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FC5 OD Fanless Chassis
A computer with no moving parts is still the ultimate silent PC, and a chassis
that allows operation without fans has always been of high interest at SPCR.
The FC5 OD, from the relatively new brand, Streacom,
is a low profile, fanless chassis that employs built-in cooling for the CPU.
It is a classic "heatsink case"; the heat of the CPU is conducted
via heatpipes to an external heatsink that also acts as a side panel. It is
obvious from the promo photo below of the FC5 OD in natural aluminum finish
that the case is aimed at the audio/video market.
"Designed to complement the style of your existing audio equipment.
All aluminum, sandblast finish in black or silver."
Streacom appears to have a working relationship with Wesena,
and part of its design team is said to have come from OrigenAE,
a high end Korean media PC case company.
The concept of a passively cooled, high-end audio style computer case is not
new, going all the way back to the Hush
Mini-ITX PC that SPCR reviewed nearly a decade ago. Similar computers have
been few in number, but always represented in the market since then. Current
fanless AV style cases include those used in systems and/or offered by Logic
PC, A-Tech Fabrication,
and HDPlex; there are
a handful of others.
The Streacom FC5 OD is designed to house motherboards up to micro-ATX size,
a slim slot style optical drive, and up to three 2.5" drives with a m-ATX
board, or two 2.5" drives and one 3.5" drive with mini-ITX board.
Its cooling system is recommended for use with CPUs that have a TDP of 65W maximum.
A horizontal add-on slot mount is provided, but the unit ships without any riser
card adapter for that slot to be used. Streacom currently offers no power supply
options for the case, and since its profile is so low, standard power solutions
cannot be used. Streacom recommends a picoPSU power supply with an external
AC/DC adapter, which is the most obvious choice. Long time readers of SPCR know
that picoPSU is a
miniature, high efficiency, DC/DC power supply not much larger than the size
of an ATX12V connector. Current versions are capable of >150W when joined
with a suitable AC/DC power adapter.
Streacom's products appear to be sold only in the EU at this time, although
the company is making efforts to reach retail markets in the US and Canada.
The MSP of €239.90 seems high, but perhaps resellers offer it for less
or offer it as part of a system package which includes discounts.
FC5 OD Fanless Chassis Specifications
- Chassis Material: All aluminum, 10mm thick front panel
- Available Colors: Silver / Black Sandblast Finish
- Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX Please see list
of tested boards
- Hard Drive Bays: 1 x 3.5" Drive + 2 x 2.5" + 1 Shared 3.5"
or 2.5" (Shared 3.5" only with m-ITX)
- Optical Drive Bays: 1 x Slim slot loading drive, left side eject
- Expansion Slot: 1 x Full Height Expansion Slot PCI/PCIE Card (Riser
- Cooling: Passive Heatpipe Solution Recommended CPU Thermal
Design Power: 65W
- Dimension: 435 x 325 x 60mm (W x D x H) 8.8 liters
- Power Supply: PicoPSU & AC Adapter (not Included)
- Remote Control: MCE Compatible IR Receiver & Remote (not Included)
- Net Weight: 5.2KG
Our sample arrived in a plain brown carton which contained a black retail-finish
box with a handle.
The case itself is well protected in closed-cell foam, with a cutout for
the heatpipe cooling kit.
The actual contents: Black finish case + heatpipe cooling kit.
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