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Announcing the Limited Edition OBT XOC Insulation Foam

Today we’re unveiling a limited edition OBT XOC Insulation Foam designed specifically for extreme overclockers using the Open Benchtable.

Specifically Designed for the Open Benchtable

This pre-cut and precisely shaped insulation foam is perfect for any extreme overclocker using the Open Benchtable looking to set up a clean and efficient setup. Here’s why it stands out:

  • Compatibility: Precise hole cutouts for all motherboard (ATX, mATX) and PCIe standoff locations, as well as OBT feet mounting holes
  • Cut to Shape: compatible with all full-size Open Benchtable models (V1, V1.1, and V2)
  • Mounting Clearance: pre-cut CPU backplate area to support a wide range of LN2 container backplates
  • Ease of Use: The foam thickness matches the OBT standoff height for simple installation.
  • Re-usability: Made from a trusted and proven material for long-lasting use.
obt xoc insulation foam installed on open benchtable

Note : Some backplate heaters might require a custom cut out, you can do so with a sharp cutter. We are working on getting this updated to support more backplate positions for future revision (if any).

Two Types of OBT XOC Insulation Foam

For this limited edition production run, we provide two thickness options:

  • A “thick” option, that perfectly match the Open Benchtable stand-off height
  • A single/double “thin” option that allow for more customization

The “Thick” option

This is the simplest to use. Get it, slide in on the OBT, remove the pre-cut foam positions for your CPU Ln2 Pot backplate and… that’s it!

The “Thin” option

This option offers the most options for extreme overclockers as it is 2-pieces of half-height foam. The CPU Backplate pre-cut area is the same on both Thin & Thick options.

This option help route cables for the heating backplate elements or be used as a long-term insulation template for a specific motherboard.


The OBT XOC Insulation Foam is available today on the web shop in extremely limited quantities. But don’t worry! We’ll be following up with everyone who orders this limited-edition foam to gather feedback for a potentially wider release.

The Backstory: A Long and Winding Road

The idea for the special insulation foam came about way back in 2016, after the launch of the OBT Community Edition.

We wanted to create a solution that would not only make XOC setups more efficient but also improve their aesthetics – after all, every rig deserve to look sharp! Here are some of the challenges we faced in bringing this idea to life:

  • Balancing Compatibility: Accommodating a wide range of motherboard socket positions and CPU backplates turned out to be a complex task.
  • Material Selection: Finding the right balance of insulation, re-usability, and laser-cutting compatibility proved difficult.
  • Production Method: Both laser cutting and water jet cutting had their pros and cons. Ultimately, we opted for water jet cutting for this initial production run.

We’ll talk more about the development story in a future blog post. For now, this first batch is an extremely limited run. But based on your interest and feedback, we definitely consider turning it into a regular product. We’re eager to hear your feedback on how we can improve it further!

Computex 2024 Open Benchtable Order Pick Up

Attention all Computex 2024 attendees!

If you’re planning on attending this year’s Computex 2024 and are considering buying an Open Benchtable, we have some exciting news for you. While we don’t have local stock of the Open Benchtable in Taiwan, similar to last year, we’re happy to offer a special promotion where you can have your order picked up during your Computex visit!

To be eligible for this offer, simply place an order on our webshop before May 1 (1/5) and let us know that you’ll be picking up the order during Computex 2024 in Taiwan. We’ll arrange a time and place for you to receive your order in person. We can’t wait to see you there and hand over the Open Benchtable to you!

Travel safely and enjoy the show!

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Computex 2023 Open Benchtable Order Pick Up

Attention all Computex 2023 attendees!

If you’re planning on attending this year’s Computex 2023 and are considering buying an Open Benchtable (perhaps because you saw Jayztwocent’s awesome video), we have some exciting news for you. While we don’t have local stock of the Open Benchtable in Taiwan, we’re happy to offer a special promotion where you can have your order picked up during your Computex visit!

To be eligible for this offer, simply place an order on our webshop before May 19 (19/5) and let us know that you’ll be picking up the order during Computex 2023 in Taiwan. We’ll arrange a time and place for you to receive your order in person. We can’t wait to see you there and hand over the Open Benchtable to you!

Travel safely and enjoy the show!

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Jayztwocents Goes Open Benchtable BC1 V2: A Must-See Video for Fans

The Open Benchtable team is thrilled to share a must-see video by top tech-tuber Jayztwocents. In the video, Jayz details his experience with the Open Benchtable BC1 V2, from purchasing to installation. The video showcases the benchtable in all its glory and provides a glowing review.

We want to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Jayztwocents and his team for their support and kind words. Seeing our products receive such positive feedback is incredibly gratifying, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

We would also like to thank all our customers who have purchased the product following Jayz’s review. We appreciate your business and are thrilled that you are enjoying our product. As a result of the surge in sales, our stock levels are now lower than expected. We have a fresh batch of Open Benchtable V2’s coming soon, so we don’t expect to run out of stock entirely.

We also want to remind our customers that the Open Benchtable project is a community-driven collaboration that started in 2015 between HWBOT, Overclocking-TV, and Streacom. Our mission was to create a genuinely exceptional benchtable that redefines the product category and towers above any other offerings in terms of portability, aesthetics, quality, and design. The product is also available in retail channels as the Streacom BC1. The only difference between the BC1 and OBT is that the Open Benchtable ships with a travel sleeve and is exclusively available from our website.

Thank you again to Jayztwocents and our valued customers for your support, and we look forward to bringing you more quality.

Check out the video below.

Open Benchtable BC1 V2 Available Now

The Open Benchtable BC1 V2 is the most significant iteration of the Open Benchtable and sports a variety of new features such as vertical Demo Mode as well as many feature improvements.

November 3, 2021 – Open Benchtable and Streacom are delighted to announce the latest iteration of the Open Benchtable BC1. The Open Benchtable BC1 V2 is the most significant update to the design since its inception and incorporates new features, design improvements, and many feedbacks from our community and customers.

The Open Benchtable BC1 V2 will replace the existing V1.1 design and comes in 3 colors: Black, Silver, and Titanium.

About Open Benchtable

It’s been quite the Open Benchtable journey from the first conversations in June 2015 at the Computex trade show, over the prototypes tested during the 2016 HWBOT World Tour, to our latest V2 iteration launching in the fourth quarter of 2021. 

We are proud to say that during our many interactions with customers, supporters, enthusiasts, PC DIY aficionados, industry partners, and system builders around the world, we have learned so much about everything that makes the Open Benchtable great and all the things it wasn’t so great at yet.

We’re never shy to accept feedback, good or bad, and always look to improve the Open Benchtable product family. As you’ll find out in the sections below, the Open Benchtable underwent quite a transformation from the 2016 V0.1 to our 2021 V2. For V2 we incorporated as much of the feedback as possible to develop the best Open Benchtable to date.

open benchtable v2 evolution

 In our admittedly slightly biased opinion, the result is simply spectacular. The new Open Benchtable BC1 V2 is designed to be more robust, simpler, and more practical to use for everyday PC enthusiasts.

Open Benchtable BC1 V2 Product Features

Although the OBT BC1 V2 has undergone a significant re-design, it was important to stay true to the winning formula and maintain design continuity. The footprint, size, look, and construction will feel entirely familiar to current users and the custom screws will still work on all versions

Built To Last

As with every iteration of the Open Benchtable, the Open Benchtable BC1 V2 is built to last. 

We have implemented several small design revisions which will help further extend the lifespan of the benchtable itself. We also meticulously evaluated the entire supply chain process to not only incorporate lower-waste processes but also overall reduce the environmental impact of the Open Benchtable production.

The Built To Last attitude doesn’t just apply to the Open Benchtable products; it also applies to our planet. Therefore, Open Benchtable joins our partner Streacom in its commitment to offset the environmental impact by reducing waste from smarter packaging and their partnership with the Eden Reforestation Project.

open benchtable v2 packaging

Vertical Demo Mode

A large portion of the Open Benchtable users is die-hard PC enthusiasts. Their unconditional love for computer hardware drives the unstoppable urge to showcase their gear. Another important target audience is YouTubers and influencers who use the Open Benchtable to showcase the products they test and talk about.

The Open Benchtable BC1 V2 incorporates support for a vertical Demo Mode which allows users to set up their Open Benchtable upright. No life hacks are needed, no dodgy prop-up solution is needed to make your gear stand out to all. 

Upgraded Screws, Re-Designed Brackets, and Enhanced Usability

Since its inception, the Open Benchtable has been using the same nuts and screws. While we’ve kept all of the assembly 100% toolless, this significant upgrade improves the V2 durability and long-term use.

To further improve durability, we removed threads made directly into the side of the benchtable. Not only does the screw+nut design ensure all mounting points on the table are much stronger, but also, replacement, in case of damage to the thread, is now possible. Users that mount heavy hardware or require ultra-tight mount can now apply high torque with tools to securely mount anything to the table.

Brackets, which evolved from V1 to V1.1, continue to change. The V2 twin-design bracket allows users to mount two items (upper and lower) from a single location. This also doubles up the usable mount location on the table.

We also included a much-requested feature by our community: a location to mount the Power On button. These two 12mm holes carved in the table give users that do not have power and reset buttons on-board a solution to add their own.

open benchtable v2 buttons

Even More New Features and Improvements

We could be talking to you about the V2 for much longer. The list of changes is extensive, so to keep it short, here are some of the other changes:

  • Added support for SFX PSUs
  • Improved rubber pads on feet
  • Standardized mounting hole spacing: 105mm (120mm fans) and 60mm
  • The Open Benchtable is now easier to disassemble and pack
  • Improved PSU mounting compatibility
  • Better grip with handle cutouts that make the table easier to carry horizontally
  • Introducing motherboard standoff clip for a more secure standoff installation
  • Improved component placement simplifying disassembly
  • More eco-friendly packaging

New redesigned Sleeve – Exclusively on Openbenchtable.com

Orders on the official Open Benchtable webshop at openbenchtable.com will come with an exclusive and totally redesigned sleeve.

Open Benchtable BC1 Mini V2

In addition to the OBT BC1 V2, today we are also announcing the Open Benchtable BC1 Mini V2. The Mini is the ITX small-form-factor version of the ATX-size BC1.

The majority of the feature improvements of OBT V2 have carried over to the OBT Mini V2, including improved storage and assembly procedure, wider SFX PSU compatibility, upgraded feet, more versatile brackets, power/reset switch mounting holes, new screws, more robust build and the new packaging that also goes to planting more trees. 

Open Benchtable V2 Pricing and Availability

The Open Benchtable BC1 V2 is available from the Open Benchtable web shop (https://openbenchtable.com/) starting from November 3, 2021 at US$199. The Open Benchtable BC1 Mini V2 will be available in Q1 2022 at US$179.

Both the OBT BC1 V2 and OBT BC1 Mini V2 will be available in three colors: Black, Silver, and Titanium.

Learn more at openbenchtable.com

Motherboard mounting guide for Open Benchtable and OBT Mini

This is part of our series of how-to & guide about the Open Benchtable and the Open Benchtable Mini. Today we focus on mounting a motherboard on your Open Benchable.

Getting ready

The Open Benchtable is compatible with pretty much all the common form-factors: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX and XL-ATX.

The Open Benchtable Mini is compatible with the Mini-ITX (and some Mini-DTX) form factor.

To start, get the number of stand-off that you need from their storage location. ATX & Micro-ATX form factor requires up-to nine and Mini-ITX requires four.

As mentioned in our mounting guides, there are two types of stand-offs and they can be mixed. Half of them are push-pin standoff while the other half is made of screw standoffs (these are similar to the conventional standoffs you find in most cases). All of the standoffs are stored in the feet of your OBT.

If you are using screw standoffs, get the same amount of M3 screws off, there are located on the right of your OBT.

Tips from the team: we usually go for one conventional standoff in the center and push-pins for all of the others! (you can mix push-pin and screw-standoffs that you feel comfortable with).

Motherboard Mounting

Once you’re all set up, install your standoff so they align with your motherboard (green locations).

If you are using conventional standoffs, tighten your M3 screws in them to secure the motherboard.

Usign the Open Benchtable Mini is even easier, you only need 4 standoffs

Let us know on Social Media what is your favorite mounting strategy: Push-pins only or Mixed ?

Fan mounting guide – OBT & OBT Mini

Even if the OBT is easy to build, sometimes we just want to check how things should be worked out. Today we focus on installing fans on your Open Benchtable.

Getting ready

To mount your fan, you will need to detach four M3 screws, two brackets and optionnally two washers.

In the middle of your OBT, you fill find your brackets, they are attached with one M3 screw each. Unscrew these to get the brackets off. Washers are securely held with the PCI-E thumbscrews, unscrew the nuts and you will find your washers! You can then find two more M3 screws on the right side of your OBT or in your OBT Screw Kit.

Tip from the team: Washers are optional, they are here to prevent any friction between the two aluminum parts which can leave esthetic marks.


While fans all have the same mouting point & dimension, not all fans are created equal. Thus we outline the two common way to mount your fans to the brackets.

Case 1: Your fan can fit a screw through its mount

This is the easiest case! First, pass a M3 screw through the corner of your fan. Next, screw it the middle hole of the bracket. Finally, use your spare M3 screws to secure the brackets to the holes which are located on the edge of your Open Benchtable.

Tip from the team: The bracket has two different thicknesses on it to accomodate most configurations possible. Play with the brackets to find the best fitting position.

Case 2: Your fan can’t fit a screw through its mounts

There are two ways to tackle it. You can use third party screws and nuts or use third party extra long M3 screws.

Using screws and nuts

When using screws and nuts, pass the screws through your fan’s mounting point and bracket, then tighten the nuts. Finally, use M3 screws to attach the brackets in the holes located on the edge of the Open Benchtable.

Using extra-long M3 screws

When using extra long M3 screws, pass them through the fan’s mounting points. Next, use the middle hole of the bracket as a nut to attach the screw in it. Finally, use your OBT M3 thumbscrews to secure the brackets to the edge of your OBT.


Finish by connecting your fan to your motherboard or fan controller.

Theses are awesomes builds by the community to inspire you.

This conclude our fan assembly guide.

Feel free to share your builds with us!

Storage mounting guide

Even if the OBT is easy to build, sometimes we just want to check how things should be worked out. Today we focus on mounting storage on your OBT.

Getting ready

First, make sure your storage is supported on your OBT model.
The BC1 supports 2.5″ and 3.5″ drives whereas the OBT Mini support 2.5″ drives. What’s not different is that you can attach two drives on each model.

Mounting the drive

Unscrew two M3 screws of you OBT.There are located on the top right corner of the BC1. Concerning the OBT Mini, there are securely held on at the bottom right of the structure.

At the bottom of your OBT are four hard drive slots, align your drive under two of these holes and tighten the M3 screws in your drive’s threads.

Tips from the team: Attach your drive so that its connectors are on the same side that your motherboard’s SATA ports, it will make cabling easier!

A New Mini Member of the Family: OBT BC1-Mini

The Open Benchtable family is about to add a new sibling; the OBT-Mini is taking shape and here is what you need to know about it.

About two years ago the idea to create a lightweight, versatile and portable bench bed took place with the collaboration of Streacom, HWBOT and OverClocking-TV. The following year at Computex the project got a release date; before the end of the summer. After a fast sell out of the first batch of limited Community Edition tables, we recently announced that a new batch is now shipping in silver, black and red colors.

The team is not stopping there and is working on a Mini-ITX sized version based on the successful design of the OBT (also known as BC1). Requests came from user groups in the Small Form Factor Community (SFF) for a small sized bench bed and open air solution. This triggered the creativity of the Open Benchtable design team.

This is our current vision of a Mini-ITX bench bed :

A Mini-ITX Open Benchtable – Tell Us What You Think

These are early pictures of the OBT Mini (BC1 Mini) prototype, which means it is the best time for you to give your feedback on the forum. As of now release date and pricing are unknown.

Want the Open Benchtable for your Micro-ATX, Full-size ATX and big motherboard ? The new batch in red, silver and black are shipping right now (while supply last)!

First glamour shots of the Open Benchtable

Today we finally got a the finished product off the production line (one of many more to come) and into the studio for some genuine glamour shots. Here are the first real photos (not renderings) of the Open Benchtable in all its glory. Enjoy!

We are taking orders!

Right now the Open Benchtable is being manufactured in limited batches. It can be ordered now for $149 USD (Community Edition – incl. Open Benchtable + traveler sleeve). The deliveries are to be expected before the end of September.

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