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Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Case Review

Building Inside The Enthoo Evolv Glass Case

A six-fan hub extends motherboard PWM-based fan control to non-PWM case fans, including any fans added for a liquid cooling radiator. The Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass manual states that the installation kit includes a pair of fan splitters to support even more fans, but we didn't find one.

A portion of the motherboard tray is angled towards the motherboard's forward edge to make cable management easier through elongated access holes. That same raised portion is responsible for the 10.4" motherboard limit within a case that has space for cards up to 16.5". Forward of that portion, five square plugs fill access holes for add-in SATA drive shelves.

A removable plate on the forward portion of the power supply shroud covers the top of the lower drive bays. Slotted to hold various pumps and mounts, removing it (along with the forward bay brace and trays) opens the front panel to receive 3x 120mm radiators up to 4" thick! Oh, and in case you thought you'd need that particular pump mount, there's another one located beneath the lower drive trays.

Large enough to hold 3x 120mm and 2x 140mm radiators and secured with five chromed screws, the Evolv ATX top-panel radiator tray slides out of the left side.

There isn't any clearance above the radiator tray for additional fans, but the radiator mounts are offset towards the left for additional motherboard clearance. Phanteks was kind enough to provide motherboard clearance dimensions of 2.68" with a 120mm-wide radiator installed, and 1.89" with a 140mm radiator installed. Quoted as DIMM clearance, these dimensions are measured from the surface of the motherboard to the closest radiator fan.

Though the specifications page says we should have expected a pair of fan splitters standard and would be able to purchase the LED strip separately, we received the LED strip instead of the fan splitters. This appears to be a "reviewers special," and we recommend checking the seller's photos prior to ordering either accessory separately.

The three drive shelves are on the list of included components, along with the pump bracket that I so-carefully laid atop the manual that you may need to stare a few seconds before you see it. Three monochromatic power LEDs are also included (in Red, Blue, and Green), but we're not certain why since the case already has RGB selectable lighting.

Because the Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass uses a lighting controller powered directly by the power supply, it has no motherboard power LED connection. HDD LED is present, along with the power switch lead, an HD Audio front-panel cable, and a USB 3.0 header cable.

Cushioned pins isolate hard drive vibrations from the lower trays, which also support screwed-on 2.5" drives. I installed one of our 2.5" drives on the back of the motherboard tray instead, using one of the two included 2.5" form-factor trays.

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Power LEDs cycle through Green, Blue, Red, and various mixtures of all three colors. The Phanteks LED strip would have brightened the interior far more if desired, but I only wanted to see the lights of the graphics card and motherboard.

  • redgarl
    Almost make me want to swap my Fractal Design XL R2...
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  • Crashman
    17908420 said:
    Almost make me want to swap my Fractal Design XL R2...
    This sample is so nice it almost makes it worth the wait! J/K, they should have sent samples before this. But it is pretty nice and nicely pretty.
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  • falchard
    There is no knocking the tempered glass. Nearly all cases using tempered glass look fantastic. Mine is the inWin 904. It looks absolutely gorgeous, although its liquid cooling options are limited on the initial production run.
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  • g-unit1111
    17908446 said:
    There is no knocking the tempered glass. Nearly all cases using tempered glass look fantastic. Mine is the inWin 904. It looks absolutely gorgeous, although its liquid cooling options are limited on the initial production run.

    The In Win 904 is sweet. The price was the only thing keeping me from getting it over the Enthoo Pro that I have now. I really like this case though.
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  • detroitwillfall
    i didnt get the rgb led strips with mine, but i love it! :)
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  • Luay
    Tom I couldn't rap my head around the clearance for the second GPU.

    So in a four slot Z170 ATX motherboard like the Asus WS or Asrock Formula with SLI/CF, the second card would go in the third slot;

    How close is a double slot card to the PSU shroud? What about triple slot?
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  • Crashman
    17909065 said:
    Tom I couldn't rap my head around the clearance for the second GPU.

    So in a four slot Z170 ATX motherboard like the Asus WS or Asrock Formula with SLI/CF, the second card would go in the third slot;

    How close is a double slot card to the PSU shroud? What about triple slot?
    I have no idea what you're asking, but I can answer a bunch of questions until I hit the right one perhaps?

    There's only about 1/2" of clearance between the bottom slot cover and the PSU shroud. You'll never get a double-slot card in the motherboard's bottom slot. But that's usually the third or fourth GPU, not the second.

    Your concern about the second GPU is mostly dependent on the location of the second-card's slot. If it's the third slot position from the bottom, you'll have about 2.8" of space for the graphics card. Add about 0.8" if it's one slot higher. Subtract 0.8" if it's one slot lower.

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  • G0nz0
    been waiting on a review for these cases fora long time. im happy they dont dissapoint. pricing really isnt that big of an issue when u factor in component cost aswell not to mention the amount of additional components they offer for the WC crowd to make your life exponentially easier. ill definetly be going with one of their cases for my next build. just cant decide between this one or the dual build case, both are tempting
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  • Luay
    Ok I did the math. What I meant was , On a full ATX board with 4 PCI-E slots, how close is the second card to the PSU shroud if installed in the third PCI-E slot from the top. The answer should be 2". I assume that would choke a triple slot video card.
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  • Nuckles_56
    That is a very nice case, I'm now very much considering it for my next build, especially if I decide to go with a full custom loop
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