Phanteks Launches Enthoo Mini XL Dual System Chassis

Phanteks newest chassis is anything but ordinary and I’m sure there will be quite a few among our readers that will consider this for their next built and if nothing else, at least imagine what kind of system they would like to build with it. The chassis is the Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL and it is a super micro ATX chassis with room for two independent systems.

The compact Enthoo Mini XL has sandblasted aluminum faceplates with a matte finish and comes with a new RGB LED light system that wasn’t found in the previous Enthoo Primo chassis, and you have 10 colours to choose from. As mentioned above, the Enthoo Mini XL supports dual motherboard configurations, but that will require the PH-ITXKT_01 Mini XL ITX upgrade kit.

Despite the compact size, the Enthoo Mini XL features a lot of options. The PSU is mounted in its own chamber at the top back side for optimal cooling and the case also supports extensive water cooling support.It has a convenient pump bracket with preinstalled vibration dampeners, a PWM control hub that allows you to connect up to 7 fans to be controlled by PWM, 2 reservoir mounting locations, radiator side bracket, and dual rear fan exhaust.

The Enthoo Mini XL has so many features, it is tough to list them all in a proper fashion. Besides the great cooling support mentioned above, it also comes with features such as dual removable hard drive cages, Drop-N-Lock SSD Brackets, quick eject dust filters, LED control, a mod friendly structure with screws instead of rivets, and easy cable management.

For those who desire even more, the Mini XL has options for additional upgrades with extra kits. You can get the PH-LEDKT_M1 and PH-LEDKT_M2 internal ambient lighting systems that match with the exterior lighting, 2 extra slots for SSD Brackets with the PH-SDBKT_01, 2 locations for HDD upgrade with Phanteks HDD Bracket PH-HDDKT_01, and the previously mentioned dual motherboard upgrade using the PH-ITXKT_01 upgrade kit.

The Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL chassis will be available at most local retailers in January 2016 with a recommended retail price of £149.99 or €169.90. The PH-ITXKT_01 will cost another £22.99 and the PH-HDDKT_01 another £5.99. All prices with VAT included.

eTeknix 2015 Christmas Buying Guide – Treat Yourself or Someone Else!

The time for holiday festivities is almost upon us and as the modern tradition of consumerism continues to grow, it becomes harder and harder to pick the right gifts for people every year, or perhaps it’s just me who struggles? Either way, we’ve sat around a Christmas fire, or just a general fire in November and December, getting into the gift buying state of mind and picked a range of our favourite products which we’ve reviewed here at eTeknix throughout 2015, as what better products to recommend than the ones we’ve had in our own hands and tested!

We’ve got a huge range of budgets covered here today, although I think it’s fair to assume that given we play around with graphics cards and a lot of enthusiast friendly products, there are some real wallet busters here too. Of course, you can use this guide to find some of the best products of the year to treat your family, friends and more, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t just spoil yourself too!


Rock Band 4 Band in a Box

Get ready to rock out this Christmas and no doubt many other days. Pick up the guitar, drum sticks, or just butcher your favourite song on the microphone. Rock Band 4 – Band in a Box is a fantastic gift and it’s a great thing to deploy at parties too, certainly beats the usual Karaoke chaos! It comes with the guitar, microphone, drums and the game for $249.99. To save costs, the standalone game with the guitar is just $129.99. In the UK, the Band in a Box is £219.99, while the guitar and game is just £109.99.

Check out the full review here.


Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Chassis

The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid-Tower chassis is by far my favourite chassis of 2015, it just oozes high quality inside and out, with capabilities for high-end water and air cooling and so much more. It is available from Overclockers UK for £139.99 and is available in both Gun Metal and black.

Check out the full review here.


Raijintek Styx Micro-ATX Aluminium Chassis

What a fantastic little chassis this is! Built from beautifully finished brushed aluminium and available in a wide range of colours, this would make a great gift for someone building a new gaming system this Christmas. The Raijintek Styx chassis is available from Overclockers UK for just £64.99.

Check out the full review here.


be quiet! Silent Base 800 Chassis

Another expensive chassis on our list, but one of the best we’ve seen this year. If you’re wanting to build someone, or yourself, a gaming PC that not only looks great but is as silent as you could ever hope for, the Silent Base 800 Window is the way to go. It is available from most popular retailers for 149,90EUR/119 GBP/149,90 USD ex. VAT.

Check out the full review here.


Corsair Strafe RGB MX Silent Red Mechanical Keyboard

Featuring the innovative Cherry MX Silent Switches, the Corsair Strafe RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is simply amazing to use. It’s packed full of features and is by far the quietest mech we’ve ever tested. A little expensive, but I’m sure anyone would be happy to unwrap this at Christmas. The Strafe is available for £139.99 from Overclockers UK, while the MX Red and the MX Brown are priced at £129.95. If you want the non-RGB version, you can find the MX Red and the MX Brown at £99.95 each.

Check out the full review here.


Thermaltake Commander Gaming Gear Keyboard and Mouse Combo

The TteSports by Thermaltake Commander Keyboard and Mouse Combo is a great gift for Christmas, it’s affordable, has a nice range of features and you get a keyboard and a mouse in a single nice and tidy (and easy to wrap) box! With prices around £23.99 it’s hard to say no to such a great deal! Readers in the US can pick one of from Newegg for an equally impressive $29.99.

Check out the full review here.


CM Storm Quick Fire XTi Mechanical Keyboard

RGB mechanical keyboards are everywhere this year, but the XTi from Cooler Master is my personal favourite so far. It’s no-fuss and bold design is great for home and office, gaming or work, with the added bonus that it’s incredibly durable and has some of the nicest lighting tones I’ve seen so far, even if it does only allow for a mixture of red and blue! You can pick up the XTi from Box for just £134, although there’s also a deal that includes a free mouse here!

Check out the full review here.


Corsair Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse

The Gaming Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse is packed full of features that will put a smile on any PC gamers face. With RGB lighting, excellent performance and a customisable keypad on the side, it’s one of the best mice we’ve ever tested. better yet, it’s only £69.95 from Overclockers UK.

Check out the full review here.


Logitech G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse

The Logitech G502 is a prime example of how great a gaming mouse can truly be. This is without a doubt the best mouse sensor we’ve ever tested and the rest of the mouse isn’t exactly lacking in features either. I’d be tempted to buy this one for myself this Christmas, but you could always treat someone else with it too. It’s available directly from the Logitech website (with free shipping) for just £69.99.

Check out the full review here.


G.Skill MX780

A relatively new entry on the peripherals market, the G.Skills MX780 is a fantastic gaming mouse, with a switchable left or right handed grip that makes it ideal for a wide range of gamers. With a retail price of just $59.99 it is exceptional value for a Christmas gift, and given its spec, it’ll go head to head with many of the best mice on the market.

Check out the full review here.


Corsair Void Headset

We were absolutely blown away by the Corsair Void series, some of the best sounding, most comfortable and best-looking headsets we’ve ever seen! They would make a great gift, but be careful, if you try them out before you give them away, you may want to keep them. The Corsair Void USB 7.1 RGB Headset is available from Overclockers UK for just £79.99. This is £10 cheaper than the Wireless headset which is £89.99, I prefer the wireless and think it’s not much more to pay for the extra tech, but you’re own preferences will obviously determine which model you prefer.

Check out the reviews for the USB 7.1, Wireless 7.1 and 2.0 headsets here.


Astro A40 TR + Mix Amp Pro

Eager to get the best of the best gaming headset for you or your loved one? Then make no exception, the Astro A40 TR Headset with Mix Amp Pro is the way to go. This is one that’s sure to leave a dent in your wallet, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Available from the Astro store for £200, plus around £48 for the optional Mod Kit, the Astro is expensive, but the sound quality, features and comfortable fit are priceless.

Check out the full review here.


Crucial BX200 SSD

SSD prices are dropping constantly and there really has never been a better time to invest. If it’s for your own system, you can give yourself a great upgrade without spending a fortune, but the smaller drive sizes make excellent gifts to those who could do with a performance upgrade on their system. The Crucial BX200 comes with an MSRP of £234.49 ($299.99) for the 960GB model and £66.49 ($84.99) and £116.99 ($149.99) for the smaller 240GB and 480GB models, plus the small boxes are super easy to wrap up as a gift.

Check out the full review here.


QNAP TS-251 2-Bay NAS

Give the gift of a connected home this Christmas, from streaming your movies around the house, to backing up those important files, there are a lot of benefits to owning a NAS. Not the cheapest of gifts, but it’s one of those products where if you buy cheap, you’ll likely regret it in the long run. The QNAP’s TS-251 Turbo NAS can be found at NewEgg for $384.99, at Scan UK for £295.32, or through Geizhals starting at €284.

Check out the full review here.


Sapphire Nitro R9 380X 4GB Graphics Card

AMD have created a mighty powerhouse with the R9 380X and the Sapphire Nitro is one of the finest examples. It’s fast, sleek and affordable, more than enough power for 1080P ultra gaming, or 1440p high gaming, making it a great addition to anyone who wants the latest PC games for Christmas. The Sapphire Nitro R9 380X is currently available from OverclockersUK for £199.99. NeweggUS currently has this card listed for $229.99.

Check out the full review here.


Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Graphics Card

Spend a little more, get a lot more, the GTX 970 is a superb card, but one that may be getting a little expensive for those looking for a Christmas gift. With enough power to play anything on the market and even delve into high-end resolutions, it’s a strong contender for something to put under the Christmas tree, or even put on your own wish list. The Gainward Phoenix GTX 970 is currently available in the UK from SCAN for £273.56 and for an estimated $360 in the US.

Check out the full review here.


Nvidia GeForce GTX 980ti 6GB Graphics Card

It wouldn’t be Christmas if we couldn’t all hope and dream, but the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti is currently one of the best cards on the market and we would be crazy not to suggest the best of the best. Available in the UK for the £599.99 it’s certainly not cheap, although we’ve seen some great deals bringing it down below £500, so it’s best to shop around. Just imagine the look on your partners face when they unwrap this monster on Christmas day!

Check out the full review here.


DDR4

Getting a little more back to reality and reasonable prices, DDR4 memory is dropping in price quite nicely now. It was super expensive at launch, but now you’ll often find DDR4 kits at equal or lower prices to their DDR3 equivalents. That makes them a great upgrade for Christmas, but make sure you have a DDR4 motherboard to go with it!

Check out our latest memory reviews here.


Shield Android TV

Snapped up a 4K TV in the Black Friday deals? The Nvidia Shield Console is the most powerful Android device on the market, and it’s the perfect media player for Plex, 4K content on Netflix and more. Even better, it’s also a very powerful gaming system, with many AAA games available to play, as well as game streaming features that will leave you wondering why this device doesn’t cost more than £149.99! You can buy the Shield TV and accessories directly from Nvidia here.

Check out the full review here.


Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme S

Think someone could do with a cooling upgrade for their system, or perhaps even parts towards a new system build this Christmas? Treat them to an AIO water cooler and they’ll be able to reduce the noise from their system and unlock its overclocking potential! The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme S is a little expensive, but it’s still a competitively priced AIO at just £81.98 and would make a great gift, especially if you’re just going to treat yourself.

Check out the full review here.


Alpenfohn Atlas

The Atlas is one of the coolest coolers we’ve seen this year, a tiny form factor with big performance and virtually silent acoustics. Building a system for someone or upgrading your own, this is one cooler you’ll want to consider and given that it’s available from Overclockers UK for a very reasonable £42.95, it’s another great addition to our buying guide.

Check out the full review here.


be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim

Need a premium cooler but don’t want to pay a premium price this Christmas? The be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim is more affordable, but still packs some impressive performance figures. It’s available from Scan.co.uk for just £30.52 + shipping here in the UK and from Amazon.com for $49.90 + $9.80 shipping in the US.

Check out the full review here.


Inateck Mercury Box Bluetooth Speaker

Love your music on the go, when you’re out at the park, or anywhere for that matter? The Mercury box offers up a huge sound from such a tiny box. Built from aluminium and featuring a waterproof design, it’s one of the best mobile speakers on the market, great for listening to music wherever you are! Available from Amazon.com for just $48.99 and readers in the UK can get it from Amazon.co.uk for £49.99.

Check out the full review here.


OnePlus 10,000mAh Mobile USB Power Bank

The perfect stocking filler, a 10,000 mAh mobile battery. This has enough juice to charge most mobiles several times, and it’ll even recharge high-end devices such as iPads with ease too. Perfect for travelling, and best of all, it’s super lightweight and affordable. The power bank is £13.99/$14.99/€15.99 and you can order it directly from OnePlus.

Check out the full review here.


Gaming Systems

Nothing says I love you like a kick-ass gaming PC. Of course, budgets vary wildly from hundreds to even thousands of pounds/dollars, but that’s the joy of buying a PC, or building your own, there’s so much to choose from! With so many awesome system integrators around these days, you can’t go far wrong. Chillblast, CyberPower, PC Specialist, Vibox, Freshtech or Overclockers UK.

Gaming in the living room? Why not invest in a CyberPower Syber Steambox! Prices start at £485 and go right up to £1905, giving you a great choice to suit your needs, and your budget.

A whole lot of gaming for not a lot of money from Chillblast, with their very competitive Fusion NightHawk, a great option for those looking for their first gaming PC at just £599.

Got a little more budget to play around with this Christmas? The super fast gaming systems from PC Specialist that feature ASUS Maximus VIII hardware also come with the gorgeous Gladius mouse! Systems in this category start at £890 for the i5 and GTX 960 model, all the way up to £1670 for the i7 and GTX 980 Ti.

Another mid-budget powerhouse, this time from Vibox with their Element X. At just £649, this MSI R9 380 and AMD FX-6300 powered computer is great for gaming and would make a great gift this Christmas.

Time to bring out the big gun’s and really treat yourself? Or perhaps you just want your friend or family member to open a present they’ll never forget? The FreshTech Solutions Stealth Gaming PC is an absolute beast, powered by some of today’s latest and greatest hardware. Of course, it’s not cheap at £1412, but this is not your run of the mill gaming PC.

Overclockers UK offer a range of gaming systems, and general day-to-day PC’s just like another other, but with the big advantage that they’re also a normal PC component retailer. If you want to build your own system, customise a build or pick a pre-built system, you’ll find lots to play around with here.

Check out our full range of system reviews here.

Phanteks Announce New Enthoo Evolv ATX Colour

Phanteks is one of the new kids on the block when you look at the likes of Cooler Master and Corsair. Founded back in 2007, it was a joint effort of a small team of thermal orientated engineers to produce some of the best cooling solutions on the market, and boy they are a sight to behold.

Only recently it has broken into the case market, but by not offering cheap and cheerful cases, Phanteks has already become famous for the Enthoo Evolv range of cases for being just some of the best on the planet.

Up until now, the Enthoo Evolv ATX has only been available in the more popular Black and Gun Metal Grey and while that has proven a good decision here we are with a brand new Galaxy Silver colour.

Despite the colour change, the Evolv ATX case still features the steel construction with 3mm thick aluminium outer panels, multi-option LED’s (Red, Green, Blue and White) for the front panel and an extremely modular internal hard drive installation which allows you to install up to five (5) 3.5″ free hanging hard drive cages in the front of the case; although that space would be much better suited for a large reservoir.

This case is simply stunning and one of the all-time best cases I’ve worked with in terms of functionality, quality and easy of installation of parts. Do you own this or any other variant of the Enthoo Evolv range? Why not show us your completed images down in the comments.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Midi-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Building a high-end gaming system or workstation calls for an equally high-end chassis, something that is capable of meeting your demands for high-end cooling and the best hardware you can afford. The Enthoo Pro M follows in the footsteps of the Enthoo Evolv ATX, but swaps out a few of the design features for something with more airflow, making it a premium solution for those wanting to install high-end water cooling hardware, or air cooling solutions.

“The ENTHOO PRO M focuses on delivering great design without compromising price. Water-cooling builds will be a simple task with the help of our innovative radiator bracket and pump mounting locations. Whether you are a system builder or water-cooling enthusiast, the PRO M will give you unlimited possibilities.”

As you can see from the specifications, this is one extremely capable mid-tower, with support for everything from mini-ITX right up to E-ATX motherboards. You’ll find room for multiple expansion cards, which can be up to 420mm long with the hard drive brackets removed. There’s extensive cooling support too, with up to 280/360mm radiators in the top and front, as well as a 120/140mm in the rear. The cooling support is expanded further with dedicated spaces to mount pumps and reservoir hardware.

First impressions of the chassis are very good, just lifting it out of the box, it becomes apparent that it’s a robust chassis and the steel construction means it’s got a good bit of weight and strength to it. The matte black finish looks nice and stealthy too, giving the chassis a nice and uniform appearance. There’s a large window on the side panel, which is big enough to show off the internal hardware while hiding things like cable routing and storage bays.

Tucked down the left of the front panel, you’ll find a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HD audio jacks, and a reset button. Here you can also see the false brushed aluminum effect on the front panel plastics, which I think looks rather stylish.

The right side panel is just a blank panel. Both the left and right side panels are held in place with thumb screws, allowing for relatively easy access to the chassis interior.

The front panel is nicely designed, with a single 5.25″ drive bay with a removable cover at the top, and a huge ventilated section at the bottom, allowing huge amounts of airflow to any front mounted cooling, albeit at the cost of some noise suppression.

Around the back, you’ll find a lot of passive airflow, as well as a pre-installed Phanteks 140mm fan as the main exhaust. Further down, there are seven expansion slots, each fitted with a reusable ventilated cover and finally, at the bottom, a slide out dust filter for the PSU air intake.

The top has even more ventilation, perfect for any optional fans or radiators.

The comes fitted with a huge dust filter, which is fitted with magnets, allowing you to quickly remove it and clean it.

Ample ground clearance on the bottom courtesy of four large feet, each fitted with rubber grips.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Phanteks are quickly becoming one of my favourite chassis manufacturers. The Enthoo range is one of the most capable enthusiast series on the market, which ticks all the right boxes for those who want a high-end system, with minimal or no fuss in terms of component compatibility, high-end build quality and flawless designs. The latest model, the Enthoo EVOLV ATX, offers support for (you guessed it) full-ATX and EATX motherboards, giving you more room for multiple graphics cards and a whole host of other devices.

The ATX feature all-aluminium construction with thick panels and a gun-metal finish, which certainly sounds like a winning combination. Add to this, quick release side panels, a modular hard drive system, radiator brackets, high-quality PH-140SP fans pre-installed and much more, and you’re well on your way to a stunning system build. So what are we waiting for? Let’s jump right in and take a look at what this chassis has to offer!

The first thing you’ll find is the Phanteks Accessory Box.

The box contains some cable ties, a few LED lights which can be used to change the colour of the front panel power LED, a screw box with all the screws you’ll need for your build, three 3.5″ drive trays and the user’s manual.

First impressions of this chassis are very good, the gun-metal finish on those thick aluminium panels is a sight to behold. It has a smooth texture to it, with just a little bit of sparkle, giving it a mysterious and very premium quality vibe. The left side panel features a large window, giving you a great view of the interior and there’s an extra bit at the bottom showing off the interior logo and the front 2.5″ HDD mount, great for showing off your new drive.

The right side panel is the same shape but obviously doesn’t feature the window section. Both sides have the same ventilation at the top edge, providing airflow to any top mounted cooling, as well as some passive airflow to the chassis in general.

The front panel is certainly unique, with that bold, yet understated appearance. There’s a pair of large cutaways on the sides, allowing extra airflow the front mounted cooling, as well as a small LED light towards the bottom for the master power indicator.

Tucked away at the top, you’ll find a small flip-up cover which hides the main I/O.

Behind it, you’ll find a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HD audio and the reset button.

The cut away towards the bottom allows a little more airflow, but also acts as a handle; just grab it and pull to remove the front panel cover.

The front panel is mounted using four durable pegs which lock the heavy metal panel very securely in place. Behind it, there’s a huge filtered panel which should do an amazing job of blocking any dust from getting in the system and it’s also easy to access and maintain when it gets a clogged up.

The filter pulls away and behind it, you’ll find two very high-quality 140mm Phanteks fans. The front mount will support 120/140 width hardware, as well as 280/360mm tall radiators.

There’s lots of ventilation around the back, around the edge of the top panel, behind the motherboard and to the sides of the expansion slots.

The rear fan is another high-quality 140mm Phanteks fan and comes with elongated universal screw mounts for 120/140mm fans/radiators.

There’s some extra mounts on the ventilation too, which could come in handy for custom water cooling hardware.

The PSU can be mounted normal or inverted, but it’s certainly better with the fan pointing down, as you can utilise the bottom fan-intake vents.

There’s even a slide out dust filter for the PSU to keep everything running on clean air.

The top panel is nice and flat, with just a stylish little power button located towards the front.

The feet on the chassis are nice and side, giving it added stability and there are four tough rubber grips to prevent it from sliding around on harder surfaces. There’s good ground clearance too, which will help with directing airflow to the PSU air intake.

Phantek Enthoo Mini XL Super Micro Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


A few months ago, I reviewed the gorgeous Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV Micro-Tower Chassis and I loved it enough to award it with our Editors Choice Award. This week, we’ve gone a lot further up the Phanteks range, to take a look at their mighty Mini XL Now, the world mini might not imply that this is a big chassis, but it certainly isn’t mini at all, and we’ll show you why that is in just a moment.

Features

Enthoo Mini XL includes 2 x 140mm fan in front and 1 x 140mm fan in the rear. Ability to upgrade to additional fans is possible. All fans included are Phanteks’ new redesigned and better performing SP series fans.

Appearance

  • Sandblasted aluminum faceplates with matte finish
  • Multi-color LED light strips
  • Stealth interior design

Cooling

  • Extreme cooling capacity
  • Support for up to 14x 120mm / 8x 140mm
  • Comes with 3 Phanteks premium fans
  • PWM fan hub plus 2x y-splitters allow for 8 fan connections* (11 fans max with additional y-splitters sold separately)
  • Extensive water cooling support. Provides up to 5 different installation areas for slim and thick radiators varying from single to triple (120mm and 140mm form factors). Clearance for push-pull fan configurations.

Functionality

  • Dual removable harddrive cages
  • 2x removable Drop-N-Lock SSD brackets
  • Fully equipped with dustfilters (1x top, 1x front, 2x bottom)
  • Removable top panel for easy fan installation and dust filter cleaning
  • Compartment for fan installation in top panel
  • Clean cable management using Phanteks’ preinstalled Hoop-N-Loop cable ties
  • Mod friendly structure uses screws NOT rivets
  • 10 color ambient lighting controller
  • 2x USB 3.0, microphone, 3.5mm audio jack

The Mini XL comes with support for Micro-ATX motherboards, despite being a little bigger than most mid-towers and almost as tall as some full-towers. It also comes with support, through the purchase of some additional brackets which I have at my disposal today, for mini-ITX motherboards. What’s important to mention is that this isn’t an either-or situation, as it’ll support both a Micro-ATX and a Mini-ITX motherboard simultaneously!

“The MINI XL introduces a new form factor, super micro ATX. With its unique power supply location, the Mini XL case has been redesigned with optimal cooling in mind. Resembling the Enthoo Primo, it offers extensive water-cooling possibilities and supports the thickest radiators in the market (80mm). The case brings modularity to a new level. Almost every single panel or bracket can be removed or relocated to serve different purposes. For the ones who desire even more, the Mini XL leaves options for additional upgrades. Pherhaps the most interesting one is the possibility to transform the MINI XL into a dual motherboard system.” – Phanteks

One of the biggest features of this chassis is its water cooling support and the best way to demonstrate this would be the video below. It’s obvious that water cooling enthusiasts are going to love this chassis!

In the box, you get everything you need to get you started, from hard drive and water cooling adaptor brackets, as well as a lovely mini component box for all the screws you’re ever likely to require.

First things first, I’m pretty sure this chassis is coated in some kind of military grade paint used for stealth jets. In a well-lit room with a camera flash for extra light, it still manages to look dark black; that’s not a bad thing, but it’s terrible for some of my photographs. The left side panel features two windows, the larger one on the left, then a smaller one on the right to show off two extra SSD mounts and the Phanteks logo on the inside of the chassis; a great way to show off your fancy SSDs.

The right side panel comes with two ventilated sections with magnetic dust filters on the interior. The one near the front can be used for cooling fans or radiators, or just passive cooling for the hard drive bays dependent on your internal configuration of choice. The section at the rear is for the PSU, which is side mounted in the top right of the chassis.

The front panel looks really cool, with a mixture of curved edges and bold shapes. You can see that the has an extended took to it, with the main section sort of floating from the bottom and right sides of the chassis, which comes with a ten colour LED light strip, further adding to that “floating” effect. This extended design means the chassis is quite wide, but that will help drastically with radiator support, as well as the dual motherboard configurations that are compatible.

Around the back, you’ll see all kinds of crazy things going on. There’s a PSU mount in the top left corner, a universal 120/140mm spacing fan and radiator mount on the right, then down at the bottom you have your Micro-ATX motherboard mounting. Now, it’s worth mentioning that the radiator panel as well as the small panel in the bottom right corner can be unscrewed completely, lifted out of the chassis and replaced with an alternative panel to allow you to install an SFX PSU and Mini-ITX motherboard on top of all the usual hardware; don’t worry, we’ll be doing that shortly.

The top panel is vast, allowing huge amounts of ventilated airflow for a wide range of fan and radiator configurations as you saw in the video at the start of this review.

The front panel is tucked to the right side of the top of the chassis and comes with the usual power controls, two USB 3.0 ports and HD Audio jacks.

Instead of smaller feet, the chassis has two long feet that run the full length of the chassis, giving it extra stability; There are six tough rubber pads to help keep it firmly planted on your surface of choice. There are two dust filters that cover the full length of the chassis, and what’s really nice is that these filters can be removed from the left side of the chassis, making maintenance a much easier task.

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV Micro-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Today is a pretty cool day at eTeknix HQ, as I get to take a look at my very first Phanteks chassis! The new Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV looks set to be another welcome addition to the enthusiast gaming chassis market, perfect for those who love to show off their build. Phanteks already have a great reputation thanks to their extreme performance air coolers, which are still proving popular amongst system builders, so I’m certainly eager to see what this chassis has to offer.

First up, the EVOLV came with a large box of accessories.

In the box, I found cable ties, velcro ties, three LED lights (red, green and white), a toolbox full of screw fittings, a user manual and two drive tray adapters; pretty much everything you’ll need and more!

First impression of the EVOLV are very positive, this is a great looking chassis and it’s certainly unique in terms of its shape. It’s a little shorter from front to back that most towers of this size, we’ll take a look at why in a moment. The model we have today has a large side panel window and a brilliant white paint job, great for showing off your build. It’s also worth mentioning that this chassis is surprisingly heavy, the panels are thick steel and I wouldn’t want to lug this around to LAN gaming events anytime soon!

The right side panel has all the important stuff you’re likely to need.

There’s a small power and reset button near the top.

As well as a pair of HD audio jacks and dual USB 3.0 ports near the bottom.

The front panel is really nicely designed, with a rather strange yet cool looking metal front panel, which has some gaps around it for airflow to any front-mounted cooling. There’s a small LED strip near the bottom, which can be customised thanks to the extra LED lights that are included in the box.

Around the back, you can see that this is a Micro-ATX compatible chassis, so there are only four expansion slots, but each one is fitted with a reusable, ventilated metal cover. There’s a 140mm fan pre-installed, but there’s also fittings for a 120mm should you feel the need.

The top panel has a nice and clean look to it, lots of space on top for you to leave you wallet, glasses, phone and other stuff; not that you should, but a lot of people do. There are four ventilation holes down the left side of the top panel and four more on the right side, perfect for getting airflow to/from any top mounted cooling.

Two full-width feet provide a strong and stable base for the chassis, as well as freeing up a good amount of space for airflow to the PSU air filter.

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Full Tower Chassis Now Available

The stunning Phanteks Enthoo Luxe chassis is finally here! Combining premium grade style with all the features we’ve come to expect from a high-end chassis and from a brand as well respected as Phanteks. Enthusiast system builders who are eager to push the limits of air and water cooling are going to love this new case, as it features two removable drop-n-lock style SSD brackets, a PWM hub, pump brackets, a reservoir bracket and a PSU cover to help keep your build looking neat and tidy.

The chassis can handle up to four radiators in various configurations, something that should easily appeal to the custom-loop loving system builder, and with dedicated mountings for reservoirs and pumps, it should look pretty spectacular with an ultra-high-end system build installed. It features a stunning sandblasted finish, large side panel windows, dust filters and many more features that make this one of the most hotly anticipated enthusiast chassis of the year, not forgetting the fact that it looks absolutely incredible.

Styling Features:

  • Clean and elegant design from the Enthoo series
  • Sandblasted aluminium faceplates with matte finish
  • Multi-colour ambient lighting
  • Stealthy interior design

Features:

  • Dual removable hard drive cages
  • Closed HDD panel
  • Removable Drop-N-Lock SSD brackets
  • Fully equipped with dust filters (1x top, 1x front, 2x bottom)
  • Removable top mesh panel for easy fan installation + dust filter cleaning
  • Clean cable management using Phanteks’ pre-installed Hoop-N-Loop cable ties + Removable PSU cover
  • Ambient lighting with LED on/off switch and colour control (10 colours)
  • Modding friendly structure – fastened by screws instead of rivets (removable top/odd/hdd panel)

Specifications:

  • Dimension: 235 mm x 560 mm x 550 mm (W x H x D)
  • Form Factor: Full tower
  • Material(s): Aluminium faceplates, Steel chassis
  • Motherboard support :ATX, EATX, uATX, SSI EEB
  • Front: I/O 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Mic, Headphone,
  • LED: switch
  • Side window: Yes, split-window design
  • Expansion slots 8
  • External 5.25” 3
  • Internal 3.5” 6 (2x 3HDD cages)
  • Internal 2.5” 8 (2x on SSD brackets)

Liquid Cooling:

  • Front Up to 240
  • Top Up to 360/420
  • Rear 120/140
  • Bottom Up to 240/140

Prices are expected in the region of $149.99 for the black model and $159.99 for the white model. Those of us in the UK can pre-order the chassis from Overclockers.co.uk for just £119.99 for the black model and £129.98 for the white model.

Thank you OCUK for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of OCUK.