Streacom FC8 Mini ITX Fanless Chassis

REVIEW INFORMATION
SUPPLIED BY: Streacom
MANUFACTURER: Streacom
PRODUCT: FC8 Fanless Chassis
PROD LINK: FC8 Product Page
PRICE: $189 @ eBay
Price is at the time of testing!

Streacom FC8 Fanless Chassis

We’re almost ready to get inside the case, but we’ll take a look at the top and bottom first. Here’s the top.

Streacom FC8 Fanless Chassis

And here’s the bottom. Any questions?

Streacom FC8 Fanless Chassis

Now, we’ll take the top off and see what’s inside. That big white foam block holds the base for the CPU cooler, as we saw earlier. Interesting that it comes with not one but two packages of silica gel.

Streacom FC8 Fanless Chassis

No manual was included with this case, only this package of accessories. Let me get these out for you so you can see them.

Streacom FC8 Fanless Chassis

Instead of a manual, we get a simple list of all the components included with the case. Most of these are pretty self-explanatory and easy to figure out. Some of these are not so self-explanatory, like how to put the CPU cooler together using the supplied brackets and special mounting nuts.

I would have included the manual with the case, really, instead of just sticking it on the website expecting users to come and find it. I am told, however, that the manual does usually come with this case. As we will find out later on, that manual really comes in handy for a few things.

Streacom FC8 Fanless Chassis

This is the drive tray for the case, which runs front to back. It has room for one half-height slot-loading optical drive, one 3.5″ hard drive, and one 2.5″ drive. Although, with some creative modding, I could see a fan being placed where that 2.5″ drive would normally go. But really… why would you buy a case like this if you’re going to build a system that needs to be aggressively cooled in the first place?

Streacom FC8 Fanless Chassis

Just flipping the tray over so you can see the 3.5″ hard drive mount a little better. I like the inclusion of the little isolators for the screw holes, but couldn’t we get something for the 2.5″ drives too? I know, I know, in rich guy land SSDs are everywhere and don’t need those, but some of us are broke and do like to use traditional laptop drives in builds like this. Besides, I get a little nervous placing the PCB of a laptop drive that close to bare metal, even if it does have a little circle cut into it.

Streacom FC8 Fanless Chassis

The tray with a couple of drives in place. The optical drive is from a laptop but is not a slot loader. It’s just there to give you an idea on how things go in. Likewise, the hard drive is an old IBM PATA model with the click of death syndrome. I’m not actually going to build a rig with these components.

Now, I have to stop here and do some whining. The eject button on the front of the case is designed for a drive that has the button on the left side. Want to take a guess how many slot load SATA Blu-Ray drives I found with the button in the right place? If you said “zero,” give yourself a prize. Yes, folks, the optical drive industry appears to have moved away from putting the eject button in a place where it can be used on this case. I can find DVD burners with the proper eject button location, but not Blu-Ray drives. Of course, it is always possible that more drives will become available over time, but at the moment I have my doubts on any of them putting the eject button where it matters for this case. So, you may have to plan on using software along with the case’s remote control provisions to make that work.

Or just don’t use an optical drive at all and keep all your media on some other computer, like me.

Streacom FC8 Fanless Chassis

Time to get into the CPU cooling stuff. I’ll just pop this out of the styrofoam and see you on the next page.