Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review
Published: 10th September 2015 | Source: OCUK | Price: 139.99 @ OCUK |
The Build and Cooling Options
The absence of traditional front HDD cages makes for a very roomy build indeed. With the PSU inserted under the false floor and motherboard in you can then choose how many, if any of the included HDD brackets you want to add, with of course the advantage that should you need lots of storage, and still require the fitting of a long GPU, the brackets can be spaced so as to allow both options at the same time.
The false floor makes for a very tidy build, with all unused wires stashed below decks as it were. Plentiful rubber grommeted management holes also mean that we can do an excellent and tidy job up front as well as round the back.
The Evolv ATX is able to take air coolers up to 194mm which means pretty much any tower type cooler on the market today will fit with no problems what-so-ever. If you're looking at this case with an eye to putting it under water then you're going to be quite delighted by the options available to you. For starters it'll take up to 280mm or 360mm rads up in the roof. We've shown it below with a simple 240mm rad so you can see just how much space there is.
We've also broken out the 360mm rad to help demonstrate the clever use of an offset radiator bracket. As you can see the 360 fits fine, but clearly overhangs the RAM, and almost occludes the CPU mount. Now this isn't something we'd necessarily recommend, but we recognise that sometimes it's the only way, and thanks to the substantial offset, you can, in practice as well as in theory mount rads and fan combinations pretty much as thick as you like provided there's nothing on the motherboard higher than about 68mm for 120 based rads or 48mm for 140mm based rads. We again emphasise how many problems doing this can potentially cause, not least of which is you won't be able to change your RAM without removing your loop, but at the end of the day, the option is there for you should you so desire.
If you don't want to make your life more difficult than it needs to be, but still want some mega radage then you'll be pleased to know that the front will also take 280s and 360s. With the floor panel removed there's a good 100mm of room to be had which, with the front fans external to this measurement, means that even the Alphacool Monstas will fit in here. It does have to be said, that fitting a 360 will see the lower portion of the rad dip below the false floor level, which does offend some aesthetics, but again, if you're not bothered too much by it, it's a great way to get a thick rad in the front.