Phanteks Enthoo Primo Reviewred454 - January 13, 2014
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Phanteks Enthoo Primo Introduction:
Phanteks was started in 2007 by engineers with 20 years of thermal solution experience. Phanteks broke into the CPU cooling industry with two goals in mind: “High-end quality and innovative products in thermal solutions.” And while Phanteks is best known for premium CPU coolers and fans, it is breaking new ground with the Enthoo Primo full tower case. I would not expect a relatively new company to jump in with such a high-end full tower case. This is territory usually relegated to well-established, seasoned manufacturers with a long history in case design. But today we have not just a shy, quiet entry into the case ring, but a heavy weight contender from out of nowhere that is ready to leave the competition on the floor as the referee counts to ten.
In the world of high-end, full tower EATX cases, the list is short. Among them there are the stand out cases such as the Cooler Master HAF-X and the COSMOS II, the Thermaltake Level 10, Corsair's 900D, and way out there is the massive (and costly) Case Labs Magnum TX10-D. These are cases for the true enthusiast, the people who build hardcore water cooling systems packed with radiators, fans, and the latest high-dollar hardware. They need the space. They need the cooling capacity that these monster cases can offer. Today we will look at the Phanteks Enthoo Primo as it tries to establishes itself in the short list. The Enthoo Primo can handle ATX, EATX, mATX, and SSI EEB motherboards; measures in at 250mm x 650mm x 600mm; and has space allotted for two power supplies along with space dedicated for (water cooling) reservoirs and many more exciting features.
Phanteks Enthoo Primo Closer Look:
Let's start off with saying that the pictures do not do justice to the size of the box. A couple of other cases arrived with the Enthoo, and they were dwarfed by it. I think I could put a license plate on it and take the family for vacation in it. Anyway, along with the size goes the weight. It takes a little heft to move it around. Ok, so the front of the box has a nice backlit 3/4 shot of the case. The name ENTHOO PRIMO is set across the top with ENTHOO SERIES just below in smaller text. Now, since it says 'series' that tells me that Phanteks likely has other cases in development, but we will have to wait and see.
The rear of the box has some very nice shots of the interior and then a variey of smaller detail shots showing many of the features.
One side of the box shows the specifications detailed in English and then a feature list in nine languages is on the other side.
Instead of the usual (and effective) Styrofoam end caps to keep everything well protected, Phanteks uses a soft closed-cell foam that is glued together in the proper shape. This seems to give more cushion to the case and with its weight, I think this is a good idea. Otherwise, the case is closed up in the standard pastic bag to keep the dust out.
Phanteks uses a shrink wrap approach for the entire case, and then the usual protective clear sheets of plastic to protect the side windows. After the protective plastic is off, you can see the magnitude of this case!
The Enthoo weights about 17.9kg empty (40lbs). Fully loaded may require a second person to help you move it around. I am not saying this is a bad thing, just that a large case like this has some significant weight to it and you don't want to lose grip. Make sure the side panels are secured with their respective thumb screws before moving it. Some handles or lift assists incorporated into the design would be nice.