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Phanteks Enthoo Pro: Working Components

Removing the side panels presented no issues, and the design is similar to the other chassis I've recently reviewed. The front slides into place and acts like a hinge, which makes for an excellent design choice. Installing and removing the panels become a cinch, unlike so many other chassis that need to be aligned just right for the panel to lock in place. This is another chassis that will have you wishing every chassis was set up this way.

 

 

Phanteks is paving the way for innovative chassis design. The Enthoo Pro breaks away from the traditional hard drive bay installation by having them installed and removed from the rear. Normally, chassis have this section open on both sides and I've always thought this was pointless, as all the wires are connected in the rear. The Enthoo Pro could be the start of something different and I'm looking forward to what Phanteks can offer in the future. The bays themselves are made of light plastic and come out by squeezing both sides while pulling. To install, just slide it in and the bay will click into place. The six bays themselves are held in by two cages, which can be removed after unscrewing two thumb screws on top and bottom of each cage.

 

The tool-less design of the 5.25" bays is effective and easy to use. While not the best I've come across, it does the job well enough. To install a drive, press the little square on the right side to either release the pins or retract them. Alternatively, you can pull off the plastic part if you prefer to use screws instead.

The Enthoo Pro continues with the surprises, including a fan hub with five fan headers along with a dedicated CPU header. To use, 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 I could not get the hub to work and I didn't have time to figure out exactly what the problem was. For the benchmarks, each fan is directly plugged into the motherboard. With a few tips, I was able to find out that 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 port if your motherboard includes one, which I verified does work. The downside of using the CPU fan header port 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.

 

Behind the tray, the Enthoo Pro has a pre-installed 2.5" tray, which is a nice addition. To remove the tray, you need to loosen up the screws slightly, then push up and lift it off. Installing the tray after you place an SSD in there is simple and requires you to put the tray flush to the screws and slide into place. I have no problem using a SSD on the back, and below the top tray are mounts for a either a second tray or to move the first one lower. At this point, I cannot confirm the price to purchase a second tray, or even if it's available at all.

 

 

Behind the tray is 27mm of space, which is more than enough considering the great wire management the chassis already features. It's not a bad thing and I was little surprised with amount of space considering the chassis isn't extremely wide. That being said, it is billed as a full tower, not a mid-tower.

It's assembled! With everything packed into the Enthoo Pro, it still has some space to spare and looks very clean inside. On the back side, you can see how the Velcro ties really helped keep the wires organized and easy to remove whenever I liked. In fact, I redid the wires a few times trying to get the ideal layout and I couldn't ask for better wire management from any chassis.

 




  1. Phanteks Enthoo Pro: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Phanteks Enthoo Pro: The Case
  3. Phanteks Enthoo Pro: Working Components
  4. Phanteks Enthoo Pro: Specifications & Features
  5. Phanteks Enthoo Pro: Testing: Setup & Results
  6. Phanteks Enthoo Pro: Conclusion
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