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Phanteks Enthoo Pro Tower Case Review

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Full-Tower Case Final Thoughts

Phanteks has created another winning design with the release of the Enthoo Pro. Taking a $250 case and dropping the price by more than 60 percent while still keeping many of the core features and excellent quality is no small feat. The Enthoo Pro puts many more expensive full tower cases to shame with extensive water cooling options, a high quality build, and excellent internals management. Honestly, my only issues with the Enthoo Pro are the design of the front and top filters, the tendency for the finish to be marred by dust and fingerprints, and the few missing accessories that I think should have been no brainer inclusions such as an extra SSD bracket. But these are almost a negligible complaints when compared to what Phanteks got right with this case and the $99.99 price tag. Phanteks supposedly still has one more potential release in the Enthoo series, which is going to be titled the Enthoo Luxe and will have a target price between the Pro and the Primo. Honestly, if you are looking for a full tower case that doesn’t break the bank, you can’t go wrong with the Enthoo Pro.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Conclusion

I have not had the opportunity to test the performance of this case, but I will update this section when I do. Obviously, the water cooling performance of this case cannot be ignored for the price, and air cooling is also a very attractive option. However, if you mount case fans at all possible locations you may have some conflicts with airflow so if you plan to use all the available mounts you are really limited to positive pressure only. Also, the HDD cages and the PSU shroud somewhat restrict airflow through the lower mounts.

This is a great looking case that really caught my eye the moment I took it out of the box. Its hard to tell that the brushed plastic surfaces are actually plastic and not aluminum and the dual window panels look great while showing off the interior quite nicely. You can really tell Phanteks has taken the time to make a case that can be admired for both it’s exterior and interior. The only issue I have with the appearance is how the case attracts fingerprints and dust that also show up quite noticeably, but again, that’s a pretty small complaint.

Its hard to find fault with the construction of the Enthoo Pro. Solid build, easy access to internals and I/O ports, easy to disassemble and reassemble as needed, what more could any builder ask for?  I personally wonder how well the power button will stand up to repeated use over time, as well as repeated removal of the top panel, but only the test of time can answer that.

Again, great functionality for any case, but especially for one at $100. Tool-less 5.25 and 3.5 installation is always nice, the ability to pop a case out of the box and instantly build a custom water cooling loop inside is always a nice option, and if you don’t want to go with water cooling you’ve got up to 10 mounts for fans, including the ability to mount fans on the HDD cages and create a push / pull configuration to force air through the cages into the case. As mentioned earlier, the only issues I have with the functionality are the somewhat poorly thought out top filter design as well as the lack of a second SSD bracket for the back, considering they took the time to include such a well organized and inclusive accessory kit I find it odd that Phanteks chose to leave that out.

You can’t really argue the value point of this case. Some other full towers might have more fans included out of the box, or maybe one or two other additional features, but again, what the Enthoo Pro does offer for $100 sets it in a tier of it’s own. This a great case regardless of whether you are on a budget or not, because it offers massive options for later expansions and a sturdy design that will likely last for a good while. There’s no reason to pay for more expensive chassis unless you need a specific feature or have the money, because the Enthoo Pro really has what you need.

Phanteks really hit the nail right on the head with their latest design. Value, construction, functionality, and excellent looks that easily outweigh the cons (which are really just nitpicks), it is difficult to find any chassis that offers what the Enthoo Pro does for the price. Phanteks continues to make a name for themselves in the chassis market, and I hope to see more designs of this quality from them in the future. Big case designers should watch out, because there’s a new contender are the market, and it looks like they plan to stick around.

Pros:

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+ Amazing value with an excellent feature set.
+ Top tier options for both air and water cooling systems.
+ Great appearance and build quality.
+ Plentiful cabling holes, cable ties and straps make organizing a clean system a breeze.
+ Multiple storage options for both 2.5 and 3.5 drives.
+ Included accessories such as reservoir bracket, cable ties and straps, and lots of case screws are a nice inclusion.

Cons:

- Case finish tends to noticeably attract dust and fingerprints.
– Top fan filter access could have been designed more conveniently.
– Could have included an extra SSD bracket along with additional case fans.

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.25
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 9.75

Final Score: 9.5 out of 10.

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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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