As you would expect installing our test rig into the Luxe, the identical chassis of the Pro was very similar. We did start with the motherboard first in this case. The reason being that we have an Enermax AIO cooler installed this time and it was easier to get that installed and out of the way first. As you can see in the second photo there is plenty of room left between the radiator of our cooler and the top exhaust fan thanks to the sliding installation system.
Next with the PSU shroud removed we install our oversized 1350w PSU with once again plenty for room left to get our wiring through the grommet.
We opted to keep our SSDs in the main drive area as it worked out well in our Pro installation. And of course the same for our traditional 1TB platter drive. Simple and tool-less just how we like it!
Slotting our ODD into the 5.25” bays was as simple as removing the spacer while we had the front panel off and sliding it into place.
And with that all that was left was to toss our GTX 690 into the top most slot of our motherboard and wire it up We had as expected, just as much clearance for the GPU as with the Pro: plenty. And running the wiring was identical and painless. So much room behind this back panel it makes you wonder what other case manufacturers are thinking making your life harder by keeping things tight. And again I am in love with the arrangement of options for securing the wiring. It just makes your job that much easier.
All wiring installed, all headers connected, power for the fan hub connected and we are good to go. There is no denying with very little effort on our part the Luxe has made our installation just plain sexy!
There are just a couple of other things worth mentioning. First, we love the fact that Phanteks cover both the outside and the inside of the large window with plastic for protection. An excellent touch no doubt. The other thing is a complaint. And it’s a complaint which is really just a minor annoyance, but there was a sticky bit of residue we found on the PSU shroud. We have no idea how it got there but it’s a blemish we will have to take time away from enjoying the case to clean off. A similar residue was found when we peeled off the stickers on the front flip panel and the top screen. One would think Phanteks would have used a sticker less prone to leaving a mess behind.
If you are in need of a little more info on the installation, here is a link to our review of the Pro with an identical chassis: Phanteks Enthoo Pro – Installation