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Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV: Introduction
Today we take a look at the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV, which is Phanteks' follow-up to the award winning Enthoo series that was launched earlier this year. Already, Phanteks has brought a few innovative products to the market and continues pushing the definition of a chassis. Established in 2007, Phanteks aims to provide "high-end quality and innovative products in thermal solutions." Known for its CPU and fan coolers, Phanteks has been busy branching into the computer chassis market and enjoying some success at it. With an MSRP of $129-139 in black or white, the Enthoo EVOLV is ideal for anyone who is looking for an ITX or small build with the Phanteks stamp and still stay within an affordable price range. This chassis offers a lot of great features and builds upon what the other Enthoo chassis have brought to the market. Without spoiling too much, let's move on to the review.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV: Closer Look
Phanteks' EVOLV line-up comes in two variations of white and black exteriors. Looking at the pictures below, the EVOLV is the biggest departure from the Enthoo series style overall. Phanteks' design choice to use the sleek, aesthetic design the chassis offers, is in line with what the company already established with its first chassis, the Primo and continues that with the rest of line-up so far. EVOLV switches it up by creating a chassis to compete in the smaller size market for M-ATX and ITX setups only. Phanteks continues paving the way for innovative chassis design. So far, all of Phanteks Enthoo chassis have received high praise and reviews here at OCC and across the web. For those who aren't already head over heels for Phanteks' line-up already, I'll give some details.
Looking at the pictures below, Phanteks takes a different approach to the standard chassis design by removing the front exposed 5.25" bays and replacing it with a solid metal panel. The choice to remove the bay gives the chassis a clean and distinct look. Behind the front panel itself is a 200mm fan that has a few different alternate fan options, covered later. Next is a decent-sized side window showing up the majority of the interior. Inside the window is a piece of metal with Phanteks name on it similar to the rest of the Enthoo series. On the opposite side is a standard solid panel that follows the chassis' style. Finally, the backside has a rear fan can that be adjusted up or down according to preference. By default, it's lower to allow for 60mm of clearance from the top to the motherboard tray, creating space for a decent-sized AIO radiator or custom water cooling setup. The overall design choice is clean and appealing.
The Enthoo EVOLV has taken a different approach by forgoing the removable mesh with a solid panel similar to the front. By default no fans are pre-installed on top, which is a slight let down. The ability to install up to a 240mm radiator for either an AIO (All In One) or custom loop is a nice addition.
Flipping the chassis over, the underside has a nice amount of space off of the floor courtesy of raised corners. Phanteks has only included one dust filter for the power supply and this is the only space available as the hard drive bays are in the lower front. It's a little unlike Phanteks to not think about expandability. Removabing it couldn't be more easy, simply pull and it will slide out. To re-install, just line it up with the slot and push.