Phanteks Eclipse P400 Review

Up Close: Exterior

Phanteks Eclipse P400 Review

Up Close:  Exterior

The P400 is available in three colours, White, Grey, and the Black that we have here.  It's also available without sound deadening for about £5 less.  Like the other Phanteks cases we have looked and in particular the Enthoo ATX the P400 has a full width window.  Unlike the Enthoo ATX though the window does not extend downwards anteriorly so as to give a view of the false floor area and part of the PSU.  This in our opinion is no bad thing as to be honest we didn't think it really worked that well as a design.  The case itself looks almost square to the eye and is pretty smooth other than the front panel which has an aesthetically pleasing angled bulge.  We think this thing's going to look pretty hot in white.

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The roof of the case has a large mesh panel with slots for fans and hopefully rads to be mounted.  the mounts for 140s seem pretty central, but the 120s do seem off to the side so as to throw things clear of the motherboard, although, it does appear to be only 20mm.  If not in use these slots can be covered with magnetic panels, with Phanteks also supplying magnetic dust filters if so required.

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The I/O is positioned towards the front of the case on the right hand corner and consists of a pair of USB 3.0s and a pair of Audio sockets.  The power switch is positioned centrally to the front of the case and is surrounded by an RGB LED ring that illuminates when the case is powered.  This LED and an LED strip at the bottom of the case can be controlled directly from the case or by compatible motherboards such as the Asus boards with AURA support and headers.  But hang on a minute, we can see the symbols for the fan speed and LED control etc, but where the hell are the actual buttons.  Well at first we thought they might be touch sensitive symbols, but in fact although they're not we do really like the solution.

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You see the buttons are actually hidden under the lip at the front edge of the case and are amazingly ergonomic to use, your hand just seems to fall right to them.  They're short travel with multiple presses resulting in the lights or fans stepping though their cycles.  nice one Phanteks

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The rest of the case front is pleasingly feature free save for a discrete Phanteks logo secreted under the bottom lip.  It's from under this bottom lip that the internal LED strip casts its light. 

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The rear of the case is a pretty standard ATX layout, although the PCI slot covers do benefit from a double clamping mechanism.  Additionally, the 120mm fan grill is slotted to enable the fan to be moved vertically.

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The underside of the case is nice and clean save for the large filtered PSU cut out at the rear.  The case stands on four large plastic feet, with each one being capped with a dense rubber pad.

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Most Recent Comments

08-02-2016, 04:18:39

Feronix
The reason that it doesn't fit an additional radiator is quite simple business for Phanteks really. It's a £50 case. If they made if fit a reasonably thick 360mm AND a slim 240mm, then obviously a lot less people are going to buy their more expensive Enthoo Pro and Evolv ATX cases.

That'd be shooting themselves in the foot, especially since they've already outdone all the competition with this case anyway. It fits a bigger radiator than the S340 and has sound dampening materials, all while being a tenner cheaper. The S340 only fits a single 140mm fan in the roof as well, with a stupid little square vent that you can't cover up
The P400 is even a full 20 quid cheaper than the Define S, all while offering mostly the same features but it doesn't look completely empty and silly if you don't put 2x 360mm rads in it.

All in all, considering its price I really like this case and I think it's done a very good job of a balance between being both aircooling, and watercooling friendly. Besides, who in their right mind would do a full on £300 watercooling loop with 2 big radiators in a 50 quid case? No, I think this case perfectly targets the market, filling up a gap between the S340 and the Define S that has been missing so far, whilst being cheaper than both.Quote

08-02-2016, 04:21:10

tinytomlogan
Thats my point in the review, it could have and should have been amazing. With this design its pretty easy they have done it on purpose.

It just doesnt sit right with me.Quote

08-02-2016, 04:24:55

Feronix
Yeah they could've easily made it fit, but that's how business works unfortunately. If they made it as good as the Enthoo Pro at nearly half the price, they'd go out of business

Either way, imho it's still the best case your 50 quid can buy at this point in time, so it certainly is a worthy purchase.Quote

08-02-2016, 04:30:52

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
Yeah they could've easily made it fit, but that's how business works unfortunately. If they made it as good as the Enthoo Pro at nearly half the price, they'd go out of business

Either way, imho it's still the best case your 50 quid can buy at this point in time, so it certainly is a worthy purchase.

Very different cases. Why not have a basic case people can grow into?

But no we will gimp the top on purpose and then end up with it effecting the entire case.

This had the chance to be THE BEST £60 case ever launched. But no. Coz bizniz.Quote

08-02-2016, 05:29:07

AlienALX
I like the colour scheme. Other than that it just looks like a Fractal with a PSU shroud lol.

Thanks as ever for the review Quote
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