Apevia X-Jupiter Jr. Type S
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 10-10-2007
Provided by: Apevia
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The large 250mm side panel LED fan nearly takes up the entire mesh section, which should help to bring cool air in to the CPU and GPU areas. The rear 120mm fan is molded from the same transparent blue plastic, but does not contain LED's. Both fans provide pass-through molex connectors for power. The tool-less riser slot hold-downs could be designed better, this one slipped out of its retainer the first time I tried to open it. After reseating it however I had no further problems with them as long as I took care when opening and closing.

The front drive bays are also tool-less, using an integrated sliding lock mechanism on the upper external bays, and including snap-on rails for the internal drive cage. One of the rails was missing its pin, however it turned up in the bottom of the accessory box and was able to be reinserted in its place. Aside from the manual and rails, a full compliment of motherboard stand-offs, screws, wire management and installable side panel lock are included.

The internal 3" drive cage is removable by way of four easily accessible screws, as is the external 3" drive cage above it. In addition to the normal front panel wiring, a pass-through power connection for the LCD display and inputs for the fan controller and LED lighting require hookup. The fan controller output can be used to power a max of 1.2A (up to five fans) as indicated by the label, and will handle both the 250mm and 120mm included fans, which are only .3A and .14A respectively. The temperature probes are labeled CPU and HDD and can be stuck anywhere convenient to register temps from those devices.

Removing the front panel is a snap, literally, requiring only a sharp tug at the bottom cutout to separate it from the case. Mounting holes for another 120mm fan are provided, as are coarse-threaded fan screws, and after pulling the internal drive cage you can easily install another fan of your choosing. The back side of the case is relatively featureless, although there is room to run wiring behind the drive bays if desired.

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