The Streacom FC8 Alpha Mini ITX PC is truly a feat of thermal engineering and silence. Weighing in at less than 10lbs, and smaller than a standard video game console the FC8 Alpha Fanless PC is perfect for HD video playback in the living room, as well as standard office or home use.
Despite its small size and weight, the Streacom FC8 Alpha can hold up to 5 drives (including up to 2x 3.5" drives and an optical drive). The FC8 also has 2 x USB 3.0 front ports available for high speed connectivity to external storage.
Fanless Mini ITX PC Features
The Streacom FC8 Fanless Mini ITX PC is super sleek, efficient, and powerful.
- Tiny, but powerful Fanless Mini ITX PC
- Intel® Socket 1151
- Efficient and powerful, 65W Intel 14nm 6th Generation (Skylake) CPUs
- Professional onboard graphics and audio
- Dual Gigabit LAN
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- 2x USB 3.0 Front Ports
- Up to 32 GB of DDR4 Memory
- 1 Slimline Optical Drive
- Up to 5 drives (including up to 2x 3.5" drives and the Optical Drive)
- Silent and Fanless
Streacom FC8 Alpha Dimensions
- Width: 9.5" (240mm)
- Depth: 9.9" (250mm)
- Height: 3.9" (100mm)
- Weight starting at: 7lbs
FC8 Fanless Mini ITX PC Core Components
LGA1151 Intel® 6th/7th Generation Processor Ready This mini ITX PC supports Intel® 6th/7th generation processors, with improved video, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated into CPUs. Intel® 6th/7th generation Intel® Core™ processor-based processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.
Quiet Hard Drives Every PC we sell comes defaulted with some of the most silent hard drive options available. Or, if you are looking for total silence, Choose an SSD! Solid-state drives (SSD) have no moving parts, so they make no noise, have blazing fast read times, and are more reliable than standard mechanical drives.
Quality Gigabyte Motherboard This system features the latest Gigabyte® motherboards in our quiet systems. Gigabyte® motherboards feature unique features, supreme reliability, top-notch cutting-edge features, and excellent manufacturer support.
High Quality Memory This Fanless Mini ITX PC comes with your choice of high quality Kingston® memory and Corsair. We use Kingston® and Corsair memory because they are highly reliable and feature a lifetime warranty. The small form factor mini ITX PC also has options for up to 32GB of RAM for superior performance, previously unheard of in such a small PC.
Fanless Mini ITX Motherboard Features
- Gigabyte GA-H270N-WIFI
- 2x HDMI 1.4/ 1x DVI-D
- Intel® Socket 1151 for 6th/7th Generation Processors
- Max. 32GB, DDR4
- Intel® H270 Chipset (20 PCIe 3.0 lanes)
- 6x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (USB 3.0)
- 1x USB Type C with USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) compatibility
- 2x USB 2.0 ports
- 6x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
- 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion ports
- Dual GbE LAN
- Realtek ALC1220 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Mini ITX Form Factor
What are these Intel 2XX-Series Prime Motherboards and Kaby Lake CPUs?
200-Series Motherboards feature the H270, Z270, and B250 chipsets, as well as Intel's 7th Generation (Kaby Lake) Socket 1151 CPUs. H270, Z270, and B250 are also backwards compatible with 6th Generation (Skylake) Socket 1151 CPUs. Z170 motherboards also support the Kaby Lake 7th generation CPUs (forwards compatiblity). Z270 also features 24 lanes of PCIe 3.0 bus (up from 20 lanes with Z170) and greater official memory speed support (Max. DDR4-2400) when paired with a Kaby Lake CPU.
The Z270/Kaby Lake Upgrade Includes:
- H270/Z270 feature 20/24 lanes of PCIe 3.0 for greater M.2 support
- Improved Energy Efficiency
- Support for up to DDR4-2400 (Z170 officially included support for up to DDR4-2133)
- Continued Graphics Improvement
What Is A Socket 1151 PC?
Skylake was the technology used in 170-Series Motherboards. Socket 1151 CPUs (Intel’s consumer oriented CPUs) include Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake CPUs (but Coffee Lake CPUs require new motherboards). Several new features were included with the Kabylake and Skylake CPUs that weren't included with Socket 1150 (New Haswell) CPUs. These include:
Improved Graphics Support | Out of the box graphics performance (without the need for an added video card) has nearly doubled with Socket 1151 (Skylake) over Socket 1150 (Haswell and Broadwell). Socket 1151 also includes full 4K support at 60 fps and includes expanded support for DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, and Open CL 2.0.
64GB DDR4 Support | Socket 1150 CPUs maxed out at 32GB DDR3 RAM support. Socket 1151 allows for 64GB DDR4 RAM. So, if you are doing memory intensive work, you could probably benefit from using a greater amount of high performance RAM in your PC.
Expanded M.2 and U.2 support | Socket 1151 (Skylake) is capable of greater M.2 and U.2 support (Asus Z170 motherboards are all compatible with the Asus Hyper Kit necessary for lightning fast NVMe drive support).
Both Skylake and Kaby Lakes CPUs include these improvements. Kaby Lake offers improved speeds, and as well as additional bus lanes integrated into the CPU. Kaby Lake motherboards (2XX-series motherboards like the one featured in this system) also feature improved support for high-speed RAM.
Up and Coming Coffee Lake
Just released (and still being rolled out), Coffee Lake (Z370 and 8XXX series CPUs) feature all the same improvements mentioned above, but accept faster CPUs with up to 6-CORES. New Haswell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake all maxed out with 4-Core CPUs. However, Coffee Lake isn't not backwards compatible with Kaby Lake or Skylake, even though it incorporates the same features on its motherboards. If you are looking to the newest high-end, but consumer-oriented CPUs and don't mind paying a little more, we recommend looking at a Coffee Lake PC. On the other hand, Coffee Lake is still rolling out and as of the time of this writing, and currently does not include budget-oriented motherboard lines or value CPUs (Celeron and Pentium).
And like always, EndPCNoise.com backs our systems with a one-year warranty along with the best professional, courteous technical service and support on the market today. Not sure what configuration would best suit you? Contact our Sales Team to receive a custom quote!