Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review

Up Close: Interior Rear of Motherboard

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review

Up Close:  Interior Rear of Motherboard

As the Evolve ATX shares its chassis with the Pro M it's unsurprising to find that the rear of motherboard area is damn near identical.  This however, is no bad thing, as we found the Pro M particularly well appointed.  For starters, there's a minimum of 17mm of space, with this rising up to about 25mm in some of the deeper areas.  Phanteks also include three Velcro style cable management ties to secure the main loom, being carefull not to scrimp on good old cable tie points also.

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Just below the CPU cut out we find a busy little area containing a pair of the Drop-N-Lock 2.5" drive bays, either of which can be positioned round the front should you so desire.  There's also a handy-dandy PWM fan hub, which is powered from it's own dedicated SATA power input so as not to place undue strain on the motherboard headers.  Peering up into the roof we can see that Phanteks have even seen fit to give the cable management holes up there the rubber grommet treatment.  There are also a few cable clips knocking around which makes it much easier for the builder to route those cables that run across this usually very busy area.

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Turning our gaze to the bottom edge of the case we can see that the false floor affords a great little area in which we can stash unwanted cables.  However, this area also has mounting points for a pump and as we can see contains a rack for another 2x3.5" HDDs.  if you want to go adding in a 360 rad, these brackets can be easily removed by means of a few screws. 

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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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