FC5
AV Style Fanless HTPC Case

Designed to complement and match the style of high-end component audio/video equipment, the Streacom FC5 not only looks great but provides a passive CPU cooling solution for the heart of your HTPC system.

The high-grade aluminium construction, with 10mm thick front panel, can house mini-ITX, micro and full ATX motherboards, making a sleek and flexible home theatre solution. Available both with an without an optical bay, the front panel also features a discreet window for an optional IR device. All these features combined make this case a compelling choice for any serious AV setup.

With its super thin 55m profile, premium AV design featuring a 10mm thick precision CNC’d front panel, the FC5 Alpha perfectly compliments any high end home theatre setup.

As with all Alpha revision cases, this update was not just a minor revision but a complete refresh of all the tooling and manufacturing processes use to fabricate the FC5. These shared updates include, upgraded heat pipes and mounts, native USB3.0 ports and a move from blue to a subtle pure white power LED.

Only very minor changes have been made to the appearance, following its predecessors footsteps with the same minimalist styling, the V3 brings even more refinement to this timeless sleek design.

At the heart of these improvements is the updated bottom panel which is not only more robust but has been redesigned to optimize airflow, reducing internal temperatures. Motherboard size and drive storage options also benefit from this new design, with the FC5 Alpha now accommodating an additional 2 x 2.5″ drives and a full size motherboard*1.
USB ports are now located on both sides of the case for easier access and balance.

The V2 AKA ‘Evo’ keeps the same minimalist styling of the original FC5, but incorporates a host of improvements and refinements that keeps this chassis at the cutting edge of design and performance.

Features include, side accessible USB ports, a universal optical drive eject button, refined sandblast finish, and a new top panel design with hidden screws and improved venting.

The hear pipes have been redesign for better thermal transfer and the left side heat sink is now available for additional component cooling*

The original FC5 (now known as the V1)  launched in 2011 has been superseded by both the V2 and V3.

Overview

Form Factor

ATX
AV component width, desktop with ATX, M-ATX and ITX motherboard support

PSU

Nano & ZF
ZF240 or Nano type PSU (external AC + DC PCB)

CPU Cooling

87W
*MAX TDP,
65W Recommended TDP

Expansion

310/180mm
Single-slot, maximum length of 180mm with FC5 Optical Version.

Drives

3.5" & 2.5"
Maximum of 3 x 3.5″ or 6 x 2.5″ depending on hardware

Optical

12.7mm
FC5 OPT version only,
12.7mm slot loading drive

I/O Ports

2 x USB-A
USB Type-A 3.0
One on each side panel

IR Support

Optional
Front Panel IR Window, Support for Flirc Module

Dimensions

8.5ℓ
435* x 331 x 70mm
(D x H x W)
*Front panel is 450mm

Weight

4.2kg
4.2kg NET
5.5kg GROSS
(packed weight)

Material

AL6063
All main parts are Extruded & Milled Aluminium 6063

Finish

Sandblast
Sandblast and anodized surface treatment, available in black or silver

Model

Black
SKU: ST-FC5B-ALPHA-OPT
EAN: 8718469090907

SKU: ST-FC5B-ALPHA
EAN: 8718469090884

Model

Silver
SKU: ST-FC5S-ALPHA-OPT
EAN: 8718469090914

SKU: ST-FC5S-ALPHA
EAN: 8718469090891

Features

EVERY PART IS MANUFACTURED FROM PREMIUM GRADE ALUMINIUM

Every aspect of the FC5 is focused on quality, from the front panel, which is made from a precision milled 10mm thick solid bar, to the extruded side panels. In fact every part of the FC5 is made from 6063 grade aluminium and finished with a premium sandblasted and anodised surface treatment.

PERFECTLY SUITED FOR THE LIVING ROOM ENVIRONMENT

Designed with AV equipment in mind, with fanless (no noise) cooling subtle styling and illumination, optional optical drive and IR support, all wrapped in a beautiful premium aluminium sandblasted finish, the FC5 is the ideal platform for a discreet and stylish HTPC system

COMPACT BUT POWERFUL

Even though the FC5 is a mere 70mm tall, is can still accommodate a FULL ATX motherboard and provides upto 87W of CPU cooling from its adjustable heat pipe solution.
For those who still have a big DVD or Blu-Ray library, there is an optical bay version that supports 12.7mm slot loading drives.

BALANCED MIX OF HARDWARE SUPPORT

With support for a combination of ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX, power from Nano DC to DC and ZF240 internal PSUs and 2.5″, 3.5″ and Optical drives, there FC5 offers an excellent variety of hardware support and configuration.

Reviews & Media Coverage

The Mod Zoo
Written Review

if what you’re looking for is a slim and silent case, I’m not sure how you’d get any better than.....

Technology X
Written Review

With a 100% thick aluminium frame the FC5A gives off a luxurious look as well as weight to it. The.....

EnosTech
Written Review

The STREACOM FC5 is hands down the best HTPC chassis I have ever personally had the pleasure of getting my.....

Phoronix
Written Review

The Streacom FC5 Alpha is built very well …… the fanless CPU cooler seems rather flexible for different CPUs/motherboards, and.....

El Chapuzas Informático
Written Review

Una vez desembalamos al completo la Streacom FC5 Alpha, nos encontramos ante un chasis en formato sobremesa con un diseño.....

Mad Shrimps
Written Review

The FC5 Alpha case from Streacom has a very professional look and is ideal for people who want absolute silence.....

Linus Tech Tips
Video Review

This is kind of neat for those who MUST have pure silence. It, of course, doesn’t offer as much expandability.....

Tech News
Written Review

Sakėme, kad iš FC5 EVO pasiimsime viską, ka jis turi, tačiau to padaryti nepavyko. Ketvirtąjį termo vamzdelį pasisavino mini-ITX plokštės.....

HardZone
Written Review

Sin duda la Streacom FC5 EVO es una caja de calidad Premium orientada a un grupo de usuarios bastante específico,.....

Tweak DK
Written Review

FC5 EVO hører til helt i toppen, når vi snakker byggekvalitet. Der er her tale om et kabinet udført i.....

Kit Guru
Written Review

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this case is the fantastic build quality.The aluminium construction is extremely solid and is.....

Bit Tech
Written Review

There’s an awful lot to like about the ST-FC5S EVO WS. It looks fantastic, if a little server blade-esque, offers.....

Tech Station
Written Review

Senza esagerare, possiamo assolutamente affermare di non aver mai avuto tra le mani un case di tale qualità ed eleganza

Hardware Info
Written Review

De Streacom FC5 is een bijzondere behuizing, die zijn werk keurig weet te volbrengen. Een volledig stil systeem behoort sinds.....

Silent PC Review
Written Review

The Streacom FC5 OD is an obvious option for those seeking a silent HTPC case to match high-end A/V gear......

Computer Forum
Written Review

Bei dem FC5 WS Fanless Gehäuse handelt es sich um ein äußerst hochwertiges Produkt

Toms Hardware (DE)
Written Review

Das Streacom FC5 OD ist bereits in der aktuellen Version für HTPC-Gourmets und Liebhaber der lüfterlosen Technik eine echte Gaumenfreude….

IDG
Written Review

Det är en datorlåda som inte har många konkurrenter i sin position

Missing Remote
Written Review

Streacom has built a solid case in the FC5 with no unnecessary flashy lights or showmanship, and stuck to its.....

TechPowerUp
Written Review

If you look at the Streacom FC5 OD without taking into account the price, the chassis is of excellent quality,.....

    Support

  1. What is the size and coverage area of the CPU mount

    The stock CPU mount supplied with the case is 56 x 56mm. Depending on the arm orientation, it can adapt to cooler mounting holes that are 80-90mm apart. The stock mount can not be used with CPUs that have cooler mounting holes less than 60mm apart.

  2. How do I know if a motherboard is compatible with the heat pipes?

    There are really only 3 key points to check in order to determine if a motherboard is going to be compatible with the heat pipes (passive case cooling) …..

    1. CPU socket location – this is less of an issue these days as most motherboards have similar socket locations (other than thin-ITX) and as the heat pipes do have some adjustment, most motherboard will comply with this.
    2. CPU socket type – this should be one of the standard desktop sockets, not an embedded or server one type that will either be too small or too large for the CPU cooler mount.
    3. Component placement – probably the most common reason for a motherboard to not be compatible is the placement of components that might block the path of the heat pipes. Typically this will be VRM cooling heat sinks or plugs, but its easy to evaluate as there should be a clear path for the heat pipes to pass from the CPU socket to the side of the case (heat sink).
      Additional heat pipes are available for some cases to allow for different locations and the HT4 can be used to raise the heat pipes above some components
    1. LH4 – Compatible with the FC5, FC9, FC10
    2. SH8, MH1 – Compatible with the FC8
    3. HT4 – Compatible with the FC8*, FC9, FC10
    If you are unsure, just get in touch, send us a link to the motherboard you are considering and we will confirm its compatible.

  3. Is it safe to use a CPU with the same maximum specified case TDP?

    In the past, CPU TDP was a measure of the maximum required cooling performance of a cooler to maintain the normal operating temperature of the CPU. With the advent of performance “boosting” technologies, the specified TDP is no longer an accurate representation of the required cooling performance, but more a baseline reference. When these technologies are enabled, CPUs can boost well above the specified TDP rating and they try to take advantage of thermal overheads. It is therefore important when choosing a CPU for a fanless case to consider the actual maximum TDP that the CPU can output. Wherever possible, aim for a CPU TDP that is below the case TDP rating or consider BIOS settings that will limit the CPU to the maximum TDP supported by the case.

  4. What CPU sockets are compatible with the case?

    The current CPU mount supplied with the case features adjustable arms that are compatible with the majority of current desktop sockets

    Intel® Socket
    • LGA775
    • LGA1366
    • LGA1155/6
    • LGA1150/1
    • LGA1200
    • LGA 2011-3*
    AMD® Socket
    • AM2 & 2+
    • AM3 & 3+
    • FM1
    • FM2
    • AM1
    • AM4
      Older units (pre 2019)
    Intel® Socket
    • LGA775
    • LGA1366
    • LGA1155/6
    • LGA1150/1
      AMD® Socket
    • AM1*1
    AMD® Socket
    • AM2 & 2+
    • AM3 & 3+
    • FM1
    • FM2
    • AM4*2
     

  5. You used to have a system build guide to help with compatibility, where can I find it?

    The FAQ section has been designed to replace that will allow us to more frequently update customers with any information that is useful. If there is anything missing, just let us know and we will add it.

  6. Can I place a monitor on top of the case?

    Yes, the top panel can support a monitor up to 20kg in weight, just be careful not to scratch the surface :p

  7. Can I use a 9mm thick slot loading drive with this case ?

    The optical drive bracket has been designed specifically for use with 12.7mm thick drives, so whilst it might be possible to attach it in some way, officially it is not supported.

  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.