Streacom FC9 Alpha Fanless Chassis Review: Page 6 of 7

Posted by Paul Malfy on Friday, July 29, 2016 - 8:00am

Testing

System

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H
  • Processor: AMD A8-6600k
  • Ram: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8 gb
  • 150 watt Streacom Nano Fanless Power Supply
  • Storage: 240 gb San Disk SSD and 500 gb WD Blue
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

The FC9 Alpha has a recommended TDP of 73 watts. However, with proper ventilation, an open area, and a decent ambient temperature, it can handle up to a 95 watt TDP. TDP or Thermal Design Power, is used todetermine the amount of heat a CPU generates as well as the type cooling system that’s will be needed to dissipate that heat. When testing for temperatures, there are three things to look at, the ambient temperature, or temperature of the room, the actual temperature and the Delta, or Delta T. The Delta is the difference in the temperature. For example, with an ambient temperature of 20°c and a CPU temperature of 50°c, the Delta T would be 30°c. Since this is meant to be a media center PC, I didn’t test it for gaming. I recorded idle temps in a room with a 22°c ambient temperature. The FC9 Alpha was places on a table, not in an entertainment center, with plenty of ventilation. I first booted to the desk top and left the system idle for 30 minutes. I then recorded an idle temperature of 55°c and a Delta T of 33°.Given this is a completely passively cooled system, I feel this isn’t a bad temp to have reached. I then began watching Netflix in full 1080p. After watching a couple episodes of the Walking Dead, I recorded a temperature of 69°c. Since it’s still the same ambient temperature, the Delta T went up to 47°c. For a fanless system under any kind of load, I feel these are really good temps. Although the A8-6600k has an unlocked multiplier, I didn’t feel like this was the kind of system you’d overclock with. Especially since when I ran Prime95, the system blue screened.  However, as I said, this isn’t the kind of system that overclocking and stress testing is really meant for. This is meant to strictly be a media center PC, that’s it.

 

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