Since this is a larger case installation should be pretty easy as we will have a lot of room to work with inside. The first thing we did was went ahead and installed our motherboard. Even with a large CPU cooler there was no trouble getting everything installed.
To install your power supply you will need to remove the power supply cover. It can be removed by taking out three thumbscrews on the backside of the motherboard tray. Once removed we can easily slide in our power supply and secure it with the included screws.
Hard drives are next! We will be installing two 2.5-inch solid state drives and we are going to use the front mounts, which are new to this case. You can easily remove them and install your hard drives on them. Then you simply reinstall them. As you can see the stickers on our OCZ drives are upside down, which is sort of a bummer.
Now it is time to wire everything up! Taking a look at the back of the case the included Velcro straps really help keep all of your cables organized. You can also see that the CPU cutout is quite large so installing aftermarket CPU coolers should be a breeze.
Flipping back to the main part of the case the last thing we need to install is our graphics card. This case supports long graphics cards so you don’t have to worry about any clearance issues. The cable management on the backside of the case makes the main compartment pretty clean. The addition of the two new hard drive mounts makes things a little clustered though. Phanteks has cut openings by the drives to route your power and data cables, but in my opinion it just looks messy. You could route the cables the other way, but you’ll need to remove the front fans to route your cables.
All in all installation was quite easy and did not take us all that long to complete. Finally we can put the side panel back on the case. Powering the system on there are RGB LED strips on both sides of the case. The illumination around the power button is also RGB.
You can control what color is being displayed by pressing the button on the front of the case. This will cycle through the different colors. The RGB LED strips are also compatible with ASUS Aura and MSI’s Mystic Light. Below you can see all of the different colors available.