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APEVIA X-Master AL/500 Review

ajmatson    -   September 14, 2008
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Closer Look:

Apevia was generous enough to include a 500 watt power supply with the X-Master case. The power supply is a standard ATX power supply (150x140x85mm) so it can be changed out if a stronger one is needed. The power supply is black to match the case and all of the cables are sleeved with black colored mesh sleeving. Opened up you can get a look at the guts of the 500w power supply. Just a note, OCC and I do not recommend ever opening up a power supply as it will not only void your warranty but it can cause serious harm or even death. Inside you can see the components of the power supply, including the two large capacitors and the heatsinks used to cool the components of the power supply. To cool the power supply there is a 120mm Blue UV fan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the connection available on the 500w power supply Apevia has included a 20+4 main ATX connector, a 4-pin CPU power connector, six 4-pin Molex connectors, two floppy connectors, two SATA power connectors, and one 6-pin PCI Express power connector. I am surprised that the CPU power connector is only a 4-pin instead of an 8-pin for newer boards since the case accepts full ATX boards; however, this power supply is not made for high end systems so the 4-pin connector will work for boards with either 4-pin or 8-pin connections. Also, there is only one PCI Express plug, so no SLI or CrossFire will be run on this system with the stock power supply.

 

 

 

Now let's put it all back together and get to the testing phase of the review.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (The Power Supply)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing
  6. Conclusion
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