Original Link: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5858/streacom-fc9-fc10

The advent of CPUs with low TDPs (but having enough power to handle HTPC duties) has resulted in passive HTPCs becoming more and more popular. Streacom (started in 2010) designs and manufactures a range of products including active and passive cooled chassis for HTPC and general usage, home theater amplifiers, servers, HTPC accessories and embedded entertainment solutions. In addition, they also offer OEM/ODM services. In fact, Aleutia uses products from Streacom in some of their lineups.

Streacom's current HTPC chassis lineup includes the following models:

  1. FC5 WS Fanless Chassis (June 2011)
  2. F1C Chassis (June 2011)
  3. FC8 Fanless Chassis (July 2011)
  4. F7C Chassis (August 2011)
  5. FC5 OD Fanless Chassis (September 2011)

The passive nature of most of the above models (coupled with the targeting of the HTPC market) resulted in the fact that ATX-sized motherboards couldn't be supported. Last week, Streacom announced two passive chassis models, the FC9 and FC10. Both the models are fully aluminium and available in silver or black color. Streacom's website also lists a set of compatible Streacom-branded power supplies (Nano160, Nano200, Nano200XT and StreaFlex 250), details of which are yet to be fully made public. Streacom has internally tested processors with TDP of up to 120W, but strongly suggests that end users limit themselves to 95W TDP processors for builds involving the FC9 and FC10.

FC9 Fanless Chassis

Streacom FC9 Passive Chassis Specifications
Motherboard Form Factors Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX
Drive Bays Optical 1x 5.25" (slim-line, slot-loading optical drive required)
Internal 2x 3.5", 1x 2.5"
Cooling Fully Passive Heat Pipe Direct Touch Solution
Expansion Slots 3x Low Profile
I/O Ports Motherboard Dependent
Weight 4.9 kg
Dimensions 348 x 289 x 100mm (W x D x H)
Price MSRP $279 / 249 Euros

FC10 Fanless Chassis

Streacom FC10 Passive Chassis Specifications
Motherboard Form Factors Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX and Full ATX
Drive Bays Optical 1x 5.25" (slim-line, slot-loading optical drive required)
Internal 2x 3.5", 3x 2.5"
Cooling Fully Passive Heat Pipe Direct Touch Solution
Expansion Slots 2 x Full Height Expansion Slots (riser card required)
I/O Ports Motherboard Dependent / 2 x USB 3.0 on the side
Weight 5.4 kg
Dimensions 435 x 319 x 100mm (W x D x H)
Price MSRP $349 / 299 Euros

Readers can look forward to more coverage of passive HTPC hardware components. Feel free to comment about what other components you would use for a fully passive HTPC build.
 

Source: Streacom

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