Phanteks Enthoo Evolv MATX Case Review
Published: 5th June 2015 | Source: Phanteks | Price: £89.99 @OCUK |
Exterior: Overview and Roof
The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv felt considerably heavier than we expected it to when we picked the box up from the floor, with the weight suggesting that despite all the panels are Aluminium, the steel chassis that lurks beneath is of a strength and quality that Thomas Telford himself would be proud.
It also has to be said that it's so refreshing to get our hands on a case that dispenses with the ubiquitous plastic moulded styling panels and yet somehow still manages to achieve an aesthetic that gives us a little fizzy feeling in our pants. What we have then is what Phenteks refer to as a Micro tower, which although not exactly micro at 230x450x400mm (WxHxD), is still considerably smaller than a lot of cases on the market. This compact size does though limit it to the smaller M-ATX and M-ITX boards, which as we've said in the introduction is far from the performance limiting disaster it used to be.
Down to business then. On the face of it, airflow doesn't appear great. That is though until you notice that along with ventral slits along the roof edges the whole of the roof section is actually stood off a fair amount from the top of the chassis beneath, with air permitted to leave via intentionally large shut lines at the front and rear of the case.
Popping the roof section off, which, it's worth noting is extremely easy to do we can see that a plastic insert underneath serves to raise it away from the body of the chassis itself. The chassis, for its part, as we'll see in more detail later in the review has slotted mounting holes for up to 240mm and 280mm radiators up to a maximum thickness of 68mm.