Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Streacom is not one of the first names that come to mind when we think of a chassis. Admittedly that's probably true for many of you reading this as it's a much smaller brand. However, their size should not turn you away from considering them as they have introduced some unique chassis over their short time in the realm. Streacom was created in 2010, and to see the special care Streacom takes to cater to the minimalist and SFF community is like very few others in the industry.
The Case we are looking at today is the Streacom DA2 or DA2S as it is silver in color, but we will get to the naming on this later. As previously stated, Streacom goes out of its way to cater to the SFF and HTPC community with some unique designs breaking that mold on occasion. The DA2 we are looking at today checks in at 17.5L, which is relatively compact for supporting up to a full-size GPU. The distinctly apple-esque styling means that the DA2 is a dream for those looking for the sleek, smooth metallic styling.
The DA2 is a unique animal as it is fully modular in the sense that every mounting bracket slides in extruded aluminum rails. This allows full flexibility in how you choose to build your system. The only portion which cannot, or should I say, 'should not' be moved for obvious reasons is the motherboard mounting. The motherboard mounting itself is also brackets like the others. These brackets can indeed be moved, but being the fact that the motherboard I/O cutout and expansion slots are not relocatable. This means if you do move the motherboard mounting, you will be moving it right back and aligning it correctly. Unless you have a specific mod in mind, in which case all bets are off from a review standpoint.
The part number for our exact chassis is ST-DA2S, which signifies the silver color. The other option is black, which would be ST-DA2B, so at least streacom made their part numbers easy to dissect. The measurements of the chassis are 340mm depth, 286mm tall, and 180mm wide. As I stated before, the chassis is small, and as you will see in the following pages, it can be a beauty or a beast, and in some cases, both at the same time.
Motherboard fitment for the DA2 is Mini-ITX only. The DA2 can support a pretty sizeable configuration of devices depending on how you orient the internals of the chassis. Fro drive fitment, you can fit up to three 3.5" drives or up to six 2.5" drives based on bracket support and other installed components. PSU fitment, much to my surprise, can fit up to an ATX PSU, but you would be better served with an SFX/SFX-L supply. The reason for this is that the larger ATX supply will require you limit your GPU to 220mm.
Cooling fitment is up to 145mm for a tower air cooler or up to 240, and 280mm radiators can be fitted with the included brackets, although that can get a bit cramped as you will see when we build with our test bench setup for testing. Fan fitment is scant by default with a single 92mm location adjacent to the motherboard I/O and expansion slots. The other fan fitments will be via internal brackets and only available depending upon the placement of different devices that will be installed.
The brackets are fully adjustable so that you can move them for various fan sizes from 40mm up to 180mm. The brackets for fan fitment being fully adjustable gives you the ultimate level of customization. Be prepared as we found that with a full-size GPU and 240mm AIO in place, we did not have anywhere we could fit an extra fan. We also did not have any 92mm fans on hand to help push air outward. In a scenario, as we had, you can expect that your AIO may work double duty pushing air around in the chassis and hopefully out.
The Streacom DA2 is NOT cheap coming in at Newegg at $259.99, and other less common smaller retailers online showed it for prices ranging from $220 - $259. As we saw here, so we will base our analysis on a place we know and can get the chassis if we wanted it. When considering the $259 price tag, the DA2 is going to be a tougher sell than most as it's a complex chassis with a premium price tag. Competitors we could find were the Antec Striker, who has a much larger chassis but far more fitment as well. The Streacom DA2 is unique in its own right as it falls into the specialized niche like the Dan case offerings and others of the sort.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-I (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB CMW32GX4M4C3000C15(buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: SilverStone SX700-LPT Platinum 700W SFX-L (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST