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Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV mATX System Build

Building with the Panteks Enthoo EVOLV mATX TG Edition case was a breeze for the most part. Usually small form factor cases give me fits when trying to build in them because everything is cramped. Not so with the TG Edtion. Even with my big hands I didn’t have any issues building in this case.

One minor gripe I have is with the tempered glass panels. With them being hinged and only held closed with magnets, they tend to flop open at a whim while moving the case around to build in. I would suggest removing the panels while building by removing the 4 screws attached to the back of the chassis. I didn’t do this, and wish I had. I came close to smashing the panels a couple of times on components laying on the table as I worked on building in this case.

Test System

Before I list the specs here, I just want to point out this is an older system. I do not have any mATX motherboards I personally own. I decided I would give this case to my mother for her birthday, since she has an older system with an mATX motherboard. We do, however, plan to upgrade her PC soon, so no worries the case won’t be going to waste!

  • Motherboard: Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM3)
  • System Memory: 3GB 1×1, 512×512, DDR-2 533
  • Processor: AMD Athlon 64×2 4200+ 2.2Ghz
  • Audio: Onboard
  • Video: Onboard
  • Disk Drive 1: WD Caviar Blue SATA 2 500GB
  • Disk Drive 2: Seagate Barracuda ATA/100 160GB
  • Enclosure: Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV mATX TG Edition
  • PSU: Rosewill Capstone 450-M Gold PSU
  • Operating System: Win7 64-bit

Results

Without a GPU installed in this build we have a clear view of just how much room there is in this case. There is plenty of room for a nice water cooling unit at the top or front of the case. The cables are kept decently hidden, with the exception of the fat IDE cable, but anyone building a new PC won’t be dealing with those old cables.

I installed a couple of Antec 120mm fans from the case I pulled this system out of because the motherboard only has a CPU and Sysfan headers so the included 140mm front fan had to go. The Antec fans have built in speed switches and use Molex connectors to power them, so I was ok with the trade-off.

As usual, my cable management looks like it was handled by a rabid hamster. That IDE cable definitely does not help matters any, but this is what I had to work with.

All the other cables were tucked nicely away, and it’s a good thing too, because you have 1 inch of space to work with and if you don’t manage your cables well, the side panel door can’t be forced closed, since it’s only held closed by magnets.


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