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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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The X-Master boasts improved cooling over previous models, a 500W PSU with its own 120mm fan, durable steel handle for easy portability, and a unique, modern silver exterior. Its dual 80 mm rear fans sport blue UV light. The front panel gives you On/Off switch, reset button, two USB 2.0 ports, 1 FireWire, and 2 audio ports.

The interior features bays for two external 5.25” drives, a 3.5” external drive, an internal 3.5” drives, a motherboard tray, which supports ATX, Micro ATX or Baby AT motherboard, and 7 expansion slots. The case can be positioned horizontally as a tower, or vertically as a desktop. Whether you’re building from the ground up, or looking to upgrade your current HTPC system, the X-Master is a silver blend of style and function.

  • newegg Stands Horizontally or Vertically The Apevia X-MASTER-AL/500 can be laid horizontally on your desk or vertically on the floor to fit your working space.
  • newegg HTPC System with 4 Drive Bays Featuring two external 5.25" drive bays and two 3.5" drive bays (one external and one internal); the Apevia X-MASTER-AL/500 provides sufficient expandability as an HTPC (Home Theatre PC) case.
  • newegg Efficient Ventilation The Apevia X-MASTER-AL/500 features dual 80mm rear fans and mounts for two additional 120mm fans for efficient ventilation and effective system cooling.
  • newegg Built-in 500W PSU The Apevia X-MASTER-AL/500 is equipped with a powerful 500W power supply unit to feed energy-consumptive monster systems, making every computer component run robustly.
  • newegg Convenient Front I/O Panel The convenient front I/O panel enables easy access to two USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE 1394 port and two audio ports.

The X-Master boasts improved cooling over previous models, a 500W PSU with its own 120mm fan, durable steel handle for easy portability, and a unique, modern black exterior. Its dual 80 mm rear fans sport blue UV light. The front panel gives you On/Off switch, reset button, two USB 2.0 ports, 1 FireWire, and 2 audio ports.

The interior features bays for two external 5.25” drives, a 3.5” external drive, an internal 3.5” drives, a motherboard tray, which supports ATX, Micro ATX or Baby AT motherboard, and 7 expansion slots. The case can be positioned horizontally as a tower, or vertically as a desktop. Whether you’re building from the ground up, or looking to upgrade your current HTPC system, the X-Master is a black blend of style and function.

  • newegg Stands Horizontally or Vertically The Apevia X-MASTER- BK/500 can be laid horizontally on your desk or vertically on the floor to fit your working space.
  • newegg HTPC System with 4 Drive Bays Featuring two external 5.25" drive bays and two 3.5" drive bays (one external and one internal); the Apevia X-MASTER- BK/500 provides sufficient expandability as an HTPC (Home Theatre PC) case.
  • newegg Efficient Ventilation The Apevia X-MASTER- BK/500 features dual 80mm rear fans and mounts fo two additional 120mm fans for efficient ventilation and effective system cooling.
  • newegg Built-in 500W PSU The Apevia X-MASTER- BK/500 is equipped with a powerful 500W power supply unit to feed energy-consumptive monster systems, making every computer component run robustly.
  • newegg Convnient Front I/O Panel The convenient front I/O panel enables easy access to two USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE 1394 port and two audio ports.


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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  • Allen 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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  • Jonathan O.
  • 1/21/2014 7:03:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOkay Case

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

Pros: This case is okay for a media machine, it has two 5.25 bays for burning disks drive to drive. Nice finish, comes with rubber feet. Doesn't look that bad when stacked with my stereo equipment. It is slightly narrower than my receiver. Built in PSU. My micro ATX board fit nicely, I have one hard drive and 2 DVD writers in it.

Cons: Not that many. The power supply is not the best, but sufficient for low end machines, I built a media machine with an AMD A4 series APU. I knew before hand, but it would be nice if it came with the 8 pin 12V motherboard connector on the power supply. I did not need it, but it would make the case more marketable. I could imagine a full ATX board being kind of tight in this case.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you take off the faceplate and switch on the power supply. The PSU is in the front of the case backwards with a power cable running from the PSU to the back of the case where you plug it in. I wonder how many calls their tech support gets on that one? I noticed the switch while installing DVD drives, but could see that as being something easy to miss.

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  • Michael R.
  • 1/14/2014 5:22:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT CASE

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

Pros: What's not to love about this case; glossy finish, htpc build, and a power supply; what more to ask for? I have a EVGA GTX 560TI 448 cuda cores graphics card it fits a little snug but it fits, I changed out the stock power supply unit and used a Corsair 500 watt PSU.

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: It took me about 45 minutes to assemble my build (between reading the instructions and setting up all the Computer parts in the case). There isn't too much room to work with in the case. I like having the computer under my monitor on my desk its so amazing and it makes life so much easier.

CASE: Apevia X-Master Black
PSU: Corsair CX500 (500W)
MOBO: Gigabyte M68MT S2
CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.6ghz
GPU: EVGA 560TI 448 cudacores
RAM: Crucial Ballistix 8GB
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128gb
HDD: Seagate Momentus 250gb
DISPLAY: HP w1907
KEYBOARD: Razer Blackwidow
MOUSE: Razer Naga MMOG

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  • Claudia C.
  • 11/11/2013 4:47:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

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

Pros: Great case really like the way it is organized, and the way it looks under the TV. Didn't trust the cheap power supply and replaced it with a modular one. I don't remember when I purchased it, it's been years. It's a great value, and I would buy it again for a HTPC.

Cons: No place for wire management. A modular power supply is the way to go, and even then I have had to stuff the extra length of wires under the optical and data drives. So the small drive area cannot be used, for a card reader, in my setup. I have cut myself more than once pulling the front cover off to replace the drives. It requires a bit of force to remove, even after all these years, that might be a good thing.

Other Thoughts: Recently added a SSD, as a system drive, attached it to the side of the case with double sided foam tape. Still very happy with the case after all these years, and see no reason to replace it. Like I said it looks right at home under the TV with the receiver and center speaker. Over the years the motherboard, and drives have been upgraded, only the case itself hasn't changed.

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  • alan d.
  • 9/13/2013 11:16:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPSU DOA

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

Pros: Nice looking case.

Cons: PSU DOA. Doesn't turn on. What a pain to get it all set up and find out theres no power. Hopefully They will send me a new PSU

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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  • Anonymous
  • 7/12/2013 9:41:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case for a HTPC, Terrible power supply

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

Pros: First thing is first, I love this case. I installed an MSI Z77MA-G45 board with an i3-3220, Sapphire HD 7870 GHz edition card, Asus bluray drive, Samsung 840 120GB SSD, and a 1.5TB WD Green HDD. More than enough room for an micro-atx board while providing excellent air flow from the two Thermaltake AF0032 120mm fan's installed on each side of the case. Replaced the pre-install rear 80mm fans with 2 Rosewill RF-80-BL fans which increased the airflow while reducing noise output.. The case is solid, well designed, and perfect for an htpc or a desktop case.

Cons: Terrible power supply. Died after only two and a half months of light use of watching movies and light gaming. The three volt rail was running to high at almost 4.5V while the 12V rail was pushing 10V at best. Whoever decided to put a cheap power supply in this case needs to be smacked. Just ordered a new LEPA N Series N500-SA 500W Power Supply to replace the piece of junk Apevia installed. I love Lepa fans, so I'm taking a leap of faith based on their quality fans and the reviews the power supply has received as well.

If anyone is reading this and are thinking about buying this case do yourself a favor and buy a better power supply to go in this case.

Other Thoughts: Like I said this case is awesome. It will house a HD 7870 without zero clearance issues. Originally I had a Gigabyte HD 7850 2GB OC card installed until my friend needed a GPU asap.With the Gigabyte 7850 the frame of the windforce fans made it a tight fit and blocked some of the airflow in the case. After installing the smaller yet more powerful Sapphire HD 7870 airflow increased significantly.

Since this is a review of the case I will not dock any eggs from the rating. Its very well laid out and after spending a little time on cable management, anyone will be satisfied with how well air flows through this case.. However the power supply is TERRIBLE and needs to be replaced. If I could, I would rate the power supply -5 eggs!

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  • Aron E.
  • 5/11/2013 10:23:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFront-panel USB failed, power switch loose

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

Pros: It's a nice case if you are willing to fix it a bit.

Cons: Front-panel USB failed after we started plugging an iPhone 5 into it. Examination showed that the printed circuit board traces on the little board that connects the USB cable from the motherboard to the USB sockets had burned up in the +5v line. (I presume they couldn't handle the increased power draw for the iPhone.) I soldered in wires in place of the defunct traces and it works fine again. I would think this part is underdesigned.

In addition, the front-panel power switch came loose. I had to glue it to its mount on the back of the front panel.

Other Thoughts: This is an update to my previous review of 10/25/2010.

Note that I've also replaced the power supply after all.

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