Phanteks Eclipse P400 Review

Cooling Options

Phanteks Eclipse P400 Review

Cooling options

As you can see, our Havik 120 fits in here just fine which means that it should take coolers under 160mm tall.  It is however unlikely that you'll be using an air cooler in a case like this, so best we have a look at the watery options.

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There's so much space up front that our 240mm XSPC radiator looks almost lost in there.  It doesn't take a genius to imagine sticking a fat 360 or an even fatter 280 in there does it?  To get a 360 in you will have to remove the floor panel and lose the drive bays beneath, but as the rear of mobo area will still take a 3.5" drive and a pair of 2.5" this isn't really a hardship.

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OK, and now to the not so good news.  We honestly thought it was a given that this case would take a rad in the roof.  After all, Phanteks have made other smaller cases that will take a rad in the roof, so they know all about clearances and offsets so it's a no brainer that in producing this case they'd have off set the fan mounts enough to make it possible to accommodate even a 30mm thick rad and fans or even just a thin AIO.  You'd think wouldn't you?  you really would.  I mean seriously, it's not hard, it's not like this has never been done before, this isn't ground breaking technology.  It's been done before.  Damn it Phanteks have done it before, so why in the hell have they made a case where you can't get a rad in the roof when it would have been so, so easy to make one that did.  Yes you can get one in the front, but with so many GPU's having AIO attachments there's a lot of consumers out there that want a case that will take two AIOs, one for the CPU, and one for the GPU.  

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Alas it was not to be.  there's just 30mm of space up there with no real offset to speak of, the end result is radiators in the roof are not an option.  as you can see the rad barely just fits behind the RAM mounting clips so there's no chance of getting fans onto it, even slim ones.

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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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