Apevia X-Dreamer 3 Mid-Tower Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 10-22-2009
Provided by: Apevia

Installation of the motherboard is accomplished relatively painlessly, simply by threading the supplied standoffs into the tray and then securing the board in place. The front panel wires are clearly labeled and easily reach the appropriate header on the board. The front bezel must be removed in order to install an external drive, and a bit of experimentation must be done with the optical drive in order to get the correct depth and placement for the pass-through button that opens the tray.

The side panel fan comes within a short distance of the CPU cooler. If you are using a very tall tower style cooler you may run into interference issues since the fan is placed at an angle and somewhat centrally located. This also results in very little air to get to the front (bottom) of the video card, although it could still benefit from the front-mounted intake fan. The window reveals a little more of the drive rails than I care for, particularly since these are left in the dull-gray finish.

Powered on, the X-Dreamer 3 has a nice lighting effect, with the side window allowing a good view of the interior and dispersing the blue glow from the fan. The single temperature probe can be placed on any component you wish to monitor, and registers in tenth of degrees of Celsius. The light-up Apevia logo at the bottom is a nice finishing touch, although it does appear to be brighter on the right side than on the left. The stealth drive covers take a bit of use to loosen up, initially the spring that holds the flap shut prevents the tray from opening and closing without some assistance, but after working it a few times this seemed to clear up.

Let's wrap up with some final thoughts and conclusion.

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