HDPLEX H5 Fanless Computer Case Review

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I dig it.
The case reminds me of a old David Hafler component power amp.
Disappointed that it doesn't support AMD CPUs MBs.
 

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Streacom has been making cases like this for a while (I have the FC5 EVO). This one looks like a taller FC5 (or a slimmer FC10). Could you maybe add metric dimensions to the specs table?
 

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i feel like the thermal limitations of the passive air cooling, along with the cost, wind up making Intel's Skull Trail NUC a better purchase
 

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Streacom has been making cases like this for a while (I have the FC5 EVO). This one looks like a taller FC5 (or a slimmer FC10). Could you maybe add metric dimensions to the specs table?
I put them into the table originally, but it seems they never got published. I'll see if I can get them to update the table.
 

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Definitely a nice case, but at $288 ( on mfr's site ) the thing just about costs more than everything that would go inside it. As much as I'd like one, I don't know if I could ever justify spending that much.
 
These are mainly for folks who must have a fan-less. If you have to add fans, for whatever reason/requirement, that's one expensive enclosure. I have one of their H1-ITX enclosure for a bedroom HTPC, the silence is precious.
 

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i feel like the thermal limitations of the passive air cooling, along with the cost, wind up making Intel's Skull Trail NUC a better purchase
I can't see how when it can handle a I7 since it can handle 95 watt CPUs not to mention a 750Ti would also be fine in it.

However i agree with the cost part.
 

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It's expensive because the lack of fans. You're getting heat pipes and heatsinks built into the case. You're paying a premium for the quiet.
 

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no place for a SSD and a HDD ?
i still believe any gamer today would like to run their PC with a 250 or 500 gb SSD and most likely add a 1 TB HDD to it
 

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I'm very curious to find out what temps it would have if you use thermal paste on the heat pipes. From the normal gray goop, to Arctic Silver 5 (as a reference point really), to something "extreme".
 

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I'm very curious to find out what temps it would have if you use thermal paste on the heat pipes. From the normal gray goop, to Arctic Silver 5 (as a reference point really), to something "extreme".
Sorry! just read it comes with pre-applied thermal paste lol.. still wonder how "better" thermal paste would perform.
 

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I'm very curious to find out what temps it would have if you use thermal paste on the heat pipes. From the normal gray goop, to Arctic Silver 5 (as a reference point really), to something "extreme".
Sorry! just read it comes with pre-applied thermal paste lol.. still wonder how "better" thermal paste would perform.
The consumer version of the case does not come with pre-applied paste. The second, prebuilt case they sent me did come with the paste applied but that's because it was already put together.

There's a ton of surface area to grease inside that thing, but they do give you plenty of thermal paste and a handy applicator for the grooves. From what little testing I did, the stuff they give you is pretty good. It may not be quite up to par with AS5, but it's as good as most of the other products I've used.
 

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no place for a SSD and a HDD ?
i still believe any gamer today would like to run their PC with a 250 or 500 gb SSD and most likely add a 1 TB HDD to it
I run 3x500GB SSDs in my system, with no HDD in sight. Also, 1TB SSDs can be had for ~$250 USD these days.
 

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Does the front panel flip open to expose the optical drive? If it does not I can't see how to use this case with a blu-ray drive?
 
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