Full-Tower Case Final Thoughts
Just like the rest of the Enthoo line, the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe is a success. It has plenty of features, focused mainly on water-cooling and mod friendly ventures that will most likely attract many enthusiasts. If water-cooling is not your thing, the Enthoo Luxe offers support for air coolers of up to 193 mm of height. But like all cases, there are a few details to be corrected; there is a noticeable color change between the side panels and the sand blasted aluminum cover of the top and front panels. Also, the power supply cover should have rubber grommets on the top and not on the front to allow for tubing to run from the pump mount location to the rest of the case. The included accessories are great, with a top of the line toolbox to hold all your screws, however the optional LEDs didn’t really stick very well, this was easily fix with some clear tape. We are aware that Phanteks is releasing more cases later on this year, so stick around for our reviews on the upcoming Phanteks mini XL and Evolv cases, as well as for any upcoming Phanteks products.
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Conclusion
With support for many different water-cooling configurations, there is no limit to what you can do with the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe. With 330 mm of clearance for graphics card, 8 expansion slots, and motherboard compatibility with up to SSI-CEB you will probably find the Enthoo Luxe more than enough to handle almost any system you throw at it. For a case of so many features, it would have been ideal to allow for two power supplies to be installed, however at this price point I do not think it is possible, and it is fair that they only include one, specially with bigger power supplies entering the market everyday.
Phanteks just found a way to make a very professional and elegant looking case look like it’s holding a gaming system. The multi-colored LEDs are exceptional, and with the optional internal LEDs color matching will be a breeze. Due to the power supply cover the double window design of the side panel doesn’t show any unnecessary cables and really gives the Enthoo Luxe a very stealthy theme to it. Overall, the Enthoo Luxe is eye candy once you turn it on.
Probably the strongest point in this case is the build quality. It was the first thing we noticed when we received it, and weighting 14 Kg this thing packs a lot of hard steel. Aside from the body, the fans, drive cages and hard drive trays are all very sturdy, but even the screws that hold in place the side panels have rubber washers. The only problem I see with the Enthoo Luxe is that the included LEDs are non-removable, and these can fail over time. But with a 5 year warranty, I am pretty sure Phanteks has taken this into consideration.
Building within the Enthoo Luxe was a total joy. There is plenty of space, and rubber grommets that should make even your first time build a complete breeze. If you are a first time builder and are not sure how to install a component, I recommend you take a look at the manual as it guides you throughout your build in a very detailed manner. The velcro straps and ample space in the back really make building a lot easier, and faster.
My main concern with the Enthoo Luxe is it’s similarity with the Enthoo Pro. Priced for $149.99 ( Amazon l Newegg ), the Enthoo Luxe does offer a lot of features, a lot more than the competition. But with just a few differences including the extra space at the top, the sand blasted finish, and the included LEDs, the Enthoo Pro is still a better deal. However, if you just want the best of the best, and you find the included multi-colored LEDs fascinating like I did, then you will find that the Enthoo Luxe is the case for you.
+ Sand Blasted Finish
+ Tool-less drive installation
+ Very rigid structure
+ Support for SSI-CEB form factors
+ Included multi-colored LEs
+ Ample water-cooling compatibility
– Shares the same chassis as the Enthoo Pro
– Power Supply cover does not have rubber grommets for tubing