Phanteks Reveal RGB LED Motherboard to Chassis Adaptor

Does it bother you that your new RGB equipped motherboard is flashing on colour, but your chassis is showing something completely different? Then worry no more, as the latest accessory from Phanteks looks to solve all your colour synchronisation problems with one simple addition; the Phanteks RGB LED Adapter (PC-CB_RGB4P).

“With the current trend of motherboard’s customizable RGB LED lighting control, Phanteks today announced the Phanteks’ RGB LED Adapter for compatible motherboards that features RGB headers.” – Phanteks

Their new RGB LED adapter is a pretty simple solution to the problem, as it’s really just a cable that links the chassis lighting to that of your motherboards. The RGB adapter is compatible with the Aura (certified by Asus) series of boards, but will also work with any other RGB motherboard that includes a 4-PIN RGB header in the 12v GRB format. Simply attach this cable to the header, hook it into the compatible Phanteks chassis lighting and all your RGB delights from your motherboard will extend through the chassis lighting, helping you create a more unified effect. This also means that you’ll be able to control your chassis lighting from within your motherboards customization software.

The RGB LED Adapter is currently compatible with  the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe, Mini XL and P400. Of course, it’s expected that more models will be supported in the near future as and when they launch.

To make the deal even sweeter, you can get a free RGB LED Adapter if you purchase a compatible Phanteks chassis and motherboards that feature the RGB header before March 1st. Don’t worry though, as with prices of just 2.90EUR / £2, it’s not going to be expensive to pick one up yourself.

Do you have an RGB equipped motherboard in your chassis and do you like the idea of synchronizing the lighting between this and your chassis? Let us know in the comments section below.

Phanteks Launches Eclipse Series P400 and P400S

We had a little look at Phanteks Eclipse series during our visit to CES in Vegas last month and now Phanteks officially launched the new Eclipse P400 and P400S chassis. The two cases are identical on the basic features and the difference between the two is that the S model is the silent edition. Both versions of the Eclipse P400 are available in three colours: Satin Black, Anthracite Grey and Glacier White.

The Eclipse Series P400 and P400s are compact mid-towers that still have space for a lot of hardware. The interior chassis design is based on the Enthoo Series and the case is built with a full metal exterior and it comes in both windowed and closed versions. Other features include the RGB lighting system with colour control for external ambient and the option to attach extra interior RGB lighting strips.

 

The Eclipse P400 series is also equipped with dust filters all around, it features all-in-one radiator mounting location in the front for up to 360mm units, and a power supply shroud to hide the things you don’t want to show off. The P400S comes with the same features as the P400, but it also has additional features for an improved acoustical performance. The P400S includes top ventilation covers with soundproofing layer, front and side panels with soundproofing layers and also an integrated 3-speed fan controller.

There aren’t many limitations when it comes to hardware you can mount in the Eclipse P400. There is room for up to E-ATX motherboards with a width up to 272mm as well as default ATX, mATX, and mITX motherboards. The CPU cooler can be up to 170mm high while the graphics cards and other expansion cards can have a length up to 395mm without additional HDDs mounted and up to 280mm with them.

Speaking of storage drives, there is room for up to six 3.5-inch drives and two 2.5-inch drives in this great looking chassis, however only two 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch brackets are included and you’ll need to purchase additional 3.5-inch mounts should you require them.

The new Phanteks Eclipse P400 series will be available in March for a recommended retail price of €69.90 in the basic version. The silent version will cost you an additional €10 and the same goes for a windowed version. Even the €89.90 for the most expensive model is a fair price for a case that offers as much as the Eclipse P400 does.

New and Upgraded Phanteks Chassis Products Revealed @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Phanteks are one of my all time favourite chassis manufacturers, and after visiting their suite in Las Vegas, it’s easy to remember why. Their Evolv ATX and Pro M chassis are already impressive in terms of design, but their new models now come with  a tempered glass side panel. While the chassis remains unchanged, this new model gives you a great way to show off your hardware and gives them an even more premium visual appreance.

Phanteks are known to be a premium brand, which means premium prices. However, their new Eclipse looks to take many of their high-end features down to a more affordable price point. Equipped with room for cooling, featuring a built-in lighting kit and a fan controller, the P400a is the best of the bunch. It comes with a side panel windows, PSU shroud, cable routing and more, so you can expect you system build to look fantastic, but there will also b ea more enclosed silent version as well as a more affordable model without the lighting or fan controller, giving you lots of options to choose from.

Expect these to be at retailers very soon and a full review from us as soon as they’re available, but either way, it’s nice to see them taking a shot at a slightly more consumer (and wallet) friendly part of the market.

Phanteks Demonstrates Amazing New Products @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Phanteks have been creating some of the best chassis money can buy over the last few years and it looks like that is a trend that is set to continue, as they demonstrate their latest and greatest products here in Las Vegas. This first one is still a prototype, but Phanteks say we can expect the final one by Computex this year.  IT comes with room for an ATX motherboard, as well as a mini-ITX motherboard, much like the Enthoo Primo did with Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX boards. Obviously, this means it’s freaking huge, and with room for high-end water cooling in the front, back, top and bottom it’s obviously aimed at the enthusiast user.

In the base, there’s a separate compartment for the PSU and additional water cooling hardware, as well as a some lovely built-in RGB lighting that goes around much of the chassis.

The use of an SFX PSU is no longer required either, thanks to the PSU splitting hardware that allows you to power dual systems from a single PSU, freeing up more room in the chassis for hardware.

The external panels are thick cut aluminium, giving it a fantastic premium look and feel. Normally aluminium is lightweight, but with this much of it, the chassis is extremely heavy.

We can’t wait to see this chassis once it is completed and ready for consumers!

The new Enthoo Primo also supports dual systems and once again the SFX PSU mount from the old model is gone, allowing you room for a GPU mount using a riser card, giving you a much more visually appealing build.

The Mini XL dual system looks great too, featuring the same sleek and high-end built quality and component support of any other Phanteks chassis we’ve ever seen.

The power splitter card is certainly a cool bit of kit, and as you can imagine, it’s pretty darn handy for these dual-system chassis designs. Just remember, if you’re running two high-end systems, you’ll need a pretty beefy PSU. With built-in load sharing, the unit is far from a dummy splitter, ensuring each system is getting the power it needs.

The power combo is the same idea, albeit in reverse. Not only can it bridge two high-end PSUs, something that can be a vital tool for those doing extreme system builds, or enthusiast/competitive overclocking, you can bridge two lower grade PSUs  to get the power you need, giving you a lot of unique and interesting options for your build.

Just look at this monster gaming system, powered by two 750W EVGA PSUs and using the power combo! Pretty cool, right?

 

Phanteks Announces Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition

Phanteks is ready with another beautiful chassis in the Enthoo line-up and this time, it is the Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition chassis. It is a new Enthoo M variant that features a full acrylic side panel window along with a few other modifications and an overall beautiful finish.

The new version features more modifications towards the older models than just a new fancy side panel that gives a great view on the entire system inside the chassis. The Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition also features the new HDD mounting system, the PWM hub, the innovative radiator bracket, and the various pump mounting locations for even more build options and hardware choices.

The front IO panel has moved from the top of the chassis and down to the side for better optics and it is also something that prevents extra dust and dirt from settling the same way as it does in upwards mounted ports. There are two USB 3.0 ports along with the HD audio connectors and a reset button on the side while the power button still is on the top.

The large interior space allows you to mount full-sized ATX components, including motherboard and PSU. The motherboard area features a large cut-out for easy CPU cooler mounting and backplate access and there are plenty of cable routing options for a beautiful build.

Phanteks used the same type of innovative top radiator bracket to allow easy installation of a radiator and fans alike, just like the Enthoo EVOLV ATX and the EVOLV ITX already have.

There are multple locations for storage drives and additional HDD brackets can be purchased and used. As a basis, the chassis supports two internal 3.5-inch drives and one internal 2.5-inch drive. Additional brackets can be used for up to eight 3.5-incch drives and three 2.5-inch drives for plenty of storage.

Phanteks optimized the chassis for liquid cooling setups, so there is plenty of ventilation space for your fans. You can add up to three 120mm or two 140mm fans at both the top and front and another 120mm or 140mm fan at the rear. The front and top support up to 360mm radiators too.

Included with the chassis are two 140mm fans, one at the front and one at the rear. The included fans are PH-F140SP that come with a speed of 1200 RPM and a noise level of just 19 dB.

I previously mentioned that you could add full sized ATX components, but there are more clearance factors to consider than that. The Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition chassis has clearance for graphics cards with a length up to 420 mm, CPU coolers with a height up to 194mm and a power supply unit with a length up to 318mm. That should be plenty for most hardware. There’s also a spacious 35mm cable managements space on the back of the chassis.

The new Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition chassis will be available throughout December 2015 for a recommended retail price of €89.90 and £69.99 including VAT. The Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window edition chassis is also backed by a 5-year limited warranty.

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 Announces Power Splitter and Extension Cables

Phanteks might be most known for their PC cases, but now they’re releasing more products for the quality minded user that also wants a great visual appearance. Phanteks is ready with new extension cables for your power supply as well as a power splitter.

The new extension cables are longer than most other available extension kits and as they come with a length of 500mm. The extra length will make it easier for you to route the cables to their target location, unless of course you have a case that’s already tight on space. Each of Phanteks’ extension cables is individually sleeved in premium materials to create the luxurious look. The new cables are naturally also compatible with the new power splitter. All Phanteks’ extension cables will be available in four colors: Black, White, Red, Black-Red.

The new power splitter is an awesome little device that lets you run two systems of one power supply. That power supply naturally needs to have enough power to drive both those systems, but that’s a given. The PH-PWSPR_1P2M power splitter protects and controls the 12V/5V/3.3V/+5VSB circuit to the motherboard to ensure full compatibility to mITX, uATX, ATX, and E-ATX motherboards. The Anti-Noise Inrush Protection Circuit helps to protect and stabilize the voltage signal level and also enables the power supply’s various protection to prevent damage caused by inrush current surges. This means that you don’t just get the dual functionality, but also a better protection and power supply.

The Power Splitter features quick release buttons that will allow for cables to be released with just a push of a button. The splitter features LED indicators for both in the input and outputs, allowing you to see what is running when. You wouldn’t want to accidentally unplug the wrong cable. It is compatible with Phanteks’ extension cables and all standard Motherboard extension cables on the market.

Both the new extension cables and the new power splitter will be available in December 2015. The MSRP for the PH-PWSPR_1P2M is set to £24.90 (VAT included) while the extension cable prices variate depending on the type, between £3.90 and £8.90. All of these products are backed by a 5-year warranty.

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 Red & Black Enthoo Evolv ITX Coming Soon

The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX chassis is a great little case, it features exceptional build quality matched with a very unique design that is perfect for mini-ITX gaming systems.

We recently reviewed the Evolv ITX and it’s certainly a fun case to have and to use, but now it’s going to be just that little bit better. The latest model comes with a black and red trim that gives it some extra visual flair. While I must admit that black and red has been virtually done to death in the PC gaming component market, with every brand around having products with these colours, it does still look pretty decent and when you colour match it with your chassis like this, it’s going to look even better.

The feature set is the same as original Enthoo Evolv ITX, so nothing to report there, but reports suggest it’ll be hitting the market this month! So keep an eye out for it at your local retailer.

What do you think of the latest colour scheme from Phanteks? Is this a chassis you’ll be using for your next build? Let us know in the comments section below.

Phanteks Launches MP and SP Series Fans and PH-NDC Thermal Paste

Phanteks didn’t just release one product today, they have a total of three new ones lined up for us. Phanteks announced the immediate availability of the PH-F120, 140, and 200 SP Series as well as the PH-F120 and 140 MP Series Black Edition fans. On top of that, they are also ready with a new nanostructured thermal compound called the PH-NDC.

The SP fan series is designed to overcome high static pressure, blade deflection, and noise challenges. The fans all have nine blades to be able to provide a better airflow. The bearing systems is called UFB and it stands for Updraft Floating Balance which is composed of MOSS and SCC. MOSS has an effective fan hub-blade ratio to achieve a dynamic balance, thus floating the axis for minimal air noise. SSC increases the bearing life span to ensure that the fan axis is consistently operating without mechanical noise.

The MP fan series is designed for the liquid cooling enthusiasts that need to overcome airflow restrictions from radiators with high fin density. The fans produce high static air pressure for a direct and focused airflow. The blades used in the MP fans are called MVB (Maelström Vortex Booster) and they are precisely angled to generate a silent yet controlled airflow. The downdraft vortex created allows for a greater amount of air passage which in return reduces the airflow turbulence across the surface of the blades.

Both new series of Phanteks fans are backed by a 5-year warranty and depending on the model, they will set you back between £9.99 and £14.99 each.

Phanteks’ new thermal compound is called PH-NDC and the diamond-like particles of the hybrid compound are non-electrical conductive, ensuring that your hardware stays safe. It is also silicon-free to provide long-term stability with an effective thermal cycling and low dry-out features. The PH-NDC has a thermal conductivity of 4.5W/m-k, a thermal resistance of 0.14°C cm2/W, and it is rated for an operating temperature between -40°C and up to 150°C. The compound comes with a 2-year warranty and will set you back £5.50 for a 4G tube.

Phanteks MP and SP Fan Specifications

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.

Overclockers UK Evolution Envy Mini Gaming PC Review

Introduction


Overclockers UK is an established player in the hardware retail sector and provides a stellar customer service through approachable team members and impeccable communication on the site’s official forum. The company’s highly adept team of engineers produces a wide array of custom PC builds to suit varying budgets and contrasting tastes. OCUK decided to send the Evolution Envy Mini Gaming PC for review purposes which features a substantial upgrade compared to the basic model.

This particular configuration includes an Intel Core i7-4970K, 8GB DDR3 2400 MHz RAM, NVIDIA GTX 970, MSI Z97I AC ITX motherboard, 120GB Samsung SSD boot drive, 1TB Samsung SSD data drive and ultra-reliable SuperFlower HX 550W 80+ gold power supply. The CPU has been manually overclocked to a frequency of 4.5 GHz and remains relatively cool due to an Asetek-designed-240mm closed-looped-liquid cooler. OCUK combined this wonderful array of components in a portable form-factor which makes it the perfect LAN event PC. Although, it will be fascinating to determine if the restricted space causes any issues during stressful benchmarks.

Specifications

  • Name: Overclockers UK Evolution Envy Mini Gaming PC
  • Case: Phanteks Evolv ITX Windowed Gaming Case – Black
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97I AC (Socket 1150) ITX Motherboard
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K Quad Core Processor Overclocked to 4.5 GHz
  • Processor Cooler: OCUK Techlabs 240mm AIO Liquid Cooler with Noiseblocker Fans
  • System Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2x4GB) PC3-19200C11 2400MHz Dual Channel Kit
  • Main Boot Drive: Samsung 120GB 850 EVO SSD
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Samsung 1TB 850 EVO SSD
  • Graphics card: KFA2 GeForce GTX 970 OC Silent “Infin8 Black Edition” 4GB
  • Power Supply: SuperFlower HX 550W 80+ Gold Rated PSU
  • Peripherals: None
  • Monitor: None
  • Optical DriveNone
  • Wireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7260
  • OS: Windows 10 64-Bit
  • Warranty: 3 Year (24 Month Collect and Return plus 12 Month labour) Mainland UK and Ireland Only
  • Price: £1321

Packing and Accessories

The Evolution Envy Mini comes in a surprisingly large box given the chassis size which contains two thick cardboard layers held together by banded wires. This ensures the package remains protected during transit as it’s virtually impossible for the box or its contents to become dislodged.

Once the cardboard layers have been removed, we can see the main chassis alongside strong, protective foam. OCUK also employed durable side supports to enhance the box’s net weight and increase the packaging’s stability. Please note, the retail version is complete with component boxes but this isn’t included on press samples as the packaging is easily lost among other samples.

On another note, the system is bundled with a comprehensive setup guide and tasty selection of Haribo sweets. The setup manual is excellent and explains in clear, concise English how to attach your peripherals. It also gives an indication about fault checking and advises when to contact customer support.

Here we can see the main chassis box which provides a good amount of padding to reduce impact during shipping. Thankfully, OCUK’s attentive approach with the outer packaging kept the chassis cosmetically and mechanically sound. In theory, they could have got away with just sending the item in a chassis box, but avoided this due to damage concerns.

The chassis box contains a precautionary message informing you to retain the packaging for RMA purposes. This is very clear, and in bold writing so it’s impossible to throw away the original packaging without prior notice of OCUK’s return procedure.

After the top seal has been broken, we can see the tightly packed case which features two supporting foam blocks and a large cover. I didn’t encounter any rips on the cover whatsoever which signifies the chassis was well protected and didn’t fall victim to any cosmetic marks.

The foam supports are surprisingly thick for an ITX-size case and constructed from remarkably strong material. As a result, I found it difficult to bend or snap the supports despite applying a significant amount of force. This means, the chassis withstands a lot of punishment and offers enough protection against even the most heavy-handed couriers.

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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.

Phanteks Announces Special Edition Enthoo Evolv ITX

Phanteks has announced the new Special Edition of the Enthoo Evolv ITX chassis which brings two new colours to the Enthoo Evolv ITX series. The chassis is as the name suggest designed for ITX motherboard, but it isn’t a small chassis. With its measurements of 230 x 375 x 395mm, the chassis is a large one for an ITX. In return, there is room for quite a bit of hardware inside and it also looks pretty sweet.

The two color options available are white with black interior(PH-ES215P_WT) and black with red interior (PHES215P_SRD), otherwise it retains the same minimalist design from the original EVOLV and features a metal exterior.

The Enthoo Evolv ITX supports graphics cards with a length of up to 330 mm and offers a unique bracket solution for the radiator to be mounted on top without any conflicts between the radiator and memory. The storage possibilities are increased with the included Drop-N-Lock SSD bracket and a Multifunctional mid plate Bracket which allows for mounting a reservoir, pump, and SSD/HDD. There are also other optional accessories such as the 3.5-inch HDD bracket, SSD brackets, pump brackets, and a PWM hub.

The pricing depends a bit on the version and the black and red one is the cheapest with an MSRP of £49.99. The White version will cost a little more and set you back £54.99, VAT included. The new Special Edition Enthoo Evolv ITX will be available from October 2015.

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 Announces Enthoo Mini XL Chassis

Phanteks announced the release of the Enthoo Mini XL chassis that introduces the new super micro ATX form factor. It isn’t the catchiest form factor name, but the case packs enough to make up for that. The new Enthoo Mini XL has plenty of water-cooling capabilities everywhere: front, top, rear and back-side. The case is built with so many modular options, making almost every build possible and only limited by the motherboard form factors.

The Mini XL can hold two motherboards with an optional bracket, allowing you to have a micro ATX and mini ITX motherboard in the same enclosure. The PSU is located at the top rear in a vertical mounting position and covered to the front. This creates a heat isolated and aesthetic look that won’t interfere with the rest of your setup. For the second motherboard, an SFX PSU can be mounted at the bottom of the case.

If there is a flat surface, then you can mount a drive there. The Enthoo Mini XL has two 3.5-inch drive cages and plenty of additional SSD and HDD location options. You can mount SSDs on the back of the motherboard as well as the side of the drive cages with Drop-NLock brackets while an additional HDD can be mounted on the back-side of the 5.25-inch bays.

The Mini XL has so many features, it’s hard to list them all. Some more highlights includes a 7-port PWM fan controller, dual rear fan exhaust, LED control, quick-eject dust filters, and plenty of optional accessories like ambient lighting kits, extra slot brackets and the previous mentioned second motherboard mount.

Availability should soon and the Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL case will set you back $179.99 while the second motherboard mount will cost an additional $29.99.

Thanks to Phanteks for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Phanteks

Phanteks Announces Low Profile and Slim Dual-Tower CPU Coolers

Phanteks has announced two new CPU coolers for tight spaces, the TC12LS low-profile CPU cooler and the PC14S Slim Dual-Tower CPU cooler.

The low profile cooler dubbed TC12LS only has a height of 47mm without fan and 74mm with a fan mounted. It has six 6mm nickel-plated copper heat pipes and slim stacked aluminium fins. It comes with the new seven blade PH-F120MP PWM High Static Pressure fan that can generate an airflow of 53.3 CFM, runs at 500 to 1800 RPM (± 250 RPM) and has a maximum noise generation of 25dBA.

The TC12LS Low Profile CPU cooler should be available at most local retailers in December at an MSRP of $39.99.

The second new cooler from Phanteks is the TC14S Slim Dual-Tower CPU cooler that surrounds the fan with its slim aluminium fins. Just like the low profile cooler, it has six 6mm nickel-plated copper heat pipes. It measures 160mm in height and has a width of just 51mm to follow Intel’s Keep-Out-Zone and avoid issues with RAM or VRM. To blow the air it has the new seven blade PH-F140HP II PWM fan that can perform an airflow of 68.1 CFM, runs at 500 to 1600 RPM  (± 250 RPM), and has a noise level of 25.3 dBA.

The TC14S Slim Dual-Tower CPU cooler should be available at most local retailers in December at an MSRP of $49.99.

Both new coolers are backed by a 5-year warranty and use Phanteks’ patented P.A.T.S. technology which has been proven to withstand high temperatures and increases cooling performance by deflecting thermal radiation from other heat sources.

Thanks to Overclock3d for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Phanteks

Phantek Release MP Series Fans for Radiator Use

Phanteks has announced the immediate availability of the PH-F120MP and PHF140MP Series High Static Pressure fans. The new MP Series fans are designed specifically for radiators where they have the ability to overcome the airflow restriction caused by high fin density. They new fans will be available in 120mm and 140mm sizes as the name suggests.

The redesigned seven blade fans use the Maelström Vortex Booster (MVB2) technology. The precisely angled blades generate a silent and controlled airflow with a downdraft vortex allowing for a greater amount of air to pass through and reduce the airflow turbulence at the same time. They also use the Updraft Floating Balance bearing (UFB) that further increases the lifespan and reduces mechanical noise.

The MP Series’ PWM functions allow users to adjust the speed from 500 to 1600 RPM on the PH-F140MP and 500 to 1800 RPM on the PH-F120MP. Higher speed for performance and lower for silent operation. Maximum airflow for the 140mm is 68.1 CFM with a static pressure of 1.62mm H20 while the maximum noise is 25.3 dBa. The 120mm can push 53.3CFM at a static pressure of 1.72mm and has a maximum noise of 25 dBa.

The black and white Phanteks MP fans have an MTBF of over 150,000 hours and come with a 5-year warranty.

Thanks to TechpowerUp for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Phanteks

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.

Phanteks Reveal Enthoo Primo Full Tower Chassis

Phanteks teased their brand new Enthoo Primo case a while back just before Computex and now it is finally ready for release. This is Phanteks’ first venture into the PC chassis market and they are hoping to set the bar very high with the Enthoo Primo. Phanteks have opted for clean styling with an aluminium front panel and controllable LED lighting.

Internally you can move around the hard drive bays or even totally remove them. Phanteks are using “drop n lock” brackets to allow SSDs to be installed in 3 different locations. Both the front and top panels are removable to allow easier installation of components and these also have removable dust filters. Cable management is provided by an extensive management area behind the motherboard tray. There is an LED ON/OFF switch for controlling up to four LED fans or strips in addition to the pre-installed one. Impressively the case has space for two PSUs.

In terms of cooling Phanteks equip five of their newly released PH-F140SP fans. There is space for up to 16 fans and a PWM fan control hub to control up to 11 fans. The case has also been designed with water cooling in mind and has space for 5 different radiator placements.

Liquid cooling innovations:

  • Radiator brackets allows for easy installation (bottom and side).
  • Modular cable cover with pre-drilled holes for mounting reservoirs.
  • Rear reservoir mounting location.
  • Universal pump bracket with vibration dampening function.

Case specifications:

  • Dimension: 250 mm x 650 mm x 600 mm (W x H x D)
  • Form Factor: Full tower
  • Material(s): Aluminum faceplates, Steel chassis
  • Motherboard support: ATX, EATX, mATX, SSI EEB
  • Front I/O: 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Mic, Headphone,
  • LED switch
  • Side window: Yes, split-window design

Expansion & Drive Bays:

  • Expansion slots: 8
  • Power supply slots: 2
  • External 5.25″: 5
  • Internal 3.5″: 6 (2x 3HDD cages)
  • Internal 2.5″: 12 (2x 3HDD cages + 2x doublestack SSD brackets expandable to 3x)

For more information, and to purchase, visit this page. Price: £199.99.

Images courtesy of Phanteks

Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler Review

Phanteks are a brand that seem to have slipped under the eTeknix radar in our short existence since 2008. Yet Phanteks make some of the best fans and CPU coolers on the market, even if their range of products is quite limited. Phanteks are most for their PH-TC14PE CPU cooler, know as the NH-D14 killer to some, yet reviews were generally inconclusive and suggest that both PH-TC14PE an NH-D14 are on somewhat equal footing. Either way we are not here today to discuss the PH-TC14PE but Phanteks latest mid-range CPU cooler the PH-TC12DX.

In terms of specifications this unit is pretty standard for its price point. We’ve got a couple of 120mm PWM fans, four heat pipes and an average tower heatsink unit. Yet according to what Phanteks tell us there is a lot more to this heatsink than just that. With advanced P.A.T.S and C.P.S.C technologies, surely we should expect a level of performance that goes beyond what we’d expect from this type of cooler? Well that is for the review to reveal. Below you can check out the full specifications of the PH-TC12DX:

Phanteks PH-F120S and PH-F140TS Fan Reviews

Sadly, I haven’t had the opportunity to work with Phanteks much in my time here at eTeknix. However, today I am able to take a look at a set of fans from Phanteks. As usual they have the trademark mouthful-of-letters-and-numbers names that Phanteks like to endow upon their products. The PH-F140TS is a 140mm fan while the PH-F120S is a 120mm fan. Both are intended for cases and heatsinks and both come with 3 pin connections. You can see the specifications below with their respective product pages.

Phanteks PH-F120S

Phanteks PH-F140TS