Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Review

Introduction

It's been a little while since we looked at a Phanteks case.  On the whole we've been quite impressed with them, and sometimes we've actually been very impressed with them.  The Enthoo Luxe Tempered then, is, as you might have guessed a Tempered glass side panel version of the Standard Enthoo Luxe.  It's fair to say it's a massive case, so much so that in trying to manipulate it through the doors to the Lincolnshire branch of OC3D towers, several layers of skin were traumatically removed from various knuckles (Yes, that's tight, we didn't like to say it, but we literally bleed for you).  With hernias averted we turned the case out onto the work area to give it the good old OC3D once over.  What do we have then?  Well there are a few headline making vital statistics that we'll get out of the way right from the get go.  This thing will take a massive 420 rad up in the roof, while at the same time providing a home for a 240 in the front and no less than 6 dedicated 3.5" bays, 4 dedicated 2.5" bays and a very surprising 3x5.25" bays.  For the rest of the vitals, let's have a look at the Full Tech Spec shall we.

Technical Specification

Dimensions560x235x550mm (HxWxD)
MaterialsSteel Frame, Aluminium panels
Motherboard SupportE-ATX, ATX, M-ATX, M-ITX  SSIEEB
5.25"3
3.5"6
2.5"4 (additional 6 shared with 3.5")
Air Cooling

Front:   up to 2x120, 2x140, 1x200

Roof:    up to 3x120, 3x140, 1x200

Base:    up to 2x120, 1x140

Rear:    up to 1x120, 1x140

Water Cooling*

Front:   up to 240mm

Roof:    up to 360mm, 420mm

Base:    up to 240mm

Rear:    up to 120

PCI7
Max GPU Length374mm
Max CPU Cooler Height193mm 
Max PSU Length318mm 

*The Water cooling capabilities given on the website are different to those in the instruction book.  The Spec given above is from the instruction book.

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20-02-2017, 15:01:02

Surpuppa
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

AngryGoldfish
Quote:
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 It's an old case and has old features; therefore it is outdated.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

tolagarf
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

Peace
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

Deadtroopers
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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