Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review

Up Close: Interior Overview and Drive Bays

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review

Up Close:  Interior Overview and Drive Bays

If you've read our review of the Enthoo Pro M case you'll already be finding the internals of the Evolv ATX remarkably familiar.  The reason of course is simple in that the two cases pretty much share the same chassis.  Sure, there are a few differences, such as the absence of a 5.25" bay but essentially it's the same chassis.  This isn't a bad thing though as it helps reduce production costs which has a knock on effect for us consumers.  For those that haven't read the Pro M review, best we go over things.  For starters there's a large CPU cut out, as we've come to expect these days, and of course there are plenty of grommeted management holes which are well placed around the spacious interior.

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In its native form the drive bay area is left open so as to improve cooling and airflow from the two 140mm fans placed in the front.  Should you choose not to mount drives here though there's actually plenty of mounting points for long cylinder reservoirs along the rear wall.

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The Evolv ATX comes with three canter leaver type 3.5" mounts, with being able to be installed in a multitude of positions, allowing the builder to choose exactly how many and exactly where to put them.  The brackets themselves are sturdy, and as can be seen are foam lined so as to minimise vibration.  With the brackets in place there's 300mm of room for GPUs, and with them removed this rises to a more than acceptable 420mm.

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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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