Product information - ST-FC5B Alpha Optical Fanless HTPC Aluminium Case - BlackStreacom has one mission: to design computing products and accessories that push the boundaries of what is possible when it comes to combining form, function, quality and value in a product. The company is still a relative newcomer to the market, but it draws its expertise from a team of long-established experts in the field (including Origen AE, among others). With this extensive well of knowledge to call upon, Streacom has succeeded in creating some truly special product.
The Streacom FC5S Alpha retains the design of its predecessor while adding a USB 3.0 port, a universal eject button, a shell that has been sandblasted to perfection, a new top-panel design with concealed screws and improved ventilation. The new Direct-Touch heatpipe cooling system has been added and the extra heat sinks on the left side offer significantly improved component cooling. Blending in seamlessly alongside audio equipment, it not only looks fantastic, it also offers passive CPU cooling for virtually silent operation. The premium 10mm-thick aluminium design offers space for Mini-ITX- or Micro-ATX motherboards and, thanks to the revised interior, even ATX-form factor motherboards. This case is ideal for a slim yet versatile home cinema solution.
Flat, robust, sand-blasted aluminium and stunning good looks - this case has it all, it even manages to dissipated a relatively large proportion of heat in complete silence thanks to its passive cooling. This is possible thanks to the integration of Direct-Touch heatpipes into the case itself. From a technical, perspective this case is quite remarkable.
The solid front section consists of 10mm-thick aluminium with cut-outs for the external drive as well as the power button. The streamlined aesthetic of the case means there are only a handful of openings in the housing, with cut-outs present only at the rear and roof in the form of an air vent. The sides of the case are also equipped with cooling fins - once again demonstrating quality design combined with impressive functionality. The new Alpha version offers an improved protective coating to the exterior of the case.
Within the case itself lies a removable bracket that supports a slim-style (slot-loading) drive. Hard drives or SSDs are all screwed directly into the base of the case. To separate them from the bare metal, the case includes small rubber spacers. When it comes to building a Mini-ITX system in the case, three SSDs and two 3,5" drives are supported. The motherboard is located to the side of the drives.
Additionally, this diminutive case supports an IR receiver (available separately), meaning that it is perfect for use in the living room as a small HTPC. This is where the FC5S comes into its own, due in no small part to its superb aesthetics. A Nano form-factor PSU is required.
The FC5S OD enables the use of full-height PCI cards. Although a riser card must be used in order to connect the PCI card to the motherboard. A riser card does not come included as standard and must be purchased separately.
- Dimensions (with feet): 435 x 60 x 325 mm (W x H x D)
- Material: Aluminium (up to 10 mm thick)
- Weight: 4,2 kg
- Colour: Black
- Drives (optional):
1x 5,25" Slim slot-loader (external)
2x 2,5" (internal)
1x 3,5" (internal)
1x 3,5/2,5" (only Mini-ITX)
- PCIe Slots: 1
- Ports: 2x USB 3.0 (1x per side)
- Max CPU TDP: 95 Watt TDP
- Cooling: 4 Direct-Touch Heatpipes
- PSU Support: NanoPSU & AC Adapter (not included, available separately)
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|Case type||Mini case, HTPC case, Aluminium case|
|Form factor||ATX, Micro-ATX, White|
|Width||400 - 500 mm|
|Height||up to 100 mm|
|Depth||300 - 400 mm|
|Weight||4 to 6 kg (8.8 to 13.2 lbs)|
|Case cable management||no|
|Volume in L||8,48|
When all is said and done, if you want the best, you will pay for it, plain and simple. The STREACOM FC5 is hands down the best HTPC chassis I have ever personally had the pleasure of getting my hands on. As mentioned, the sheer weight of the chassis gives it an immediate feel of quality from the time you take it out of the box. The FC5 ALPHA really is a top-tier HTPC chassis and you will just have to get your hands on one to really appreciate it in all of its beauty!read more...