Apevia X-Telstar Steel Mid-tower Case
Author: Frank Stroupe
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 01-24-2008
Provided by: Apevia
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Installation


I decided to put the window fan in the front of the case. Mounting a fan there involves removal of the HDD bay, which is held in place by four screws. Rather than screws, the window fan is held in place by plastic push-pins. They were easily removed and much more convenient than screws.


There were no surprises during installation. Everything worked as it was supposed to. I'm very familiar with the particular tool-free hardware used in the case and had no problems.

There are no real provisions for wire maintenance and some of the bezel wires were pretty hard to hide. I've seen better, but I've seen worse too.

My 8600GTS isn't very long, but I did measure between the rear of the case and the hard drive bay, right at 11. The average 8800 card will be a very tight fit - they usually run around 10.5, but you should be able to cram one in there.


The LCD display looks pretty cool. There are four gauges: voltage of +5v/+12v, case temp, fan speed by percentage and mic dB. The fan controller works well. Low is probably at 5v and is totally silent... high is approaching 12v, and is audible, but not too bad (depending on the fan).


The Apevia logo has a nice low level blue glow, but the power LED is pretty bright... bright enough to be a little annoying when sitting directly in front of it.


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