Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Mini-ITX Chassis

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TEST RESULTS


CPU-Z screenshot during TMPGEnc video encoding test.

Though Streacom claims the FC8 Evo can handle CPUs up to 95W, we played it safe, utilizing a chip with more modest power requirements. The 65W Intel Core i5-3470S is a lower power quad core processor with a clock speed of 2.9 GHz (3.6 GHz maximum with Intel's Turbo Boost feature).

System Measurements
System State
Temperatures
System Power (AC)
CPU
PCH
HDD
Ext*
Idle
27°C
44°C
39°C
34°C
28W
H.264 Playback
29°C
45°C
40°C
35°C
33W
TMPGEnc
72°C
62°C
52°C
51°C
68W
CPU Load
82°C*
64°C
52°C
54°C
98W
Ambient temperature: 20°C.
*External temperature measured using an IR thermometer pointed at the hottest portion of the chassis.
Note: dark grey boxes indicate thermal failure.

When sitting idle and playing H.264 video, the system remained comfortably cool. Only the PCH chip ran a bit hotter as its tiny heatsink wasn't connected to the case's cooling system and obviously did not receive any direct airflow. Our real world load test, video encoding with TMPGEnc, brought the system power consumption up to 68W AC and temperatures rose accordingly. CPU surpassed 70°C while the PCH and HDD got up into the low 60's and 50's respectively. The fins on the outside of the case also became uncomfortably warm. Still, these are perfectly safe temperatures.


SpeedFan: CPU core 0/1 temperature fluctuations during throttling.

Our skepticism regarding the case's claimed maximum TDP proved to be correct: Running Prime95, which is the true torture test, the system was stable for all of five minutes before the CPU began to throttle at 82°C. While Prime95 is a synthetic test that generates greater power and heat than any real world application, the fact the FC8 Evo failed it with a 65W chip suggests that a 95W processor is completely out of the question, with any type of heavy load. The case's cooling system has less external surface area as well as fewer heatpipes compared to the FC5 OD. It handled the TMPGEnc test using the Core i5-3470S, but this is in a relatively cool 20°C ambient room; in summer, especially in warmer climates, pairing the case with such a chip would not be wise.



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