Streacom has announced a new mini ITX small form factor (SFF) case that is basically an open frame case designed for use in a vertical orientation. The new Streacom DA6, and slightly taller DA6-XL, might appear minimal in the extreme. However, the case designer thinks they will appeal to two main PC building audiences; those designing a passively cooled build and those who want to give their premium components maximum exposure.
We won't comment too much on the design appeal of these cases; Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you will have your own opinion on whether this is one of the best PC cases available.
|Form Factor||SFF Vertical Open Frame||SFF Vertical Open Frame|
|Motherboard Support||Mini ITX||Mini ITX|
|CPU Cooler Height||105mm to edge||105mm to edge|
|PCI max dimensions||323 x 145 x 87mm||358 x 145 x 87mm|
|Fan / Radiator Support||Up to 140mm / 280mm||Up to 140mm / 280mm|
|Drive Support||Multiple 2.5- and 3.5-inch||Multiple 2.5- and 3.5-inch|
|PSU Support||SFX, SFX-L and ATX||SFX, SFX-L and ATX|
|Dimensions / volume / weight||215 x 215 x 431mm, 19.9liters, 2.4kg||215 x 215 x 466mm, 21.5liters, 2.5kg|
The DA6-XL is only a little taller than the DA6 – by about 35mm. However, the major benefit of the larger case is the ability to fit in GPUs that are longer than 323mm, reaching up to 358mm. Streacom's images show that GPUs are typically installed vertically with the outputs facing down. This fitting is facilitated by a riser cable that the maker lists as an "optional accessory." Pleasingly, adjustments to the riser mount and PCI mount can be made to make sure the GPU fans align with the centreline of the case.
Whichever size case you buy, you will have a 150mm space between its sides, and here you can fit the universal brackets. Eight are provided, and they allow a lot of positioning flexibility with their thumbscrew adjustments. Another important piece of this design is the use of the motherboard support posts. These fit centrally and support only Mini ITX motherboards but can also act as support for the GPU riser assembly.
It is also interesting to see the modular port system employed here. Streacom supplies a module with both a power button and USB-C port. You will install this in the bottom panel by default, but there are two other cutouts on the top panel where these modules can fit. Streacom says it is designing other modules with more port options and a biometric power button option.
Lastly, while Streacom's design looks rather minimal in an IKEA storage product way, it asserts it has only used premium materials for the product. The 19mm diameter frame tubes are SS304 stainless steel and aluminum components that use AL6063. We have tried to use a selection of images here to showcase the available blackened and chrome finishes.
Steacom's DA6 is priced at €139 / $150, and the DA6-XL is at €149 / $160. The DA6 and DA6-XL will be made available in both chrome and black anodized tube finishes. Availability in Europe is scheduled for late-July. Streacom says it will publish its official product pages soon.
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I love me some SFF cases, and I like having great air flow. But I also think these open-air cases are overpriced. The NR200 is a better value, and it can even hit within a few degrees of the cooling performance of this open-air case.Reply
$150 for some bent metal tubes and plates welded onto it (if that) sure sounds like a great deal /s2Be_or_Not2Be said:I love me some SFF cases, and I like having great air flow. But I also think these open-air cases are overpriced.
So, $8 in steel tubing, mandrel bent with an ATX plate welded to it. Is it really considered a case when there are no sides? It's more of a roll cage.Reply
I actually like the alternative design (tubes) and the component placing. But 150$ is way too much, and I dislike it being completely open. They should add plexiglass on the open sides, and offer plexiglass version for 100$. And that should include the GPU riser by default.Reply
I'm now thinking I should just make my own, need little research first, but it's basically bent inox pipe, need to see how much the local shop would ask for the work.