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Streacom FC5: A Chassis To Build A Completely Fanless PC, Great For Linux HTPC/SteamOS PCs

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  • #11
    Zero airflow often leads to elevated air temperatures inside the enclosure. If it gets high enough, the lifetime of the components inside the case will suffer badly.

    Taking into account countermeasures against elevated case temperatures (i.e. adding a fan to blow out the heated case air and suck in air that is at ambient room temperature, helping to cool the system), most fanless case designs are a waste of money: You can get similar performance by building a case that uses a (near-)fanless AC-DC PSU or DC-DC voltage convertor, with a huge heatsink-fan combination mounted onto the CPU. The heatsink-fan will perform various functions in this setup: cool the CPU, generate airflow inside the case to prevent stagnant air pockets from forming around individual components inside the case, and force the heated case air through the PSU out of the case (creating slight an under-pressure that leads to ambient room air being sucked into the case). This type of setup provides similar performance at a fraction of the cost, as you no longer need the expensive low production volume enclosure with heatpipes.

    Now... there's something to be said for the Streacom FC5WS:
    - aesthetically very pleasing! HD-PLEX H5 looks like it needs to go on a diet compared to the Streacom model. Would love to see a sbustantially cheaper '120 mm fan' model of the Streacom.
    - will probably not lead to very high case temperatures when combined with very low watt CPUs (my guess is that it should be safe up to 15-20W CPU; please consult reviews!)

    Michael: please measure the air temperature inside the case while the CPU+GPU is under sustained load, and provide power consumption figures for the whole system to put it into context.

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    • #12
      It would be really nice if the company would ship separate top clamp pieces for each hardware type. This would drastically reduce the tendency for clamp to protrude into surrounding hardware.

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