Phanteks Eclipse P400 Review

Up Close: Interior Front Side

Phanteks Eclipse P400 Review

Up Close: Interior

With the doors removed we are afforded a view of the cases interior, which is quite similar to the Evolve ATX we looked at a while back.  A large CPU cut out dominates the top left of the interior with just two grommeted management holes spaced vertically down the edge of the motherboard.

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To the right of the grommets is an area designed to accept four 3.5" drives.  We only know this from reviewing other Phanteks products, there's nothing in the instructions to indicate what they are, neither are there any brackets supplied.  you do though get the plastic sections that can be removed to enable the cables to pass through, which would indicate they are designed to be functional.  Perhaps one of the ways Phanteks have kept the price down is to let the customer order these parts as an aftermarket purchase should they decide they need them.  Thing is, how is the customer meant to know they even exist if Phanteks don't tell them.  On the plus side, you do get a single 120mm fan in the front, however should you decide to beef things up a bit there's room here for a pair of 120s or a pair of 140s.  Removing the floor plate, and the HDD cage below will up the ante to 3x120 or 3x140mm fans, and as we suspect up to 280mm and 360mm radiators.

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As with other Phanteks cases the P400 has a nice false floor to hide away all that cable untidiness that no one wants to see.  The floor has a large perforated area to allow PSUs to be mounted fan upwards and thankfully does not have a cut out to enable us to see half the side of a PSU badge (why did manufacturers think they were a good idea)?  At the back there's a total of seven vented PCI slot covers.

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Climbing higher up the rear wall of the case we find a second 120mm fan, which is mounted on slots so as to enable its position to be adjusted.  up in the roof we can see the mesh area designed to take both 120mm and 140mm fans, and, we hope a decent amount of radage.

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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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