Date: December 4th, 2007
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Apevia
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The back shows the usual PSU opening, two 120mm exhaust fans, I/O shield opening, and expansion card slots. No I/O shield is included, but more often than not the one that comes with the motherboard is used anyway. Thumbscrews secure both side panels.
Opening up the side panel reveals plenty of room for 5 ¼ and 3 ½ inch drives and a removable toolbox for storing extra parts. The hard drive cage is not removable and with the drives oriented near the intake fan it will provide cooling to them, although at the cost of impeding airflow through the rest of the case.
In addition to the usual motherboard connectors, there are a few extra Molex connections for the front Apevia logo, fan controller, and LCD screen.
Here's another shot of the two 120mm fans at the back of the case. Unlike the front and side fans these do not have blue LEDs, although they do react to UV light. Expansion card slots are below them and use a single latch that swings out and back in to secure the cards. I've seen this on other cases before and personally I've never liked it; it just feels very flimsy and doesn't work as well as using a latch for each slot.
On the bottom, four retractable plastic feet click in place at 45 and 90 degree angles to aid in stability.
That about wraps up the walkthrough, so let's get some hardware installed.