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Streacom F12C ATX HTPC Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | HTPC Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 10, 2015 2:20 am
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: STREACOM

Hardware & Documentation

 

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The bag of hardware contains many smaller bags of goodies. There are isolation washers, a silver and black set of countersunk 6/32 screws, and a bag of standoffs for Micro-ATX and ATX installations. The bottom row offers 4mm long M3 screws for SSDs and the motherboard, fan screws, and flat head 6/32 screws for hard drives.

 

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This is one set of the two sets provided shown in this image. At the top left are the metal clips. It is much easier to see the curve in them that follows the extruded side panels, and with bends at either end. The shorter one locks over the four brackets, and the larger end is on top to lock it all into the chassis. As for the four brackets, these are used, usually in pairs, but not always, to mount 3.5" and 2.5" drives, but with the grooves cut in the middle, they also work for fans.

 

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There is a very solid user manual supplied with the chassis as well. Very well illustrated and well written. Even if you have never touched a PC before, this book will get the task complete. It does include everything about the F12C and how each component works and covers all aspects of cooling and installation possibilities as well.

 

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We thought that an image of how the mounting brackets are designed would be much easier for readers to digest, so here it is. As you can see, you can stack 3.5" drives, use them for fan supports, or use them individually to stack drives in this chassis vertically as well. They even go as far as to show which of the hardware is intended to be used for each. This is the level of detail found throughout the manual.

 

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We also wanted to make special mention of the dust filtration. It is said that this is designed for maximum flow while still trapping the majority of the dust. To accomplish this, they use a plastic dust filter that is cut to fit each opening in the F12C. There are magnets set into the aluminum panels that hold onto the black painted steel rings. While it is super simple to remove and clean these, we did find them popping out all the time during installation, but once running and left alone they do just fine.

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