Apevia X-Jupiter Jr. S Type

Admin - 2007-10-07 19:03:46 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: October 22, 2007
Apevia
Apevia
Price: $74.99

Introduction:

Choosing a case is always a momentous occasion. Once you have assembled your core parts that make your rig what it will be, you begin the search based on a few basic needs, and branch out from there. Mid-tower, full tower, SFF (small form factor), HTPC (home theatre PC), windowed, water cooled...the list goes on and on, limited only by your imagination and budget. Apevia currently has over 130 cases available to fit the needs of any system builder. The X-Jupiter Jr. S Type is a mid-tower and the little brother to the X-Jupiter S Type, which is a full-tower. The X-Jupiter Jr comes in two flavors, the G Type which has a windowed side panel, and the S Type with a 250mm fan installed in the side panel. It is currently available in four colors (black, silver, metallic grey and blue).

 

“Apevia Corporation is the new name for Aspire International Corporation which was established in March 1999. Due to lots of confusions between Aspire cases, Acer's Aspire Notebook systems and Aspire Credit Cards, the company decided to change the name to Apevia Corporation in June 2006. Apevia designs, imports and markets PC parts, including computer cases, accessories and peripherals, such as case fans, power supplies and matching color keyboard/mouse/speaker kits. In 2004, to ensure the products' quality and provide better services to its customers, Apevia consolidated the cases, power supplies, input devices, and accessories all under the Aspire logo (now under the new "Apevia" logo). From designing the prospective products to offering final products to its customers, each process is carefully and strictly evaluated to meet its highest standards and market demands. Apevia delivers reliable, quality products, competitive prices, steady supply and excellent services, as well as its commitment to 'total customer satisfaction.' ”

 

Closer Look:

Upon first look, the box of the X-Jupiter Jr. shows the case contained inside. The box does double duty for the G Type and S Type cases as indicated on the respective front and side shots.  By the dents in the box, it appears UPS dropped it a few times; we'll have to examine the case later for damage.

 

 

 

Opening the box reveals the Styrofoam packaging and case wrapped in plastic.

 

 

Closer Look:

Once the case is out of the styrofoam and plastic, we can see if it survived the shipping. So far, it looks like the front bezel survived the encounter. We'll take a closer look later on in the review to see if there was any damage done to the case.

 

 

 

Looking at the front of the case shows the temperature LCD, fan speed controller and the power and HDD activity LED’s. Opening the door reveals five 5.25" and two 3.5" drive bays and the power and reset switches.

 

 

Moving around to the side we get a glimpse of the massive 250mm side panel fan that will surely keep the air moving around the more toasty components.

 

At the rear of the case, the 120mm exhaust fan sits prominently above the PCI slots, and it's a nice plus that Apevia included PCI covers for all the slots.

 

The remaining side holds nothing special other than a blank canvas for budding modders. Moving to the top shows USB2.0, Firewire and HD audio ports.

 

Closer Look:

The side panel attaches with two thumb screws. Getting the case stripped down to take a peek at the innards shows a completely tool-free design for the drives. The upper and lower drive bays have a sliding mechanism that locks into the drives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bottom 3.5" hard drive tray is turned 90° to allow for easier mounting of the hard drives. It is also removable and would be a great place to mount a pump or 1x120mm radiator for water cooling.

 

 

The inside of the rear panel houses the 120mm fan and tool-free PCI card system.

 

 

With the front bezel removed the stamped steel case shows the spot where you can install a 120mm fan, which is not included for the intake. Also, we finally see where the shippers did their damage. The two pieces below the bezel are two of the six clips that secure the bezel to the case. Fortunately there is no noticeable gap with the missing pieces.

 

 

Here is the side panel with the massive 250mm fan installed. Some internet research revealed that the fan is made by Young Lin Tech Co LTD, but no specs were available.

 

 

The remaining accessories include the screws/standoffs, drive rails for the removable hard drive tray, an RF choke, and an EMD Bracket.  There is also a very detailed manual, though it contained no directions on where to install the RF Choke and EMD Bracket. The RF choke gets the front panel (PWR/RST/SPKR/HDD LED/PWR LED) cables wrapped up and the EMD Bracket gets screwed to the chassis.

 

 

Installation:

While not the fastest, most kickass setup, my young boys get plenty of use of the parts used for the install.

 

 

Everyone has their own way of installing their gear into a new case. The first step when I install components in a new case is to install the motherboard standoffs and mount the motherboard. Make sure the standoffs are tightened down good and that they line up with the holes in your respective motherboard.

 

 

To secure the PCI cards, there is a locking mechanism to lock each individual card in place. Pinch the clip and swing it to the outside of the case.

 

 

The 5.25" drives slide in from the front and are secured using the sliding locks on the drive bays. Slide the rails forward and the lock down.

 

 

 

The 3.5" drives install basically the same way.

 

 

 

With the majority of the hardware installed, now we just have some wire management to handle. The temperature leads for the CPU and HDD go to their respective locations. At this point you can install the PSU. The case needs power for the LCD screen for the temperature read out, the fan controller, and the blue LED logo on the front.

 

 

 

 

 

With all the hardware installed, the case gets powered on and the light show begins.The LCD shows CPU and HDD temps in a blue backlit glow that is very easy to read.

 

 

 

 

Specifications:

SPECIFICATION

Model  Number

X-JPJST-MG

Case Material

Metal

Color

Metallic Grey

Main Board

Standard ATX / Baby AT / Micro ATX

Window

No

Power Supply

N/A

Drive Space

5x5.25" / 2x3.5" / 3x3.5" (hidden)

Motherboard Size

up to 11" x 12"

Expansion Slots

7

Front Panel Switch

Power / Reset

Front Access Ports

2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Firewire, 2 x HD audio

 

Cooling Fan Space

Up to 3 x case fans:
1 x 120mm fan - front (optional)
1 x 250mm UV blue LED fan - side panel (included)
1 x 120mm fan - rear (included)

Front Thermometer

1 x Temperature LCD

Front Fan Controller

1 x Fan Speed Controller

Led Display

Power / HDD

Shipping Weight

21 lbs

Dimensions(DxWxH)

20" x 7.75" x 16.75"

Cu'ft

2.64'

Features:

 

 

Testing:

For testing purposes, the case/CPU/HDD temps will be measured at idle and load using SpeedFan v.4.32, as well as the provided thermal probes on the X-Jupiter JR. Idle temps were recorded 30 minutes after start up with no programs running (other than start up services/programs). Load temps will be achieved by running the OCCT stress test for one hour and recording the temps from the thermal probes and SpeedFan.

Testing Setup:

 

 

Looks like the provided thermal probes are on par with what SpeedFan is reporting.

Conclusion:

The Apevia X-Jupiter Jr. S Type is a fine mid-tower case. It has clean lines, useful features, and the 250mm fan is quiet. The inclusion of a 120mm intake fan would increase proper airflow, slightly helping direct the flow of the 250mm out towards the exhaust. The airflow seems to muddle around a bit before finding its way out the rear without a front intake fan. The tool-less chassis works well and holds the components securely. Apevia updates the look with a translucent blue plastic and it has a solid feel when engaging the locks. Installation went rather smoothly and the finished edges inside only bit me once or twice. In my situation, the placement of the front panel audio connectors was awkward since the case will reside inside a computer desk. If the connectors were located more towards the front of the case it would be more practical in my case. Overall, the X-Jupiter Jr. S Type is a good looking case that has enough 'umph' to set it apart from the crowd. At first glance at the huge 250mm fan you may think it is going to be a noisy case. Quite the contrary, the case is extremely quiet and there is a good amount of air flowing out the rear exhaust.

 

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