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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

Case Build and Finished Product

 

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Before we tore things apart, we went ahead and built a setup in the chassis as it was shipped from the factory. There is plenty of room for anything we need cooling wise, but it is a little tight getting the motherboard, card in, and the wiring done.

 

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Behind the scenes, there isn't much to mention. The PSU slid right in, all of the wiring sort of spills down the chassis to where it needs to be connected, and the straps have no issues taming lots of wiring.

 

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Then we changed things up a whole bunch. We now have both motherboards in, but we realized two issues. One was that with an AIO in there the smaller PSU won't fit at the bottom. The second issue is the wiring, and we suggest getting a PSU with as much as possible, or that view through the window won't be so nice.

 

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Using the tool-free clips to hold in the new front I/O bay device, it lays flush with the rest of the front bezel and does not disturb the look all that much at all.

 

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Since the PSU did not fit, we removed it, and truth be told, we didn't have a CPU in the ITX system, it was just a mock up. Point being, while tinted, the widows still afford a view inside, and that PSU would just destroy the looks.

 

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The back of the chassis is now pretty crowded with the PSU and motherboard up top, and the motherboard, AIO, and what should be an SFF PSU sitting in the hole at the bottom right corner. All of it will screw in, and we tested the dust shield locations, and they fit easily too.

 

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We do like the styling and lines of this chassis, or all of the Enthoo series for that matter. You are not going to find a knock-off, so if this design strikes you as it did us when we first saw these cases, Phanteks is the only place to go.

 

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Powering the main system, we found that the shiny black thin section to the right has a fine line in it for the LEDs to shine through. This line continues along the top as well. The button for these LEDs, when clicked, will change various preset colors, and if you select a new color and keep the button pressed, it will dim the lights, just release the button at the appropriate brightness level.

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