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Phanteks Enthoo Pro Tower Case Review

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Closer Look: Phanteks Enthoo Pro Interior

The Enthoo Pro’s interior is able to accommodate graphics cards up to 347mm GPU, CPU coolers of up to 193mm, and can accommodate a top radiator of up to 65mm.  The HDD bay is closed off on all but one side to help create a cleaner looking interior. Both HDD cages can be completely removed to accommodate better airflow from the front or for longer graphics cards (storage can still be provided by dual SSD mounts on the back plate) but the cages do have to be installed in order to mount a reservoir.  With the bays installed you can install radiators up to 30mm thick in the front, and removing the bays can provide room for graphics cards up to 472mm in length, as well as the potential for push/pull radiator configurations. The reservoir bracket mounts are on the interior side of the cages, and adding that plus the reservoir itself reduces compatible card length. I recommend anyone looking to build a custom loop in the Pro measure video card clearance with the bracket and reservoir installed.  One problem I also noticed with the lower fan mounts was that the HDD cage has to be removed to fit a fan in the second slot.  My BitFenix Spectre Pro fan would not fit underneath the cage, meaning you either need a slimmer fan or have to remove the cage. It is odd the Phanteks would make such an oversight. space  The interior also features a very large motherboard cutout (a generous 203mm x 152 mm) as well as numerous cable holes with grommets, including four very large holes next to the HDD cages and one on the PSU shroud. The shroud can be removed by simply taking out the screws out from the back plate and lifting the shroud out. The PSU shroud is included with the windowed version of the Enthoo Pro.   The shroud can accommodate PSU’s up to 88mm tall and, assuming you are installing a bottom case fan up to 203mm long.  Phanteks also included six rubber soles for the PSU to rest on to reduce vibration.Phanteks Enthoo Pro Interior View Full Interior The back plate has a number of interesting features, especially in the cable management department. There is 39mm of space at the PSU area, and 27mm of space around the rest of the back plate. The Pro also includes another very large cable hole for the PSU (intended mainly for the motherboard cable) as well as several pre-installed Phanteks cable straps and ties with some cable management already done for you. The included accessory kit contains extra ties and straps as well. One SSD bracket comes installed with the case, but I wish that Phanteks had included an extra bracket considering the back plate has mounts for two. The six HDD cages are accessed from this side, and each tray can support either a tool-less 3.5 inch drive or a screw mounted 2.5 inch drive. Phanteks Enthoo Pro Motherboard Tray / Cable Space

The most noticeable feature on the back plate is the fan hub.  This fan hub features six connectors for case fans along with a four pin connector and a PSU connector.  Connecting the four pin to the CPU fan socket on the motherboard allows you to control the fans via the PWM function, while getting power via the Sata connector.  You can also connect to a different 4 pin socket, but you would not be able to connect the Sata connector because then the fans would run at full speed.  Phanteks explanation of how this hub works was quite confusing, which is a shame given the potential of the feature in question.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Backplate Fan Hub


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  1. Doyll

    I’m surprised there is not more about the PWM controlled 3-pin fan hub. It is a unique and very good way to have automatic control of up to 11 fan allowing them to idle at slow speed and ramp up as system workload increases. Makes for a very quiet system that can easily handle stress testing without overheating. ;)

    1. David Shields

      The case can only mount up to 10 fans and the hub has connectors for six. Sadly the explanation Phanteks provided for the controller was quite poor.

  2. JackNaylorPE

    You can, at least with the Primo, use two fans on each of the 6 connectors except for the first one which is req’d to be single because it needs a single fan to provide feedback of fan speed.

    From the Phanteks Primo web page (FAQ Tab)

    “How to use the PWN fan hub?
    PWM hub will enable PWM function to 3-pin fans. Fan 1 can only be connected to one fan and cannot be split. Fan 2 – Fan 6 can be split to multiple fans. Total of 11 fans can be connected to the PWM hub. All PWM functions will be controlled by fan 1. ”

    AFAIK, the only thing different between the 2 is the cable supplying 12v power if needed is a SATA Power cable instead or Molex used on the Primo. i expect to be doing a Pro build next weekend for one of the neighborhood boys.

  3. emilio

    Can this case fit a 360mm radiator on the top without removing the 5,25 bays ?

    1. David Shields

      You can’t remove the 5.25 bays, but you can fit a 360mm or 420mm radiator in the top regardless.

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