Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL Case Review


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Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL Case Review

By Julian Duque

Manufacturer: Phanteks Co.
Product Name: Enthoo Mini XL
Model Number: PH-ES414M_BK
UPC: 886523300267
Price As Tested: $179.99 MSRP

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Phanteks.

Here at Benchmark Reviews we admire those companies who not only give relentless effort to create the best product designs in terms of efficiency, quality, and functionality, but we also applaud those who try to set themselves apart in what is an already crowded market by bringing forth new ideas and daring to take risks. Surprisingly, this seems to be a trend for Phanteks; the relatively young company that is looking forward to create it’s own market of dual system cases with the release of the Enthoo Mini XL “Super Micro-ATX” Computer Case.

2014 must have been a great year for Phanteks. With the release of the Enthoo Pro, they have set a new standard for the sub $100 Mid Tower market, and their increased popularity can be clearly seen in the “sold out” notices found on many listings for their cases. Like the rest of the Phanteks Enthoo family, the Mini XL is all about bringing a ton of enthusiast friendly features packed in an elegant exterior very similar to the steel chassis found on the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe. Similarly, it is also surrounded by aluminum face-plates and it’s fully dust proof. Phanteks also gives support for their 10 color LEDs which are sold as a separate accessory for both the Enthoo Luxe and the Enthoo Mini-XL.


Surprisingly, the Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL can house two full systems by being similar in size to many Mid Towers. Of course, being around 70 liters in volume, this is probably the biggest Micro ATX case in the office. I wouldn’t go ahead and call it gargantuous, although it is wider than most cases, even than it’s bigger brother the Enthoo Primo. Note that if you decide to install a dual boot system you will need to buy the ITX Upgrade Kit that I will cover in the accessories section of this review. Installing the kit will also change some of the compatibility of rear and top cooling support.

Features & Specifications

Courtesy Phanteks.com

260 mm x 550 mm x 480 mm (W x H x D)
10,2in x 21,7in x 18,9in
Form Factor
Super Micro Tower
SandBlasted Aluminum, Steel Chassis
Motherboard Support
uATX, mITX (optional dual Motherboard support)
Front I/O
2x USB 3.0, Mic, Headphone
Side Window
Yes, split-window design
Expansion & Drive Bays
Expansion slots
External 5.25″
Internal 3.5″
6 (2x 3 HDD cages)
Internal 2.5″
8 (2x SSD brackets )
120mm fan
140mm fan
200 mm fan
2x (2x included)
2x (1x included)  –
2x  –
In front of HDD Cages
 –  –
Side (with bracket)
Graphic card
289 mm (410 mm without HDD cages)
CPU cooler
215 mm
Cable management
30 mm
Radiator (TOP)
206 mm to motherboad

5 Years Limited


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