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Phanteks Enthoo Primo Case Review

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EATX Case Final Thoughts

The Enthoo Primo is a well designed, well constructed chassis. It can house the largest motherboards, 2 power supplies, 12 SSDs, 6 HDDs, 16 120mm fans, 5 radiators, and should therefore suit the needs of even the highest level of PC enthusiasts. It was clearly designed with water-cooling in mind, without sacrificing it’s air-cooling compatibility: most of  the specialized parts can be removed if not in use. The use of aluminum, steel, and galss make the Enthoo Primo look and feel like a premium piece of hardware. There are really no major flaws with the Enthoo Primo, just small things like the main PSU chamber not having a cover, and the front door opening to the left. There are many qualities of the case that puts in a class of it’s own: the inclusion of premium case fans, the thermally isolated PSU bay, the PWM hub, drop and lock SSD brackets, even the labeled cable straps. Phanteks has raised the bar in high end full-tower cases with the Enthoo Primo, they deserve great credit with this being their first attempt at a case, hopefully we will see more cool cases from Phanteks in the future.

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Phanteks Enthoo Primo Conclusion

The PH-F140SP fans included with the Enthoo Primo quietly produces great air flow and keeps components cool. Washable dust filters prevent massive amounts of dust accumulating in the case.

The Enthoo Primo’s best attribute is probably it’s appearance. The use of aluminum makes it looks premium, the blue led strip adds a futuristic element, the large glass window gives a great view of the internals, and the creative off-center look adds to the uniqueness of the Enthoo Primo. Without being overly extravagant, Phanteks have created an aesthetic marvel.

The steel body of the Enthoo Primo is very sturdy, all the modular parts fit tightly into place and nothing on or in the case is loose or shaky. The washable dust filters are inconspicuously placed about the case’s body and are easily removed. None of aluminum panels attract fingerprints and are not easily scuffed. The only complaints about the Enthoo Primo are the front swinger door and the lack of a cover for the PSU bay.

The Enthoo Primo was designed to enclose the highest end of systems with a special emphasis for water-cooling. It allows numerous arrangements for fans, radiators, and water reservoirs, allowing the user to find the most optimal layout for their system. The case features PWM hub that provide PWM functionality for 3 pin fans, relieving the user from the task manual altering fan speds.

Considering the price of other high-end full-tower cases on the market, the Enthoo Primo is relatively well priced at $249.99 (Amazon Newegg). In fact, it makes you question why other cases in the category can get away with a much heftier price tag.

Phanteks’ first attempt at a PC enclosure was thoroughly impressive. The Enthoo Primo case is definitely worth a look if you’re in the market for a full tower case, more so if you are building a water-cooled system.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award Logo (Small)

+ Contemporary, futuristic design
+ PH-F140SP fans are quiet and cool efficiently
+ Case allows for multiple arrangements of fans and radiators
+ PWM fan hub make fans adjust speed automatically
+ Ample room for cable management
+ Thermally isolated PSU bay

Cons:

- Case is quite heavy even without any hardware installed
– Optical drive door opens to the left
– No cover for main PSU bay

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction:   9.50
  • Functionality: 9.75
  • Value: 8.75

Final Score: 9.3 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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