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The original FC5 (now known as the V1) launched in 2011 has been superseded by both the V2 and V3.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