BC1
ATX Open Benchtable

The BC1 is a collaboration between HWBOT, Overclocking-TV and Streacom to create a truly exceptional benchtable, one that redefines the product category and towers above current offerings in terms of portability, aesthetics, quality and design. It also forms the foundation of the Open Benchtable Project, a community-driven platform that will allow the benchtable to evolve over time through accessories and mods from third-party developers.

Being only 8mm thick and weighing a mere 1.75kg, the Open Benchtable is uniquely designed for travelling overclockers, enthusiasts and technical professionals who need put together a full open PC while on the road. It uniquely integrates all the components needed to quickly set up a benching or test platform including; standoffs, screws and brackets.

The entire BC1 is made of precision machined, anodized aluminium which offers fantastic rigidity while also being extremely lightweight. The body also features an integrated carry handle and has been ingeniously designed to incorporate the legs, standoffs, and brackets which all seamlessly stow within. This means no moving (or indeed rattling) parts when in transit.

The entire product uses thumbscrews meaning you won’t even need to bring your screwdriver with you. Motherboard standoffs include traditional and convenient pushpin options. The BC1 supports all form factor motherboards, plus up to four VGA cards. Integrated mounting brackets support system fans and radiators in a variety of configurations.

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

The BC1 V2, a familiar form factor but with a huge engineering re-design that is nothing short of spectacular. It aims to be more robust, more versatile, more functional, more practical and easier to use than ever before.

Read the full press release here

V1.1 is a minor revision of the original design incorporating some of the new features already integrated in the BC1 Mini. These include ….
Updated support bracket design with a thick and slimmer side to allow for different length screws on the hardware being mounted.
Rubber insets for the feet instead of adhesive pads
A Kensington lock slot for added security
Revised storage mounting slot spacing for use with thicker drives.

See the V1.1 product page here

The original BC1 (now known as the V1)  launched in 2016 has been superseded by the V1.1 and was discontinued at that time. There was no major changes to the spec so we have not retained or created a specific product page for it.

Overview

Motherboard

ATX+
Open Frame ATX Benchtable

PSU

ATX / STF
Full ATX or SFX/SFX-L PSU, up to 320mm in length (180mm in Vertical Mode)

Expansion

7 Bays
4 support screws included,
all ATX slot positions available

Cooling

Variable
Support for 360, 280, 240, 140, 120, 92, 80mm, 7KG Max

Drives

3.5" & 2.5"
2 x 3.5" or 2 x 2.5" or 1 of each

I/O

2 x 12mm
2 x 12mm holes for panel mount switch, depth > 8mm

Dimensions

11ℓ
Packed 370x260x8mm (W x D x H)
Assembled height of 115mm

Weight

1.75kg
1.75kg NET
2.1kg GROSS
(packed weight)

Material

AL5052+SS
5052 grade aluminium for body,
304 steel for all screws

Finish

Sandblast
Sandblast and anodized surface treatment, various colours available

Load

25kg
Maximum recommend total weight of components is 25KG

Model

Black
SKU: ST-BC1B-V2
EAN: 8718469091553

Model

Silver
SKU: ST-BC1S-V2
EAN: 8718469091546

Model

Titanium
SKU: ST-BC1T-V2
EAN: 8718469091560

Features

AN UNRIVALED & INGENIOUS DESIGN

The beauty of the BC1 (apart from how it looks) is the simple yet highly functional design. A key objective was portability, meaning it would need to occupy minimal space when not in use and be self-contained for ease of transport. The solution was to derive everything from a single body, integrating and incorporating all the parts so they could also be stored and occupy minimal space.

SIMPLE TO ASSEMBLE AND USE

At first sight the BC1 may look complicated or tedious to use but thanks to the toolless assembly and fully custom screws, assembly is a breeze. Once the feet are attached to the body all that remains is to add the standoffs in the appropriate locations depending on your motherboard size. Support for expansion cards, storage drives and cooling it achieved with more thumbscrews and the included brackets.

With the use of its pushpin standoffs, no screws are required to secure the motherboard in place making it ideal for quick and easy hardware testing and swapping.

COMPREHENSIVE HARDWARE SUPPORT

You would be forgiven for thinking the compromises made to achieve such a portable product would leave it lacking in hardware compatibility. On the contrary, the BC1 has incredible hardware support thanks to its open platform design. The adjustable side bracket approach to mounting hardware also provides a wide range of support for cooling and other hardware to be mounted.

A VERSATILE APPROACH TO MOUNTING HARDWARE

With such a compact and minimal design, a different approach was needed to add support for cooling such as fans and radiators. The solution is side mounting brackets that pivot to adjust for different size fans.

The V2 now features twice as many brackets that can either be combined to support longer screws and higher loads or split and use together at a single location or individually to add more mounting locations.

VERTICAL MODE FOR HARDWARE DISPLAY/DEMO

One of the most unexpected uses for the BC1 has been the trend in people using it in a vertical orientation so with the V2 we have introduced this as a native feature. Whilst we still don’t recommend this for a critical system, especially with some of the larger/heavier GPUs on the market, the alternative foot location gives much greater stability than before and is ideal for a product display solution.

Reviews & Media Coverage

NoNonsensePC
Video Review

Streacom sent us out the BC1 ATX Open Benchtable, which IMO is the best testbench available right now. So let.....

LanOC Reviews
Written Review

I love community designed products, and the collaboration that has created the BC1 Open Benchtable is amazing. This is another.....

Tweak Town
Written Review

Streacom and its BC1 have definitely impressed with its ease of use , portability, and its premium feel and materials......

Overclock.net
Video Review

I really can’t find a bad thing about this product, for me, 5 out of 5 flames easy, great product,.....

Optimum Tech
Video Review

The Ultimate Test Bench! Streacom & HWBot BC1, Built like a tank and impressively functional – is there anything to.....

SweClockers
Written Review

Sammanfattningsvis är Streacom BC1 Open Benchtable en välbyggd och högst funktionell testbänk, som både är lättarbetad och bjuder på en.....

Hardware Canucks
Video Review

This is a unique product, one that is very hard to find in the market and it excels in everything.....

Toms Hardware (FR)
Written Review

c’est un vrai plaisir pour tous les overclockeurs et bricoleurs qui bougent beaucoup. Un belle réussite avec des finitions exemplaires!

PC Perspective
Written Review

The Open Benchtable is the only test bench I want to use any more. The solid construction, ease of hardware.....

FunkyKit
Written Review

The Streacom BC1 is an awesome open bench table that will please hardware enthusiasts no doubt about it. The BC1.....

HotHardware
Written Review

Overall, we are enamoured with the Streacom BC1 Open Benchtable – there is so much it does right. A BC1.....

Linus Tech Tips
Video Review

I absolutely love it and it will be replacing my old work test bench that I have been using since.....

    Support

  1. Can I use an E-ATX on the BC1?
    Being an ‘open’ table, the motherboard can be larger than ATX but there will be some compromises. Any of the additional mounting holes on an E-ATX will not be supported and if the board extends past the edge of the table, it will block the use of the side mounting brackets (for radiators, fans, etc).
  2. Can I travel with my BC1 and take it on the plane?
    The BC1 was designed with portability in mind, so absolutely! The BC1 has travelled through customs and security checks at several airports around the world (incl. TSA in the US, France and Taiwan) without issue. However, there is no guarantee where hand luggage is concerned, so best to place it in check-in language.
  3. My motherboard has more than 8 holes but you only include 8 push-pins standoffs, why?
    Obviously space, size, and weight was a limitation so we included an appropriate number to ensure sufficient support for any motherboard, even if not all the mounting holes are used. Don’t forget, you can also use the screw type standoffs in combination with the push pin ones.
  4. How many drives are supported?
    2 drives, any combination of  2.5” and 3.5”
  5. What is the maximum PSU size supported by the BC1?
    The BC1 supports standards ATX PSUs with a maximum depth of 217mm if drives are installed.  PSUs of more than 10kg may put excessive stress on the legs so they should be used with caution
  6. What is the difference between the Streacom BC1 and Open Benchtable?
    It should be no surprise that they are identical as it was a collaboration. The only difference is that the Open Benchtable ships with a travel sleeve and must be purchased directly from their website.
  7. Can I get a customised version of this case made?
    Whilst we are considered in many ways a boutique manufacturer, its not possible for us to produce customised versions of our cases as one-offs or in limited numbers to cater for individual requirements and modifications. We are however able to offer a customisation service for businesses (OEM / ODM) and depending on the product and type of modification, this becomes viable at relatively low volumes.
  8. What if I have a question that is not listed?
    If you can’t find the information you need, please send us a message using the ‘Get in Touch’ link at the top right of the page, choose the appropriate department and we will respond with the relevant information.
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