Apevia X-Telstar Red/Black Case ReviewSagittaria - May 12, 2008
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I popped off the side panel and found a surprisingly nice interior - probably because I was so livid from the front panel. The motherboard tray is removable and the case looks quite spacious. There's a gigantic amount of drive bays, both optical and HDD, to satisfy 95% of the enthusiast crowd. All bays seem to have quick access drive rails, including the visible 3.5" bay. Be warned though, as all the rails still need to be screwed into the device. The 3.5" drives have built-in rails, but where are the rails for the optical drives? The build quality seems decent, no sharp edges that I can see at the moment. I also caught a glimpse of the fan controller Molex connectors, which is fairly simple. Case fans, at the users choice, are daisy chained and connected to the fan controller output, which is fed power. Pretty spartan, but nice.
The other side of the case is fairly traditional. The only thing I wish to point out is the power supply mount on top, which is mounted farther away from the roof to allow room for the top exhaust fan. This may seem trivial, but I've had to remove the top fan on numerous occasions, as my large power supplies always ran into them. Not so here. The front panel connectors are also self explanatory. The X-Telstar has all the normal motherboard headers for the switches and lights along with the audio, FireWire, and USB connectors. The two white wires are temperature probes for the front panel gauge. Unfortunately, they are too short for my tastes to reach any vital components easily. Slightly more interesting is the fact they are not labeled and will show up as "Temp 1" and "Temp2".
Then, I popped off the front panel found myself slightly puzzled. There was no intake fan, something that is present in almost all cases. However, there appears to be a fan mount (blue acrylic device) for an 80mm fan. Well, that's interesting, but, I found my missing drive rails, which were cleverly hidden behind the drive covers. Now that's pretty handy! Unfortunately, while replacing the cover, I found that the top right plastic tab would not lock. As a result, that corner was slightly loose. Again, inexpensive plastic tabs at work.
That's about it. Now I'm going to see how this case performs after taking a brief review of the specifications.