We have been privy to quite a few HTPC cases in the past, and we are reminded for sure of the bigger names in cases like Silverstone, Lian Li, and many others. The point is that when you think of more refined case designs, those are the first names to pop into most people's minds. Realistically, we can see no real reason you should not be adding Streacom to that list. To us, coming completely out of left field, and delivering this beast of a chassis, that takes chassis interiors to a whole new level, yet still offer an exterior with a sandblasted finish that anyone would love to add to their living room or home office. Made of 4mm extruded aluminum panels, and of the highest sensible grade to be working with, while changing the way we think of mounting things, they left no stone unturned in this design and are offering some nice high-end cases from what we have seen.
Considering this is made to be an HTPC chassis, and is made to be dead silent out of the box, that is a really good start for a build that needs to be seen yet not heard. The fact that you can install one of three motherboard form factors still leaving room for serious power delivery, and even offers plenty of space for the beastliest video cards to be able to drive those new 4K displays. We also loved the way that addressed mounting things into this chassis. At first the locks seem a bit odd and funky to get to work properly, but once you understand how it all works, popping them in and out of the chassis just gets easier. We also like that we are not stuck in the confines of a modular cage system, or a section of the chassis that covers the motherboard to afford the space. With this design, you can put things anywhere you have room to fit them. The choices are all left to the user to maximize this chassis and its space to best suit your individual needs.
The only thing we could complain about would have to be the force of the magnets on the dust filter design. As long as they are left alone and not bumped or rubbed against, there isn't much of an issue. However, we do recommend they are all removed in the build process, as it will save time and effort constantly reaffixing them. We are thinking ahead, though, and if a cat can rub against it, you will be fixing them, as we seemingly adjusted them slightly for nearly every photo, as moving the chassis caused us to rub one or two as we handled it.
We know that most of you when it comes right down to it, are looking at this and appreciating everything you just took in, but you are still looking at that price tag and pondering if it is worth it. We are here to say it is worth every penny of that $275 price. The sheer thickness of this build means the chassis is always cool, and it also means you get a superbly structurally sound chassis. There is no bold naming on the chassis to distract your eye, the LED isn't blindingly bright, and you have to option to buy an IR control system to remotely use this PC as well. What sold us on this design, however, is that while using the largest components we had on hand, we could fit it all without an issue. On top of that, the modular brackets to mount fans or drives to allow you to pick where stuff goes rather than having a huge drive tray taking up valuable space. The fact that you can even use a dual radiator AIO in this chassis as well just makes it that much more user-friendly. No matter where you look at this F12C chassis, no matter the angle, no matter the lighting conditions, you will find no defects in workmanship. Just solid panels screwed together with even body lines and a look that we are sure will have many of you wanting this chassis sitting across the room from you driving your home theater.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: HIS HD7950 IceQ (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||98%|
|Value for Money||95%|
The Bottom Line: Streacom has come to impress and has done so in huge fashion! 4mm extruded aluminum for the chassis, an entirely new way of looking at mounting drives and fans, every opening is filtered - the list goes on and on. This sexy beast of an HTPC chassis is well worth the investment.
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