Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review

Stripped

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review

Stripped

As always we strip down the case to get a better idea of haow it all fits together and how easy it to make use of all the attributes.  Starting on the inside the first thing we did was to remove the anterior section of the false floor.  This gives us access into the hidden drive bay beneath, but more importantly, with the drive bays removed it enables 360mm rads to be placed in the front of the case

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The 3mm thick front Aluminium panel pulls off with ease permitting access to the full height fan filter an the pair of white bladed 140mm fans that come included with the case.  In the pictures below we've highlighted the LED light fitting and channel that serves to illuminate the thin strip at the base of the case seen when we looked at the exterior.  The case comes with a good selection of LEDs, but if the colours aren't to your liking you can always pop in one you've sourced elsewhere.

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As with the Pro M the roof of the Evolv ATX has a pull out radiator bracket.  The bracket is specifically designed with slotted mounts so as to enable the fitting and variable location of up to 280mm or 360mm radiators.  Once attached, the drawer is simply slid back into place and secured with screws.

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Along with the thin vents that run along the shoulders of the case the Evolv ATX also has a roof section that is slightly elevated, allowing air to escape at the front and at the rear as seen in the image below left.  We can also see in the image below right just how far off-set the radiator mounts are from the motherboard area, meaning there should be a decent stand off allowing for thicker rads in the roof.

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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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