Welcome Stranger to OCC!Login | Register

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Review

   -   
» Discuss this article (3)

Lowest Prices

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Closer Look: 

Normally a chassis does not require a page dedicated to all its extra features, but when it feels necessary I make it a point to include all the little extras. Phanteks has done a great job at building upon the original Enthoo Primo design by continuing to add features and bring new ideas to the market. It's only when these features are absent does one wish these additions were included for all chassis.

The Enthoo Luxe continues with its relentless quality and bang for the buck by including a fan hub with five fan headers, along with a dedicated CPU header. To use it, run the PWM cable on the right to the CPU fan port on the motherboard. At this point, all the fans will run at the same speed. Originally with the Enthoo Pro I could not get the hub to work and I didn't have time to figure out exactly what the problem was until after the review went live. Being prepared this time, the fan hub requires the use of the CPU fan header on the motherboard; a fact that is also listed on page 31 of the manual. Alternatively, you can use the second CPU fan header if your motherboard includes one, which I verified does work. Make sure to double check what type of PWM header it is as the manual warns that using other ports besides the CPU fan header can cause unexpected problems. The downside of using the CPU fan header is that your CPU cooler cable may not be long enough to reach the hub. The absence of an extension or Y-cable hurts the design, as not everyone has a long cable or a second CPU fan header. What I did like, however, was how Phanteks used a SATA power connector rather than the dated Molex cable that isn't practical anymore.

 

The Enthoo Luxe has a built-in light show! On the front panel, explained a few pages back, is a button that, when pressed, changes the LED color - ten colors to be exact. It may be hard to see depending on the viewing device, so here is the list of colors in order as the button is pressed: red, green, blue, yellow, orange, purple, white, sea green, light blue, and pink. The lights themselves are powered by a SATA power connector near the fan hub, but the actual LEDs are in strips built into the top and side panels. The LED lights can be turned off by holding down the Light button for three seconds and reigniting them is just the opposite.

 

 

Included in the accessories box were two brackets: one for a cylinder reservoir and the other necessary for mounting a pump. It's good to see these extras included as they could have been easily tacked on as retail accessories. By using the cylinder reservoir mount, some space is lost, so be careful not to have a video card over 300mm (11.8") to avoid interference. Lastly. to install the pump bracket, all hard drive cages must be removed. Afterwards, installation is a simple procedure and even two can be installed, granted a second one is acquired via retail means.

 

 

Radiator Compatibility:

 

Phanteks has given a few decent options for water cooling enthusiasts that either want to go the AIO (All In One) or custom route. In either direction, the Enthoo Luxe is an excellent choice, with an internal clearance of 65mm (from the top to the motherboard tray). The added brackets for a reservoir and pump just adds value to the already great chassis. This time around I didn't have time to install the radiators or AIO cooler for the photo-shoot. However the chart below gives a good indication of what can and cannot be installed. While this may not be some folks first choice for a custom water cooling setup, it is a great starting point for all AIO coolers. I do believe the Enthoo series deserves a second look for anyone into modding or possibly a unique setup.

 

 
120mm
140mm
240mm
280mm
360mm
420mm
Front
*
*
*
*
   
Top
*
*
*
*
*
*
Rear
*
 
 
 
 
 
Bottom
*
*
*
 
 
 



Related Products
Random Pic
© 2001-2017 Overclockers Club ® Privacy Policy
Elapsed: 0.0346429348   (xlweb1)