Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Mini-ITX Chassis

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The Streacom FC8 Evo is a compelling product that stands out with its attractive and compact form factor. It is compatible with off-the-shelf desktop processors and motherboards, and it supports a slim optical drive, a pair of hard or solid state drives, a low profile expansion slot, and USB 3.0. If that isn't enough already, its price tag puts it over the top — £104 is downright cheap for a case of this type.

However, the FC8 Evo doesn't deliver everything it promises. We were surprised with how fast and loose Streacom played it when determining its maximum TDP claim of 95W. Physically, it seems obvious that the cooling system is less capable than that of the FC5 OD which is rated for only 65W (though that case has now been re-spec'd for up to 73W TDP processors). It handled our 65W quad core Ivy Bridge test chip well enough except when we applied a synthetic load (Prime95) that pushed our system's power consumption close to 100W AC. To play it safe, we would recommend only dual core processors in the 35W to 65W range.

This limitation still offers a satisfactory level of performance for most users, especially in today's CPU climate. The same could not be said three or four years ago, but today's low power chips pack some serious punch. Ever improving processor technology and affordable cases like the FC8 Evo and Akasa Euler may help passively cooled cases and systems break out of its niche.

Our thanks to Streacom for the FC8 Evo case sample.

Streacom FC8 Evo is Recommended by SPCR

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