Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid-Tower Chassis Review
Peter Donnell / 5 years ago
The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid-Tower chassis is available from Overclockers UK for £139.99 and is available in both Gun Metal and black. This isn’t particularly cheap, but when you factor in the 3mm aluminium construction and capabilities, this is an absolute bargain in terms of price vs quality.
Wow, that’s pretty much all I feel I need to say about this case, job done, now I can go home and put my feet up. OK, so perhaps I should elaborate a little more. The build quality on this is as good as it gets. Unless someone builds one our of Carbotanium anytime soon, it won’t be beaten. 3mm aluminium is incredibly strong, but it also looks stunning, adding a visual and tactile quality to the chassis that simply cannot be matched by the often steel and plastic construction of many rival chassis designs. Aluminium is also lightweight, although this chassis is anything but, as there’s still a lot of metal here, but I guess you could say you can feel the quality of the construction in the weight alone. The finish is absolutely flawless and while I admit that my camera doesn’t quite capture the delicate sparkle of the gunmetal finish, it’s certainly one of the best-looking metal finishes we’ve ever seen on a chassis and it’s an easy match for virtually any colour scheme of components you choose to fit it with.
All the fixtures are right where you need them and fully modular too, which means you’re going to run into very few, if any, limitations with your build. The hard drive bays are add-as-needed, rather than removable. There’s room for two 280/360mm radiators, one in the front and another in the top, as well as a 120/140mm in the back. Then you’ve got dedicated screw holes and mounting hardware for the pump and radiator, so enthusiast water coolers will love this chassis. That being said, those aiming for air-cooling can reap the benefits of those very high-quality 140mm pre-installed fans, as well as the ample clearance for a large tower cooler and either water or air coolers can enjoy the 6-port fan controller that’s hidden discretely behind the motherboard.
All the main panels are tool-free, so opening up the chassis or accessing the front panel dust filter is a quick and easy task. Of course, with high-quality filters on all intakes, it’s unlike your system will become dirty, but at least you can just pop open the door and get in there with ease should you need to maintain your system.
Cable management is perfect, with plenty of routing holes, grommets, a PSU shroud, velcro straps and more helping keep thing organized. Even with a lot of hardware installed, you should have a fairly easy time getting something that looks professional.
- Exceptional build quality
- Room for large graphics cards
- Excellent water cooling support
- Modular drive layout
- Huge side panel window
- Dust filters
- Changeable LED colour
- Perfect cable routing
- PSU shroud
- Tool-free panels
- Flawless gun-metal finish aluminium
“If you’re looking to build a high-end gaming system, the Enthoo ATX Mid-Tower is without a doubt one of the best chassis in the world for the job, with build quality that simply cannot be beaten at this price range.”
Thank you OCUK for providing us with this sample.