Apevia X-Q-Pack 2
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 05-11-2007
Provided by: Apevia
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Interior

With the top/side panel removed, we start to get an idea of how compact and well-fitting the interior layout of the X-QPack 2 is. The rear 120mm fan is mounted in the top corner next to the power supply. This will certainly help to exhaust hot air from the top rear of the case along with the fan found in the power supply itself. The PSU is mounted above the PCI slots rather than the CPU socket which should help air circulation around the HSF for better cooling. Bars and support beams tie the front and rear of the case together allowing the top and sides to remain relatively open for viewing through the case windows.



One thing I noticed after removing the top/side panel was that the window attachments had been melted flat in the corner where the power supply is mounted. I assume Apevia had to do this in order for the plastic push pins to fit so close to the PSU surface, but this makes it basically impossible to remove the window. The inside of the front panel contains the wiring and circuitry necessary to make all the bells and whistles work, as well as the spring mechanism for the carry handle. In addition to the standard plastic clips, the front plastic bezel is held in place in the middle by two screws, no doubt to keep the bezel attached to the rest of the case when carrying the weight of the case around by the handle. The manual comes complete with full color photos depicting the installation steps.



Space is allocated along the side to mount two internal 3" drives in a vertical alignment. An 80mm fan is mounted beneath the drive bays to pull cool air in from the front panel. The bundled power supply has cables that are fully meshed in black with black connectors as well. This is a nice touch and will certainly be appreciated considering both top and sides of the case are windowed.




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