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APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

  • SECC Steel / Aluminum
  • Power Supply 2 x 80mm Rear Fans
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Learn more about the APEVIA CORP. X-MASTER-BK/500

General

Brand
APEVIA
Model
X-MASTER-BK/500

Spec

Type
ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Black
Case Material
SECC Steel / Aluminum
Power Supply
500W
Motherboard Compatibility
ATX, Micro-ATX, Baby AT
Side Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
2
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
USB 2.0 x 2
Front FireWire Ports
Yes
Front Audio Ports
Yes

Cooling System

80mm Fans
2 x 80mm Rear Fans

Features

Features
NVIDIA 8800GTS Compatible
Aluminum Plated Front Mask
Fits Standard Size ATX Motherboard & PSU
Optional 2 x 120mm Side Fan or Dual side Hard Drives
Best Cooling and Silence among HTPC Mid Tower/ Desktop
Durable and Sturdy Construction
Dual Positioning, Vertical or Horizon Depending on Home Setup

Dimensions&Weight

Height
5.3"
Width
14.3"
Depth
17.8"

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Elliott P.
  • 9/5/2014 7:16:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDecent case, bad dimensions

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Roomy case, excellent front panel selection

Cons: This is NOT an HTPC case. It is way too big (deep, specifically). It just juts out about 3 inches on my TV stand. Maybe it works for some, but not me.

Other Thoughts: I used this case for about 2 years before scrapping my build into a server machine.

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  • Scott H.
  • 6/28/2014 1:31:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMixed bag

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Decent size full ATX case for an HTPC, although it is important to plan out the installation ahead of time (like installing and connecting up the bottom HDD before installing the motherboard). I fit in 2 HDDs, a BDROM, and an SSD (had to get creative on that last one). Even has a little room for cable management. The included fans are pretty quiet for 80mm.

Cons: Comes with a really cheap and noisy power supply, which I swapped out. Mine did not come with any of the accessories like motherboard standoffs, screws, feet or drive rails. I had enough extras of most things to get by, but the drive rails are smaller than anything I had on hand and installing the BDROM was a bit challenging. Did not get any response from customer support through the Apevia website when I asked about getting replacements.

Other Thoughts: I installed a couple 120mm fans which gave it reasonable airflow. Blue power light on the front is pretty blinding if watching a movie in the dark, so I unplugged it. Ultimately, this was the cheapest case I could find that fit my needs, and I got what I paid for. Apevia customer support seems a bit lacking, or I might give an extra egg.

Manufacturer Response:

If you need help with the case, such as getting the missing screw bag, you can contact Apevia's customer service at service@apevia.com or call at (909) 718-0789. We try to reply to all calls and e-mails as soon as we can.

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  • John N.
  • 6/27/2014 3:23:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible in every way.

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: None.

Cons: Weird air flow arrangement. You'll need to get creative to keep component from overheating in this thing.

No cable management. Your cables will probably block your bays.

Power supply is terrible. Your machine will freeze/reset. Has a bizarre front exhaust and an extension power cable that runs to the back of the unit?!

This thing is huge. It's like a tower case on its side.

Loud. Rear fans are all you can hear.

Bottom line if you're looking for a nice HTPC case that is compact, quiet, cool, and reliable, this case is NONE of those things. Run away.

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  • Steve G.
  • 6/26/2014 9:34:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Value Good Case

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Well cut and painted. Seems durable, won't chip. Only cut myself once, which is good for a value-case. Don't know where, most edges I could see are well rolled, but it happens that a single snaggle edge somewhere got me. Very minor, but should be considered as a big plus for this case.

Cons: Make sure you have a few case nic-naks handy, like mother board standoffs or various other screws you will need for building a computer. It was missing a couple standoffs but I had extra. They lose an egg for power supply. With a case this price, don't expect a super quality power supply. I would give them 5 eggs if they raised the price by 15 and put in a step or two better power supply.

Other Thoughts: Great value. Fits a full size ATX mobo very well. I suggest for any serious PC, add in a $50 power supply. The peace of mind is worth it.

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  • Grant K.
  • 6/16/2014 11:34:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood Case Bad Powersupply

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Great Media case for under the entertainment center

Cons: Power Supply was dead on arrival

Other Thoughts: why cant they sell just the case if they obviously cant pull off a power supply

Manufacturer Response:

You can do an RMA through us for the power supply to get an exchange on the PSU if you are still under our warranty period. You can contact Apevia's customer service at service@apevia.com or call at (909) 718-0789. We try to reply to all calls and e-mails as soon as we can.

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  • Michael P.
  • 5/19/2014 5:35:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot The Greatest

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Fairly easy to work with. Inexpensive desktop in an arena where desktops are a vanishing breed. Two hard drive bays worked well.

Cons: Top DVD door did not line up with standard DVD burner, so had to remove cover and DVD was sunk in front 1". ATX board I used barely fit. Cheaply made, lots of sharp edges.

Other Thoughts: Only game in town. If inwin brought back their desktop, this wouldn't stand a chance. It's cheaply made, but it did the trick for me. I bought 2 and built two machines and they are working fine.

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  • Penny O.
  • 4/7/2014 12:16:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood, pretty much as expected

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Assembly was FAIRLY straightforward, and I didn't end up bleeding. They managed to fit a lot of fan mounts/drive drive mounts in there and you can fit a full sized power supply in (if it is a long one, put the mobo in first). Smallest ATX case I could find for the price, blends in nicely.

Cons: Face plate uses plastic snaps. If you remove it often, they WILL break. Rubber feet are adhesive type, probably will fall off eventually. Paint scuffs/scratches easily. Included fans have 4-pin molex connectors, useless to me. I didn't want to add another cable to my modular PSU, so I put different fans in.
Speaking of PSUs, the included PSU is indeed garbage. On my unit, the +12-1 voltage was 12.5v, just 0.06v away from testing bad with rounding.
The optical drive installation wasn't so easy. The instructions were a bit misleading, IIRC, the picture is wrong but the text instructions are right. You have to unscrew a couple of pins on the drive rails and put them in the #2 position I think.

Other Thoughts: The power LED is a bit bright, I might unplug it from the motherboard.

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  • Curtis D.
  • 4/7/2014 12:26:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat for the money

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Nice finish on the paint, very good design and layout. Supports full ATX boards

Cons: The PSU that comes with this is garbage, also the fans on the back have the cheap molex connectors on them that are hard to plug in, and one of the fans starting making a grinding noise about 1 day after my build, so I had to unplug it. The front panel for the DVD rom wouldn't work with my LG blu ray rom, but that's ok since the LG faceplate looks nice anyway.

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  • Mr. K.
  • 3/28/2014 7:59:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice case

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: A low cost well-built case. Despite the cons I listed below I like this case and would buy again.

Cons: This is marketed as a HTPC case. Apevia needs to lose the silver buttons which detract from a fairly decent looking case. The front facing firewire port is useless as my new ASUS motherboard doesn’t have this port. The front USB 2.0 ports should be USB 3.0. The blue led is a bit too bright for me. I ended up using electricians tape to partially cover it. I was shorted a couple of standoffs but was no big deal as I had spares.

Other Thoughts: If you use your own power supply make sure it’s modular as there’s not a lot of space to tuck those extra cables.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/3/2014 4:20:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat HTPC case

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Great style, pictures can speak for themselves as this was very appealing and looks like when I upgrade to having a rack mount for all my media gear, it will still look and fit in great.

Cons: -Power supply AREA (the included PSU works just fine for me still)
-Doesn't support the liquid cooling community very well
-No Version 2 that has been updated to support USB 3.0

All these were remedied in one way or another, read below.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded my power supply to a 750 watt almost immediately as I am a heavy overclocker and have sli graphics cards. However when you upgrade to a full ATX PSU, you are left with about 8 inches for a graphics card, (around 9.5" with the included PSU) luckily MSI makes a 6.7" gtx 760 which works for me. Keep in mind that especially with a modular PSU, the cables add extra length to the PSU, so really it only has room for about a 7-7.5" card.
The PSU that comes with it hasn't given me any problems as it is continuously used in an old Dell I have, granted it only draws around 275 watts out of 500 available
I can be a medium duty case modder if I need to, and I was able to get this to work by making a custom external fitting, but if youre not, you won't be able to fit even a single fan radiator inside the case, (I mounted a 360 rad outside) unless you want to have the radiator on the inside and the fan on the outside.
Also back to graphics card clearance, make sure you get a card that doesn't need a external power line or that the connector doesn't face up otherwise you'll have to Dremel out part of the top of the case; I cut out a whole window area and cut out an open area in the window for the whole graphics card (even though it would barely clear the case in all areas except the power connector, I just did it for better airflow)
To remedy the hard drive situation I fit a 4x2.5" hot swap backplane on one of the 5.25" bays so I can add 4 more laptop sized hard drives + the 3.5" internal one; I use the lower external 3.5 for a card reader that has a usb 3.0 port
-all this to say, it's a great case that you can make it do almost whatever you want if you have a creative mind and research

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