Thursday, May 25th 2017

Streacom Announces the DA2 Compact Case

Streacom is pleased to announce the DA2 compact case. Whilst there are compact cases on the market that do a great job of cramming high performance components into a super tiny space, they tend to focus on being "the smallest" and in doing so suffer from limited cooling, poor versatility and a generic uninspirational designs. With the DA2 we created a case that focuses on cooling performance and compatibility, whilst still being true to the size principles of small form factor and incorporating our minimalist design and premium construction ethos.

There are lots of examples of what makes this case different, but beyond just the specification or features there is a fundamental difference in the approach that drives everything we produce. Being one of the few small independent manufacturers on the market, we do not depend on OEM facilities and shared tooling, nor do we suffer from the bureaucracy of larger organizations. This means we are not trapped in any specific design path and have the freedom to explore a different approach, which is why our products are genuinely different.
Hello Airflow
How about this for an idea, a case that considers cooling might actually be more important than RGB lighting. There are of course situations when lighting can work really well to enhance a products aesthetic, but its an unfortunate state when they come at the expense of performance and basic functionality. The DA2 upper and lower openings in the frame are a design aesthetic but they are also there to improve cooling and avoid the issue most cases suffer from, lower intake airflow restriction. That combined with the over 2000 precision holes on the back and side panels, plus the ability to support multiple fans in virtually any location, results in excellent airflow and cooling performance.

The Universal Approach
Dedicated bays for drives, fans, radiators, etc are great for making builds fast and easy, but terrible if you want to optimize the usable space and create a truly customizable platform. So when we created our last 2 cases, the F12C and DB4, we pioneered the use of something we called the universal bracket. The DA2 also utilizes this innovative approach with a track that is integrated into the frame, allowing the brackets be fitted anywhere along the sides of the case. The unique approach to hardware mounting means even the PSU can be relocated making this case extremely versatile and customizable.

Compact but Compatible
Being able to fit a wide range of components and build a compact but powerful system was a key focus thought the design process, so the DA2 can comfortably fit a 240mm radiator and a full size GPU, but beyond that its also extremely flexible. With a shorter GPU (upto 225mm) an ATX PSU can be used whilst still having enough room for a 140mm AIO. If you dont want to go the water cooling route and prefer a performance air cooler, the DA2 is not limited to a low profile style cooler and has space for a tower design up to 145mm.

Balance of Design and Function
Design and aesthetic is absolutely objective, but we have considered every line, every curve, every screw placement to not only be functional but also visually appealing. The devil is in the details, and whilst on paper one case might look very similar to another, its those small things that add up to make a vastly different product experience when its physically sitting there on your desk.

For more information, refer to the data-sheet.
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20 Comments on Streacom Announces the DA2 Compact Case

#2
theGryphon
firstpost said:
Ncase M1 ?
What?? What does this one have anything related to M1? :kookoo: :twitch:

:p
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#3
azdesign
They're both similar on the inside, though being aesthetically different.
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#4
Crustybeaver
Stylish - check
Extremely flexible design - check
Credible brand - check
Supports full sized GPUs - check
Supports multiple SSDs or HDDs - check
Supports up to 240mm rads - check

I'm getting two, one for a new HTPC and the other to replace my s340 Elite.
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#5
Endeavour
I like it, but the density of the ventilation holes is laughable.
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#6
VulkanBros
Aesthetically pleasing to look at - made out of aluminium - I would say quality product - shame I don't have a Mini-ATX mobo
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#7
las
I like Streacom products. High quality feel.
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#8
stanleyipkiss
VulkanBros said:
Aesthetically pleasing to look at - made out of aluminium - I would say quality product - shame I don't have a Mini-ATX mobo
mITX actually.

but yeah. looks like a solid choice. I'll buy one too !
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#9
RH92
Streacom D2A : 340 x 180 x 285 VS Ncase M1 : 338 x 160 x 250 .

Not only this case is late to the party but it manages to offer the same features for more space . Unless it's much cheaper than the M1 ( highly doubt ) this case is pointless !
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#10
Caring1
They shrunk an Apple case down, neat trick.
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#11
Arrakis9
RH92 said:
Streacom D2A : 340 x 180 x 285 VS Ncase M1 : 338 x 160 x 250 .

Not only this case is late to the party but it manages to offer the same features for more space . Unless it's much cheaper than the M1 ( highly doubt ) this case is pointless !
Probably not. They usually use very thick 3mm aluminum on their cases. Not sure about this one but the panels seem beefy from the renders. Wouldn't be surprised if this case was $400+
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#12
deu
It looks pretty interesting. As mentioned those holes are almost only for the aesthetics. A fraction of normal airflow will travle through those. :/
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#13
PowerPC
Really liking how this looks. I googled for price and it's supposed to start selling this summer at 189.90 €, which is "ok" I would say.

They are a company from the Netherlands so they are hitting the European market. Ncase isn't even available in the EU...

Here's the announcement on the official website with a lot more detail.
http://www.streacom.com/news-item/da2-product-announcement/

Also, the company seems to be focused on actual innovation, if you check out their other products. Cases have been so boring for the last 10+ years... Big thumbs up to Streacom!
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#14
Valantar
Have to love that make-believe AIO with <10cm tubing. That's really realistic, eh? I'm sure there'll be no issues routing actual AIO tubes in there at all.
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#15
PowerPC
Valantar said:
Have to love that make-believe AIO with <10cm tubing. That's really realistic, eh? I'm sure there'll be no issues routing actual AIO tubes in there at all.
Maybe the tubes are just coming from the right side and you can't see them on the pic?
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#16
lZKoce
RH92 said:
Streacom D2A : 340 x 180 x 285 VS Ncase M1 : 338 x 160 x 250 .

Not only this case is late to the party but it manages to offer the same features for more space . Unless it's much cheaper than the M1 ( highly doubt ) this case is pointless !
Computer components are pretty standard stuff. There's a limitation for their assembly in a serial production case. I don't see a problem with "same features". "More space", we are talking centimeters here, not everyone wants to smallest possible thing on the market.
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#17
Valantar
PowerPC said:
Maybe the tubes are just coming from the right side and you can't see them on the pic?
Nope, the render is reasonably clear in there not being any bend in the tubes in that area. Besides, the reservoir end of the radiator (where the inlets are always placed) is on that side.
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#18
PowerPC
Valantar said:
Nope, the render is reasonably clear in there not being any bend in the tubes in that area. Besides, the reservoir end of the radiator (where the inlets are always placed) is on that side.
There's clearly a bend... I can clearly see it. Besides, it's just a render, or have you seen any floating rads on the market lately? Even if the render is not accurate, you could just easily flip the rad to have the tubes come from the right side, the tubes are the length of the rad itself in 99% of cases, so there wouldn't be any problem installing an AIO like this.
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#19
RH92
lZKoce said:
I don't see a problem with "same features". "More space", we are talking centimeters here, not everyone wants to smallest possible thing on the market.
Ofc we are talking about centimiters but centimiters are what makes you go with a case like this instead of a Phanteks Evolv itx , NZXT h200 or whatever other '' standard '' itx case . Beside that those few centimiters make a big difference : 17,5L for this case vs 12,6L for the M1 , thats almost 5L difference there , wich is huge for small cases like this .

I get that not everyone wants the smallest possible thing on the market ( although even the M1 is far from being the smallest thing ) and obviously you have the right to like this case for X or Y reasons but most of the time when you go for cases like this space is undeniably a very important criteria ( if not the most important ) hence why as a SFF enthusiast i believe this case brings nothing new to the table .
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#20
Cyclon
Arrakis+9 said:
Probably not. They usually use very thick 3mm aluminum on their cases. Not sure about this one but the panels seem beefy from the renders. Wouldn't be surprised if this case was $400+
Price will be around €189.90 Euro.
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