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Technical Data - Aplus Blockbuster Storm and Apevia X-QPack 2

HTPC Barebone

Technical Data
Manufacturer Aplus Apevia
Model Blockbuster Storm X-QPack 2
Price  70 Euro  78 Euro
Motherboard Form Factor Micro-ATX Micro-ATX
Expansion Slots 4 x 4 x
5.25" Bays (external) 2 x 2 x
3.5" Bays (external) 1 x1 x
3.5" Bays (internal) 2 x 2 x
Front Connectors 1 IEEE1394a, 2 x USB
2 x Sound
1 IEEE1394a, 2 x USB
2 x Sound
Fan Mount Points 3 x 2 x
Preinstalled Fans 1 x 250 mm, 1 x 120 mm 1 x 80 mm, 1 x 120 mm
Height235 mm 228 mm
Width 285 mm 284 mm
Length 385 mm373 mm
Weight (without PSU) 6,4 kg 6 kg
Material Aluminium + Plastic Aluminium + Plastic
Miscellaneous Motherboard-Tray, 2 x Plexiglas Windows
Carrying Handle, large top-mounted fan, Display
Carrying Handle, Display

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  • weeboll
    reading that makes me pleased i went for an Antec NSX 1300. more compact, good cooling, better looks, very solidly built - its down side is the nonstandard psu and lack of front facing 3.5" bay for a card reader but i'd reccommend it over any of the reviewed cases!
  • nafurahi
    I will be building a micro-atx based box soon Lian-Li v300 for the same price as these looks like much better value