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Phanteks Enthoo Pro Tower Case Review

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Building in the Phanteks Enthoo Pro

 

System

Motherboard Gigabyte 990FX-UD3 ATX
CPU AMD FX 8350 8-Core @ 4.0ghz
RAM G.Skill Sniper 8GB 1866 (2x 4GB)
GPU EVGA GTX 750 TI SC
Storage Crucial 120GB SSD
PSU Corsair HX750
Cooling Three BitFenix Spectre Pro 120mm, one 200mm Phanteks, Corsair H100i AIO Liquid Cooler

Building in the Enthoo Pro was very simple and hassle free.  Plenty of routing holes keep cables out of the way and allow you to route them to where you need very easily. The black tinted window works excellently with black internals and white leds and the shroud covers the PSU nicely.  Getting the bracket back over the PSU did require a little wiggling, but nothing major.  The front 200mm, dual 120mm on the HDD cages, and the dual 120mm on the radiator are all mounted as intakes, while the rear 120 is the exhaust. While running all fans at low speed temperatures remained below 30 degrees Celsius, while the CPU stayed at an average temperature of 35 degrees Celsius (and the FX series are known to run hotter than other chips).  The H100i fits quite easily and you can see even larger coolers will fit.  Furthermore, after running this PC for a couple of weeks the interior is staying nice and clean and very little dust is making it inside.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Interior Build

 

Cable management was also very simple and easy to customize…you could leave cables loose or do an even better job than I did.  To accommodate cables the SSD bracket can be relocated to the lower mount as shown.  Phanteks includes plenty of cable ties and straps for you to basically do your cable management any way you want, which I’m sure will be popular with those looking to construct ultra clean builds.  I did notice the main 24-pin cable didn’t fit all the way in and the straps were a little small for it, but again, this all can change depending on what you do with your cables.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Cable Management Back Plate


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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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