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Phanteks Enthoo Pro: 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 surpised me with the amount of thought given into creating this chassis. I'm going to admit right now, I completely missed the Phanteks Enthoo Primo release and since I don't deal with CPU coolers often I never heard of the company until a week ago. My original reservation was that I was receiving another chassis from a unknown company and at best it was going to be average. After taking pictures and installing computer components, my ideas of what I thought, and what it could be, were dismissed. I'm slightly embarrassed that the Primo went right over my radar, even though it was reviewed here at OCC! Phanteks did an amazing job with the Primo and continues the trend with the Enthoo Pro version.

Because I did not find any noticeable flaws other than the fan hub, which I talked about in the review, I'm just going to skip right ahead and talk about everything this chassis does right. The first thing that comes to mind that always bugs me in chassis is the manual. Phantek created one of the best manuals I've used to date; so take note people, this is how you write one. Step one: list everything that can come apart and how to do it. Step two: explain in detail how to do those things. It's not hard and 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 simply because I didn't know any better.

Since this list is very long, I'm going to cover two more things that really makes the chassis stand out: the fully modular design and the hard drive cages. The chassis is unique in the sense that Phanteks has made it so instead of just some parts being removable, absoulety eveyrthing 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 ruins case modding. Even simple mods I try to perform myself became short-lived when I encountered a single rivet holding an entire bracket it 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.

Finally, 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 Level 10 series, have hot-swap bays for easy installation. The downside is that 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.

In the end, Phanteks has created a very well-rounded chassis for a perfect price point of $100. To me, the Enthoo Pro is cross between a Fractal Design ARC and a NZXT Source chassis. However, that's not to take away from the design team at Phanteks, as I think they did a great job of looking over the current market and seeing what works and running with it. There is nothing wrong with borrowing ideas if you can make it your own. This chassis is now my official go-to chassis for $100, and I can't wait to see what Phanteks brings to the table next.

 

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
  • Modular design (everything uses screws)
  • Price

Cons:

  • Fan hub requires CPU header for use.
  • CPU temps a few degrees higher than other chassis in its class.
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  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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