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We are pleased to announce a host of new accessories for the DA2 that expand upon the functionality of this already versatile case.

We designed the DA2 from the ground up to be a modular and adaptable platform, one that could be added to and enhanced over time without requiring a new revision of the case to be released and providing an upgrade path to existing owners.

In total we are making six accessories official…..

1. Vertical & Horizontal Brackets
2. USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Cable
Both of which have been available from us directly from us for some time but are now officially listed.

3. Front I/O Module Type-A USB
4. Performance Acrylic Panel Kit
5. Tempered Glass Side Panel Kit
These are available from today and will be with retailers shortly.

6. Vertical GPU Kit
Planned to be available by Q2 2020.

For more information please visit the individual product pages or contact us directly.
As part of our effort to continually find new ways to improve not only our product design but also the build experience, we have made 3D models of our cases available in Sketchup.

Whilst not everyone is familiar with the use of CAD software, Sketchup is easy and intuitive, with little effort required to master the basics. It supports all major platforms, including web, and the basic version is free, so it really is an excellent solution for bringing 3D modelling to the masses.



We have started by making the majority of our case products available in the Sketchup 3D Warehouse, but plan to make more items available such as our accessories and of course items that we get requests for. Our collection of 3D models can be found here – 3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/by/streacom

The models are all built to scale and are millimetre accurate, so they can be used to confidently test fit components and whilst some elements have been simplified (to reduce file size and improve render performance), the models are accurate enough to fully understanding the case construction prior to purchase. In some cases, layers can be enabled/disabled to show different model configurations such as optical version and alternative heat pipe kits.

We hope that other component manufacturers will join us in making accurate 3D models available to everyone and in doing so help take the guesswork out of planning and building your next system.
We are pleased to announce the DA2 ……. in short
Its a compact ITX case designed to strike a balance between size and compatibility, allowing high performance components to fit comfortably in a small form factor space.


The Concept
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.

Same Same
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 on the DA2 we have a PDF ( DA2 - Product Introduction ) which goes into more detail about what makes this case special. The DA2 will be officially launched at Computex 2018 (5th June) where it will be shown in public for the first time and is expected to be available in retail stores by mid August. Product page will also go live on that date, link will go here :) …… DA2 Product Page
It’s getting close to that time of year again, Computex is just around the corner and in a break from our usual tradition (the Taipei 101) we decided to give the Grand Hyatt a go.

This year you can get hands on with our latest case (product announcement coming very soon), see what else we plan to release this year, and preview concepts we are working on.






Meetings will be by appointment from the 5th PM to the 8th AM of June and are open to business customers, suppliers, press and marketing partners.

If you are interested in meeting with us, please send us a message using our contact page form (choose marketing and press) and we will respond to arrange a suitable time.

Oh, and one more thing (always wanted to use that line) ….. this is also going to be shown at Computex …… canvas-case.com

We are pleased to announce the DB4 GPU cooling kit, our first ever fanless cooling solution for discreet graphic cards. Designed specifically for the DB4, it utilises one of the 4 side panels for cooling, making silent performance graphics/gaming a reality.

The kit comprises of a GPU mount, heat sink mount, heat pipes, universal bracket, VRAM coolers and thermal paste, everything needed to convert an actively cooled graphics card into a fanless one for the DB4.

The GPU mount features adjustable arms to accommodate most graphic card variations, and combined with the flexible heat sink mounting design of the DB4, allows for virtually any compact graphics card to be used.

As with the DB4 CPU cooling, the GPU cooler is capable of cooling 65W TDP with a single side panel, which is ideal for cards such as the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti Mini, making the DB4 a totally silent but powerful system.

For full details,specification and pictures, check our GPU Kit for DB4 product page

Today we are delighted to announce the official arrival of the BC1 Mini, a lightweight, toolless benchtable that has been designed specifically for Small Form Factor systems. Co-developed with HWBOT, OverClocking-TV, the BC1 Open Benchtable is a community-developed product that has won awards from Red Dot and iF Design in recognition of its portability, esthetics and design prowess. Available in Q4 2017, the BC1 Mini follows the same design principles of the BC1 Open Benchtable, arriving in choice of three colors to match your preference.

Just one year after we launched the popular BC1, we hope the enthusiast community will again be excited to receive the BC1 Mini, an Open Benchtable that re-defines the rules about small, compact and portable systems” commented commented Isaïe Simonnet, Project Development Manager, VP of OverClocking-TV.

Streacom has always had a keen focus on small form factor design so for us the BC1 Mini is a natural progression from the acclaimed BC1” commented Shimon Simon, Head of Design and Manufacturing at Streacom. “We have taken all the great feature of the BC1 and packed them into an ultra-compact form that is perfect for ITX based platforms.”



The Open Benchtable BC1 Mini: Enjoy Ultimate Portability

The Mini-ITX form factor standard is developed specifically to address the need for more compact systems. Today there is no compromise on performance, as more Mini-ITX motherboards are used by gamers, enthusiasts and overclockers in systems that use the latest high performance hardware. The OBT BC1 Mini redefines the desire for small form factor benchtable, bringing the advantages of the original Open Benchtable in a smaller footprint that offers the ultimate portable system.

BC1-Mini: Features Highlights

Ultra Portability
With only 900 grams packed into the size of a tablet of 8mm thinness, the BC1 Mini feature a carry-handle for an ultimate portability.

All-in-One Integration
Main body integrates the legs, mounting brackets, standoffs and thumbscrews – everything you need to quickly set up an open rig.

Toolless Design
The entire product uses thumbscrews : you won’t even need to bring a screwdriver with you. Motherboard standoffs include traditional and convenient pushpin options.

True Versatility
Integrated extension support brackets accommodate fans and radiators in a variety of configurations.

Native Small Form Factor Support
Supports Mini-ITX form factor motherboards, plus graphic cards up to 3 slots width in all sizes. Supports SFX and SFX-L form factor power supplies.

Tradeshow Secure Lock
An integrated Kensington Lock that makes it ideally suited for showcasing and product demos at tradeshows and other public situations where theft could be an issue.

Open Benchtable: Community Edition – Pre-Order Now, Available in Q4 2017 in Silver, Black and Red
The BC1 Mini HWBOT Community Edition is available now direct from OpenBenchtable.com for US $164:https://openbenchtable.com

BC1 Mini Open Benchtable Retail Edition – Will be available 3-4 weeks after the Community Edition, through existing Streacom retailers.

View full details, specification and pictures on the BC1 Mini product page

BC1 Screw Kit Now Available
In addition to the release of the BC1 Mini, we are also releasing a screw kit for anyone who has misplaced their original screws or perhaps wants to add to their existing table.
The set contains ..
7 x M3 thumbscrew
6 x 6#32 thumbscrew
4 x PCI & motherboard standoff
4 x Motherboard pushpin
2 x PCI screw & PCI hand nut

The kit can be purchases though the OBT website or from the usual Streacom retailers and will be available in Q4. View full details, specification and pictures on the Screw Kit product page



The Open Benchtable Project
Another crucial aspect of the Open Benchtable project is that its design is open to third party developers of additional accessories. Started by HWBOT and OverClocking-TV and later joined by Streacom, the project will allow full access to the blueprints files of this final product revision, allowing third party developers to build accessories for all Open Benchtable products, modify and share their design improvements and more.

Ultimately, community enthusiasts will be able to share their own unique accessory designs and 3D files on the Open Benchtable site for others to use. Blueprints and other design related documentation will be publicly available later in Q3 2016.

To learn more about the Open Benchtable project, visit this website: https://openbenchtable.com/

Streacom
Streacom is a computer hardware manufacturer with a focus on quality and a passion for creating products that break the mould of traditional designs. Established in 2010, it has become a benchmark for unique SFF and fanless cases. With the use of premium materials and minimalist designs, Streacom is the perfect partner for the Open Benchtable project.
https://streacom.com/

OverClocking-TV
OverCocking-TV is a web-TV focussed on the production of video content and live broadcasts exclusively about overclocking. Since 2009, OCTV has been pioneering and innovating to push overclocking to new heights. Projects like the Open Benchtable are a testimony to such commitment to the community.
https://www.overclocking-tv.com/

HWBOT
HWBOT has been involved with maintaining overclocking submission databases and monitoring and regulating overclocking leagues, records and contests since 2006. HWBOT exists to promote overclocking at all levels, abilities and budgets, reshaping something that began as an enthusiast hobby, into a globally respected Esport.
https://hwbot.org/
When the FC8 was originally released, the trend for CPU location was center/left bias on ITX motherboards, in common with thin-ITX fixed specification, so naturally we designed and included the SH8 heatpipes to match. Since then the trend has shifted and the majority of current ITX motherboards have a center/right CPU location.


With this in mind we have decided to change the stock heatpipes included with the FC8 Alpha to SH2, which for the majority of customers will give better motherboard compatibility without the need to purchase additional heatpipes.


The switch to SH2 heatpipes also adds the ability for the FC8 Alpha to use the HT4 thermal riser in situations where the motherboard has components that are blocking the path of the heatpipes, further improving the compatibility.


SH8 and MH1 heatpipe kits will still be available for less common CPU locations, but the switch to SH2 heatpipes will give better out-of-the-box compatibility with the current range of ITX motherboards on the market.


FC8 Alpha units with SH2 heatpipes have already begun shipping to the majority of our distributors and can be identified by the addition of “SH2” or “CM2” on the printed product label.
In keeping with our Computex tradition, we will be in the Taipei 101 Tower, 37th Floor and revealing some of our new designs and discussing product roadmap.

Meetings will be by appointment from the 30th of May to 2nd of June and are open to business customers, suppliers, press and marketing partners.

If you are interested in meeting with us, please fill in a request using our contact page form.




We will also update this page with some more teaser pictures and links to media coverage thought and post Computex, so stay tuned :)
BC1 Open Benchtable Wins Prestigious Red Dot Design Award

STREACOM, OC-TV and HWBOT, an organization regulating international overclocking competitions rankings, is delighted to announce the BC1 Open Benchtable as winner of the internationally recognized Red Dot Award. The BC1 Open Benchtable was chosen as the winning product in the category of Product Design, underlining the unique design approach of the BC1 which offers a lightweight, portable, toolless and fully integrated benchtable for enthusiasts and professionals.

“This Red Dot Award for Product Design further highlights the hard work and commitment of the Open Benchtable project and the invaluable input of the enthusiast overclocking community who made vital contributions to the design philosophy of the BC1,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT.

“We are delighted to receive recognition from such a respected organization as Red Dot,” commented Shimon Simon, Head of Design and Manufacturing at Streacom. “Creating beautiful and functional computer hardware has been our mission from day one, and this industry award inspires us to continue pushing the boundaries of form, function, quality and value.”

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be chosen for this Product Design award from Red Dot,” commented Isaie Simonnet, President of OverClocking-TV. “The award enhances our position as the only benchtable design that offers true portability to the thousands of professionals and enthusiasts who need to test hardware components in the field.”

The Red Dot Award is well established internationally as a seal of quality and outstanding design. The Open Benchtable was selected by a jury of forty independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists. The uniquely portable and integrated design of the BC1 Open Benchtable was selected from a pool of more than 5,500 entries from 54 countries around the world.

As a Red Dot Product Design winner, the BC1 Open Benchtable will be showcased in the special “Design on Stage” exhibition in Essen, Germany. The exhibition forms part of the world’s largest contemporary design exhibitions. The Open Benchtable will also feature in the Red Dot Design Yearbook 2017/2018 and on the Red Dot App – both international references for award-winning design.

About the Red Dot Design Award

In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept.

The Red Dot Award is organized by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the sought-after Red Dot award has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality.

More information is available at www.red-dot.org




To learn more about the BC1, visit the product page or to know more about the Open Benchtable Project, visit openbenchtable.com

Streacom is pleased to announce the F12C Optical, an addition to the F12C product line that adds Optical drive and front USB 3.0 support to the case. As with the original F12C, its built using the same high quality 4mm thick extruded materials, CNC processing and meticulous sandblasted anodising finish. These premium processes along with our innovative and flexible approach to hardware mounting sets this case apart from the competition, and make it the ideal choice for high end living room systems.

For full details,specification and pictures, check our F12C product page