Phanteks set out to create a case that was not as expensive as some of their other models, but still had many great features. I think that they were able to accomplish that with the P400S. The two biggest things for me that stand out is that you have plenty of room inside and there is room for a 360 mm radiator on the front. Talking about room this case can actually support E-ATX motherboards and the longest graphics cards out there. This makes it a joy to build in as well. I was a little disappointed that water cooling cannot be installed in the top of the case though.
Talking about installation I did not encounter any issues at all during my installation. Be sure to check out my time-lapse of the entire installation process. All of the cable routing holes and the velcro ties on the backside of the motherboard tray make it very easy to get organize all of your cables and keep things nice and clean inside. One thing that I did find missing were tie down points on the back of the motherboard tray. You have them where the velcro ties, but there are pretty much absent everywhere else.
This is the Eclipse 400S version of the case, and the “S” stands for silent. So you have sound dampening material on both side panels, the top, and the front of the case. While this is not the quietest case out there it does a decent job suppressing noise. It was nice that there are two (not one) removable top plates. So if you wanted to just install a single fan you still get some sound dampening properties up there.
The RGB LED strip on the front of the case is a nice addition and adds some style to the case. You can cycle through colors using the button on the top of the case, but the LED strip is compatible with RGB controllers and motherboards with RGB headers. This means if you have other RGB LED strips and you have them doing something special the LED strip on the front of the case can be included in the sequence as well.
When it comes to price you can pick up the Eclipse P400S in both a windowed or non-windowed version for $79.99 at my favorite online retailer. The normal Eclipse P400 sells for $10 less and comes without the sound dampening material.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the Phanteks Eclipse P400S Case a 9 out of 10 score.
– Lots of room inside
– Supports up to a 360 mm radiator in the front
– RGB LED strip
– Sleek design
– Sound dampening properties
– No tie-down points on the motherboard tray
– Hard to route PCI-E power connectors through the top of the PSU cover
– Can’t install water cooling in the top of the case