Phanteks Eclipse P400 Review

Stripped

Phanteks Eclipse P400 Review

Stripped

There's not really a lot to Strip on the P400 as it's a predominantly steel chassis.  The only real part to remove is the front of the case which owing to it's ball and socket type fastenings comes away really easily with no sense at all that you're about to break something.  In fact, having spent so many years having to really tug at case fronts to get them off we really had to remind ourselves to take it nice and easy with the Phanteks.  Once removed we turned the front panel round so that you can see the sound deadening material.  the cheaper version of the case doesn't have this, and neither does it have it in the doors.  Down at the bottom of the case front we've shown the diffuser panel that evens out the light from the row of RGB LEDs that we'll show you further down the page.

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The front panel has fence style air intakes at the top and bottom which filter the air that enters the central cavity.  For ease of cleaning these filters are very easily removable and are small enough to be easily vacuumed or even washed

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Looking at the front of the actual case now we can see the large slotted mounts for both 120mm and 140mm based fans and radiators.  As you can see the case will take 3x120mm or 3x140mm It also looks to be able to take a 360mm rad, but by the looks of the spacing at the end is unlikely to be able to accommodate 420mm rads.  The white panel at the bottom of the lower right image is the RGB LED panel that we have  previously referred to.

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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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