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Streacom ST-FC5S EVO WS Review

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Bindibadgi 29th May 2013, 08:44 Quote
I want one of these so much but really would prefer a slightly taller one that fitted more HDDs. Either way can't buy them out here NOOOOOOOOOOOOooooo
C4B12 29th May 2013, 09:07 Quote
Nice review. Im working with a Streacom F1C Evo right now, they make good qualite cases. :)
Shirty 29th May 2013, 09:11 Quote
This would look great under my silver TV. But the price would need to come down by 50% before I'd even consider it.
Meanmotion 29th May 2013, 09:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I want one of these so much but really would prefer a slightly taller one that fitted more HDDs. Either way can't buy them out here NOOOOOOOOOOOOooooo

You want more hdds?! It doesnt have to be youe only computer you know. ;)
jinq-sea 29th May 2013, 09:54 Quote
These cases are ace. I've got a predecessor, I guess you'd call it, of these cases. It's one of the HFx Classic cases. It's truly brilliant. I'd agree with Shirty, mind - they're expensive!
Krikkit 29th May 2013, 10:44 Quote
Gorgeous, I'd have to have the slot-loading version though, don't see the point in an HTPC that can't do BR/DVD.
jinq-sea 29th May 2013, 11:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
don't see the point in an HTPC that can't do BR/DVD.

Quite! No streaming service can (yet) match the bit-rate (and therefore quality) of Blu-Ray!
abezors 29th May 2013, 12:23 Quote
Streacom have a number of interesting cases (I just bought the F7C for an ITX build). They have got a few passive cases. See the F8C for a larger passive one http://www.streacom.com/products/fc8-fanless-chassis/
jinq-sea 29th May 2013, 12:26 Quote
There's a typo in this thread title - the company name is 'STREACOM', not 'STREAMCOM' :)
SchizoFrog 29th May 2013, 12:57 Quote
I find the swing of opinions really hard to follow some times. A week ago people couldn't wait to state their absolute disgust at Microsoft's design for the XBox One but now they seem eager to state their love for this £200 case that looks like it fell of a washing machine or the back of a fridge.
OK, the design features innovative cooling but even that is seriously limiting and certainly now worth the price tag in my opinion.
jinq-sea 29th May 2013, 13:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
I find the swing of opinions really hard to follow some times. A week ago people couldn't wait to state their absolute disgust at Microsoft's design for the XBox One but now they seem eager to state their love for this £200 case that looks like it fell of a washing machine or the back of a fridge.
OK, the design features innovative cooling but even that is seriously limiting and certainly now worth the price tag in my opinion.

These look like high-end monoblock hi-fi amps, though...
SchizoFrog 29th May 2013, 13:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
I find the swing of opinions really hard to follow some times. A week ago people couldn't wait to state their absolute disgust at Microsoft's design for the XBox One but now they seem eager to state their love for this £200 case that looks like it fell of a washing machine or the back of a fridge.
OK, the design features innovative cooling but even that is seriously limiting and certainly now worth the price tag in my opinion.

These look like high-end monoblock hi-fi amps, though...

Very true, a friend had an Alpine amp in the back of his car that looked a lot like this... but that was in '98 and the car was an Escort XR3i.
amagriva 29th May 2013, 23:39 Quote
nice rewiew but...where is the case ? With that white background I've seen only hardware floating in a blinding white-out. Maybe it comes in black too if you're not able doing white balance on cameras...
Bindibadgi 30th May 2013, 02:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shirty
This would look great under my silver TV. But the price would need to come down by 50% before I'd even consider it.

The price of aluminium would make that prohibitive unfortunately.
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You want more hdds?! It doesnt have to be youe only computer you know.

I want it to be my server/HTPC. I want 1xSSD and two separate RAID arrays so I can remove all HDD from my bedroom PC. The loudest thing in it is my storage drive but equally I don't want to have to clean it out from dust every few weeks (I live inner city).
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
I find the swing of opinions really hard to follow some times. A week ago people couldn't wait to state their absolute disgust at Microsoft's design for the XBox One but now they seem eager to state their love for this £200 case that looks like it fell of a washing machine or the back of a fridge.
OK, the design features innovative cooling but even that is seriously limiting and certainly now worth the price tag in my opinion.

Because it's one of the very few cases that will support a decent wattage CPU absolutely passively. This isn't the same 2-tone plastic tat the Xbox One looks like either. Brushed alu is nice and it's 5 kilos of quality build says the review.
Christopher N. Lew 30th May 2013, 23:18 Quote
"A quick check in the BIOS once we booted the PC saw the CPU sitting at a fairly normal 28°C, with an ambient temperature of 20°C, making a delta T of 7°C"

Interesting maths.
LightningPete 31st May 2013, 04:46 Quote
Am I the only one that thinks '' this looks like an expensive looking radiator" ?
GuilleAcoustic 31st May 2013, 14:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shirty
This would look great under my silver TV. But the price would need to come down by 50% before I'd even consider it.

The FC8 Evo is fanless too and is 100€ cheaper : http://www.streacom.com/products/fc8-evo-fanless-chassis/

http://www.streacom.com/wp-content/uploads/fc8-evo-featured.jpg
jinq-sea 31st May 2013, 15:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Very true, a friend had an Alpine amp in the back of his car that looked a lot like this... but that was in '98 and the car was an Escort XR3i.

I was going to trawl up a load of links to Audiolab gear that you wouldn't find in the boot of an XR3i, but I can't be bothered to feed your pointless trolling. You don't like the case. We get it.
GuilleAcoustic 31st May 2013, 15:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Very true, a friend had an Alpine amp in the back of his car that looked a lot like this... but that was in '98 and the car was an Escort XR3i.

... and comparing high-end audio gears to ... a car amp :D ... that makes my heart bleed
jinq-sea 31st May 2013, 16:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
... and comparing high-end audio gears to ... a car amp :D ... that makes my heart bleed

Oh I know, right...
[USRF]Obiwan 1st June 2013, 08:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
don't see the point in an HTPC that can't do BR/DVD.

Quite! No streaming service can (yet) match the bit-rate (and therefore quality) of Blu-Ray!

try this:
http://www.streacom.com/products/fc5-evo-fanless-chassis/
chimaera 1st June 2013, 10:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
Gorgeous, I'd have to have the slot-loading version though, don't see the point in an HTPC that can't do BR/DVD.

Fortunately you can get the exact same case with space for a slot-load ODD as well, allowing you that most useful of things - choice :)

Personally if I was in a position of spending this sort of money I'd be looking to set up a jukebox setup with a NAS and spool DVD and BR disc images from there, in which case an ODD would be superfluous. But I can certainly see how that may not be the case everywhere.
Andy Mc 2nd June 2013, 17:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
Streacom ST-FC5S EVO WS Review
Manufacturer: Streacom
UK Price (as reviewed): £199.99 (inc VAT)
<..snip..>
Streacom's cases don't demand a huge premium, if at all, over the likes of those offered by SilverStone and Lian Li, but have a few nifty features.

Oh really?

With the exception of 3 Silverstone cases they are all cheaper than this one...
GuilleAcoustic 3rd June 2013, 08:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Andy Mc
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Originally Posted by Article
Streacom ST-FC5S EVO WS Review
Manufacturer: Streacom
UK Price (as reviewed): £199.99 (inc VAT)
<..snip..>
Streacom's cases don't demand a huge premium, if at all, over the likes of those offered by SilverStone and Lian Li, but have a few nifty features.

Oh really?

With the exception of 3 Silverstone cases they are all cheaper than this one...

Compare what is comparable. None of those cases is passive, nor use the same thickness of aluminium sheets.

The streacom FC7 evo is an non-passive itx htpc case, which costs less than 90€ vat incl and looks far better inside an hifi / homecinema setup than any lian-li or silverstone (and I'm a huge lili fan)

http://www.quietpc.com/st-f7c
Teknokid 3rd June 2013, 14:05 Quote
considering it can take up to 95w, is it fair to assume this would take an i7 Haswell?

Also.. how many disc drives can you fit in when using a micro atx board?
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