Phanteks Enthoo Evolv MATX Case Review
Published: 5th June 2015 | Source: Phanteks | Price: £89.99 @OCUK |
The Build and Cooling
Phanteks quote a max PSU length of 180mm without removing the midplate. We chose not to listen and although it was a bit of a squeeze getting our CoolerMaster V1000 PSU sideways into the mounting area, we did manage it, but only just. If you wanted to add some cables afterwards though, forget it. If you're not so keen on squeezing a quart into a pint pot then removing the mid plate will increase the space available to a 216mm. Having installed the motherboard round the front as usual we offered up our Trusty old NZXT Havik 120 CPU tower cooler. With a total of 192mm of headroom on tap, it fits just fine, as should pretty much any tower cooler on the market.
Although the Enthoo Evolv can take a decent sized air cooler, it's most likely that you're going to want to make use of it's native water cooling capabilities. being able to take up to a 240mm or 280mm rad, up in the roof there's a good 65mm of space between the upper edge of the motherboard and the roof, which will be plenty for a rad up to 40mm deep when combined with standard 25mm thick fans. Phanteks though have been quite clever, not only utilising slotted mounts instead of screw holes, but also in offsetting the mounts so as to throw the rads and fans away from the motherboard area. In simple terms this means is that provided you don't have anything on your motherboard that projects above 40mm it won't interfere with the rad. If this is a route you want to go down then do be aware that you're going to have to think long and hard about the issues it can cause, not least of which is that if your rad occludes your RAM then to change or reseat RAM you're going to need to take your rad out.
No such problems with the standard height RAM we're using here though, in fact as the PCI clot cover we've slipped in the gap demonstrates we've got space to spare.
The Enthoo Evolv can also take a 240mm rad in the front, however this will require quite a bit of work to be done in removing the 200mm fan positioned there, as well as the HDD cover plate and front reinforcing bracket. It's not like these are riveted in or anything, they're all screwed, but all the same it's quite a bit of work to do. Even with these alterations made there's still only 20mm of room before you come up against the cable management holes which isn't a great deal even if this doesn't include the fans which are positioned on the exterior of the chassis. You could of course choose to bypass the management holes and route your cables up through the HDD cover port area, but again the space you have will be limited giving you a max of 70mm to play with and the end result would most likely look a bit of a mess.
With everything in but the vertical HDD bracket left off we can see the completed build. As usual we've used out now ancient EN8800GT GPU as it gives us good basis for comparison between cases. Should you have something a bit more modern, and most likely a bit longer then it's handy to know that anything up to 318mm will be fine. If you've opted for a front rad, then of course the thickness of the rad will limit the length of GPU you can use. Having raised our concerns earlier it's fair to say we're not too taken with the PSU Show off cut out. We do though love the cable management.