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Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL Super Micro-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 2:18 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Phanteks

Inside the Enthoo Mini XL

 

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With the panels off the chassis, we get our first peek inside of this unusual layout. We can also see the wiring isn't laying around inside the chassis, and there is a large box of hardware strapped to the HDD rack.

 

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The top of the chassis at the front offers a solid side to the trio of 5.25" bays in this case. Not only can you remove a bunch of screws and pull out the entire bay, but should you need to remove the tool-free clips, those too are screwed into place.

 

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Phanteks puts the name on a plate at the bottom of the HDD cover plate, but above it ate two groups of holes. Those are to allow the mounting of SSDs, and there are even wire routing holes in the left edge.

 

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There is a thumbscrew at the back of the top cover, and then the cover slides back a bit before it lifts off. You then have full access to the top of the chassis and cooling options, and if you want to, the entire steel top will unscrew and come off as well.

 

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The top third of the motherboard area is taken up with the PSU cover plate. At the top, there are a few holes to route wiring, and to the right are a couple of wire tie points and another management hole, this time with a grommet in it.

 

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The motherboard tray is at the bottom and offers room for Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX motherboards, and even offers a pair of helper standoffs to hold the board when the case is upright. Tie points are slim in number, but there are plenty of grommeted holes to get wires to the board.

 

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The bottom of the chassis is as open as the top is. At this point, you can only use two locations, but if the HDD cage is removed, it offers up a third location as well.

 

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The back of the chassis offers thumbscrews in the expansion slots, and above that is a 140mm fan to exhaust this chassis. In this configuration, there is also room for a second fan, or a dual radiator AIO or custom cooling here too.

 

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The wiring is all routed and held in place with the Phanteks hook and loop strips. There are SATA power clips for the LED system as well as the fan hub in the middle. At the bottom, under the cooler access holes, there is a pair of trays waiting to be filled with 2.5" drives.

 

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Removing the front panel needs gentle hands, as these cases with lighting in them have leads that can be disconnected, but since wired already, do not go too far. Inside of the bezel, we find the dust filter slides out the side, and we see the pair of 140mm fans in the face of the chassis off to the left.

 

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While we knew to be careful and were sure not to stress the wire, it seems whoever routed and tied the cables may have pulled it a bit too tight. One of the three wires to the front LED strip was found like this.

 

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Since the fans are wired to the hub, and the LEDs are all wired for us, aside from the two SATA power leads and a PWM cable from the hub to connect to the motherboard, this is what is left. Just like the rest of the wiring, everything is black, and along with the button and LED wiring from the front, there is also the HD Audio cable and the Native USB 3.0 connection.

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