|by MAC | January 6, 2017|
CES 2017: Phanteks Shows Off Enthoo Elite Case
Phanteks have just revealed the final form of their ultra-high-end Enthoo Elite case.
If the Phanteks Enthoo Elite looks familiar to you, that is because an early prototype was revealed at last year’s Computex. Now that it is production ready, we get to further appreciate the work that Phanteks has done in redefining the art of high-end case design.
This flagship $899 case features beautiful curved lines, and an integrated stand that appears to sweep the case right off the ground. It has been engineered with superb attention to detail and manufactured with premium materials, for example the exterior is 4mm sand-blasted aluminum that is available in your choice of satin black or anthracite grey. The large window panel is 4mm tempered glass, and it swivels open thanks to heavy duty mounting hardware. Magnets are used to keep it closed, and foam padding has been added to protect it from impacts when closing. The windows also has a ventilation strip that also serves to visually separate the top and bottom compartments.
Since this is a huge case, there is plenty of room to work and Phanteks have made that work easier by using screws for every component instead of rivets. As a result, modding and component installation will be much easier. There is a sliding multi-functional panel to the right of the motherboard area, and it can be used to hide cables or can be converted into additional storage mounts for SSDs or hard drives. The Enthoo Elite features a unique PSU location that is hidden from sight and that ultimately masks nearly all of the power cables. This model’s side panel was designed with 35mm of cable management space and there is also additional cable compartment to help hide the mess. The included velcro cable ties should also help in that task.
The are two integrated two Phanteks PWM hubs can fully control the five included 140mm fans, as well as any additional fans that are added. The front I/O panel is hidden behind an aluminium cover, and it features a ton of connectivity in the form of four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.1 Type-C, two headphone outputs, two microphone inputs, one power button, one reset button, and an RGB LED control wheel that works with both ASUS AURA Sync and MSI Mystic Light Sync. Speaking of RGB lighting, this case features its own RGB illumination modes and as mentioned above it can sync with RGB motherboards and other Phanteks RGB products.
Modularity is also a key selling point, and there is a ton of accessories included. There are silent panels, a vertically-mounted GPU bracket, a side-mounted radiator bracket, a 5.25” drive bracket, additional hard drive mounts, etc. Whether you want to expand your cooling options or just add more storage, there is a way to do it. The Elite can hold up to six SSDs and up to thirteen 3.5” HDDs, and enough radiators / pumps / reservoir to cool down two systems. Oh, did we forget to mention that it can actually hold two systems? There is indeed a Mini-ITX motherboard mounting area directly under the primary motherboard.
Dmitry is on the ground in Las Vegas at CES, and he posted a beautiful overview of this very high-end case:
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