Test benches are something that used to be far more common, but they have sort of headed toward an even further niche than they used to be. When looking at the one form Streacom, HWBot and OverclockingTV, I was admittedly excited as I have been involved in the OC community for a long time, and I know some of the people involved in the teams who worked on this.
So, I knew that they would be pushing this to be something special, and I think they pulled it off as the BC1 takes virtually no space when broken down. All of the parts and fasteners mount into the bench when transporting, so you never need any tools or separate accessory packs.
Even though it is open-air, I still tested the bench for thermals, and as expected, it was within .3C delta of my initial baseline measurements for this testbench. The ambient was measured at 20.5C, with an RH of 41%. The CPU showed an average delta over ambient of 47.9C with the GPU checking in at a delta of 38.6C.
The CPU pulled a great result as it had fresh air on tap at every moment, but the GPU since its fans do not kick on until 60C is a unique challenge and goes to show how case fans can help keep the card passive for longer and help push air through the GPU cooling solution. The GPU temps were in no way terrible, but there are a few cases that have done better, and that is thanks to their installed chassis fans.
What we like
The BC1, while it is simple and just an open-air test bench, has a lot going for it. First up is portability, which allows the BC1 to go flat occupying only 8mm of thickness and can be tossed in luggage or a backpack should you need it to go with you to an event. The overall quality and stability of the materials used is excellent and offers a solution that doesn't provide even the smallest amount of flex. The pushpin style standoffs are fantastic, and I wish all my test benches had them since it makes swapping platforms so much easier. The fact that all the mounting hardware and accessories mount to the bench is incredible as it means that all the toolless fasteners are on hand wherever your bench travels with you.
What do we think could be better?
This is a rare occasion where I cannot think of anything that could be better. The only thing would be to have power/reset buttons integrated into the chassis to avoid the issue where some boards do not have onboard switches. This can be done while maintaining a similar slim profile, although it would take some creativity.
Considering everything we have observed int this review, I do think that the Streacom BC1 bench table merits the asking price. The quality of materials, portability, modularity, and all-around ease of build and use make the BC1 a tough act to beat. There are larger test benches out there that can fit various needs, but the capabilities and well-engineered simplicity are a hard thing to come by these days, and Streacom pulled it off very well.
It's a test bench and works as one; for those of us who use test benches or love open-air solutions, the BC1 should be on your shortlist.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 (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 Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
The Bottom Line
Streacom and its BC1 have definitely impressed with its ease of use , portability, and its premium feel and materials. Anyone looking for an open-air testbench should have the BC1 on their list.