Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review

Up Close: Exterior Front, Rear and Base

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review

Up Close:  Exterior Front, Rear and Base

We've already looked at the front I/O, which, because of the clean nature of the Evolve ATX doesn't actually leave us a lot to chat about.  Look closely though, as we do, and you'll see that although at first view there appears to be no ventilation what so ever, the panel is actually mounted in such a way as to allow air to pass un-obstructed around its lateral and inferior edges.  Not gargantuan airflow granted, but plenty enough we think.  There's also thin strip of a power light down near the base, which can be illuminated by interchangeable LEDs.  In theory you could put in any 5mm LED, but Phanteks have been generous and included a Green White and Red LED to get you started.

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Round the back it's a pretty standard ATX layout, with a 140mm fan on extract.  The mount can also take 120s and has slotted runners for both sizes of fan.  Further down there's a total of seven vented PCI slot covers, adjecant to a large mesh area.  While adding to ventilation, this area is also formed in such a way as to accept mounts for even the larger diameter cylinder reservoirs.  Right at the very bottom there's the PSU cut out, and for those with beady peepers you'll also notice that the case sides are actually hinged so as to open in the suicide fashion.

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With the case on its side we can see that it's mounted on four dense rubber pads paired onto aluminium extension at either end.  At the rear there's a smallish filter for the PSU, with the rest of the base being smooth aside for some mounting holes and slots, more of which we'll see when we come to the interior.

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Most Recent Comments

10-09-2015, 09:18:03

I do like the openness to the inside if this case the way the hdd's mound wont restrict airflow much nice one PhantecksQuote

10-09-2015, 09:57:18

I do like this case but its expensive when the Enthoo pro is £50 lessQuote

10-09-2015, 12:28:43

Hmmm... Very nice; but that price. The M-ATX version is £50 cheaper It is a larger case, granted; but M-ATX is more niche. Given they share so much DNA, this is jarring. They should by either similarly good value or similarly expensive. The arguments for the price of one would seem to invalidate the arguments for the price of the other. On top of this, a comparison of US prices for the two shows the ATX version about £15 pounds more expensive in the UK than I would expect. That looks like retailer cheek. Is the quality of the two chassis not comparable? Unless I am missing something, good though this is, I think I would be being ripped off twice otherwise if I bought one.Quote

10-09-2015, 13:56:03

I think the article is definitely correct in comparing this to the function of the Pro-M. I've got the Evolv mATX, and it seems the ATX version fixed all of the issues I have with the mATX. A lot more detachable features such as those nice drive platforms and huzzah, a much larger cut-out removable panel in the front of the false floor. The mATX variant has very tight tolerances there (nothing a few minutes with the cut-off wheel won't sort out) such that some 120mm/240mm rads won't fit, much less the 280mm rad that should be accommodated. I think it would bear noting that the ATX case is only 45mm taller than the mATX model, it's a ridiculously small amount for the increase in capabilities (pricing aside).

Is the front of the ATX version in the roof really free flowing? The mATX case has a plate behind some fins that stops air from moving forward and inevitably back into the intake fans; sensible but when things get toasty as this summer they definitely have, my case fans are screaming if I leave the roof on, definitely some restriction.

The offset looks much better in the ATX box in the roof, having a z97 gryphon in the mATX, the average sized vrm heatsink puts a stop to anything over a 35mm thick 280mm rad. I definitely love the amount of fan mounting slots they have included, you can easily shift fans and rads around in place to get the best final placement, just like those long slots on that rear 140mm fan mount, so much room to allow for tall things in the roof.

Awesome review, thanks for the in-depth coverage!Quote

11-09-2015, 07:38:28

I love this case! If I could only just freaking buy it! Can't get this anywhere in Denmark, nobody has it listed Quote

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