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APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

  • SECC Steel / Aluminum
  • Power Supply 2 x 80mm Rear Fans

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The X-Master boasts improved cooling over previous models, a 500W PSU with its own 120mm fan, durable steel handle for easy portability, and a unique, modern black exterior. Its dual 80 mm rear fans sport blue UV light. The front panel gives you On/Off switch, reset button, two USB 2.0 ports, 1 FireWire, and 2 audio ports.

The interior features bays for two external 5.25” drives, a 3.5” external drive, an internal 3.5” drives, a motherboard tray, which supports ATX, Micro ATX or Baby AT motherboard, and 7 expansion slots. The case can be positioned horizontally as a tower, or vertically as a desktop. Whether you’re building from the ground up, or looking to upgrade your current HTPC system, the X-Master is a black blend of style and function.

  • newegg Stands Horizontally or Vertically The Apevia X-MASTER- BK/500 can be laid horizontally on your desk or vertically on the floor to fit your working space.
  • newegg HTPC System with 4 Drive Bays Featuring two external 5.25" drive bays and two 3.5" drive bays (one external and one internal); the Apevia X-MASTER- BK/500 provides sufficient expandability as an HTPC (Home Theatre PC) case.
  • newegg Efficient Ventilation The Apevia X-MASTER- BK/500 features dual 80mm rear fans and mounts fo two additional 120mm fans for efficient ventilation and effective system cooling.
  • newegg Built-in 500W PSU The Apevia X-MASTER- BK/500 is equipped with a powerful 500W power supply unit to feed energy-consumptive monster systems, making every computer component run robustly.
  • newegg Convnient Front I/O Panel The convenient front I/O panel enables easy access to two USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE 1394 port and two audio ports.

The X-Master boasts improved cooling over previous models, a 500W PSU with its own 120mm fan, durable steel handle for easy portability, and a unique, modern silver exterior. Its dual 80 mm rear fans sport blue UV light. The front panel gives you On/Off switch, reset button, two USB 2.0 ports, 1 FireWire, and 2 audio ports.

The interior features bays for two external 5.25” drives, a 3.5” external drive, an internal 3.5” drives, a motherboard tray, which supports ATX, Micro ATX or Baby AT motherboard, and 7 expansion slots. The case can be positioned horizontally as a tower, or vertically as a desktop. Whether you’re building from the ground up, or looking to upgrade your current HTPC system, the X-Master is a silver blend of style and function.

  • newegg Stands Horizontally or Vertically The Apevia X-MASTER-AL/500 can be laid horizontally on your desk or vertically on the floor to fit your working space.
  • newegg HTPC System with 4 Drive Bays Featuring two external 5.25" drive bays and two 3.5" drive bays (one external and one internal); the Apevia X-MASTER-AL/500 provides sufficient expandability as an HTPC (Home Theatre PC) case.
  • newegg Efficient Ventilation The Apevia X-MASTER-AL/500 features dual 80mm rear fans and mounts for two additional 120mm fans for efficient ventilation and effective system cooling.
  • newegg Built-in 500W PSU The Apevia X-MASTER-AL/500 is equipped with a powerful 500W power supply unit to feed energy-consumptive monster systems, making every computer component run robustly.
  • newegg Convenient Front I/O Panel The convenient front I/O panel enables easy access to two USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE 1394 port and two audio ports.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 4/20/2016 2:30:43 PM

2 out of 5 eggsGets the job done I suppose

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Compact design
Solid Enough build,

Cons: Power supply was DOA
Provided standoff screws did not fit any of the screws

Other Thoughts: If you already have a power supply and spare standoffs like I do, this is one of the better slim towers I have worked with. As a PC technician I have handled more slim towers than I can count and at least this one is a pretty simple design.

Manufacturer Response:

You can do an RMA through us for the power supply to get an exchange on the PSU if you are still under our warranty period. You can contact Apevia's customer service at service@apevia.com or call at (909) 718-0789. We try to reply to all calls and e-mails as soon as we can.

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  • Anthony M.
  • 4/11/2016 5:30:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4 out of 5 eggsPerfect Fit! But...

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: - Very sharp looking
- Shiny black finish
- Fits ATX and full height components!
- Tool less rails are adjustable

Cons: - Cable management is non-existent
- Blue LED on front is BRIGHT!
- Difficulty removing front panel

Other Thoughts: I expected this case to have some shortfalls purely based on what I read in the specifications. The cable management is non existent in the case. I first tore the entire case apart and made some basic changes to how it was configured. Since the M2N SLi Deluxe board I was repurposing had some requirements on where the cables needed to be, I did a few changes. First of all, I took one of the 80mm fans off and rotated it by 90 degrees so that the power cable was on the opposite side of the audio jacks on the back of the mother board. I then routed the cables under the board and had the connectors come out under the power supply. The next change I made was to remove the front panel and route the front panel cables across the front bottom edge of the plastic and come into the case to the left of the external 3.5" slot. This made it so that I could mount the 500Gb internal drive in that slot and barely make the SATA and power cables pop out before the edge of the motherboard. Finally, I placed all power cables that were not needed under the power supply, and connected the case fans under that area. This left the entire center area open for air flow. I plan to install 2 more 5Tb drives in the future in a raid 1 configuration so that all of the movies we have converted down are protected from loss in the event a drive fails.

The main cons of poor cable management and difficulty in removing the front panel are the reason for the 1 egg knock down. If there was better cable management, and maybe there was a quick release method for removing the front panel, I would give it 5 eggs without a question. Anyone who complains about the size of the case simply did not pay attention to the specifications listing. Also, the power supply is designed for an HTPC, not for a gaming system, so nobody should be complaining in that aspect. Granted, the switch is a bit inconvenient to get to, but in all honesty how often are you reaching to the back of any PC to turn off the switch in the back? I did check the switch after pulling the front panel off, and mine was already in the on position. The location of the power supply seems to be perfect, as it is away from any major components, and has a good spot to push out the hot air without affecting anything else.

I would highly recommend this case to anyone that wants to build an HTPC and use standard ATX components. I was able to take all of the components from an old tower system and place them in this case, nothing new to buy! It took a little trial and error to adjust the depth of the DVD drive so that it was lined up at the right depth for the front panel. The tool less rails provided have many adjustable locations to make this simple. I do wish that all bays were tool less installs, but in all honesty it wasn't hard to mount the hard drive once I rerouted the front panel cables.

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  • JUN S.
  • 2/2/2016 1:08:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat for some specific use cases, otherwise keep looking.

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Great layout if you are planning on using a fanless ATX power supply with generally low-power setup. This case takes the regular ATX PSU in what would be "front-bottom" portion when the case is standed vertically. Immediately above the PSU is 5.25 bays, so it does not cook the motherbaord. As for CPU, it would be in a spot where it is facing top vent and rear vent without being obstructed by PSU, so it is an ideal setuip for fanless CPU operation. For this reason I decided on this box, and bought multiples for ScaleIO Software-Defined SAN Clsuter I am building at home. Cable management is clever.

Cons: PSU is a joke. Purchased 4, some from newegg, some from others - they were all dead on arrival. By the look of other reviewers on this product, this is most definitely not an isolated incident; they WILL send you deal PSUs with this product so plan accordingly. In fact, if your PSU works - don't use it for your safety. Also, since I'm building a cluster looks don't matter to me, but if you are looking to put this in a living room - for some it might appear as "cheap". Definitely does not have the look and feel of high end audio equipment, let me put it that way.

Other Thoughts: This is one of those products that is difficult to recommend open-handed. For some particular use case this is great. If you are looking for a case that meets the following criteria, go for it. Otherwise, keep looking, as there are better choices for you.

* I plan on buying, or using existing, ATX PSU that I would like to use.
* I want to fit ATX, not Micro-ATX, board.
* I want to build a quiet low-power PC.
* I am not picky about the looks.
* I am considering passively cooling ( no fan ) the CPU
* I will use this case vertically, not horizontally. (you can use horizontal, it would not give you open vent over CPU so your ability to passibly cool the CPU is compromised in that scenario.)

Manufacturer Response:

The power supplies might not be DOA. It is possible that they might just be turned off by default. To check, just remove the front panel and look at the toggle switch and make sure that it's set to the "on" ( | ) position. If it isn't, then flip the switch. That might be your problem. If it still doesn't work, you can do an RMA through us for the power supply to get an exchange on it if you are still under our warranty period. You can contact Apevia's customer service at service@apevia.com or call at (909) 718-0789. We try to reply to all calls and e-mails as soon as we can.

As for fans, there are two spots on either (narrow) side that you can mount a 120mm fan.

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  • N/A
  • 11/14/2015 4:06:52 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorked For Me

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Had two socket Socket 775 ATX motherboards, processors, and memory lying around that I wanted to turn into HTPC's. At 5.3" tall this was the only case I could find that would accept an ATX motherboard and fit into my TV stands. Can't vouch for the power supplies since I replaced both with Corsairs based on the issues others have experienced. One of the cases has been subsequently updated with an I3 Ivy Bridge setup with no issues. I have three hard drives in one of the cases utilizing one of the side mounts for the 3rd drive. One case has been in service 3 years and the other 2 years with the standard rear fans and a third fan on the opposite side from the 3rd hard drive. Have not experienced any overheating issues with either case. The stock fans are a little noisy, but with the sound on the TV at normal listening levels they do not present a problem for me.

Cons: No USB 3 on the front panel. No 2.5"' SSD mounting points. I knew these things going in so no reduction in rating based on these issues. Video cards with power plugs on top will interfere with the top cover. Reduction in rating for this since there is warning about this issue in the specifications.

Other Thoughts: Some units ship with power supply turned off. Remove front cover and you can turn it on. I utilized Nvidea GTS 450 video cards since my EP43T motherboards did not have onboard video. I had to plug in the power to the cards before inserting them into the motherboard. This case is designed for HTPC use. It is not designed for gaming or overclocking. If you plan on doing either of those things you would be better off utilizing something with a better power supply and more cooling options. The reason the case is so deep (17.8") is because it will accept ATX boards. If you are going to utilize a Micro ATX or ITX board this may not be the case for you.

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  • N/A
  • 9/1/2015 7:26:58 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsI've officially decided a used junk case is better

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Absolutely none.

Cons: Basically everything about it is horrible and I have to assume the people that rated this well haven't used many cases to know a junk case when they see one.

I literally decided, never mind! The case is USELESS. Its too cramped and because of that there is no air flow. The PSU is in the front which pushes hot air through the components vs bringing in cool air. The power supply sucks...

This is a second review because at the time of the first one I had not yet realized that this case simply isn't going to cut it. I completely threw money in the trash on this order and I'm very unhappy about it.

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  • N/A
  • 8/8/2015 11:27:05 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsKeep shopping before getting this one.

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: It's not broken yet, maybe.

Cons: This case design is terrible. Just leave the front and bottom off while you work on it to save yourself a lot of headaches. I wasted more time trying to figure out how to make things fit than I would normally spend putting a decent system together.
The routing of the cables through the tiny hole into 3.5" slot is just plain stupid because it makes it unusable for the most part. You can change the route put it through the "other" 3.5" slot and make it useless instead if you like but don't plan on using both 3.5" bays easily.
The power supply does not have an 8 pin ATX connector so plan on either replacing it immediately or purchasing an adapter.

Other Thoughts: I'm not returning it (at least yet) but I'm definitely not impressed and I'll spend the extra few bucks in the future vs purchase this one again. The headaches and lack of ability to upgrade due to space weren't worth the few dollars saved

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  • N/A
  • 6/21/2015 4:32:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPower Supply Dead on Arrival

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Very nice case, but read the other reviews. My power supply was also non functional. Very frustrating. It does have a hidden power switch under the front panel that was turned off , but still does not power up even after turning it on. Obviously was not tested before shipping. Plan on swapping it out if you purchase this case. The power supply does look cheap, but I would at least expect it to function. The rest of the case looks very nice and was very easy to assemble. Hopefully Apevia will just send me a replacement power supply instead of returning the whole case. We will see.

Cons: Non functional power supply

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  • mikesmigaj
  • 3/30/2015 4:13:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsReally Nice

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Really nice for what you get...
1. full size atx motherboards supported
2. full/regular sized components (power supply, motherboards, ...)
3. pretty good air-flow
4. well layed-out design
5. Apevia has done a very good job

Cons: None, really. Anybody getting this should know the limitations of this design...
1. limited space (this is why you got this design in the first place)
2. POSSIBLY a lower quality power supply (don't complain, just spend $50 and get another power supply)

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  • N/A
  • 1/4/2015 11:51:44 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Fairly easy to fit into my television setup. It can be setup either vertically or horizontally. It comes with a 500W power supply.

Cons: There is hidden power supply switch behind the front panel. The front panel must be removed to access the switch and make the power available.

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  • N/A
  • 9/5/2014 7:16:25 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDecent case, bad dimensions

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Roomy case, excellent front panel selection

Cons: This is NOT an HTPC case. It is way too big (deep, specifically). It just juts out about 3 inches on my TV stand. Maybe it works for some, but not me.

Other Thoughts: I used this case for about 2 years before scrapping my build into a server machine.

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