Apevia X-Telstar Gaming Tower

Posted by on Saturday, June 27, 2009 - 6:55am

Apevia X-Telstar Gaming Tower

If you look around some of your favorite online retailers you will see a listing for the Apevia X-Telstar case. The X-Telstar sports a large see-thru side panel and circular display that gives you all the details on what is going on inside the case. The light aluminum construction is a big bonus as well. Apevia has never been a big fan of the industry standard beige casing. This is Apevia newest case to market, but will it be as popular with us as the newest Q-Pack we reviewed a few weeks ago? Read alone with us and we will tell you.

 

 

Introduction of the Apevia X-Telstar Gaming Case

I have being dealing with cases from Apevia for quite some time. Not just from the reviewing perspective, but from the retail and user stand point as well. My familiarity came when they were Aspire. Their X-Dreamer was a best seller at the retail outlet where I worked. I would actually call it a classic now. The X-Dreamer and the X-Finity were members in  the vast collection  of cases I have owned. These were two cases that had style and finesse. And I am pretty sure that a lot of you out there have had these cases in your stable as well. Something that I liked about these cases at the time was that they were not as expensive as some of the cases around like the Coolermater ATCS and Kingwin models. Now Apevia have graced us with another soon to be classic case.

If you look around some of your favorite online retailers you will see a listing for the Apevia X-Telstar case. The X-Telstar sports a large see-thru side panel and circular display that gives you all the details on what is going on inside the case. The light aluminum construction is a big bonus as well. Apevia has never been a big fan of the industry standard beige casing. This is Apevia newest case to market, but will it be as popular with us as the newest Q-Pack we reviewed a few weeks ago? Read alone with us and we will tell you.

Apevia has a few words to say

The X-Telstar PC case is designed to complement today’s modern decors. Sporting a simple yet elegant panel design and distinctive features including a cool blue LCD screen for monitoring power supply voltages, sound volume, fan speed, and CPU/Hard Drive temperatures; it not only keeps you aware of your PC’s environment status, but is an attention grabbing element of the case. The built-in fan speed controller allows you to easily regulate airflow and fan noise. The high quality, sturdy construction, and attention to detail throughout this full tower PC case will definitely put you ahead of the game!

 


Packaging and contents

I don’t think is any way to be different when it comes to the packaging of cages. So, the typical wrapped in plastic and then secured by stryofoam method comes into play here as well.

Specifications

Model No.

X-TELSTAR-BK

Case Material

Aluminum

Color

Black

Main Board

Standard ATX /  Baby AT / Micro ATX

Window

Yes

Power Supply

N/A

Drive Space

5 x 5.25" / 2 x 3.5" / 5 x 3.5" (hidden)

Motherboard Size

up to 11" x 12"

Expansion Slots

7

Front Panel Switch

Power / Reset

Front Access Ports

2 x HD Audio(Azalia), 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Firewire

Cooling Fan Space

Up to 3 x case fans:
1 x 120mm UV blue fan - top (included) 
1 x 120mm UV blue fan - rear (included)
1 x 120mm UV blue LED fan - side (included)

Front Thermometer

1 x LCD 

Front Fan Controller

1 x Fan Speed Controller

Led Display

Power / HDD

Shipping Weight

18 lbs

Dimensions(DxWxH)

19" x 8" x 21.25" (Including front panel and case feet) 

Cu'ft

3.2'

Features

·  Fully loaded solid aluminum chassis

·  Large see-through side window panel

·  Front HD Audio, USB2.0 and 1394 Firewire ports

·  Front Fan Speed Controller

·  Sophisticated LCD shows "output voltages", "sound volume", "fan speed", "CPU and hard drive temperatures’"

·  3 x built-in 120mm UV blue fans

·  1 x tool-free removable 3.5" drive cage 

·  12 x drive bays

·  Lockable side panel and front panel

·  Fold in/out case feet for case stability

·  Fits motherboard size up to 11" x 12" 

 


Closer look outside

The X-Telstar is poised to be one great gaming case. The unit measures just under two feet tall, so this tells us that is will house just about anything you need to build that awesome rig. But besides size, the unit offers a side panel for the ultimate show off of your components and a digital display of sound volume, fan speed, voltages and temps. All this backed by a beautiful blue glow from the LED fans that keep everything cool.

For those that like to color coordinate each and every component in their rig, Apevia offer several different color combinations: solid black, black and blue, black and red, black green and solid silver. Between the five of them you should find one that best suits your style.  For those not into clear side panels, there are also a solid black and a silver choice available to you.

The one we were sent was the stylish silver one with the see-thru side panel. The first important detail about this case is that it is one that has a door that covers the drive bays. Some people are fans of doors and others can do without them. So, if you are one that likes to keep those drive covers this case is a start. The door is made of plastic with a brushed aluminum texture which is pretty sturdy.

Next, you may notice the two circular spheres located near the top and bottom of the front. When given power the spheres give off a blue hue from the internal lighting. The top one is basically the Apevia insignia. And the lower one is a digital display that will give you a lot of information about how your system is running. Good for those who sit their case on their desk, but probably not that useful to those who pop it on the floor for the added deskspace.

Usually when an excess of displays and logos are presented on the front of the case they tend to lose some class. But this is not the case for X-Telstar as it does have some resemblance to the ATCS from Coolermaster.

 

Also, located on the top half of the case is the power button and two LEDs for power and activity. Now I have never found the need to use one but there is a lock for securing the unit.

Located at the bottom half of the front with the digital display is a series of input ports: audio, USB and firewire. Like most of the cases I have reviewed lately there is no eSATA connection on the X-Telstar as well. I guess in time we will begin to see it on more and more cases. Getting off my soapbox, there is also a knob here as well. The knob is directly linked to the display panel to control fan settings.

Open up the door reveals five 5.25 bays. This is one sign that Apevia was looking out for the gamer that has some high-end raid systems, multiple optical drives, various bay devices, or even a watercooling reservoir. Two 3.5 bays are present to aid in whatever the user wishes to use them for, a card reader or another controller of some kind might be handy. If you have been carefully reading this article you may have realized that there was no reset on the front of the case. That is because it is located here, behind the door.

The side of the most interest here is definitely the right side. Here we have an extra large window to view all that hard-earned money on the inside. The window is so big that you can look over and glance at everything from the drives to the power supply. Some might not like the sound of that as there is often a lot more effort put in to make sure the area around the motherboard is tidy, but many neglect the drivebays and PSU. Think of this case as the ultimate enforcer of cable management and you will get the idea. The panel also has a single 120mm blue LED fan to cool the likes of video cards and the chipset. A black plastic handle gives you access to the inside. Just make sure the unit is unlocked first. The fans inside the case as placed in the usual locations and truly make for decent airflow. But the units are just slightly louder than some on the market.

The rear of the case doesn’t have half the excitement of the side panel but one thing that I did notice at first glance was the position of the power supply. There is quite a bit of room below and above the power supply. This allows for some modding if the user decided to give it a go.

 


Closer look inside

The inside of the X-Telstar totally reminds me of the older Chembro units from years ago which were popular amongst many companies. The whole arrangement makes for neatness and great organization. The wide open internal space will house pretty much any size ATX motherboard.

One thing that most would like about this case before we get started is the fact this unit has a removable motherboard tray. This is something that a lot of companies have left out no matter what the asking price is. But it is the one thing many people ask for in a case. This tray is one that does not exit out the back but has to be taken out from the side.

The rear of the case is pretty much standard with a large 120mm blue LED fan taking up residence here. I mentioned earlier the amount of spacing that surrounds the power supply opening. You can really see it here.  The gap above the power supply area is result of a 120mm fan being mounted here, possibly as an exhaust fan. Underneath the PSU is enough space to not interfere with the mounting of really large heat sinks.

The front houses quite a lot of drives as you can obviously tell. The lower cage utilizes five small trays to hold that many hard drives. The bottoms of the trays have rubber grommets to kill hard drive vibration. Interestingly, the hard disks are attached to the trays by screwing them on from the bottom. Unusual sure, but it works. The drives are mounted sideways, which can sometimes be a challenge to cable neatly, but it makes for an easy access solution that many will appreciate.

The upper portion of the front of that case houses up to five 5.25 type devices. No screws are needed here due to the fact that a railing system is used to hold the drives in place. The rails are found on the inside face of the drive-bay covers and are pretty damn easy to click into place.

 


Installation

Apevia made the whole installation process about as easy going as possible. But the first thing you will want to do is remove the motherboard tray in order to mount the motherboard like we did our ASUS board.

Next we mounted a hard drive to give you an idea of how easy it is done. Just place the rack over an upside down hard drive and use the screws included to secure them together.

My only concern with any case in this day and age is will it be big enough to house the larger graphic cards like the Nvidia 8800GTX. And the X-Telstar does but just barely. There is hardly a quarter inch between the edge of the card and hard drive cage.

Take a look at all the space surrounding the power supply. Enterprising modders could do a lot with that amount of space, my first move would be to drop the PSU, cut enough holes for a few 120mm fans and install a Radiator on that top panel.

To use the front LCD display to gauge temperature Apevia uses several thermal strips to attach to random components inside the case like hard drives, processors or to the case for ambient temperature readings.

Random install iamges.

 


Conclusion

We were impressed with the X-QPack 2 we reviewed a few weeks ago and I am just as impressed with the X-Telstar as well. One of the primary reasons is the fact there is a useful LCD encased on the front. When a lot of companies incorporate screens on the front of towers tend to get gaudy with them. That is far from the case (bwahahaha – Ed) with the Apevia offering, as its’ sleek style is still apparent. Even with the LCD display the case still looks pretty damn good.

And one thing that most of you will like about the X-Telstar is its’ light weight considering its’ size. This is largely due to the aluminum construction of the case, which makes it so light and attractive. And the size is large enough to support any type of system needed to be built.

The interior of the case is pretty roomy. So, if you are the type of person that believes in running a lot of storage or raid arrays, you will not be short of space with the X-Telstar. A total of twelve bays make up the case which would be far more than most will need.
So, if you are a fan of cases with front panel displays, great light-weight construction and plenty of space the X-Telstar from Apevia should make your list of possible cases. I find it to be a classy case myself. We award this case “Pro-Clocker Approved”.

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