Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review
Published: 10th September 2015 | Source: OCUK | Price: 139.99 @ OCUK |
Up Close: Exterior Overview and Front I/O
Measuring 495x263x510mm (HxWxD), the Enthoo Evolve ATX is reasonably compact by ATX standards, especially when you consider it's able to take the larger E-ATX motherboards, well, those up to 264mm wide at any rate, but every little helps as they say. For those not enamoured by the Gun Metal case we have for review today, the Evolve ATX does also come in a more classic satin Black finish. Both cases have a pretty much full size window but strangely have a raised cut out that covers over the part of the false floor that reveals the PSU mounting area. Now in previous reviews we've waxed lyrical about how we're not sure the PSU warrants it's own window on the world, and how it can't be guaranteed that the graphics on your PSU will line up with the false floor cut out, and it seems Phanteks may have taken a bit of this on board and decided to block the revealed PSU area from view. Either that, or they just didn't think it through properly. Well whatever the reason, we have to say we are more than a little smitten by the aesthetic of the Enthoo Evolv ATX. So much so that it has our modders sense all tingly.
The roof is all clean and tidy, with just a hint of ventilation running down either side. Don't go thinking that that this will be a major problem though, as we'll see later, Phanteks have added a little more cooling than is immediately obvious. The only interruption to the aesthetic simplicity is the placement of a single power button toward the front edge of the roof. The rest of the front I/O being hidden behind a flip down panel tucked away under the roof lip.
Flipping the soft action lip up reveals a compact front I/O consisting of a brace of USB 3.0s and the usual audio inputs. Thankfully the days of cases bristling with 4-6 USB ports are a think of the past.