Phanteks fairly well known for offering colored CPU coolers, but they are also breaking ground in the chassis market lately. The first Phanteks chassis we had the pleasure of reviewing was the Enthoo Primo. Phanteks stormed onto the scene with the Enthoo Primo, and it turned out to be one of the most well designed and thought out layouts of any chassis we had seen before, or have seen since.
This chassis took water cooling into account at a level where the tubing and pump were even able to be hidden. The design also accommodated for plenty of radiator options for those looking to go nuts inside of a chassis, and still have a finished build that is amazingly clean looking.
Of course, then we got to see the much more economically friendly Enthoo Pro. This chassis surprised us in many ways. First off, you get a ton of case for the investment. Secondly, we were taken back with all of the carry over parts from the Primo that were still available in this much more affordable design. When we got our hands-on the slightly smaller Enthoo Pro, we soon found out that not only can Phanteks make an expensive chassis like no other, but even on a budget, they still broke the rules and offered one of the most feature rich full-tower designs in the $100 price range.
So, what is the next logical step for Phanteks to take? Well, it seems they were looking to somehow fill the gap between the Enthoo Primo, and the Enthoo Pro, and to do that, Phanteks is now introducing the Enthoo Luxe. With the Enthoo Luxe, we are dealing with space like the Pro offered, and Phanteks has somehow figured out a way to offer a design that aesthetically plays between the Primo and the Pro. However, despite the Luxe appearing as a hybrid of the Primo and the Pro, Phanteks has added something completely unexpected to make the Enthoo Luxe a chassis that can stand on its own, and be easily recognized.
Let's get to the heart of why we have you here today, and take the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe full-tower chassis for a spin around the block, and kick the tires a bit.
Unlike any other company, Phanteks is sure to display every single option or specification that their chassis offers within their specifications list, so that you can be certain of what you are getting before the purchase is made. They start by listing the chassis' dimensions, which are 235mm of width, 560mm of height, and the 550mm of depth. Next, they state that this full-tower design made of aluminum, steel, and plastic. Then Phanteks dives inside of the Luxe to show us that it will house Micro-ATX, ATX, EATX, and even SSI EEB motherboards. We then move to the contents of the front I/O panel; here there are a pair of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, as well as the HD audio jacks. Taking the same elements in the side panel as its predecessors, we again find a split window, one for the name plate, and a much larger one to see your gear. Lastly, Phanteks makes sure that we know there is a PSU cover too.
Next, we find the Enthoo Luxe offers eight expansion slots in the back. At the front, we find a trio of 5.25" bays at the top. Below that, we find two racks that can hold six drives via plastic trays. These trays will work for either 3.5" or 2.5" drives, but there is an additional 2.5" drive tray that slides onto the back of the motherboard tray.
Cooling is not an issue with this design either. As we can see, the front can house a pair of 120mm fans, a pair of 140mm fans, or you can leave the supplied 200mm fan in place. The top of the chassis will allow for three 120mm fans, three 140mm fans, or there is an option to remove the pre-installed 140mm fan in order to make room for a 200mm fan. We still have options in the bottom too. Here we can install a pair of 120mm fans, or a single 140mm fan. The rear also has a 140mm fan already in place, but there are holes for a 120mm fan as well. Even the HDD rack offers room for a pair of 120mm fans. As for water cooling compatibility, the same rules apply as those for fan locations, with no mention of clearance issues.
Phanteks also provides us with a list of the chassis' limitations, if you can really call them that with a straight face. Video cards can be up to 347mm in length, or slightly less with a reservoir hung inside, and if you were to remove the HDD cages, that length increases to 472mm. APU coolers are allowed to be 193mm in height before they would rub the widow, and that covers almost every tower cooler known to man. They also offer a minimum of 27mm behind the motherboard tray for wiring, while other sections offer much more depth. They even go as far as to cover the 65mm of distance from the top of the chassis to the motherboard. We can also see that this chassis weighs 13.9 Kg while empty. Lastly, the Enthoo Luxe comes with a five-year warranty.
After shopping around, we did see that only a few select locations actually stock the Enthoo Luxe at this time. What we have found is that the Luxe does indeed fall between the Pro and the Primo when it comes down to pricing. Another note to add, which will affect pricing, is that this chassis comes in black as we received it, but it also comes in white as well. In the former color, we see the Luxe listed at $159.99, and for the latter, it will cost around $10 more. So, what does the Enthoo Luxe have that the Pro lacked? Stick with us and find out, as we are almost to the point where we can show you the awesomeness contained in this box.
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