Reviews and Problems with Apevia X-QPACK-NW-BK/420
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Korrey M., Newegg
30 April 2013
Summary: I didn't get the case from here, I bought it used for about $38 (which is about what it should cost new.
Pros: - Temperature gauge on front of case.
Cons: I wouldn't trust the included power supply to do anything really. It has all of the warning signs of being an IED hardware killer. It's generic, it's light, the power wires are of the wrong gauge and looking at the PCB inside it pretty much sums it up that it's a heavily overrated AsiaX PSU with very sketchy parts. Apevia should sell a model without a PSU because it gets tossed in the bin.
Summary: I would have liked to have gotten the windowed model, but not enough to pay the extra cost as this was just a project to put leftover parts to good use & see how this case performed. Good case for a light gaming rig if you want something a bit different from the run-of-the-mill box.
Pros: Had leftover components from various builds lying around & with free shipping/rebate I figured I would try this to pull it all together.
Cons: The PSU is marginal for even a moderate gaming rig due to the lack of a PCI-E connector and low +12v amps.
Summary: I have built easily over 2 dozen pcs in my lifetime, and I have to say that I was just like you reading thru these comments thinking that maybe I would be one of the lucky ones, and not have the extreme hassels mentioned here. I purchased a different power supply. Carefully measured the components I wanted to ensure they would all fit. Made sure I had a great cpu cooler. I figured that if anyone could make this case work, I could - considering my experience.
Pros: *Looks nice.
Cons: *Bad power switch/shorted/grounded wiring in front panel of case, and very very difficult to get into to fix. This was the most problematic to troubleshoot. The pc would turn off within 5 seconds of powering up. I had to take apart and rebuild several times to test all components.
Summary: 1) If you don't put it on top of a desk like I did it MAY not be too loud but when it is sitting on the desk there is no way you can use the stock PSU, Case Fan, CPU Fan, GPU Fan-sounds like a jet!
Summary: I’ve been running this for a year and have been inside the case several times. It still looks like new and was almost silent until I added a 6600GT. I used a FanMate for the 120mm rear fan and I can’t even hear it running, and it still cools well even with the rear fan undervolted. My working case temp is usually around 30C.
Pros: It's aluminum, small, and it looks great in my opinion. I wanted all black but the illuminated temp display adds a nice contrast without being too distracting or geeky. Temps seem to be accurate enough but this naturally depends on where and how you place the probes.
Cons: I knocked this down to 3 eggs because of the power supply. This would be a great deal for the price if it came with a decent PS but unfortunately it does not. You will be pushing your luck if you use it, so if you are serious about using this case you should plan on replacing the PS before you power it up. Fortron makes a good replacement. Standard ATX PS’s will fit but the depth will limit you to using short profile opticals like LiteOn. Full size opticals will botto...
Summary: I don't really agree with the other reviews referring to the handle being too flimsey. It is fine as long as you dont exert rediculous amounts of force on it when carried. THERE IS LIMITED CLEARANCE FOR THE CPU FAN. Make sure you buy a low profile fan for this case. I reccomend the Cooler Master Vortex TX. Quiet, works great, Fits.
Pros: This case is relatively small and everything fits perfectly in it. The fan is relatively quiet and it fits the purpose well. The PSU has worked flawlessly 4 me so far.
Cons: Temperature readouts are excellent but not extremely accurate. temp. probes are stuck on with tape and the directions (on web site) tell you to tape it on the CPU heatsync. Case is a little flimsy but adaquate. PCI slots are difficult to get to once the motherboard is installed.
Summary: Overall, I have been pleased with the case. I installed a Zalman CNPS7700 CPU fan (similar to the Thermaltake Blue Orb 2), which *barely* fit through the back opening provided for the Motherboard tray. I suggest checking the dimensions of any aftermarket CPU cooler you intend to use before installing/purchasing it - anything taller than a Blue Orb 2 won't fit. I've set the case up so that it is nearly silent.
Pros: Very spacious for a micro-ATX case. The 120mm case fan, coupled with the front vents, provides a good amount of airflow. Well-designed internal cage makes installation of components fairly easy (separate HDD rack, motherboard tray, etc.) Even with the space limitations, many aftermarket CPU coolers will fit easily into the case.
Cons: Plastic parts are flimsy, especially the handle... the handle *is* functional, but if you load the case with heavy components, don't expect the handle to hold up. The internal cage edges are not bent or rounded, leaving them very sharp... be careful when squeezing your hands into the cage to connect wires or components. Proprietary PSU is shorter than aftermarket PSUs... you may be able to jam a longer PSU into the case, but you should check the aftermarket PSU's dime...
Summary: I replaced the 120mm case fan with a quieter fan. I have a new PSU on order that should provide more stable voltage and be quieter. Having to replace parts that come standard drives up the cost, making this no bargain. However, my needs for a "shallow" HTPC case limited my choices, so I don't regret choosing this.
Pros: Slide out tray for installing motherboard. Not deep at all - most desktop cases are too deep to use for an HTPC in my component shelves. The front LCD for temperature are nice. Carrying handle seems sturdy enough for me. Can fit full-height PCI cards (many HTPC solutions cannot). Comes with PSU and case fan. Front USB, audio and firewire were a cinch to hookup to the motherboard. Very easy to install components in - the first time at least. Power supply has lots of co...
Cons: Power supply voltage is a bit scary. My BIOS and software both report the 12V rail at between 12.77-12.9 volts. The fan on the PSU is a bit too loud for an HTPC. The 120mm case fan is way too loud for an HTPC. It only has a 4-pin power connector, so the fan is always full-speed. The temperature sensors that feed the front LCD appear to display much cooler (5-7 Celcius) than actual temps (yes, I have the probes in the right places), but do increment/decrement appropria...
Summary: Now that I know the possible quirks that can happen with this case I would buy again, it looks much nicer than tower cases, but people that want to buy should be aware of the problems and be ready. I’m still skeptical that the PSU is bad; I really like it, like I said before you guys have to double check your power switch cables.
Pros: - Good size, a bit more than i expected but its good because you really need space to put all that stuff inside.
Cons: -Poor assembly: All the parts dont fit snug, for example when you take out the top it’s a bit hard to put it back in.