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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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  • rickey m.
  • 4/1/2013 7:39:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnice case, not so nice power supply

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

Pros: great case does the job fits in nicely with av equipment

Cons: cable management is non existent, if you install a power supply that is just slightly longer than standard you cannot install a fan on the left side.

and the power supply, it was dead within a week i have a micro atx am2 board with a 1055t using on board graphics and it survived the stress testing but not a days worth of F@H, i have replaced it with a corsair 750w and its doing great now

Other Thoughts: apevia agreed to replace the power supply unit but i decided i dont want another apevia psu so i tossed it in the garbage

i didn't buy this case for the power supply, i got it for the case so im only knocking off one egg

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  • James Y.
  • 12/26/2010 8:21:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsOK, now I am confused?

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

Pros: I reviewed the silver and black version of this case and mostly it received awful reviews. Is there something different about the colored versions? Again the eggs are for Newegg only. I have purchased a large amount of items over the past year and only once had to return an item and that was my fault. Items are the real deal and not remans like I think some (or at least one I am quite sure of) of the competitors are selling. I just can't believe people are saying that they would never buy from your company again. Best place to purchase any electronic products on the market. It may sound as if I am sucking up to you guys, but I have never got such great deals on quality merchandise from any other site. I even had one of the "Big box stores" try to sell me a reman Bluray player and they where stupid enough to leave the service center label on the box. I always use and recommend you guys for your rapid delivery and incredible customer service...

Cons: Power supply died after a week, screws stripped out constantly, had to remove front cover to install Bluray drive and Versis remote system which led to broken button. Also I noticed that a lot of the reviews violate the comparison rule listed in the guidelines. Such as modding and outright brands which are indeed better choices. I think you should be able to compare brands as it is helpful to others in my opinion. I had serious overheating issues with this case, I cut a fan into the top for a 120 silent exhaust and still had overheating. I bought an Antec Versis the older model that is larger and roomier than the newer one and I love it. Hands down great, except for Soundgraph. It sucks. I use Media Browser because you can create incredible media center hacks that make your friends look at you Windows Media Center and ask how you got such an incredible looking backdrop or images for movie types. I also use a Logitech DiNovo keyboard and rarely use the Soundgraph software or remote.

Other Thoughts: I was rather kind about my review for the silver and black version and I owned the all black edition. After reading other reviews I am confused or rather baffled at the number of positive reviews for the colored versions? Did the manufacturer change the power supply they where using in these colored editions? And why Rma a power supply that is most likely going to burn up again. You can buy a quality power supply for what the shipping cost to Rma the junk one. One of the things I can not figure out is why use a front mount power supply anyway? Seems to me it would make a better port for a fan or just airflow.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/15/2010 8:51:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSolid for the money

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

Pros: Good Price, Front USB/audio, Supports a full Size ATX board, Good looking case (IMHO, I have the all black model), has a 2.5" front bay for my memory card reader.

Cons: That is one bright blue LED on the front of the case.
You are limited, as far as video card length is concerned, as it can hit the rear of the power supply.
The included power supply is not meant for heavy lifting. Use it at your discretion. My old VX550 found a home in this case.
Not a lot of room to hide cables if all of your bays are occupied

Other Thoughts: Odd sized case, 18" deep. It doesn't match the standard ~17-17.5" wide format of my entertainment stack (not listed as a con as the measurements are there).
If you are building an HTPC system from scratch, with low power components, then you might consider a smaller form factor case. I needed a case to throw my old full size ATX/Intel6750 combo in to recycle my parts into a workable HTPC. Definitely grab another 120mm fan for the top/right/CPU side of the case if you are using a higher wattage CPU.
Since I used another power supply, i didn't list the PSU location as a con. The PSU exits air to the front of the case. With my VX550, noise is not a problem. A PSU with an 80mm fan facing the front of the case could be annoying when/if it ramps up the RPM.

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  • Jordan R.
  • 11/1/2010 1:54:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

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

Pros: - Good price for a HTPC desktop case w/ decent 500W power supply.
- Build quality, fit and finish, edges, etc. were very impressive for a case like this.
- Fans are quiet.
- Can accept a real ATX/Micro-ATX Motherboard, giving you way more flexibility to use the exact parts you want for your HTPC rather than paying a premium for weird, non-standard form factors like ITX, SPX, etc, which will be a pain to replace down the road.

Cons: - Air flow. The power supply cage is almost completely walled off from the rest of the case (only a couple small slits between them) and its 120mm fan sucks air in, releasing air mostly through its front and side vents to the outside, rather than circulating through the rest of the case. That would be fine, but rest of the case has only two 80mm fans side-by-side blowing out near the CPU socket. This results in less than adequate air-flow if you have a 95W or higher processor like mine. I bought an extra 120mm fan to suck air in from a side vent, and I will experiment with different sucking/blowing configurations to see what gives me the best airflow. It's not a major problem, and obviously if you're building your own HTPC you'll figure it out.
- Reset button was stuck in the depressed position, rendering my build unable to POST until I figured it out.
- Power supply is not comparable in efficiency to equivalent wattage units from "good" brands like Antec, OCZ, etc.

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  • Jose B.
  • 3/25/2010 11:18:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggseh, fine for beginners

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

Pros: I like the color...easy to build your components with

Cons: still too big for HTPC - power supply came with did not work...

Manufacturer Response:

It is possible that the power supply was turned off by default at factory. If you have not already done so, remove the front panel and check to make sure that the power switch is set to the on ( | ) position.

However, if that is not the case, then 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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  • Mike A.
  • 2/21/2010 10:06:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsjust ok

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

Pros: Good air flow, perfect for HTPC.

Cons: Case is a little flimsy when you open it, paint job is cheap and easy to scratch. There were a few screw holes missing for the micro atx layout, but not that big of an issue.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/27/2010 10:25:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt's Green!

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

Pros: Small size, takes full ATX motherboard, is colored green so looks nice, fairly quiet using stock fans/power supply, has optical drive cover, so my beige DVD drive doesn't stand out. There's enough room behind the PSU exhaust vent to mount the infrared sensor for my remote.

Cons: Front panel audio is only HDAudio, not AC97. Using just the stock fans, airflow may not be ideal. I needed to use an extra fan mounted to one of the side vents, but I'm using a passively cooled video card that always had cooling issues. Not enough stand-offs for a full ATX motherboard, and while you may have some extras laying around, none of my extras were the right size. The power and reset wires on the front panel aren't long enough. I had to move the hard drive to the side mount point and run the wires through the drive bay in order to allow them to reach. The power LED is way too bright for an HTPC case - imagine someone shining a bright blue flashlight in your eyes while trying to watch movies.

Other Thoughts: I wasn't thinking and plugged the front panel audio into the header on my mobo. Wondered why I had an orange LED on my mobo when seconds later I smelled the smoke. Oops. My mobo's header is AC97, but the case is hdaudio. Luckily I only seem to have fried the front panel circuit on my mobo, as back panel audio still works.

The case is very skinny - my passively cooled nVidia 8600 presses against the case panel. The case is also pretty deep. The front stuck out of my entertainment center, so I converted it to tower mode and am just using it next to the entertainment center.

The PSU intake vent is on the top of the case, and the exhaust is in the front facing you. Not sure if that's a pro or a con, though it does limit you putting anything on top of the case.

I know my list of cons is longer than my list of pros, but this is still a great case. I'm half contemplating getting one for my desktop.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/21/2009 10:46:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove my green hornet...

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

Pros: All the X-Master cases look sharp in the various colors. HTPCish cases come in various widths/Height, this case has the size right. I like that I can mount HDDs in place of the side fans in addition to the usual places. Works well horizonal or vertical.

Cons: as mentioned, not enough stand offs but if this isn't your first biuld ever, you'll probably have a couple spares laying around.

Other Thoughts: I really love this case. Have used the blue and green. For some reason the green is always $5.00 cheaper?!? You can't be in a hurry building in this case or any small form factor case. This case will hold up to 4 HHDs and 2 Optical drives along with a decent size video card etc so as long as you do a little "what if" and take the time to build it right, this case will serve you well.
I do recommend ditching the PSU and getting something modular. This case could sell for the same price without a PSU so buying a replacement shouldn't be a big $$ issue. I reused the PSU in something else so there isn't anything wrong with it, just with the tight space it's nice to not have a huge unused wire bundle.

Here's what I have in mine with no problem:

Corsair 620 PSU
Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H
AMD 9950
2x2GB G.Skill DDR2 1066
Thermaltake 92mm CPU cooler
HIS iSilence Radeon 4650
WD VelociRaptor 150 HD
Sata DVD burner
IDE Plextor Premium CDRW

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  • Richard C.
  • 9/13/2009 12:55:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot a HTPC Case, Sorry but true!

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

Pros: I liked the front door for the DVD drive. It didn't take me long to position my Blu-ray drive. There was also room to route cables on the underneath which made thinks cleaner inside the case.

Cons: First the power supply is loud for this to be marketed as an HTPC case. I suggest that you get a new power supply. This will be a little bit annoying since the power supply is mounted in the front of the case and a cable runs to the back. I am looking for a power supply at the moment, so trust me it isn't easy.

Second, this case is advertised as an ATX compatible, but it doesn't come with the need motherboard standoffs for an ATX configuration.

Third, the power supply is supposed to have a working LED. This one has been DOA (i.e. it never worked). I tried contacting service@apevia.com and they have not responded.

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  • Travis C.
  • 7/6/2009 9:35:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSmall Case, Good Look

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

Pros: This one of the few cases designed specifically for an HTPC build that comes with color options. You can get it in Red/Green/Blue/Black/Silver. I purchased the green one and it's a solid case. The green is appealing and the case has an overall good look to it. The PSU runs near silent, as do the case fans.

Cons: The case is small, which is expected with a micro ATX form factor. However, the layout of the case does prevent some long pci-e cards from fitting the case properly. This is a common occurence when dealing with micro ATX cases, however, so it's a slight con in my opinion, not a serious one. The PSU's power switch is located on the front of the PSU, which is only accessible by removing the front bezel (mine removed fairly easily). My PSU's power switch shipped in the off position, so make sure to check that if you have completed your built and it doesn't power on. Also, the drive mounting brackets did not have holes that lined up with the screw holes on my Western Digital 1TB HDD i put in my system, but they worked fine w/ my Lite-on Blu Ray drive.

Other Thoughts: The rear case fans are both mounted to an easily removed bracket. This bracket can get in the way of installing your rear panel face plate. Removing the two screws that secure the bracket and taking the fans out will allow you to install the face plate properly, and the bracket is easily reattached afterwards. Make sure and plan your build so that you have you're hard drive installed before you put in your motherboard, as it is nearly impossible to install afterwards. There are only 2 SATA power connectors, but it does come w/ a convertor for a 4 pin molex to sata power. Just a warning for anyone installing more than 1 HDD and an optical drive.

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