APEVIA X-Master AL/500 Reviewajmatson - September 14, 2008
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Overall, this was a nice case to use. The temperatures were a little higher using the included stock cooling but two optional 80mm or 120mm fans can be installed on the sides of the case to increase air flow and help lower the temperatures. The X-Master has a lot of room to work with inside and does take full size ATX boards if needed, so you do not need to skimp on features using a smaller board for your project. There is only one dedicated HDD bay in the case, however you can use other bays not in use for more drive space if needed. Having two 5.25" external bays is really nice because you can have one for a DVD drive and one for a media panel display if desired. Also, the colors available will give an accent to anyone's home media station.
Being designed as an HTPC or media server I am shocked that there is only one internal dedicated HDD bay. You can use the external bays if needed but that takes away from being able to use devices in them. Also, the power supply only has a 4-pin CPU connection so you will not be pushing high end boards in this computer with the included power supply. There is only one PCI Express plug, so if you plan on gaming on this system then you might want to consider replacing the PSU if you want to go SLI or CrossFire. All in all, this is a very good case and at $69.99 that is a no brainer. If you are looking to build a media server or an HTPC, I would really recommend the Apevia X-Master AL/500. You will have the room and features you need without sacrificing quality or money.
- Two 5.25" bays
- Included 500w power supply with sleeved cables
- Accepts up to ATX motherboards
- Can be positioned horizontally or vertically to save space
- Seven expansion slots
- Front PSU exhaust to keep hot air from building up.
- Limited stock cooling
- Only one dedicated HDD bay
- Only one PCI Express power plug
- Only a 4-pin CPU power adapter instead of an 8-pin