Today it seems that the most popular cases are small mini- or mid-tower cases for mini-ITX or micro-ATX-motherboards. This is of course mirrored by companies offering mainly standing tower-type cases. If you want a “laying” case you usually have to look to smaller companies that still offers this older type of case, mainly for HTPC-builds.
Streacom is such a company that has a full range of cases for those who do not want or need a tower-case. Mostly those cases have been of the smaller variety for ITX-motherboards and for fanless solutions but today we are reviewing the Streacom F12C case, a case that can handle an ATX motherboard and comes with a innovating new system to mount both fans and storage drives. The case was supplied for the review by quietpc.com.
The Features and Specifications
|Chassis Material||Premium Grade (6063) All Aluminium, 4mm Thick Extruded Panels|
|Available Colours||Silver / Black – Sandblast Finish|
|Motherboard Support||Full ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX|
|Drive Capacity||MAX 24 x 2.5″ or 12 x 3.5″ (with ITX), MIN 2 x 2.5″ + 5 x 3.5″|
|Expansion Slot||7 x Full Height Expansion Cards (MAX 310mm)|
|GPU Support||Full Height, 2nd slot or above when using Upper Fan Rails|
|Cooling||Multiple 80, 92, 120 & 140 Fans (Not Included)|
|Max CPU Cooler Height||135mm|
|External Dimensions||440 x 320 x 175mm (W x D x H, 184mm including feet)|
|Internal Dimensions||432 x 310 x 168mm (W x D x H)|
|Power Supply||Full ATX, no Length Restrictions(Not Included)|
|Remote Control||FLirc or IRRC Solution (Not Included)|
We would not call the F12C small but that does not mean it is very big either. It can accomodate a extended-ATX-motherboard together with a PSU so it can only get so small. The foot print still is not bigger than 420x320x184mm.
It has a very minimalistic design on the outside and a very open internal structure which gives it a lot of flexibility. It has support for oversized PSU’s, 310 mm long expansion cards and a 140mm or 2x120mm water-cooling system. The material used is 4 mm thick premium grade aluminium panels. There are no LED’s on the outside and no external ports so all we get on the front of the case is a power on/off button.
The main feature though is of course the new flexible mounting system for drives and fans. We will look closer to it later in the review but what it offers is a way to mount fans and drives virtually anywhere along the sides of the case and at virtually any angle. This also means we can put a truck-load of them into the case depending how big motherboard we are using.
Add to that a top mounting rail for water cooling and other fans as well as lots of washable dust covers it sounds like a case that should be easy to cool.
All in all this is a very high quality looking computer case.