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Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV mATX Tempered Glass Review

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mATX Case Final Thoughts

Phanteks did a great job with the Enthoo EVOLV mATX Tempered Glass Edition case. It brings their product stack in line with their other tempered glass case offerings, and is different enough from their mATX edition case to warrant the changes.

One gripe I really have with this case is the tempered glass panels. Since they are just held closed with magnets they can open easily. I would of liked to see Phanteks implement some kind of open hinge design to allow them to be removed easily while installing so they don’t get in the way, and have some kind of latch system to make sure they stay closed if you need to move your computer around.

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV mATX Conclusion

Phanteks has done a great job with this case. It’s built solidly. Even the mounting pins being metal is a step above most other cases I have reviewed before. This gives me hope nothing is going to break, and Phanteks must be confident as well, since they have a 5 year warranty on this product. You don’t see that very often for PC cases. Usually you get a 1 or 2 year warranty and that is. This is commitment to the consumer and Phanteks quality making this case a good contender if you are in the market for a mATX case.

Performance of the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV mATX TG Edition is outstanding. The only gripe I had was with the glass panels while building and it wasn’t that huge of a problem, just more of a minor annoyance than anything. Phanteks could make a minor change at some point to the hinge system to improve this down the road, so hopefully they’ll listen to feedback on this.

Appearance of the TG Edition is sleek and modern. Nothing too blingy and shiny to detract from it’s simple but pleasing aesthetics. I absolutely love the Enthoo design no matter what form factor of the case. Phanteks really came up with a good looking chassis design!

Construction is of top notch quality. From the thick aluminum plates to the metal pins used to mount the top and front panels, Phanteks really took the time to engineer this case to last.

Functionality is just about perfect. Other than the PSU mounting plate not having grommet pass-through for the PCI-E power cables. But that’s only a minor issue. For some it might be a deal breaker.

Value of the TG Edition is speculative at this point. Phanteks has set the MSRP of $129.99 (Amazon | Newegg) at the time of this writing. If you compare that price to the mATX chassis retailing for the same price on Newegg, I would say it’s a good value, considering you get tempered glass panels at no extra cost, but you do lose out on the included PWM fan hub, which isn’t a bad trade-off in my opinion.

Despite the negatives (which are very minor), I would recommend this case to anyone looking to build an HTPC or mATX gaming PC with a single GPU. The TG Edition has some serious cooling options and is wide enough to handle most fan load-outs of mid tower ATX chassis while keeping a bit smaller of a foot print on your desk.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award Logo (Small)

+ Solid construction
+ Sleek aesthetics
+ Water cooling options
+ Plenty of space to build in

Cons:

– No optical drive bay
– Limited HDD space
– Glass panels open easily
– No PCI-E pass-through on PSU shroud

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.5
  • Appearance: 10
  • Construction: 9.5
  • Functionality: 9.0
  • Value: 8.75

Final Score: 9.35 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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