You probably wouldn’t believe it, but the case we’re about to take a look at comes from a company that has only been in the PC case game since 2013. Formed in 2007 with PC cooling as their target market, Phanteks has only been dropping bombs on the hardware market since 2011 with their superbly performing CPU coolers. They soon followed their CPU coolers and fans with some of the best cases we have seen. Based on the mantra that “no job is impossible” and listening closely to what builders and modders want, Phanteks has been stunning us with cases that truly deliver exactly what we need time after time. Considering how long they have been designing and producing cases it’s astonishing just how many models they have. With such meteoric success I have to wonder if there is going to be a point when they miss? Can Phanteks truly keep making cases that are unique and nearly perfectly suited to our needs? Read along as we find out if today is the day Phanteks slips or shines with one of the newest models in one of their most popular lines, the Evolv ATX mid tower case.
Special thanks to Phanteks for providing the Evolv ATX for review!
We have found that Phanteks cases ship in two types of packaging. The more expensive premium models come in glossy printed cardboard boxes while the lower tier models come in plain brown boxes with black print on them. Certainly the higher end models give you the feeling you’ve purchased a quality product with the rich dark colors and presentation. The front of the box features a photo of the Evolv ATX with just the name at the bottom. 90 degrees to the right gives us the full feature listing as well as a half view of the front of the case. One more turn to the right and we are at the back of the box. This side shows us an exploded view of the case as well as all of the key features. Finally the left side of the box has the key features in 9 additional languages.
Cutting the tape at the top of the box and pulling the hand hole cutouts back out of the box, we can easily remove this medium size case with the shipping materials still in place. As you can see there are two large foam pieces protecting the case on both ends and several inches of space between the case and the box. In addition the whole case comes in a large plastic bag.
After tipping the case over and removing the bag we find that the case still has protective plastic on both sides of the window. Other than that we find nothing to report in the way of damage. Not a dent or scratch on the gorgeous Anthracite Grey exterior. Peeling back the plastic from the window we find that it’s actually tinted plastic and in perfect condition as well.