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.

Cooltek Unveil GT-04 Gaming Tower

Cooltek has released their latest chassis in the Gaming Tower series and it’s another chassis packed full of features at a competitive price. The case might not look like a premium case and not be up to everyone’s taste, but one can’t argue with its features and functions.

The new midi tower chassis holds mITX to ATX motherboards and a default PS2 ATX power supplies. It comes with built-in docking station on the top that supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives, a card reader for micro-SD cards and SD cards, and it also has a built-in fan controller.

The case can hold two external 5.25-inch and one external 3.5-inch drives and internally it has room for another three 3.5-inch and three 2.5-inch drives.

The fan controller can control the front 140mm fan and rear 120mm fan just as the optional two 120mm or 140mm fans at the top.

With a side panel window, you got a great view at the built-in equipment and Cooltek also added extra vent holes near the GPU area.

You also get two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 und the obligatory HD-Audio ports that are easy to access on the top front.


The new Cooltek GT-04 has room for a graphics card with a length of up to 420mm and a CPU cooler with a maximum height of 160mm.

The GT-04 should be available in stores now for an MSRP of €54.99.

Instrument 1, a Whole Band in One Device, Hits Kickstarter Target

Artiphon impressed so much with its multi-instrument at CES 2013 that the device, Instrument 1, hit its Kickstarter goal within six hours of its launch. At the time of writing, its $75,000 target had been more than doubled after just one day, raising $162,000.

Instrument 1 is electronic music device that can sound like any instrument imaginable. Theoretically, the possibilities are limitless: using MIDI technology through a smart device interface running the accompanying app or on-board presets, Instrument 1 can electronically imitate a guitar, violin, piano, or even drums.

The body of the device is shaped similar to a guitar neck, with an analogue switch fret board, flap-like strummers, speaker and volume knob. Though it should appeal to musicians, Artiphon has also included an automated mode for novices to create music without knowing how to play an instrument.

Instrument 1 will be available in black and white for $349, with a premium, wood-backed version costing $899. Artiphon aim to start shipping units in June 2015.

Source: The Verge

Aerocool XPredator Avenger & XPredator X3 Avenger Get A Fresh Design

Aerocool Advanced Technologies have just introduced the latest editions of their popular chassis range. The new Avenger models are the latest additions to the XPredator super tower and the XPredator X3 high mid tower products. Both chassis are part of the performance gaming system series PGS-B, aiming for ambitious Gamers. New Avenger models are bringing a really fresh and exciting color-mix to the PGS-B series.

Aerocool took a very different approach when designing the chassis: Compared to the usual models, which feature a mix of black and red as well as white and blue, new Avenger models are using a mix of the colors gold and red. This fancy color combination is not only used on the outside but has been well implemented on the inside as well.

Users requiring much space, will love the XPredator Avenger super tower, which offers compatibility to almost all possible mainboard form-factors, including ATX, Flex-ATX, µATX, E-ATX as well as XL-ATX! Slightly more compact XPredator X3 Avenger supports form-factors such as ITX, Micro-ATX and standard ATX. Both chassis provide much space for hard drives, solid state disks, bay accessories and optical drives. XPredator Avenger features six 5,25 inch bays, six bays for 3,5 and 2,5 inch hard drives and SSDs as well as one (external) 3,5 inch bay.

In case of the XPredator X3 Avenger, up to eight 2,5 or 3,5 inch drives, three 5,25 inch drives, one additional (external) 3,5 inch drive can be easily mounted. Aerocool implemented one Hot Swap Slot on the outside front-panel of the XPredator X3 Avenger, which supports direct connection of 2,5 inch HDDs and SSDs. Both chassis are equipped with tool-free mechanisms and trays for the hard drive bays, allowing more fast and convenient mounting procedure.

Even in terms of cooling capabilities, no compromise has to be made. XPredator Avenger allows mounting of big CPU coolers with a total height of up to 18,5 cm and VGA cards with a total length of up to 33 cm. The midi tower XPredator X3 Avenger is offering much space for big CPU coolers with a height of up to 18,6 cm and high end VGA cards with a length of up to 31 cm. Plenty of room for watercooling systems and additional fans, a cable management system and pre-drilled holes for water-pipes are provided as well.

The very fresh design of the new Avenger models attracts attention, especially at LAN parties. A re-worked I/O panel is lo-cated in the center of the top panel of the XPredator Avenger, and brings some changes as well. Instead of three USB 2.0 and only one USB 3.0 ports, users have now access to two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. The Headphone and Mic jack as well as the eSATA port remain in the I/O panel. Both XPredator Avenger and XPredator X3 Avenger are supplied with a very use-ful two-channel fan controller, which is located in the I/O panel.

Aerocool XPredator Avenger and XPredator X3 Avenger are available at etailers and retails starting this week. Suggested manufacturers price as following:

  • Aerocool XPredator Avenger: 124,90 EUR (excl. Taxes)
  • Aerocool XPredator X3 Avenger: 104,90 EUR (excl. Taxes)

We look forward to reviewing these products in the near future, and the colour schemes do look like a breath of fresh air among the grey, black and white products we most often see.

Thank you Aerocool for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Aerocool.

Computex: Fractal Design Show Off Three New “Arc” Chassis Designs

Fractal Designs make some of the best build and designed chassis on the market and from the Node 304 to the Define XL R2 they’ve won many awards not only from us here at eTeknix but from many other reviewers. There are so many reasons why I was looking forward to checking out their new product ranges and it’s safe to say they didn’t disappoint one bit and with the white Node 304 adding some new colour schemes to their range, they also pushed three new Arc chassis which you can see in the image above.

The daddy of the bunch is the Arc XL, which as you can see is a real beast of a case with plenty of radiator suppport, modular storage, plenty of room for extensive water cooling and multi GPU’s and of course the award winning high build quality that Fractal are renowned for.

Behind the motherboard we also find that there are a few stealth mounts for a few extra 2.5″ SSD’s, handy if you took all the HDD docks out to fit a large radiator!

So long as you don’t need all the optical bay you can even fit a 360mm radiator in the top.

A further 240mm radiator in the front too and that’s more than enough cooling for today’s high performance gaming systems.

Next we have the smaller, friendlier and by no means less competent Arc Mini R2 which as you can see still packs the same radiator configuration as the XL, Incredible! Finally we have the system in the middle, the Arc Midi R2 which sits in the middle of the image at the top of this article, literally a mix of both the mini and the XL, offering the same features with a full ATX motherboard support.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex