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

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  • 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.

Learn more about the APEVIA CORP. X-MASTER-AL/500

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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    • Return for refund within: 30 days
    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Looks nice - that's about it

Pros: Looks the part of a HTPC. Doesn't clash with the decor.

Cons: This case is of very poor build quality, and had to replace the power supply to allow for an NVidia GTX-560. Fans are loud. Worst of all, you better be sure of where you want to put your expansion cards.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Apevia 500 ATX HTPC case

Pros: Nice little case... I moved my everyday ATX setup to this smaller case to save space. The case arrived promptly and I moved my mobo, cards, hard drive and optical drive and, AFTER I found and turned on the psu, came up cool and quiet (it was noisy in my old mid tower).

Cons: Nothing major... hard drive a little tricky to get in. PSU on/off switch not easy to spot.

Other Thoughts: Reading the reviews, I almost thought the psu was bad... until I found the on/off switch and switched it on.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good HTPC case

Pros: This case can handle an ATX motherboard and full size video cards.

Cons: It only has one place (dedicated) to install a hard drive. If you have two physical drives, like I do, you have to use the 2.5" bay where a media card reader would usually go.

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Manufacturer Response:
Aside from the "dedicated" hard drive bay and external 3.5" bay, you can also install a drive on either (or both) fan grills on each side if you're not using a fan in those spots.
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Junk

Pros: Um... it comes with rubber feet... that's about it.

Cons: 1. The PSU died after three weeks.
2. The sides of the case were dented.
3. I found the plastic pegs holding on the front panel to be broken upon opening the box. I had to tape it on.
4. Cheap construction. I bought this case because I thought it looked sturdy but it is anything but.
5. The face for the optical drive doesn't fit with the drive I bought for my HTPC (LG UH12NS29), so I had to remove it.

I will be RMAing this.

Other Thoughts: Spend the extra cash for a decent case.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
missing front audio cable?

Pros: price is not that expensive for htpc case.
But u got what u pay for!

Cons: i can see the front audio port, but i cannot seems to see a cable label "audio".

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Manufacturer Response:
If you believe that you are missing something in the case, you can contact Apevia's customer service at service@apevia.com or call at (909) 718-0789 for assistance. We try to reply to all calls and e-mails as soon as we can.
Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Final Tally

Pros: Supports:
ATX & mATX Boards
Full Sized Power Supplies
2 Optical Drives, 2 Hard drives (3 if you use the floppy slot)
One of the most Roomy Media Center cases you will find.

Cons: Sharp Edges! Will slice your fingers if you are not careful.
Blue Power LED is Bright
Red HD LED is so Dim, you can barely even see it even in the dark.
Headphone Jack is tight, that even with every component in the case, to keep the case from sliding back, you have to hold the case down to plug headphones in.
Sub Standard Power Supply included. Use at own risk.

Other Thoughts: Video Cards must not be taller than the back plate, or case cover will, not close.

Cards must not be longer than 6.5 inches. This varies depending on the physical size of the power supply.

Video cards with power plugs on the top edge of the card are not compatible with this case. All Power plugs must be at the rear of card to ensure to cover of case closes.

Example of Video card with Incompatible Power Plug:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121630

Example of card with Incompatible height:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127521

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Manufacturer Response:
The X-Master actually has three spots for hard drives (four if you count the external floppy drive bay). In addition to the obvious spot next to the drive bays, you can also mount a hard drive to either or both of the fan grills if you decide not to use them for cooling purposes. As for the video card, depending upon your power supply it can accommodate up to 9.5" in length.
Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
good

Pros: Bought it over a year ago and it's pretty nice. Its full sized, holding 2 graphic cards and a full sized board.

Cons: Has overheating issues. very hard to push air around in this case. I ended up being forced to buy water cooling to keep the CPU cool (4 core AMD, 3.5ghz). The bluray drive i have is to long and covers up 2 of the 4 ram slots. The PSU has cables that just get in the way of everything. I wish the case was 1 inch longer in every direction because right now it is to tight. I ended up breaking 3 Sata connections on the bored because it was so tight getting everything to fit. I also had to cut a whole in the top of the case for an extra fan. i had smaller 430 graphic cards at first, but when i upgraded to a 650TI card, there is no room. the card touches the PSU now, so no air flow anymore. It's just time for me to upgrade.

Other Thoughts: It's a really nice case, but keep in mind that the case is a hair small. you really shouldn't expect to get fullsized graphic cards in here and still have air flow. good for basic use, but if u are worried about air flow, get a regular case.

It's my own fault tho, and the case is really nice, no reason to remove any stars.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Too Big for HTC

Pros: has everything you need

Cons: way too big for my taste

Other Thoughts: this is a full size ATX that is all

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