Mid-Tower Case Final Thoughts
Custom water cooling loops in this case should be fairly easy to accomplish. With the various radiator options in the front, rear, and top, you should be able to easily cool a CPU and a pair of GPUs. Phanteks clearly had this case lined up to utilize tube style reservoirs when they developed the interior layout. Especially with the case lacking any 5.25″ drive bay support.
For those of you who like to utilize AIO (all-in-one) liquid coolers, such as the Corsair H100i, then this case would work very well. With the slide out radiator bracket in the top, it would make AIO installation even easier and still have room at the front and rear for an AIO cooled GPU or even a pair of AIO cooled GPUs. That being said, custom water loops is what this case is built for, utilizing AIOs would somewhat negate the need for this case, other than the bling factor of those tinted tempered glass panels.
Phanteks Evolv Tempered Glass Case Conclusion
Given the number of fan mount locations and options, options for radiators and pumps, and the sheer amount of configuration options, this case can easily perform as your daily driver or gaming PC. The only drawback to the performance of this case is the lack of any sound dampening. Be that as it may, choosing the right parts will negate this problem.
Appearance wise, the Phanteks Evolv Tempered Glass is simply stunning. The tinting of the glass, the aesthetics of the design choices, makes this case very noticeable in a high end way. The lack of 5.25″ bays and the options to add more RGB LED lighting, will surely make it easy to achieve a very slick looking PC.
This case is very well constructed. Though it can be broken down in to many pieces, it in no way feels rickety or cheap. All the parts fit with precision and give a solid feel. The only downside to this case is it’s weight. It’s heavy, with a gross weight of 35.5 pounds, and is not for LAN parties.
The case functions perfectly for a water-cooling enthusiast and/or an air cooling person, though function of this case is clearly for the water-cooling crowd. If you utilize the water-cooling features of this case, you might want to consider hard line tubing for a cleaner build and more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Value is where I had to knock off some points. Available online for $189.99 (Amazon | NewEgg), the Phanteks Evolv Tempered Glass case becomes a real investment. Although the bling factor of the case makes it very worth it, to some it’s not very practical. The lack of more advanced RGB LED lighting (such as the NZXT Hue+), and the fact that you would need to purchase additional LED strips separately, drop the value of this case slightly. Additionally, if you needed more than 3 horizontal HDD/SSD mounts, you would need to purchase them separately as well.
I recommend this case for anyone looking for that wow factor in a mid-tower case package. While I may feel the price is slightly too high, I’m confident you won’t regret your investment once you get it all put together. Cable management will be key for this case to look stunning, so if you’re bad at cable management or don’t want to invest the time and planning involved, then maybe you should opt for a different case. Phanteks has quickly became known for their water-cooling support and aesthetically pleasing cases, and the Evolv Tempered Glass meets and exceeds their reputation.
+Tempered glass side panels
+Numerous pump/reservoir mounting options
+Flexible HDD/SSD mounting locations
+RGB lighting controller
+Easily removable front and top panels
+Slide-out offset top radiator mounting
+Thick aluminum front and top panels
-Lack of 5.25″ bay/option (to some this would be a con)
-Glass side panels difficult to remove and reattach
-Upside down logo on the velcro cable ties
Final Score: 9.50 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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