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Phanteks Eclipse P400S Review

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Phanteks Eclipse P400S: Introduction

For over 10 years, Phanteks have been a serious player in the computer fan and case market. Over the years it has added a wide variety of accessories to complement its product line up. The first Phanteks product I reviewed was the Enthoo Primo case that I like so much, I decided to make it my system test case.

So today we have a case that comes from the Eclipse series, which consists of the P300, P400, and P400S. The P400 and the P400S each have a Tempered version that adds a full side tempered glass to the case, and the Tempered version is what we have today. There is definitely a trend that started a couple of years ago with tempered side glass panels. This feature was reserved for only high-end expensive cases at first, but has now trickled down to mainstream cases and is quite common today. In fact, glass panels have migrated around to the front, opposite side, and even the top of some cases.

When comparing the P400 to the P400S, you will find that the "S" model includes sound deadening panels and a 3-speed fan controller. And while the P300 is only available in black, the P400 and P400S are available in black, white, and grey. The Tempered versions of the P400 and P400S each add to the color mix with a Special Edition Red and a Special Edition White. These two variations are both black cases, but have either white or red trim and accents inside and out. As you can see, we have the version with the red trim.

 

Phanteks Eclipse P400S: Closer Look

The outside of the case is fairly simple. The sides are straight and flat, and even the front panel is flat. No optical drives or visible fans. The vented red trim section at the top of the front panel is rather obvious and stands out against the black. And through the smoked side glass panel, you can see the red accents on the interior. Being the fan that I am of the red and black color scheme on motherboards, this case really appeals to me. There is also a vent opening at the bottom of the front panel, but it is hard to see normally. There are two removable top covers that we will see in more detail in the next few pictures.

 

 

 

Many cases have some sort of see-thru style front glass or mesh vented panel where you can see the front fan(s), but the P400S goes with a solid panel. What is behind it? We'll find out shortly. From the rear, you can see the seven expansion slot covers and the included 120mm rear exhaust fan.

 

 

Looking at the bottom of the case, you can see the four feet that have rubber isolators at each corner and the removable PSU dust filter. If you look closely, you can see the small filter panel in the bottom of the front cover. To the right, I have removed the side and front panels and the top covers so you can see the sound deadening material. This added sound deadening material (the "S" in the model number) helps keep fan noise from the case to a minimum.

 

 

Focusing on the top of the case, I have removed the top covers and you can see that the top is perforated with round holes for air flow. You can also see the mounting provisions for two 120mm fans or two 140mm fans. It appears that the top is ready for a nice liquid cooled radiator, but actually, it is a bit on the shallow side, meaning that it is only meant for top fans. There is not enough room for a radiator, but there is room up front and we will see that later. So, looking at the top again in the right-hand photo, I have placed the two magnetically-secured top mesh filter panels in position. They fit perfectly into the rectangular recessed vented section.

 

 

However, if you prefer the maximum in quiet, (and no top fans) then you can go with the included top cover panels that are also secured by small corner magnets. These two top cover panels each have the sound deadening material applied to the backs of the covers, and like the mesh filter panels, they fit perfectly on the top of the case. There are even little dimpled places on top of the case for each of the round corner magnets to nest.

 

 

If you are going to draw fresh air in from the front of the case, then it is a good idea to filter that air before it gets into the case. Phanteks have designed small, but easily accessible, filter sections for the front cover. Some cases have a front cover that violently pops off and any attached filter panels usually fling the trapped dust everywhere, defeating the purpose to some degree of capturing and holding the dust. But the front cover design of the P400S allows for smooth removal and easy access to the filters. This is a very nice feature.

 

 

Now we move to the inside of the case. With the glass side panel removed, the bright red power supply shroud at the bottom jumps out at you. The motherboard tray can handle board sizes from a Mini ITX up to an E-ATX, so no matter what type of system you are building - the P400S has you covered. The four red cover plates are actually locations where up to four additional hard drives can be mounted with if you purchase the optional PH-HDDKT_02 bracket (one per drive). Another option (not included) is the PWM fan hub (PH-PWHUB) that can be added and allows for powering up to eleven fans (3-pin) through PWM modulation, while occupying only one 4-pin header of your motherboard per fan hub.

Looking at the rear of the case with the side panel removed, you can see the inside of the power supply shroud. While it may cover up your fancy power supply that you might want to show off, it does offer some nice storage space to stash power cables and keep unsightly wires and cables out of view. Also, there are two hard drive trays that easily pop in and out. On the back side of the motherboard tray are also two detachable metal mounts for SSD's.

     

 

Here is a closer view of the hard drive trays and how they side locks open up. They snap in and secure the 3.5" hard drive to the tray. I sometimes have mixed feelings about the power supply shrouds that are quite common in cases now. They certainly improve cable management, but that high-dollar power supply you might have is out of view.

 

 

With the front cover removed, the front 120mm fan is visible and there is enough room up front for up to a 360mm radiator. There is a special panel that you have to remove from the power supply shroud if you go with the 360mm radiator. However, a 240 or 280mm radiator will fit just fine without removing the panel. I cover this in the video review. Also, you can clearly see that the top of the power supply shroud is generously vented.

 

 

It may be deceiving, but there is only enough room at the top for fans if you want more airflow. It looks like that top section is begging for a top mounted radiator, but there is just not enough room. Notice the absence of any optical drives, which opens up some space in the case. The hardware box includes some zip ties and miscellaneous fasters, motherboard standoffs, an LED light strip, mesh top panels, and the instruction sheet.

 

 

Last but not least, we move in to take a look at some hidden buttons up front. The top I/O section is spread out a little. The microphone and headphone jacks, along with two USB 3.0 ports, are on the right edge and the power button is top center. Along the front edge are three little symbols for the fan speed, lighting, and reset, and underneath this same front edge are three buttons - each tucked away directly below the corresponding symbol. I like the idea, although if you didn't already know the buttons were there, it may take a moment to find them!

 

 

There are certainly more colors than the red and blue that I have shown here, and you can see them in the video review. The separate LED strip can be placed just about anywhere in the case, so you can get different lighting effects. The colors are much more vivid in person than what you see in the pics. In addition to the separate LED light strip, there is also a short fixed LED strip at the front bottom of the case that casts the glow you can see in the pics. The power button is trimmed out with an RGB ring that matches the color you select for the case, too.

 

 

So now it is time to watch the video review and see all the features, like the RGB lighting, as well as some thermal imaging in more detail.

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  1. Phanteks Eclipse P400S: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Phanteks Eclipse P400S: Specifications & Testing
  3. Phanteks Eclipse P400S: Conclusion
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