Phanteks Eclipse P400 Review

The Build

Phanteks Eclipse P400 Review

The Build

Instructions are in the form of a single sheet which is identical on both sides apart from the language options.  To be honest they could do with going into a bit more detail.  if you're an experienced builder you're going to be able to work things out, but if you're a novice you're going to be left scratching your head.  Accessories wise you get a big "Bag-O-Screws" with a slack handful of cable ties.  You also get a pair of magnetic fan filters which can be used in place of the two vent covers on the roof.

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And so to the build.  With the space available you can get pretty much any size PSU you want in here, just take care not to scratch things as you ease it in from the reverse of motherboard side.

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As there's plenty of space on tap and good cable management options it's relatively easy to make a good job of things back here.  It is though really beginning to bug us that those hook and loop fastenings are upside down.  Actually it's not bugging us, it's really doing our heads in.

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With our heads "Done in" let's return to the front side of the case.  Management holes are nicely spaced so as to bring cables through just where you need them and there's a couple of nice little holes in the top for the 8-pin and fan cables.  We've only popped in our little EN8800GT, but as you can see there's a Shit load.... a significant amount of room for large cards without compromising what looks to be a decent space for thick rads.

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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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