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Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Review


Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Closer Look:

Removing the side panels presented no issues, and the design is similar to the other chassis I've recently reviewed, and once again identical to the Enthoo Pro. 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.



The Enthoo Luxe 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 Luxe continues what is already great and I don't think it can be improved upon besides having less screws. 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 the 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, so there isn't a reason to change the design. 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.


Behind the motherboard tray, the Enthoo Luxe has two pre-installed 2.5" trays, which is a nice addition and is becoming somewhat of a necessity as water cooling kits and large video cards tend to cause problems for traditional hard drive bays. To remove the tray, all you need to do is push up and lift off. Sometimes it can be a snug fit, therefore loosening the screws slightly can solve this problem. 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 an SSD on the back. Not pictured is a second SSD tray below the Velcro on the bottom right. Additional trays can be purchased, also covered in detail, further in the review.



Here you have it all assembled! Once again working with a Phanteks chassis was a pleasure and turns the tedious setup and teardowns that come with writing these reviews into a fun distraction. The clean interior gives off a professional build that anyone looking into the chassis could get jealous over. On top of that, I had zero problems installing anything or removing parts. The manual was detailed enough that for anything I couldn't figure out right away, it was covered in enough detail to solve my problems.

  1. Phanteks Enthoo Luxe: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Closer Look: The Case
  3. Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Closer Look: Working Components
  4. Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Closer Look: Advanced Features
  5. Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Closer Look: Retail Accessories
  6. Phanteks Enthoo Luxe: Specifications & Features
  7. Phanteks Enthoo Luxe: Testing: Setup & Results
  8. Phanteks Enthoo Luxe: Conclusion
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