Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review

Introduction

The demands of the consumer have increased.  The market has moved.  The game has most definitely changed.  Three simple sentences, no commas, no abbreviations, just facts.   And the fact is that it's companies such as Phanteks that are at the forefront of this change.  Phanteks, like a few others have realised that the sands have shifted in the case manufacturing business, and they seem determined to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to providing what the customer wants at a price they can afford.  But what does the customer want? and why is it any different to how it was a year ago?  Well for starters it's no longer acceptable to produce an enthusiast case that does not have native watercooling support, or, for that matter only offers support for a paltry 240mm rad in the roof or front.  The customer demands a great aesthetic, they demand a fantastic build quality and extended feature set, and of course, they demand all this at a price that won't see them having to sell kisses to sailors to make ends meet. 

So how does the Enthoo Evolv ATX measure up?  We have a feeling it might do quite well, but to get a better idea, let's have a look at the Technical Specification.

 

Technical Specification 

 Dimensions  495x235x510mm (HxWxD)
 Materials Steel Chassis, Aluminium panels
 Motherboard Support E-ATX (264mm wide) ATX, M-ATX, M-ITX
 Expansion Slots 7
 3.5" 8 ( 5 included)
 2.5" 3 ( 2 included)
 Cooling

 Front:  3x120mm or 2x140mm (included)

 Top:    3x120mm or 2x140mm

 Rear:  1x120 or 1x140 (included)

 Water Cooling

 Front:  Up to 360mm or 280mm

 Top:    Up to 360mm or 280mm

 Rear:    120mm or 140mm

 Max GPU Length 300mm (420mm without HDD brackets)
 Max CPU Cooler Height 194mm
 Max PSU Length 318mm
 Memory Clearance

 120mm rad:  68mm

 140mm rad:  48mm

 Weight 10.2kg 

  

Key Features

Aluminium body (3mm thick) 
Clean interior - Hidden PSU and HDD’s 
Power LED - Changeable to 4 different colors 
Retractable Radiator Bracket - Convenient Installation 
Toolless Sidepanel with swing door 
Side Window to show off your components 
Quick release panels for easy access 
Equipped with 3 x Phanteks PH-F140SP 140mm Fans, PWM Hub, 35mm Cable Management Space and Phanteks Velcro Ties 
Bottom and Front Dust Filters 
2 x SSD Brackets Included 
3 x Modular 3.5" HDD Bracket included 
Watercooling ready with Reservoir/Pump Mounts and space for up to 360mm radiators on Top/Front Panel

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Most Recent Comments

10-09-2015, 09:18:03

Excalabur50
I do like the openness to the inside if this case the way the hdd's mound wont restrict airflow much nice one PhantecksQuote

10-09-2015, 09:57:18

Tolemac
I do like this case but its expensive when the Enthoo pro is £50 lessQuote

10-09-2015, 12:28:43

Deadtroopers
Hmmm... Very nice; but that price. The M-ATX version is £50 cheaper It is a larger case, granted; but M-ATX is more niche. Given they share so much DNA, this is jarring. They should by either similarly good value or similarly expensive. The arguments for the price of one would seem to invalidate the arguments for the price of the other. On top of this, a comparison of US prices for the two shows the ATX version about £15 pounds more expensive in the UK than I would expect. That looks like retailer cheek. Is the quality of the two chassis not comparable? Unless I am missing something, good though this is, I think I would be being ripped off twice otherwise if I bought one.Quote

10-09-2015, 13:56:03

dwatterworth
I think the article is definitely correct in comparing this to the function of the Pro-M. I've got the Evolv mATX, and it seems the ATX version fixed all of the issues I have with the mATX. A lot more detachable features such as those nice drive platforms and huzzah, a much larger cut-out removable panel in the front of the false floor. The mATX variant has very tight tolerances there (nothing a few minutes with the cut-off wheel won't sort out) such that some 120mm/240mm rads won't fit, much less the 280mm rad that should be accommodated. I think it would bear noting that the ATX case is only 45mm taller than the mATX model, it's a ridiculously small amount for the increase in capabilities (pricing aside).

Is the front of the ATX version in the roof really free flowing? The mATX case has a plate behind some fins that stops air from moving forward and inevitably back into the intake fans; sensible but when things get toasty as this summer they definitely have, my case fans are screaming if I leave the roof on, definitely some restriction.

The offset looks much better in the ATX box in the roof, having a z97 gryphon in the mATX, the average sized vrm heatsink puts a stop to anything over a 35mm thick 280mm rad. I definitely love the amount of fan mounting slots they have included, you can easily shift fans and rads around in place to get the best final placement, just like those long slots on that rear 140mm fan mount, so much room to allow for tall things in the roof.

Awesome review, thanks for the in-depth coverage!Quote

11-09-2015, 07:38:28

tolagarf
I love this case! If I could only just freaking buy it! Can't get this anywhere in Denmark, nobody has it listed Quote
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