Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass Review

The Build

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Review

The Build and Cooling

Here at OC3D we love a well stocked accessories box, and from that standpoint the Luxe deliverers in spades.  All your srews and fittings are kept safe, sound, and more importantly separate in a partitioned plastic box.  There's a shed load of cable ties, and even a few extra velcr....Sorry, Hook-N-Loop Bagle ties.  You also get a universal Pump mouning bracket, and a universal reveroir mounting bracket, both of which can be attached to the inside of the case, just in case you don't want to use any of the three available 5.25" bays for your pump/res combo.

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The instructions for the Luxe come in the form of a reassuringly expensive Glossy booklet.  They are clear and concise, and have good sized diagrams and multi language descriptions.  Oh, and if you remember the bit about having to remove 15 screws to take the case top off, then look closely at the text in the image below.

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 We've removed the false floor to fit the PSU, pushing the cables through the ample sized management hole adjecant to them.  The cover plate is retained by only three screws and is easy enough to remove and re fit.

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With everything in we can see that although the HDD racks take up a good proportion of the anterior section of the case, there's actually still plenty of rom there.  Certainly you're nnot going to struggle with GPU lengths and CPU cooler heights, with figures of 347mm and 193mm respectively.

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Our Havik 120 looks positively lost in there, as indeed it should.  Rest assured, if air cooling is your thing then there's not really much on the market that won't fit in the Luxe.

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 We already know that the roof of the case will not just take 360mm rads, but also the large 420mm units based on the triple 140mm fan design, but how much room have we got to play with?  Well, as the fans can be fitted above the bracket level, but still inside the case, you have a good 65mm given over to rad space.  Not bad, not bad at all.

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So here we have the supplied Phanteks 140mm fan along with a pair of our 140mm Phanteks units.  Yes we know they're mounted upside down, but what we really wanted to do was demonstrate that they fit just fine, and like you, we find the arse end of fans rather ugly.

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Sadly we don't have a 420mm rad to hand, so have had to make do with a 360mm unit, which we have to say fits just fine, to the point where we have no reason to beleive a 420 will, even if Phanteks don't seem too sure themselves. 

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Now, although Phanteks calim you can get a 240mm rad in the front, we can't help but think what the possibilities would be if you were to remove all the 3.5" and 5.25" bays from the equation.  Remember we said that this case was all held together with screw?  Well we're pretty sure that you could get a 360 in the front, as well as a 420 in the roof.  It'd take a bit of modding, but the real estate is there for the taking.

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Most Recent Comments

20-02-2017, 15:01:02

This case was great a few years ago when it first came out, but it is starting to show its age now.Quote

20-02-2017, 16:50:12

Originally Posted by Surpuppa View Post
This case was great a few years ago when it first came out, but it is starting to show its age now.
I do agree that it has aged, but I also think there is more to it than that. It's an old case and has old features; therefore it is outdated. That is the mindset we have. It is more about how we perceive the case than any provable realities. The proof is this is still a great case, irrelevant of whether it has three 5.25" bays. A lot of people initially did some fantastic builds in it, but sadly it has been sidelined for newer models, ones that will likely be considered 'outdated' in five years time. That Corsair 460X that TTL just built into that's all the rave right now, I reckon it will be rarely spoken about in a few years time. The only cases that might stand the test of time are the ones that are a blank canvas, such as the Fractal Define S. It's basically just an empty box. In-Win's designs are a novelty at the moment; I don't think they'll be nearly as popular five years from now. Case Labs have remained popular for so many years because they are just plain boxes of various dimensions.Quote

20-02-2017, 17:04:06

Well it turned out to be the perfect case for me. It had really all I needed which is 5.25" drive bays for my bay reservoir, plastic drive cages that don't rattle and cause vibrations into the rest of the case as my Fractal Define R5 completely failed in that regard. On top of that it has room for a 420mm radiator in the top compartment, which is a rare feature in cases and the tempered glass edition is very beautiful done and an added bonus for me.

Not all cases have to be ITX these days and smaller than a Coke can Quote

21-02-2017, 09:15:56

Funny that you mentioned the typo when this review actually was (by far) the article with the most typos I've ever come across

I still like an optical drive bay for when you really have to burn a CD, because your car has no USB or Bluetooth, or when you have no internet and need to install your drivers after a fresh install and the list goes on.

For the 3.5" cages, I'm with you. I still have 3 seperate drives in my PC mainly because I'm not buying new ones, but if I'd do so, I'd get a 1 or 2TB, so no need for that much space.

Other than that, I like the case, one day I wanna build a PC with such a big case

Nice review, but you should proof read them as well :P SCNRQuote

23-02-2017, 06:19:54

As soon as the typo was mentioned and almost immediately followed by a typo I knew we would probably be getting deliberate typos on every page. I don't think I have seen anyone use the word anterior on the internet before, I can't recall reading it on the printed page more than a couple of times in half a century either. Cleverly written I thought.

CoolerMaster are Maker mad at t' moment but Phanteks have had this 'take it all apart, rearrange, or ditch' thing going on almost from their first case out of the gate. So you think all these drive bays/mounts are Old Hat? You don't have to keep them or you can re-purpose them, the choice is yours!

I'm not actually all that keen on this particular case but this review puts it up a few notches in my estimation, bringing out features that other reviewers failed to make me aware of. Good one!Quote

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