Phanteks Enthoo Evolv MATX Case Review
Published: 5th June 2015 | Source: Phanteks | Price: £89.99 @OCUK |
Exterior: Front, Rear and Base
The front of the case is made from a single piece of Aluminium which appears to be suspended within the frame of the case sides and roof. This in fact, isn't too far from the truth, as it is simply yet firmly held in place by clips which attach it to the front of the chassis. As with the roof, this technique maximises the use of aesthetically positioned gaps to maximise airflow, and although it can't be said to be as effective as a full mesh front the amount of space should be sufficient whilst at the same time affording a majestic although somewhat industrial appearance. Down at the bottom of the case front there's a small slit which illuminates when the case is powered. What couour it illuminates is up to you as Phenteks actually provide a choice of four different colour LEDs, allowing you to pick from the default White or change out the LED for either Red, Green or Blue, enabling you to select a colour that best suites your mood or perhaps more usefully the theme of your build.
A light pull removes the front panel, which as we now know is blissfully devoid of 5.25" bays. Underneath there's a full length mesh filter which not only over laps the included 200mm white bladed fan but the removable cut out area that enables 120mm fans to breath more easily should you decide to fit a pair.
With the filter removed we get down to the level of the cut out and can see the 200mm fan and the mounts for either a pair of 120s a bit better.
Things might seem fairly standard round the back but there's actually quite a lot going on here. You do of course get a rear I/O cut out and PSU mount aperture. There's also a set of four contrasting white vented PCI slot covers.
What perhaps isn't so immediately obvious though is the cover plate designed to allow a rear facing 5.25" device to be mounted. A nod perhaps to those still clinging to optical media, but before you go getting your knickers in a twist remember that a good many bay mount reservoirs will also fit into 5.25" drive bays
Turning the case over we can see that it sits on two extensions which appear to be seamless extensions of the case side panels. These are then finished with small dense rubber pads to help stop slipping and reduce vibrations. At the rear there's a filtered cut out for the PSU, with the remainder of the base being perforation free.