mm)
GPU Support Full Height, 2nd slot or above when using Upper Fan Rails
Cooling Multiple 80, 92, 120 & 140 Fans (Not Included)
Max CPU Cooler Height 135mm
External Dimensions 440 x 320 x 184mm (W x D x H, Including Feet)
Internal Dimensions 432 x 310 x 168mm (W x D x H)
Power Supply Full ATX, no Length Restrictions(Not Included)
Remote Control FLirc or IRRC Solution (Not Included)
Net Weight 4.4 kg


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