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Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Review

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Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Closer Look:

Removing the front panel this time around hit a few snags after the required light tug from the bottom to release it from the frame. Because of the built-in LED lights, the panel has wires attached that need to be unplugged before it can be fully removed. The only major downside of Phanteks' revision to the front panel is that the dust filter is, in a way, built in also. Therefore the panel must be removed every time in order to be cleaned. It definitely won't be necessary to be removed and cleaned weekly or monthly, but depending on how much use the computer is getting, it will have to be at some point. Behind the panel is a pre-installed 200mm fan with the option to install two 120mm or 140mm fans (screws included). An additional option to install a 240mm radiator is available, if you don't mind giving up the hard drive bays.

 

 

On the front of the chassis, the conventional top 5.25" bay has been converted to house the USB and audio jacks, along with two buttons. To keep the sleek design, the ports are hidden behind a retractable door. Once lifted, you can see two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and headphone and mic jacks. Next to those are two buttons, with the one of the left being the reset button, which I completely missed the first time in the Enthoo Pro. This time around with a nearly identical exterior, I had a feeling it would be in the same place. The last mystery button controls the RGB LEDs that wrap around the edges of the chassis (covered later).

In the Enthoo Pro I didn't mind the bay being used instead of either lining the ports on top or removing "the door" completely. This time around, however, with a few more chassis reviewed, I wish Phanteks just stuck all the ports and buttons on the top. Anyone who uses these ports often will either have to deal with the open door "look" or open and close it often. This is something I cannot truly judge on and won't affect the final rating, as my preference and possible OCD issues are not the same as everyone else.

 

Phanteks went out of its way to make sure wire management was easy to deal with. This is exactly the same quality and care put into its other chassis. Other than the Enthoo series, every chassis I've come across has always just included zip ties, but Phanteks took it further, originally with the Primo, then Enthoo Pro, and now the Luxe. Behind the tray are Velcro straps placed everywhere to hold wires down and keep everything neatly in place. The front is a little different than most chassis, as the Enthoo Luxe has a power supply cover, which hides leftover wires and continues the sleek design inside the chassis. As an alternative, you can ditch the cover to allow space for up to two 120mm fans next to the power supply, if you'd rather have extra airflow. After removing the panel, I didn't see any temperature change without adding additional fans. Unlike the NZXT H440, the cover is purely cosmetic and can be removed without hindering performance.

 

 

Inside the chassis was a nice sized box with the label "Accessories Box", and inside the box was all the extra goodies seen below. Phanteks did well and went all out as far as accessories go. The screws came in its own container, with a good amount of extra thumb and fan screws on top of the necessary ones. The manual was very well detailed, explaining what this chassis offers, what can be removed, and how to remove it. The return of a reservoir mount for water cooling, which is intended to be mounted to the side of the hard drive cages, was a welcome sight. It's common with a custom water cooling setup to have a 5.25" bay reservoir and now the newest trend is a cylinder that attaches to the side. Most of the time the cylinder brackets have no easy way to attach and become a pain to install. This is certainly a nice addition for those that plan to go that route. Lastly, the new addition of a water pump bracket was an interesting item, which is covered later in the review.




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