Phanteks Eclipse P400 Review

Up Close: Interior Rear Side

Phanteks Eclipse P400 Review

Up Close:  Interior Rear Side

There's a lot going on back here, so pay attention.  First up, cable management options are fairly decent, with a row of tie points featuring three of Phanteks proprietary hook and loop type fastenings.  It does have to be said though, that to the right of this line there's an absolute dearth of cable tie points so a bit of room for improvement there we think.  You do though get a pair of 2.5" brackets so you can stealth your SSDs

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The PSU has to be accessed from this side owing to the false floor, bu that's no great shakes, to the rear of this there's a cage which will hold 2x3.5" drives.  This is the cage that lies directly underneath the removable floor panel that will need to be removed if you want to fit a 360mm radiator.

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The cage is metal and the trays are plastic but feature nice tool free locking mechanisms on either side.

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There's about 25mm of space to be had at the back, which should be plenty for anyone, just a shame Phanteks had the logo printed on their cable ties upside down, and no you can't swap them round as they only screw in on the left.  Attention to detail chaps!

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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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