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APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case

  • Steel Micro ATX Tower
  • 2 x USB2.0 Port ; 2 x Audio Port Front Ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 4 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Build the ultimate LAN party rig with the TX-381-C by APEX. This mATX tower case can accommodate Micro ATX and Flex ATX motherboards. Install optical drives in the dual 5.25-inch drive bays and card readers or fan controls in the two exposed 3.5-inch bays. You’ll have plenty of storage space for all of your games with four internal HDD bays. Best of all, your entire system stays portable with compact dimensions and a convenient top panel handle.

The TX-381-C is constructed out of steel for extra durability during travel. The side panel features vents for expansion cards and an air channel directly above the CPU allows heat to escape easily. The 90mm exhaust fan in the rear helps minimize system slowdown and you can add an optional 120mm fan on the front panel for even greater air flow.

You’ll also enjoy the padlock loop built into the case so you can step away from your computer with peace of mind at your next LAN party. Build your gaming system with the TX-381-C and dominate the competition today!

  • newegg Excellent Expandability with 8 Drive Bays Featuring two 5.25" external drive bays, and six 3.5" drive bays (two external and four internal), the APEX TX-381-C provides excellent expandability.
  • newegg Efficient Ventilation The APEX TX-381-C features one 90mm rear fan, side air duct and video card vent for efficient ventilation and effective system cooling.
  • newegg Sturdy Handle This sturdy handle is strength and durability so you can carry your PC to tournaments and just about anywhere else you want to go.
  • newegg Convenient Top I/O Panel The convenient top I/O panel enables easy access to two USB 2.0 ports and two audio ports.

Learn more about the APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED) TX-381-C




Micro ATX Tower
Case Material
With Power Supply
Power Supply Mounted
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX, Flex ATX
With Side Panel Window


External 5.25" Drive Bays
External 3.5" Drive Bays
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Expansion Slots

Front Ports

Front Ports
2 x USB2.0 Port ; 2 x Audio Port

Cooling System

80mm Fans
90mm Fans
1 x 90mm rear fan
120mm Fans
Side Air duct

Physical Spec

16.00" x 7.20" x 16.00"
Measurement of height is include handle bar


Thermally advantaged
Excellent EMI shielding
Air guide & PCI vent holes
Easy carrying handle
Padlock loop

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


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

Customer Reviews of the APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED) TX-381-C

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/12/2014 12:29:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsApex case was solid but their team was not

Pros: The case was great for my mini gaming build. My card fit nicely and the HDD space was great for fiting a 120mm fan behind it. The case was solid and overal dull and not sharp at all. the handle feels super awsome to carry. And installation of paarts was easy.

Cons: There are a few cons to this case though... for one and very big reason when they assembled this case I recieved the WRONG side panel. It was supposed to have a small hole with an 80mm attachment option. Instead I got a very large holes everywhere side panal. There is absolutley no cable manegment space whatsoever so be prepared to tuck it behind the bay drives. The case is also much larger than I expected it to be...

Other Thoughts: but for the price at which i got it on sale its decent and looks good

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  • Ken D.
  • 8/6/2014 3:04:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsApex 381 Looks Great

Pros: Nicely designed/engineered product. Looks clean and simple. Meets basic function requirements. Comes with rear exhaust fan. Nice black paint and shiny plastic combo.
Inexpensive. Its 16" x 16" x 7.25" ??? so its not terribly small.

Cons: Threads for side panels are too easy to cross-thread. Must remove all of the breakout expansion slot covers before installing motherboard. Power button is a little flimsy. No cable space behind the board.

Other Thoughts: It's very light, getting the panels back on properly and not stripping the threads is tricky. I swapped in a set of thumbscrews I had. Definitely remove the expansion slot breakout covers first thing. Power supply should be modular if possible cx430m or like.

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  • Nectarios G.
  • 7/30/2014 4:34:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs23 bucks for a capable case

Pros: • The Handle
• Compact
• Far sturdier than expected from a $23 case
• Inexpensive

Cons: • There truly is very little space in there
• The power button gets stuck often, needs a jiggle to loosen it.

Other Thoughts: This bad boy helped me keep mobile. I put it behind my drivers seat and go all over the place with it.

It is a capable and truly impressive little case. I recommend this case, even if you aren't trying to save money.

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  • John E.
  • 7/22/2014 11:09:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Value case

Pros: Cheap, generally 20-25 bucks on sale.
Easy to carry, the handle is great for anyone who needs to go to a lan or just moving things around.
Good airflow, Some might complain the plastic cone on it is intrusive but this isn't the case you should be buying if you are doing a ridiculous OC, and you can get the "wind tunnel" off fairly easily if you have something other than stock.
Case is light, it makes it easier too move
Fits most video cards and PCI cards

Cons: Virtually no cable management if you want cables hidden, the best you're going to get is zip ties, but since this case does not have a side window, I can't take a point off for it.
Top mounted PSU might annoy some people as well.
No USB 3.0
Metal is a bit flimsy

Again I can't take an egg off because this case is 20-30 dollars, and if you are expecting everything to be on par with a Antec P280 or +75 dollar case that has these features.

Other Thoughts: This is a smaller case, it will not fit your highest end video cards.

PSU is also top mounted so keep that in mind as well, if you are super OCD about cable management

Cooling is limited as well, there is no installed front fan, for best cooling you should install one 120mm fan, in the front. (personally I suggest the Antec 3 speeds).

Case is thinner, and easier bent than most but this is by design hence the handle.

Please understand these things BEFORE buying and down rating the product, it's a good case for a use of mobility. It is not a NZXT 400 or Antec 900.

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  • Wesley K.
  • 7/9/2014 6:17:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood value case

Pros: Very good value case that is light and somewhat mobile. Bought for a PC build for my mother. She needed a new work computer and she needed to be able to move it from house to work. The case isn't the best out there but for the money it's hard to beat. If you have a cheap build and need a small case I'd go with this any day.

Cons: It doesn't really have cons. It's cheap so i wouldn't recommend for a gaming rig. can be a little loud sometimes. especially if you add a 120mm fan to the front like I did. (has ability to be added easily)

Other Thoughts: I put a M-atx board with a high end i-3 for business work. case fit everything very well. No GPU was added though.

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  • Matthew M.
  • 6/23/2014 10:52:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat cheap micro-ATX case

Pros: Looks very nice for such a cheap case. Like others, I mainly bought this for the handle. Love top loader USB/audio ports!

Cons: The faceplate on 2 out of 3 of the cases I received were not entirely flush with the case (on the top near the USB and audio outs). This is probably something only I would notice but it was kinda annoying since I couldn't fix it. USB and Audio cables could've been a touch longer so I wouldn't have to run them across the mobo. Also was missing correct screw placement for the bottom of my micro-ATX mobo. Nothing horrible.

Other Thoughts: Yeah, USB 3.0 outs would be nice, but if you really want them, buy a breakout 2.5''/3.5'' box for it. Solid case all around.

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  • Ming X.
  • 6/5/2014 7:52:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsQuality is bad

Pros: The handle is very convenient to move around.
Good looking.

Cons: One of the USB port is broken from day 1.
The power button stuck.
The earphone plug is broken after a year.

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  • Matthew T.
  • 5/19/2014 7:13:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWill use again!

Pros: Cheap, looks decent, handle, surprisingly spacious inside.

Cons: no usb 3.0 and lack of cooling options

Other Thoughts: could be better if they put more fans in it, having only one 120mm and two 80mm is a bit short of what i was hoping for.

I have used this case for 3 builds now and will use it again!

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  • Jennifer D.
  • 5/13/2014 10:07:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOne of the best cases I've ever built

Pros: Light
Sturdy handle
Simple design
Easy to remove the front cover
Double padlock loops could be nice for business machines

Cons: Would've been nice with USB3 top ports instead.
Handle is sturdy, but could be nice if it had a metal reinforcement instead.
Sides are a tad thin, but you don't have to handle it with kid's gloves.

Other Thoughts: I'm absolutely thrilled to work with this case. even with a full system - 6core AMD, 7850, 4 sticks of RAM, it's still amazingly light due to the construction of the case. While it doesn't have any dedicated cable management, if you're not maxing out the case, it's easy to makeshift some.

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  • Aaron S.
  • 5/7/2014 1:32:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It is a good looking case for the price, Easy access, Light but feels sturdy, good airflow, top ports are convenient

Cons: Cables are just barely long enough, front panel seems to come off a little too easily, expansion slot covers are hard to remove once a motherboard is in. Rear fan is a bit on the loud side, and made a clicking noise for an hour or two until it apparently wore off a manufacturing defect.

Other Thoughts: The case was definitely the part I cheaped out the most on in my build, but I don't regret it. It does what it is supposed to and doesn't feel as cheap as its price point would make you think. The CPU air tunnel is really nowhere near the center of the CPU on my MSI AMD board and only overlaps with it probably about 25%, but the CPU still easily stays cool with the stock fan and one added front case fan.

For this price, I expected a long con list.

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