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Streacom FC5 EVO Fanless HTPC Case Review

Opening up the case is fairly simple, and only requires us to remove a few screws on either side of the top panel.

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Inside the chassis, there is a fair amount of room to work with.  This chassis officially supports both Mini-ITX and Micro ATX motherboards.

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We found the chassis to be incompatible with all the Mini-ITX motherboards that we had in the office, as various components on the motherboard got in the way of the copper heatpipes.

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Installing our Micro-ATX motherboard was fairly simple, though, requiring us first to attach four nuts to the back of the motherboard using sticky pads, to attach the CPU cooler later on.  Then it can be screwed down onto the pre-installed motherboard stand-offs.

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Then the copper heatpipes can be attached to the system.  We would recommend doing a dry run before applying thermal paste to the heatpipes, as it could get quite messy if you install them in the wrong position.  The specific position will vary for different motherboard depending on the position of the CPU socket.  These heatpipes can then be secured to the side of the chassis using the provided screws.

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Installing a 2.5″ solid state drive into the chassis is fairly simple and only requires four screws.

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As the Streacom Nano 150 power supply is an external unit, the only item that needs to be installed inside the chassis is a small PCB which is actually attached to the 24-pin motherboard header  This makes it very easy to install.  There is an additional cable which plugs into this PCB which breaks out into a 4-pin CPU power connector, two SATA power connectors and a single 4-pin molex connector.

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