Phanteks Evolv Tempered Glass Case Overview
The Phanteks Evolv Tempered Glass is marketed as a mid-tower computer case that features water cooling compatibility without sacrificing airflow. Airflow is achieved through the fan mounting options. With this case, you can have; 2 x 140mm fans or 3 x 120mm fans in the front, 1 x 140mm or 1 x 120mm in the rear, and 2 x 140mm fans or 3 x 120mm fans in the top. All intakes are filtered, as well as the top (integrated). As with most modern cases, direct path cooling for the PSU is also filtered.
The front of the Phanteks Evolv Tempered Glass features a 3mm thick aluminum front panel, an RGB LED power indicator, as well as filtered intake vents for the two standard 140mm Phanteks fans that come equipped with the case.
At the top of the front bezel is a small flip up panel that reveals two USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 3.5mm microphone jack, as well as an RGB LED controller button. The RGB LED controller button on this case serves multiple functions. A “long press” of the button turns the LEDs on or off, a less than 1 second press changes the colors, and a 2 sec press changes the mode between static, breathing and color cycle.
Did I mention that this case has tempered glass on both sides? This feature can be viewed as either a blessing or a curse. With the sample we received, the “Phanteks” logo on the velcro straps are upside down and not reversible. This may not bother some, but in a case where cable management will be critical, my OCD can’t help but feel bothered by this oversight. Preferably, Phanteks would just make these blank, it would save money and avoid misprinting issues.
The rear of the case comes with vented PCI slot covers, a 140mm fan pre-installed (with the option to use a 120mm instead), more ventilation next to the PCI slots, and of course an I/O panel. You’ll notice, if you haven’t already, that the side panels are attached via thumb screws on the side of the case and not at the back like most cases. The rear fan mount is slotted to include support for 140mm or 120mm radiators. Something unusual you may notice about the ventilation next to the PCI slots, it has two vertical slots! What this means is that you can mount a small tube style reservoir right next to the PCI slots at the back of the case, thus extending the water cooling capabilities.
As per the standard with most filtered cases, the PSU is also filtered by a mesh screen, negating the need to remove the PSU for screen cleaning.