Apevia X-Supra G Type Review

Admin - 2008-02-11 19:42:32 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: February 28, 2008
Price: $ 69.99

Introduction:

Take a look at any case section at your favorite e-tailer or brick and mortar computer shop and the choices available today are overwhelming. Full tower, mid tower, small form factor, aluminum, steel and the choices go on and on. There are a few fundamental basics that a case should have; first and foremost, good airflow. Then we look for ease of use when swapping out components and performing general maintenance, enough room for all your components, a well thought-out layout and finish it off, it should have an aesthetically pleasing exterior. With all these, you should be set for a while with your case. A well thought-out purchase will, in most cases, survive a few major hardware overhauls.

The X-Supra G Type case is a mid tower case packed with features. With a large side window, tool-less chassis, and room for Standard ATX, Baby AT and Micro ATX form factor motherboards, will the X-Supra make the short list?

Closer Look:

The X-Supra comes in a striking box showing exactly what the case inside will look like. Apevia uses one box for both product lines of their cases, showing the windows version and the massive 240mm fan version, which ultimately means cost savings for the consumer. A black dot sticker shows which case is inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the box, we get the first glimpse of the X-Supra protected by Styrofoam for bumps and bruises and a plastic bag to protect the finish.

 

 

Stripping the case of the remaining packaging reveals the extra step Apevia went in protecting the glossy finish of the front bezel and side window from scratches.

 

 

 

Closer Look:

The front of the case is refined and classy looking. The five 5.25" and two 3.5" Piano black faceplates, strike a zen like abstract against the brushed silver aluminum bezel. Placed on the top closest to the front are the power and reset buttons, as well as the fan controller. Further back are the front panel audio/USB/Firewire connectors. With the front bezel removed, the front grill shows where the 120mm intake fan goes if it had of been included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The side of the case showcases the windowed side panel giving a clear view to the guts of your case. Make sure to take care of any wiring details and keep things nice and tidy for all to see. Mounted in the window is a 120mm fan to aid in cooling. Apevia did a nice job with the intake on the window, as well as including a mesh filter to help reduce the dust bunnies in the case.

 

 

Heading out to the rear, the 120mm exhaust is visible as well as the PCI slots fully complimented with covers. The individual PCI hold downs are also visible, in blue.

 

 

The last side is a blank canvas for you to make the X-Supra yours.

 

 

Closer Look:

Opening up the side, Apevia gets its first 'ding'. Apevia used masking tape to hold the Molex connector to the window fan to prevent any scratches to the window during shipping. They possibly should look at another means to secure the connector (stronger tape, maybe?), ship with some type of foam wrapped around the connector, or remove the fan altogether for shipping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The interior of the X-Supra features five 3.25” drive bays, two 3.5” External and three 3.5” internal drive bays that are tool-less. The external drive bays utilize a sliding lock to hold the drives in place, while the three internal 3.50” drive bays use a rail system to secure the drives.

 

 

 

 

The rear of the case is home to the 120mm exhaust fan and the tool-less PCI holding system.

 

 

Last but not least, are the accessories that ship with the case, consisting of the owners manual and box with the internal 3.5” drive rails and bag of screws/standoffs.

 

Installation:

In 2008 you will notice many changes here at OCC, and some may take a little getting used to. By now, you are aware that the review staff of OCC publishes five hardware reviews a week, some of which are at times fairly short and some that can actually consist of twenty pages or more. In order for us to keep this pace, we will no longer have an installation section that many of you have become familiar with. Instead of having an installation page, we will actually be publishing how-to guides on installing many products, such as CPUs (Intel and AMD), video cards (ATI and nVidia), external USB devices (Mice, Keyboards, etc.) and hard drives (SATA and IDE). The reason for the change is simple; to take pictures, edit them and post them is time consuming. So to save time and publish reviews of new and innovative products more quickly, the decision has been made to publish these guides and link to the guide specific to each review. This will also provide someone who does not have the knowledge on installing a component a step-by-step medium to learn. Let's face it - how many times have you seen a CPU on a motherboard?

 

As for our configuration section, there will be no changes; we will still show the installation of the software and its features. Software changes, but once you have seen a PCI-E slot and have installed hardware into that PCI-E slot, it's like riding a bike and just becomes second nature.

The review staff of OCC thanks you.

 

If you would like the steps for installing components into a new case, you may do so here.

Specifications:

 

SPECIFICATION

Model  Number

 X-SUPRAG-AL

Case Material

Metal SECC; Front panel: Aluminum/ABS

Color

Silver

Main Board

Standard ATX / Baby AT / Micro ATX

Window

Yes

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 120mm UV blue LED fan - side window (included)
1 x 120mm fan - rear (included)

Front Thermometer

N/A

Front Fan Controller

N/A

Led Display

Power / HDD

Shipping Weight

20 lbs

Dimensions(DxWxH)

20" x 8" x 18"

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. 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 SpeedFan.

Testing Setup:

 

 

 

The X-Supra performs well, but the sheer size of the Thermaltake Shark eeks out a degree here and there against the other mid towers, with its extra airflow.

Conclusion:

The X-Supra G Type case has an understated and classy style, that will be at home at a LAN party or office environment. The subtle blue glow from the side panel fan is just enough to draw eyes towards the case, without being overpowering. Being a mid tower with a window, a little more thought and planning has to go into wire management if you suffer with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), but even with the quick job I did installing the components, it was still manageable. I have had the Thermaltake Shark Full tower under my desk for the past two years and it is extremely easy to work in and around, but it is getting beaten-up. For now, the X-Supra has replaced it, based on its goods looks and style. Only time will tell if the mid tower will last for only a few reviews and the full tower gets back in the rotation. As far as mid towers go though, I would not hesitate to keep the X-Supra as an everyday case.

There was very little to complain about with the X-Supra, as far as functionality goes. With the tool-less drive system, it is a snap to install drives. The PCI mechanism holds the cards securely and with a little planning, wire management is easy enough. The USB/Firewire/Audio ports are still in an awkward position and could benefit from a move towards the front of the case. Rethinking the shipping concerning the Molex connector scratching the window, would help too. It would also be nice to see an intake fan ship with these cases. Other than those issues, the X-Supra is an all-round solid case with good looks.

 

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