Fanless case specialist Streacom is releasing the passively-cooled DB4 mini-ITX chassis today. While cases with integrated passive cooling aren't a new thing, the DB4 is noteworthy not only for its distinctive design, but also for its motherboard compatibility. Streacom says virtually any mini-ITX motherboard will fit in the case, a characteristic made possible by the fact that the mobo is mounted parallel to the case's side panels. This in turn allowed Streamcom to use a sharp-angled heatpipe design that needs little clearance around the CPU socket.
The new case measures just 10.2" x 10.2" x 10.6" (26 cm x 26 cm x 27 cm), and supports CPUs with TDPs up to 65W. If you need more power than that, you can add additional heat pipes to accommodate CPUs up to 120W. Like any passively-cooled device, though, actual cooling performance depends on airflow and ambient temperature. Builders can equip the cube-like case with up to five 3.5" drives, 12 2.5" drives, or some combination of the two. A slim, slot-loading optical drive can be mounted with an optional kit. Power supply options are limited to Streacom's own fanless units, though it's likely that anyone considering the DB4 would be looking at a fanless PSU anyway.
We haven't talked about Streacom much here at TR, although we did mention the Dutch company's collaboration with HWBOT on the Open Benchtable Project. These cases aren't cheap, but they're apparently popular with the silence-at-any-cost crowd. Streacom didn't tell us when the DB4 would be available, but the company says the product is "launched", so if silent SFF systems are your thing, be on the lookout for the DB4 at your local distributor very soon.
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