Streacom FC5 OD Fanless HTPC Case

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Streacom FC5 OD Fanless Case
FC5 OD Fanless Chassis
€ 239.90

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 Supply, Tranquil 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 button
  • Expansion Slot: 1 x Full Height Expansion Slot PCI/PCIE Card (Riser Card Required)
  • 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.

Sturdy packaging.

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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