Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Overview
In the past we have reviewed many of Phanteks’ cases including the Evolv ITX. This case and several others in the line feature the same exterior shape and styling with only their size being the difference. The style is very modern in what I would call the stealth look. That is, hard lines and angles with subtle curves where needed.
The front of the case is a single inset piece of aluminum with indentations at the sides that allow for airflow into the case. At the top of this is a cut out that flips up to reveal the front I/O panel. Here you will find a pair of USB 3.0 ports as well as the reset button and audio I/O. Towards the bottom middle of the front panel is a slit that is filled with an opaque plastic that we know houses an LED.
The top of the case has only two features. That is the larger sized oval power button towards the front of the case and the air intakes along both edges. There is a great deal of symmetry in this part of the case, I really like the design. All the intakes have dust screens along the inside. While the top panel is removable it is not tool less like many other Phantek cases. We’ll get to why that is no problem later in the review.
The back panel is another single piece of aluminum that is hinged at the back of the case. The back is where the aluminum exterior sort of ends. Painted in gloss black this steel section is mostly punched out for airflow and hardware installation. This includes seven expansion slots, a standard I/O shield cut out, space for a 120 or 140mm fan (a 140mm is pre-installed) and Phanteks own adjustable tube reservoir mount. You will of course find the PSU cut out at the bottom as well as hinges for both of the side panels.
Looking at the windowed side panel we have the same unique cut out found on the other Evolv cases. This serves it’s purpose to properly show off the interior of the case and showcase all your sweet hardware you’ll be installing as well! Both panels feature the same hinges which allow the doors to be removed quite easily. Simply lift and the panels come free of the pins that they hinge on.
When closed the side panels are held in place with for small nubs located at the top and bottom edges of each panel. These insert into clasps on the case body itself. Phanteks thoughtfully included foam on all the edges where the panels make contact with the case. These serve to keep vibrations to a minimum. The fitment of the panels is excellent, what gap there is is consistent and they swing open and close like doors with ease.