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Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Review

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IMG_4462Phanteks has very quickly cemented their place as one of the preferred chassis manufactures among the PC enthusiast community. In last year’s Mod24, Lee Harrington of “PCjunkie Mods” and Ron Lee Christianson of “Blue Horse Studios” used the Enthoo Luxe to create a Call of Duty Zombie themed work of art. Late last year to follow up on the Enthoo series chassis, Phanteks announced their Evolv line. The first to be released in this line was the the Evolv mATX chassis, one of my personal favorites and priced at sub $150 USD it provided very stiff competition for similar chassis. Phanteks was kind enough to provide us with a review sample of the Evolv ITX, the successor to the mATX model.

Review Sample Provided by: Phanteks
Product Name/Link to Website: Enthoo EVOLV ITX
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

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Unlike its predecessor, the ITX version of the Evolv does not come with fancy high gloss hallmark style box. Instead to save money, the ITX version simply comes in a standard cardboard box with black lettering, which gives an outlined drawing of the chassis and its specs.

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On the right and left sides of the packaging we have the dimensions as well as descriptions in several different languages.

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Moving to the back we can see an isometric break down of the components that make up the chassis. Above the isometric Phanteks highlights four aspects of the case, which include appearance, functionalists, air cooling and water cooling.

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Upon opening the packaging, the first thing that can be noticed is the standard heavy duty foam, that secures the case in position and a large plastic bag to protect the chassis paint job from abrasions

Inside the chassis the included accessory kit as well as a few other extras that were included for this review can be found.

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Along with the accessory box, Phanteks included a pump mount and extra 3.5″ drive caddy. The accessory box which is different than the usual technician grade plastic container with dividers, contains the screws, instruction manual and zip ties. The change in the accessory box was more than likely due to Phanteks  decision to offer the case at a much cheaper price, compared to the mATX variant. Additional accessories can be purchased from Phanteks, such as this 3.5″ harddrive caddy. The pump bracket does include a very nice thick piece of anti vibration rubber and is pre drilled to fit most if not all pumps, such as all variants of the D5 and DDC pumps. One thing I have noticed with even the original Evolv is Phanteks is spots in the paint where bare metal can be seen. Although a quick few shots with some dollar spray paint will correct this, I hope that Phanteks will correct this blemish with future chassis.

Case Specifications
Dimensions 230mm x 375mm x 395mm / 9.1″ x 14.8″ x 15.6″
Form FactorITX
MaterialsSteel, Plastic
Motherboard SupportITX
Front I/O2x USB 3.0, Mic, Headphone
Side WindowYes

 

Expansion & Drive Bays 0
Expansion Slots2
External 5.25″0
Internal 3.5″2
Internal 2.5″ 1-Expandable with Phanteks SSD sleds
Cooling120mm Fan140mm Fan200mm Fan
Front 2 21 (included)
Top 2 2 –
Rear 1 1 –
Bottom – – –

 

Liquid Cooling120mm Radiator140mm Radiator
FrontUp to 240mm
TopUp to 240mm
Rear11

 

Clearance
PSU 200mm/ 7.09″*
CPU Cooler 200mm/ 7.9″
Cable Management 28mm /1.1″
Radiator Top120mm- 74mm/ 2.9″

140mm- 54mm/ 2.1″

Graphics Card 330mm/ 13″

*Some PSUs will require the removal of the lower 3.5″ HDD cage to make clearance.

Packaging Information
Package Dimension 310mm x 480mm x 460mm

12.2″ x 18.9″ x 18.1″

Net Weight 5.4 kg/ 12lbs
Gross Weight 8 kg/ 17.7lbs

 

Warranty
Length 5 Years Limited

 

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