Apevia X-QBOII Micro-ATX Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 04-03-2008
Provided by: Apevia

Like many of Apevia's cases, the side panel window is slotted for airflow, and incorporates a silver mesh plate between the acrylic and fan which does help to filter incoming air but also adds a bit of restriction. The fan is a 120mm blue LED, non-rpm sensing model with a 4-pin power connector. Included with the case is a manual and accessory box containing a pair of hard drive rails, mounting hardware and power cord. The manual is quite good, with full color pictures and detailed instructions of each installation step.

The interior of the case is surprisingly open, with a small two bay hard drive cage at the bottom and two each of 5" and 3" bays at the top. This leaves enough room in the center for intake airflow, and holes are provided to attach either an 80mm or 120mm fan. It would be nice to see the hard drives mounted behind the fan, however there probably isn't enough room depth-wise to allow for that. Since the hard drives use snap-on rails and the optical and floppy bays are also tool-less, installation should be a breeze. The riser slots are configured for standard screws but hey, you can't have everything.

The included 500w power supply has fully meshed cables with matching connectors and finish on the unit itself. There are connections for 20+4-pin ATX, 4-pin +12v, six 4-pin molex, two floppy, two SATA and one PCIe, and the cables are sufficient length to reach anywhere in the case. There is a blue colored 120mm fan in the bottom of the PSU however it doesn't light up. The amperages the supply is rated for are 30A on the +5v, 25A on the +3.3 and 16A and 18A on the two independent +12v rails. Considering the type of hardware that is most likely to be used in a micro-tower case, this seems like plenty of power to run everything.

Now let's look at the X-QBOII installation.

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