|Apevia X-Telstar Black Aluminum Mid-Tower ATX Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Jonathan Jessup - Edited by: Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 29 August 2007|
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Detailed Interior Features
There is one compromise to having the internal hard drive bays facing out like this. There is no room for fans in front of the hard drives to blow air across them like many cases allow. Instead you'll need to rely on air coming from the front air intake hole (hidden underneath the front of the case) to bring air across the hard drives and out the rear 120mm case fan. This is not as good of a solution but it works. Also, as I did, you can reverse the side panel fan to exhale air so that more air is being pulled across the hard drives. Also, you could place a fan directly on top of a hard drive to blow air on it but that only gets the top of the hard drive, not the underside circuit board. The circuit boards on the under side of hard drives are heat sensitive and fail often enough to cause HD data loss.
The plugs to enable the case front USB/audio/firewire ports:
Interior: The top air intake fan:
Here is the case with the Hiper HPU-4M730-SS Type M 730W PSU installed and still plenty of room to spare:
A motherboard installed on the tray:
I like the motherboard tray a lot. It doesn't slide out the back of the case but rather it has two large thumb screws holding it in place. After unscrewing them, it slides sideways a little and then comes out easily. Also I found that once the motherboard was installed that the tray didn't get in the way of putting the thumbscrews back in to lock the tray down.