Hands On with Apexgaming X-Mars Case with 14 Fans: No, It Does Not Take Offby Anton Shilov on June 22, 2018 3:00 PM EST
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Apexgaming — a joint venture between Apextechusa and Solytech Cooperation — is a relatively new kid on the gaming block. The two aforementioned companies created the brand to address the expanding market of PC cases, PSUs, and various accessories aimed at gamers. For Apexgaming, this was the first Computex and it brought a number of rather interesting products to the show.
The key eyecatcher at Apexgaming’s booth was the X-Mars full-tower E-ATX case, which was made of aluminum and capable of supporting pretty much everything that is possible. The chassis can accommodate an E-ATX motherboard (so, up to two sockets), a CPU cooler that is up to 200 mm high, a graphics card that is up to 432 mm long (such graphics cards are sold to OEMs that almost never hit the market), almost any custom liquid cooling system, eight single-wide add-on cards, 14 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drives, and up to 14 120-mm fans. Obviously, it has USB-C, USB-A, and HDMI ports on the front panel to connect peripherals and VR gear, everything but the kitchen sink.
When you read about it, everything sounds impressive. But when you meet it in person, this case looks no less monumental than Corsair’s Obsidian 1000D, which is actually a bit larger. The X-Mars from Apexgaming has a front grille, so it can suck in cool air using four 120-mm fans, essentially eliminating need for a sophisticated liquid cooling system if you do not overclock your system heavily. Unfortunately, it was not possible to evaluate the sound of 14 fans spinning at a low speed during the trade show, but do not expect such a system to be whisper quiet. Add several hard drives and you will get the sound of a server right next to you when your X-Mars starts. In the meantime, such a system will essentially “auto clean” itself from dust because of opulent airflow inside.
The X-Mars features RGB lights on the front, whereas fans for enthusiasts already feature addressable RGB lighting nowadays, so customization of its look should be rather easy if you are familiar how to operate appropriate software from makers of motherboards. In fact, the case has an eight-port RGB controller that connects to mainboard.
While the X-Mars was demonstrated at the show, only a few units of this chassis exist. Officially, the Apexgaming X-Mars will cost $999, which is more than two times higher when compared to the Obsidian 1000D. Meanwhile, due to price and limited market opportunities, the X-Mars may never hit the mass market and will remain a limited edition product, one of the reps told me at the booth. Instead, Apexgaming will focus on the X-Mars Junior that is considerably smaller, yet can accommodate an E-ATX motherboard, five 2.5-inch/3.5-inch SSDs/HDDs, seven 120-mm fans, and so on. The X-Mars is expected to be available for $190 later this summer.
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meacupla - Friday, June 22, 2018 - linkI understand it's a display model, but how do those radiators get fresh air when they are sucking in air from the window, which is, inconveniently, blocked by a pane of glass.
eastcoast_pete - Friday, June 22, 2018 - linkYes, there is that. I think all these fans behind the glass are mainly supposed to suck in customers who don't notice such engineering hiccups. AS P.T. Barnum said: there is one born every minute..
peevee - Friday, June 22, 2018 - linkIt's for show.
Apparently people in their mom's basements save enough on rent to pay for that crp.
GeorgeH - Friday, June 22, 2018 - linkHaving fans near a window (or a solid case wall) is not necessarily a bad design. It can be similar to having a PC in a small room, with a relatively quiet airflow solution feeding the room, while other fans direct air inside the room. Outside the room you primarily notice only the quiet feeder solution, but inside the room you get the benefits of better directed airflow.
Now if the case actually does that is another question entirely, but it's not necessarily a bad design, and is the basic reason why open air GPU cooler designs are generally quieter than blower designs.
RaistlinZ - Friday, June 22, 2018 - linkThe "X" stands for eXtra ugly.
GreenReaper - Friday, June 22, 2018 - linkIt actually *also* stands for eXtended, which makes the whole acronym a little silly:
Railgun - Saturday, June 23, 2018 - link14? Psha. Try 23. And still whisper quiet.
PeachNCream - Monday, June 25, 2018 - linkExcessive though in both cases (pun intended). My last gaming desktop had one 120mm intake and one 80mm exhaust fan. Other fans that contributed to airflow included the GPU cooler fan and the PSU fan. Hardware was crammed in a $30 USD mATX case, temps of all components stayed well below anything listed by the manufacturer, there was very little nose, and it ran whatever I asked it to run. Plus the money saved is sitting in an interest-bearing investment account where it will compound over time rather than eroding away as soon-to-be-obsolete computer hardware.
Hxx - Sunday, June 24, 2018 - linkThe design is awesome if you're a 6yo. Clean up that whole front, move those fans against something that can actually breathe then maybe you can get folks to drop 1k , otherwise their target market is rich 6yo.
eva02langley - Sunday, June 24, 2018 - linkThe case makers are honestly designing horrible products. It should be illegal to sell such a monumental ugly product.