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Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Galaxy Silver Case Review

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System Building with Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX

The Enthoo Evolv Galaxy Silver ATX case is designed for water cooling setups, so that is exactly what we are going to take a look at in our build. Using the Corsair H100i on the CPU and the Corsair H55 on the graphics card, we will see how much room is left in the case for a reservoir, pump, and extra storage drives. Cable management is also be something to look at to see how much effort is needed to manage the cables behind the motherboard tray.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Build With Side Panel

Test System

  • Motherboard: MSI Z97 Gaming 5
  • System Memory: 4x8GB 1600MHz DDR3
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 4790k @ 4.6GHz
  • Audio: Realtek ALC1150
  • Video: EVGA GeForce 780 Ti
  • Disk Drive 1: Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB SSD
  • Disk Drive 2: Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD
  • Disk Drive 3: Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD
  • Disk Drive 4: Toshiba 2TB HDD
  • Enclosure: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX
  • PSU: Corsair HX850i
  • Monitor: HP 23bw 23″ IPS display
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 Professional 64-Bit

Results

The build turned out very well with the Evolv ATX. I did not run into a lot of problems as there was a lot of interior room to work with. Mounting the Corsair H100i at the top of the case using the radiator bracket was not much of a problem, although it was difficult getting the motherboard into the case while trying to align the radiator bracket to the top rails. The Corsair H55 fitted perfectly at the rear of the case after adjusting the top radiator to allow enough clearance in between. There was still enough room for a reservoir to be installed behind the front two fans when working with a custom water cooling setup. Airflow through the front of the case was nonrestrictive as there were no HDD cages to worry about.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Build Interior

During the build, I used a few cable ties to clean up some of the extra cables around the power supply chamber. Because of the three Velcro straps that were included with the case, cable management was not much of a problem overall. There were a few tie down points closer to the rear of the case for a CPU power cable, which really cleaned up the cables for that area. The fan hub was easily removed as it was not used in this build.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Cable Management

One problem that I did encounter with this build was the difficulty in installing the motherboard and aligning the radiator bracket with the radiator installed onto the top mounting rails. In my situation, the tubes on the H100i were not long enough for this type of installation. This could alternatively be done by removing the water cooling unit from the motherboard then installing the motherboard into the case first. Then install the radiator bracket with the radiator installed into the case and secure the water block onto the motherboard. Both methods do work, but it really depends if you want to remove the water block from the motherboard or not.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX With Top Radiator

The side panels blocked off a lot of noise coming from the internal components. Because air ventilation holes were not present on the side panels, the case remained quiet even without sound dampening materials.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Finished Build With Side Panel Open

The build turned out better than expected. Do keep in mind when having a radiator installed at the front of the case, there would be no support for the modular 3.5″ HDD brackets. This is something to keep in mind for those who prioritize in storage. A push-and-pull configuration at the top of the case seemed possible with a 360mm radiator, but this would depend on the RAM modules, water block, and radiator size. The Evolv ATX does not allow for 360mm radiators to be mounted simultaneously at the top and the front, which was a given in the first place.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Finished Build Rear

Let’s go ahead and finish up with my final thoughts and conclusion.


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2 comments

  1. JackNaylorPE

    “Phanteks PH-F200SP 140mm fans push plenty of air (82.1 CFM) at just 19db, so having three of these already pre-installed in the Evolv ATX is a great thing to have.”

    Typo alert

    The F200-SP is a 200m 110 cfm fan
    The F140-SP is a 140m 82 cfm fan

    1. Olin Coles

      Thank you for pointing this out; I’ve fixed the typo. That being said, your typo alert contained typos: 200m denotes 200 meters. I think you meant 200 mm. 🙂

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