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Phanteks Enthoo Luxe: Conclusion

Let us recap my reasoning and scoring method before diving into my final words. First I look at what the company is saying it offers. For example, say the company states the case supports large / long graphics cards or ten quiet fans. In this example, I examine what is advertised versus what is actually offered. Most of this becomes uncovered as I take pictures to document the product. If the company does not stay true to its word, then it loses points because no one ever wants to be sold on false advertisement. Next I look at what the product is marketed for and put it into perspective. An example of this could be trying to overclock a CPU in a Mini-ITX case and expecting a low temperature. This would contradict its target market and something I try to catch so it does not affect the score. The last bit is my own interjection. What could the case offer in its price range, and what do other companies offer. This category may include an extra fan, cable management, different color paint, or support for larger video cards. This list is endless so let's move on to the conclusion.

Phanteks has once again brought something unique to the market while building upon its already established Primo and Pro Enthoo chassis. It's one of those times when I practically have nothing negative to say and wish I could just tell you to buy the chassis already! Alas, to give a proper conclusion is the appropriate thing to do.

The minor issues I have can hardly be considered a deal breaker and one echos the Pro without a fix incoming. This, of course, is referring to the fan hub requiring the CPU fan header to operate correctly. 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 PWM Y-cable hurts the design, as not everyone has a long cable or a second CPU fan header. The ability to use the motherboard's PWM fan headers, if available, is an option, but the manual warns against this because of potential voltage issues. The second issue bugs me a little as the LED controller has no memory, so it will default to red every time the chassis is turned on. This could have been easily fixed at some point during R&D, but I couldn't say how it would affect the price. The option to turn off the lights is present, but more of trial and error to find out.

Do you hear an echo in here? I sure do, because this chassis internally is not much different than the Enthoo Pro. It is slightly larger than the other, but it's probably my imagination. The first thing that comes to mind that always bugs me in a chassis is the manual. Phanteks created one of the best manuals I've used to date; while the consumer world is turning more toward e-manuals, I'm not against that, but just make sure it's easy to access and the information you aren't providing right away isn't essential to assembling the chassis. I have broke my fair share of chassis door and panels trying to remove things that aren't supposed to come off (Midgard III) simply because I didn't know any better (lack of information).

Since this list is very long, I'm going to cover a few more things that really makes the chassis stand out. The fully modular design is unique in the sense that Phanteks has made it so instead of just some parts being removable, absolutely everything is! Every single part is held in by screws rather than rivets. I said this a million times that rivets are a step backwards and ruin case modding. Up until the Enthoo Pro, every single mod I try to perform myself became short-lived when I encountered a single rivet holding an entire bracket in place. I'm sure it takes a bit longer to assemble, but this is well worth the time and extra cost for the benefit of the consumer. Therefore I am extremely happy Phanteks has not given this up with the Enthoo Luxe.

Next, the hard drive cages are a step in the right direction for evolving a simple design. There is no point in having hard drive bays removable by the front, as all the wires are connected to the back. Some chassis, most notably Thermaltake's Level 10 series, have hot-swap bays for easy installation. The downside is that adds extra costs to a simple solution. By allowing the bays to be removed from the back, things can be installed or replaced in a much easier and effective fashion. Already I'm starting to see other companies going this design route. While I can't say who is the first, it's already catching on in a good way.

Having support for large aftermarket CPU coolers and video cards does a great deal for desirability. Even if a large cooler is not necessary, the extra space gives the interior a spacious feel and sells the professionally built look. This brings me to my final thought of the extremely well design layout behind the motherboard tray, with SSD mounts and Velcro for every cable. It's a little bit of overkill considering all cables can be hidden next to the power supply. But since cables don't always comply to your will, its nice to see a method to tame them.

So far Phanteks has a great series under its belt and I can't wait for what it brings in innovative ideas and designs to a new series. It may be something simple or just another iteration of this current form. Either way, Phanteks deserves the Editor's Choice Award this time around for taking something amazing and transforming it into something that much better. Priced around $159.99, it's well worth the money if it's in your budget range. Of course the bigger Primo and the little bro Pro is available for those who aren't completely sold on the Phanteks Luxe just yet.

 

Pros:

  • Water cooling support
  • Well built metal frame
  • Support for large, aftermarket CPU coolers (193mm)
  • Support for large, high-end graphics cards (472mm)
  • Long internal cables
  • Easy cable management (27mm behind the tray + Velcro ties)
  • Excellent manual
  • Dedicated fan hub
  • RGB LED lights
  • Modular design (everything uses screws)
  • Price

Cons:

  • RGB LED lights have no memory
  • Fan hub requires CPU header for proper use
Editors' Choice



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