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Streacom Announces the DB4 Chassis

Streacom introduces the DB4, its most ambitious fanless case to date, featuring a bisymmetrical design that is uniquely bold and blurs the lines between technology and art. With the DB4 we set out to not only redefine what a PC case could look like, but the performance and compatibility achievable from a fanless solution. Every element of this case subtly screams premium, from the 13mm thick extruded aluminium side panels to the precision CNC'd internal frame, all perfectly blended together with our characteristically understated design tone.

The identical sides of the case serve both as the striking monolithic exterior and the convection surface (or heat sink) for component cooling and is the basis of its fanless operation. The challenge was to create an efficient heat sink that didn't look industrial, one that would actually be integral to the sleek exterior, and the result speaks for itself. Each side can handle 65W of heat dissipation and can be coupled to provide 120W of total CPU cooling.

Streacom, HWBOT and OverClocking-TV Team Up to Develop the Open Benchtable

Streacom is delighted to announce its involvement in forming the Open Benchtable Project, joining with OverClocking-TV and HWBOT to create an open, community-developed benchtable that towers above current offerings in terms of portability, esthetics and general design. The first prototypes of the Open Benchtable design, manufactured by Streacom and referred to as the 'Special HWBOT World Tour Edition', will be used by overclockers during OC Workshops and contests throughout the World Tour, including forthcoming events in Europe and North America.

"We are excited to bring the HWBOT World Tour Edition benchtable with us on the World Tour, giving us a chance to expose our latest design to the global OC community," commented Timothée Pineau, head of Project Development at HWBOT and VP of OverClocking-TV. "We are confident that overclockers of all levels and abilities will be impressed and appreciate the portable design and open nature of the Open Benchtable project."

Streacom Unveils Prototype Symmetrical Case

Streacom showed off a unique new prototype case, which you can place upside down or downside up in tower orientation; or even either ways in pedestal orientation; and the case would still maintain its rigidity and design. The unnamed prototype is made of 4 mm-thick aluminium panels, and can seat ATX motherboards, with standard ATX-type PSUs. The case lacks air vents in all its panels, except the top and bottom. The PSU bay vents out on the panel. It comes with a rail system, just like the F12C, which allows for plenty of hard drives to be installed without the need of drive bays. The same parts may be used for pumps or reservoirs. The case prototype looked nearly finished even though it was hand-made, and when released later this year, could cost anywhere between $250-300.

Streacom Announces the F12C Chassis

Announcing the F12C from Streacom. The F12C is our first case designed to accept all standard ATX hardware, but of course being Streacom, the design is anything but standard. The ultra-minimalist exterior is made from 4mm thick premium grade extruded aluminium panels which are sandblast finished to create this simple but timeless design.

The unique design isn't just skin deep, we have developed a new drive and fan mounting system that does away with traditional fixed location bays, making this case incredibly adaptable and configurable. Drives and fans can be mounted anywhere along both sides of the case and at virtually any orientation. This allows you to mix, match and perfectly position drives and fans for optimal cooling and hardware compatibility.

Streacom Announces the Alpha Line of Cases

Streacom ALPHA is the culmination of a yearlong project to re-design, re-engineer, and refine all aspects of our computer chassis range, from production right through to the packaging. We scrutinized every single part, the smallest screw to the largest aluminium extrusion and asked a simple question …….. "If you could start from scratch, what would you change ?"

Make no mistake, whilst on the surface ALPHA cases may look almost identical, not a single part from any previous case has been re-utilized. More than just a product revision, it is a total reboot and lays the foundation for future product compatibility, expansion, and manufacturing processes. With the unified internal design, all Alpha cases will be available with and without optical drives, so we are also introducing a naming change. Cases with optical drive openings will have the 'Optical' suffix, those without will simply carry the model name.

Streacom Announces ZeroFlex 240W Fanless Power Supply

Streacom is pleased to announce the ZF240 (ZeroFlex), a 240W, no fan, no noise, internal PSU that is based on the Flex form factor.The challenge has always been to supply high power, not only in a small package but also without any active cooling. To do this we have used extremely high quality components and developed an innovative power circuit that is more that 93% efficient. 240W may not seem a lot, but to put things into perspective, if this PSU had active cooling, it could easily run at 450W, and its still less than half the size of a standard ATX PSU.

Even with the high levels of efficiency, heat is inevitable, which is why we have the unique 'L' bracket which connects the PSU directly to the case heatsink, and is designed to dissipate the heat outside the chassis. The AC socket is also mounted on a cable instead of being fixed to the body of the PSU, allowing for flexible positioning and more innovative future case designs.

Streacom Announces NC2 NUC Case

Streacom is pleased to announce the NC2, the bigger brother of our ultra compact NC1 NUC chassis. With the release of Haswell NUC boards, we saw the introduction of SATA ports and the need for internal 2.5″ storage.

The NC2 is only 11mm taller than the NC1 and addresses those needs whilst still maintaining the same compact footprint and elegant design. The NC2 also maintains all of the great features of the NC1, modular design, easy assembly, ultra efficient cooling, acrylic sides for internal Wifi & Bluetooth, and of course the high grade aluminium sandblast finish that is across our entire range of cases.

Streacom Intros FLIRC-SE Adaptive IR Receiver Module

Streacom rolled out the FLIRC-SE, an adaptive IR receiver module for its HTPC cases, that can, besides working like a conventional Media Center IR receiver, wake your PC up from S4 (STR) and S5 shut-down power states. The module is originally designed and manufactured by FLIRC, for Streacom. It comes with drivers for Windows, Linux, and OS X. The module plugs into the motherboard over USB 2.0 header, and features a native memory, to store up to 160 key combinations. It's available now.

Streacom Also Shows off NC3 Hexagonal Fanless NUC Chassis

In addition to its F12C gaming/HTPC chassis, Streacom also showed off a unique fanless chassis for Intel's NUC, the NC3. Pictured below, the NC3 is dressed for the CEO's desk. From the top it looks hexagonal in shape, with its central portion holding the NUC board, one of its triangles (black ABS plastic) holding a storage compartment; while its other triangle makes up a chunky aluminium heatsink for the CPU and core logic. Internally, a heat-pipe fed base connects the CPU to the body, which doubles up as its heatsink. Its rear I/O has cutouts for a pair of USB 3.0 ports, the RJ45 (Ethernet) connector, a mini-HDMI, and a mini-DisplayPort. The front panel, on the other hand, features connectors for not just a couple of USB 3.0 ports, and the power button, but also drops in an infrared receiver.

Streacom Unveils its First Gaming PC Case

Known more for its elegant SFF and NUC cases, Streacom took a dip into the world of gaming PC cases, with the F12C. It goes with the marketing tagline "elegant, yet powerful chassis for the living room," which tells us that Streacom is targeting that market which puts its gaming-capable PCs in the living room, and that PCs built around this case will make up as good HTPCs as gaming.

Pictured below, the F12C can seat standard ATX motherboards, with standard ATX PSUs. The case can accommodate graphics cards as long as 300 mm, and reasonably tall CPU coolers. Over the upper half of the motherboard tray are detachable radiator rails, so you can bolt on a 240 x 120 mm radiator. Additional 240 x 120 mm radiators can also be mounted along the case's left-side pair of 120 mm vents, but that would eat into one or more expansion slots. Storage area includes four 3.5-inch, and two 2.5-inch bays. Its cooling system includes two 120 mm vents on each side (one of which on the right side acts as the PSU vent); and two top exhausts (over the radiator rail). There are also passive vents over the rear I/O.

Streacom Showcasing Its First Gaming Case at Computex 2014

Streacom will unveil their first gaming case with powerful cooling capabilities for standard sized components at Computex 2014 in Taipei, from 3rd to 7th of June. On booth J0505 at the Ground Floor in the Nangang exhibition hall, Streacom will also show a new chassis for Intel's NUC which brings a whole new meaning to the idea of customization.

Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, is a great opportunity companies in the IT business to show new and innovative products to the world. This year, Streacom will unveil their first chassis that is designed for gaming, while staying within the usual HiFi width for AV products. The F12C is an elegant, yet powerful chassis for the living room, which suits perfectly to an existent HiFi environment. The case has been designed to take standard sized PC components, such as video cards with 30 cm length, ATX motherboards, ATX power supplies, up to four 3.5" HDDs and two 2.5" SSDs and radiators for CPU and GPU cooling. For a full list of specifications, visit our booth at Computex or if you cannot attend the exhibition, take a look at our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/streacom.

Streacom Launches MH1 Mini Heatpipe Kit for FC8 Evo

Streacom introduces the MH1 Mini Heatpipe Kit which increases the motherboard compatibility of the fanless FC8 Evo chassis. Designed to replace the stock heatpipes supplied with the FC8 Evo, the MH1 kit contains a full set of mini copper heatpipes with a diameter of 6mm. These shorter heatpipes have been designed to allow for motherboards with CPU socket locations that are positioned towards the right side of the motherboard (close to the heatsink sidepanel), greatly expanding the range of motherboards that are compatible with the FC8 Evo, including for example boards with Intel's H87 chipset. For more information on the CPU socket coverage area and example motherboards, see our System Build Guide.

Streacom Shows Off DB4, Unique Cube-shaped mini-ITX Case

Streacom showed off a unique aluminum-built cube-shaped mini-ITX case, the DB4. Measuring 250 x 250 x 250 mm (excluding the two angled feet), and made mostly of aluminum with a tinted acrylic top, the case seats a mini-ITX motherboard vertically, right along the center, and in such a way, that its rear-panel ports stick out from the case' bottom. The four main sides of the case are made of ridged 2 mm-thick aluminum, which double up as a CPU heatsink. Six 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes conduct heat from the CPU to the body, where it's dissipated. The case can handle thermal loads from the CPU, of up to 65W. Internally, the motherboard tray splits the case vertically into two compartments, one of which is dedicated to drives. The case uses an external power brick. The DB4 should look great in corner offices and living rooms.

Streacom Shows Off Upcoming NUC Case

Streacom gave us a sneak-peek into its upcoming case for Intel's next unit of computing (NUC) form-factor. Made of aluminum and ABS, the case doubles up as heatsink for the NUC's hot components (such as CPU and PCH). It features a universal CPU block, so the case can adapt to future NUC boards with CPUs at different spots.

The sides of the case are not made of aluminum, this is where the NUC's WLAN/Bluetooth antennae attach, and so an ABS panel boosts signal strength. The case is designed specifically for Intel's D33217GKE motherboard, with ports mapped for its two HDMI connectors, three USB ports, power, and Ethernet. It will be available in two color options, silver (pictured below) and carbon-black. Availability is expected sometime in Q2 2013.

AMD Shows Off Silent A10-5700 System

AMD Japan teamed up with ASUS to display a concept 100% fanless (silent) HTPC build to buyers at Tokyo's Akihabara electronics shopping district. The build uses Streacom FC5 chassis with a CPU base modified for socket FM2. The base conducts heat from the processor using four copper heat pipes to the aluminum chassis, which doubles up as a heatsink. The build utilizes AMD A10-5700 APU, ASUS F2A85-M Pro micro-ATX motherboard based on AMD A85X chipset, 8 GB of AMD-certified DDR3-1866 MHz memory, and Corsair Force GT SSD. The concept build shows buyers that AMD's "Trinity" APUs are ready, willing, and able to power silent HTPC builds.

Sources: FanlessTech, ITMedia.co.jp

Streacom FC9 and FC10 Spec'd

Streacom's newest duo of silent all-aluminum cases for HTPCs, the micro-ATX FC9, and the ATX FC10, inch closer to their Computex 2012 launch. Their specifications were leaked by the company's Chinese website. Both cases ensure the machines running in them stay quiet, and remain completely fanless, because their bodies double up as heatsinks for sensitive components, such as the processor. Both cases are made of brushed silver and black (sandblast finish) color options.

Measuring 348 x 289 x 100 mm (WxDxH), the Streacom FC9 supports motherboards in the micro-ATX and mini-ITX form-factors. It features one 2.5-inch drive bay, and a 3.5-inch bay, which supports 2.5-inch drives. It also has a bay for a slimline slot-loading optical drive. A CPU base makes contact with the processor (LGA775, LGA1155, LGA1156 supported), which conveys heat to a side panel via four copper heat pipes. All six panels of the case are made of thick aluminum sheets, some of which are ridged to increase surface area for heat dissipation. The case features three low-profile expansion slots.
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