Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review

The Build and Cooling Options

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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