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Phanteks Enthoo Primo Case Review

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System Building with Enthoo Primo

After a quick inspection of the case, it was clear that it was designed with water-coolers in mind. This case can support numerous water cooling configurations and should definitely be considered by any who plans to water-cool their machine. However, for the purpose of this review, the Enthoo Primo was assembled with a fully air-cooled system. In section I will share my experience of building a system with the Enthoo Primo and report how well it performed thermally, and acoustically.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Asus Rampage 4 Extreme

  • System Memory: 8 GB G.Skill Ripjaws

  • Processor: Intel I7-3820

  • Audio: Asus Xonar DSX

  • Video: GTX 570 SLI

  • Disk Drive 1: ADATA SPX900 60GB

  • Disk Drive 2: Seagate Barracuda 2TB

  • Optical Drive: Asus BWrw

  • PSU: Antec HCG-900

Many PC enthusiasts take joy in assembling their systems just as much as in using it. A good case should allow for simple installation of hardware and provide clear documentation to assist the user. Phanteks’ Enthoo Primo isn’t your average case, it has so many modular parts and allows for various different hardware configurations. Thankfully, the user manual included with the case is very clear and complete and made for a smooth assembly process.

Being made from almost 100% metal, the Enthoo Primo is quite heavy and it was a bit of a hassle to move around while installing the parts. In order to fit my graphic cards, the reservoir mounting panel had to removed. The Enthoo Primo features a thermally isolated PSU bay on the right side of the case, Phanteks warns against installation the PSU in the alternate(standard) location because it doesn’t provide maximum airflow to the power supply. Disliking how empty the bottom half of the case looked, I decided to install the PSU in the normal location. If one decides to do the same, be warned that there will be a large hole in the back of the case: a cover was not provided for the PSU bay in case it wasn’t being used.
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For the most part, assembling the system was a breeze. Being such a large case, there was plenty of room to work and make necessary adjustments. I found that the blue led fans at the front took away from the elegant look of the Enthoo Primo so I moved them to the top and used them as exhausts instead of intakes. With this configuration I noticed slightly lower temperatures than the default fan layout. Below is a screen shot showing the various hardware components and their temperatures after a running Battlefield 3 on ultra settings for about 20 minutes.
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Running the same test with with the NZXT phantom produced CPU temperatures exceeding 60 degrees, and GPU temps over 80 degrees. The Enthoo Primo is also very quiet due in no small part to the PH-F140SP case fans. While idle or under small workload, the case is near silent; the sound of air being pulled through the vents is louder than the fan itself. Also, due to it’s aluminum body, no one part of the case gets too warm. The overall structure of the case is very sturdy, add in the weight of all the components and desktop will be pretty much immobile.


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