Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review

Up Close: Interior Bottom Rear and Roof

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review

Up Close:  Interior Bottom Rear and Roof 

The Evolve ATX has a ventilated false floor which runs along the full depth of the case from front to back, covering up both the PSU, cable management area and floor mounted drive bays.  The floor mounted drive bays do have an access panel above them though which also doubles as a pump/res mount.  This panel can be easily removed to enable the front of the case to take thick 240mm, 280mm or even 360mm radiators.  On the side of the false floor there's also a show off Drop-N-Lock point for mounting a 2.5" drive.

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The area above and anterior to the PSU is heavily ventilated allowing the PSU to be mounted either way up.  There are handy management holes at the rear edge of this as well as a good sized grommeted hole about half way along.  The PSU itself sits under the false floor on 4 dense foam pads.  Our review sample actually only had three pads, but we did later find the missing one in the box.  As mentioned when we looked at the exterior, the rear of the case sports a panel which is designed to be able to accept even the larger diameter cylinder type reservoirs

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Phanteks have included a 140mm fan at the rear of the case, with this mounting point also able to accept 120s.  Up in the roof there's mounting points-a-plenty for up to 3x120s or 3x140mm fans, and, as we'll see when we look at cooling options, quite a bit of radage room

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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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