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Enermax Hoplite Mid-Tower Chassis Review



/ 5 years ago

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Even though the days of the ‘beige box’ are over, there still aren’t a huge number of cases on the market that have a visual wow-factor. A number manufacturers like Lian Li and Fractal Design produce very elegant looking cases which are easy on the eye but aren’t exactly exciting.

Other manufacturers like Cooler Master and Antec take a different approach, trying to differentiate their cases by making them look like something space age. Then there are manufacturers like NZXT who do manage to pull one out the bag and create something truly beautiful like the Phantom.

Enermax choose to do things in a different way, though, by making an average looking case and then kitting it out with their very snazzy Apollish Vegas fans. This makes for a great looking case without adding massively to the cost.

Today we are going to look at the Enermax Hoplite which appears to be reasonably priced and interesting to look at. We shall see if this is the case when we look at it in more detail, though.

Specification

  • Model: ECA3220
  • Size: Mid-Tower
  • Material: 0.6-0.8mm SECC Steel
  • Dimensions: 493 x 200 x 490 (DxWxH)
  • Motherboard Support: ATX and Micro ATX
  • I/O: 2x USB3.0, 1x eSATA, HD/AC’97 Audio
  • Front Fan: 120mm Vegas fan (included)
  • Rear Fan: 120mm fan (included)
  • Top Fans: 2x 120mm/140mm fans (not included)
  • Side Fans: 2x 120mm fans (not included)
  • 4x 5.25” External Drive Bays
  • 4x 3.5” Drive Bays + 2x Hot-Swap Bays
  • 2x 2.5” Drive Bays
  • 7x Expansion Slots
  • 2x Liquid Cooling Holes

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  • Si KeVin

    Im pretty sure the internal looks the same wtih my sharkoon scorpio 1000 😀

  • Leo Bien Durana

    The looks of this case reminds me of the dark fleets… But I love the fact that the front fan mounts can be easily accessed. Even the rubber grommets are nice looking too. 🙂

  • gaetan

    Great review, although you really like that vegas fan don't you? :p

  • lucas4

    good review :)!it looks like a good case where the interior is concerned and obviously looks are a personal preference. Non replaceable PCI shields is a big no-no on an £85 case tho :eek:!

  • dav532000

    Looks like a nice case, would have liked a front view with the dvd drives installed, plenty fans but only 2 installed, would have thought you could replace the PCI covers with a screw if you do change setup. But once again good review, I allways look on review sites before I decide on getting anything.

  • dlb

    Nice looking case… but 85GBP is equal to approx $135USD which is IMO too high (at about $85USD this case would be awesome). Also, the review didn't mention anything about the top fan mounts. It looks as if it could handle a 120×240 rad or (2) 120 fans or (2) 140 fans…. Maybe I missed the discussion of the top panel fan mounts… if I did (or it was unintentionally missed), please point me in the right direction (or add the info the review). Overall, a very good review. Some online reviews do not actually perform a full build in the case (which is LAME). It's nice to see how a case will actually look with all the gear inside, how the cable mgmt works, etc….

    dav532000 wrote: . . . would have liked a front view with the dvd drives installed . . .

    I agree with this statement 100%.EDIT- I now see that in the basic specs, it says that (2) 120 or 140 fans will go up top…. sorry, my bad! I skipped that part! :rolleyes: