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Phanteks P360A Review: An RGB Bargain

May the RGB flow through my veins.

Phanteks P360A
Editor's Choice
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We are using the following system for our case test bed:

CPUIntel Core i9-9900K
MotherboardAsus Maximus XI Hero WiFi
MemoryCorsair Vengeance LPX 3000 MHz, 16 GB (2x 8GB)
GraphicsNvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Founder’s Edition
CPU CoolingNoctua NH-U12S Chromax.Black
Noctua NT-H2 Thermal Paste
StorageCorsair Force Series MP510 NVMe SSD, 480GB
Power SupplyCorsair HX750i
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Phanteks P360A

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Building a system in the Phanteks P360A is simple. All the standoffs come pre-installed, so the motherboard drops right in -- the GPU too -- and there was even space for our big Corsair HX750 power supply. Space is a little tight around the top of the chassis, but as long as you have someone there that can help you with the connectors in tight spots it shouldn’t be an issue.

Cable Management

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Surprisingly, cable management is also incredibly simple in the P360A. A simple shroud keeps things looking tidy in the main motherboard compartment, and gives a nice cable routing channel on the other side of the chassis. Two Velcro strips help to keep everything in place.

You’ll want to connect the two fans to your motherboard and use a SATA power connector to power the RGB controller. There’s no HDD LED, power LED, or reset switch headers to fumble around with as this case doesn’t have these, but I doubt hardly anyone will miss them.

If there was something I’d have to complain about, it would be the lack of cutouts around the bottom of the motherboard. But of course, because the PSU shroud isn’t internal and part of the case’s structure, Phanteks couldn’t cut out so much or it would compromise the case’s structural rigidity.

Build Complete

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Phanteks P360A

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Isn’t she pretty? For a $65 case, I’m honestly impressed with how this system turned out. Click through the pictures to see a few of the different RGB modes.

Niels Broekhuijsen
Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware news on all components and peripherals.
  • g-unit1111
    I've always had good luck with Phanteks. Even the cheap Phanteks cases are still better than about 90% of the junk that's in the $50 - $75 range.
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  • Kona45primo
    Is it me or does that look like a Lian Li Lancool II Mesh Performance?
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  • wyattspoppa
    Admin said:
    Phanteks’ P360A offers up a whole lot of RGB with a pretty solid case as a foundation… for only $65!

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    Can you tell me where to go to learn how to build a bargain-priced gaming PC? I'd like one with a GTX 1660 Super. I'm just an old guy, disabled dad rewarding his son for straight A's/honor roll (-;/ Thank you
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