Phanteks Enthoo Pro Case Review
If there was one case that made an impression last year it was the Enthoo Primo. Being Phanteks’ first enclosure, there weren’t many expectations since they hadn’t made a name for themselves outside the cooling market and, as has been demonstrated time and again, designing an enthusiast case is easier said than done. Despite our initial hesitation, the Primo was an outstanding product which offered innovative features, tons of space and more water cooling options than any sane gamer could possibly utilize. It was actually named our top case of 2013.
With those massive shoes to fill, Phanteks is back for more with a new mid-tower named the Enthoo Pro which is loosely based off of the original Primo but comes in at just $89 for the standard version and $99 if you want a window. With an eye towards affordability (remember, the Primo was launched at an eye-watering $250), there are some minor sacrifices here but that doesn’t mean the Pro comes up short in any department. As a matter of fact, this may be one of the best values around, provided you can find a retailer that actually carries it.
From the outside, there’s no mistaking the Primo’s classic good looks trickling down into its smaller sibling’s design language. The Enthoo Pro uses a straightforward exterior of brushed black aluminum and plastic without any gimmicky additions. It actually reminds us a lot of Antec’s older cases, before their lineup went off on the current tangent.
As was already mentioned, the Pro will come with or without a side window and there will be a full list of extras. Items like a reservoir bracket, a single slot bracket for SSDs, and a PWM fan control hub have all been thrown in for good measure.
What really sets the Enthoo Pro apart from the competition is the attention to detail that has gone into its internal layout. It’s hard to make sense of the fact this is a sub-$100 case. There’s support for full-sized E-ATX motherboards, a shroud that covers the PSU (only on the windowed version), space for four water cooling radiators, mounting locations for a massive 360mm top rad, dust filters on every conceivable opening, a closed off HDD cage for optimal airflow and a truly innovative cable management system. It truly looks like Phanteks is taking the mid tower market to a whole new level.
Other than the copious amount of water cooling options, the most interesting feature here is the way Phanteks has catered to modders. The entire case is held together by high tensile screws rather than the rivets normally found on most other cases. This means a modder can completely disassemble the Enthoo Pro, paint its internal structure or modify some key areas and then put the whole works back together with a minimum of fuss. The idea is a brilliant one that will endear this case to many an enthusiast.
For the water cooling nuts, Phanteks has everything covered. Other than the aforementioned radiator options, there’s also a number of dedicated reservoir mounting points and a removable reservoir bracket. Every inch of this case has been designed with water cooling in mind.
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