Phanteks Enthoo Primo Reviewred454 - January 13, 2014
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Phanteks Enthoo Primo Conclusion:
The Enthoo Primo is an amazing case. It is solid, well-built, and is aesthetically pleasing from any angle. A true case for the water cooling enthusiast and it is really hard to believe that this is Phanteks' first entry into the case race. I would have expected something on a much smaller caliber, feature starved, and mediocre quality, but Phanteks delivers a high quality case that has an impressive list of features for a reasonable price. I will often shy away from a new or first time product, especially from a manufacturer who has little or no experience in that area. But with the Enthoo Primo, there really are no loose ends, no corners cut, or features that look like afterthoughts. Whether you plan to go with air cooling or water cooling, you won't be disappointed. If you do go the water cooling route, you won't have to compromise on your build because of a case that lacks the features and full support for water cooling. The only part of the case that can't have a radiator is the windowed side panel. And speaking of the side panel, the large window will do a terrific job of showing off all of your hardware.
The list of features of the Enthoo Primo is impressive. The PWM fan hub allows PWM control over your case fans from a single PWM fan header on your motherboard. The blue LEDs of the front fans and front and top LED light strips add a touch of elegance to the case, and can be turned on or off with the touch of a button. The included pump mounting base, reservoir mounts, and multiple radiator locations simplify your water cooling build. Phanteks put a lot of time into this case and it shows.
As for the cons - there were really just a few things. One being the dust filter panel latches and while they were an annoyance, and I would not call them show stoppers. The top filter panel latches work fine, so I suspect that there is just something wrong with the way the others are mounted. I think there can be an adjustment incorporated into the latch mounting so that you can adjust the engagement point and get a nice smooth latch actuation. The other thing is that the case is rather heavy, which is to be expected with a case this size, but some sort of lift assist like some handles would be nice.
As for the price, well for what you get I don't think the price is out of line so I won't list it as a con. This isn't going to be a case for a low-ball "Aunt Martha needs a computer to check her email" build. No way. The Enthoo is going to be filled with high-end, high-dollar hardware, and at that level the cost of a case is less of a factor in the total build. And when you do sink the bucks into all that hardware, you want a case that is ready for the job, and looks great doing it. I can't wait to see what else Phanteks has for us!
The list price for the Enthoo Primo is $249, but it can be found at NewEgg for $229. Phanteks delivers a knockout punch with the Enthoo Primo. It is pure water cooling enthusiast Nirvana.
Note: The Enthoo Primo is now available in all white.
- Attractive design
- Brushed aluminum front panels
- Front and top LED light strips
- LED control switch
- PWM fan hub
- Dual PSU mounting locations
- Internal and external reservoir mounts
- Included pump mount base
- Tool box for fastener storage
- Options for front, rear, top, bottom, and side radiators
- Top, front, and bottom dust filters
- Easy filter cleaning
- Superior cable management
- Latches for front cover and bottom dust filter panels need to be adjustable
- Very heavy - could use some handles or other lift assist