A couple of things stayed to same from previous models such as the Evolv MATX, but that is down to the overall look and design on the outside, and the fact that they are offered in black, anthracite gray, and white variations. On the same token, many things about this chassis are different from the similar named version of the past.
The front I/O panel has been moved to a more accessible location this time, and they have done away with the large and view blocking drive mounting plate that used to run down along the front of the chassis. While the fan hub has been removed, in exchange we are given RGB LED ability in the chassis, and capacity to connect it to certain motherboards which provide their various styles of LED controls.
The fan options and provided fans have changed, increasing the compatibility in the later design, and we find tempered glass panels on both sides of the case, which could not be easier to use and remove. Getting into finer detail, we are provided a second SSD tray this time, you can shut the chassis lighting off altogether by holding the button for five seconds, a removable HDD cage, and a support plate to house whatever pump and reservoir combination you want to. From every angle of this design, we feel the Evolv MATX is the better chassis.
The Evolv MATX is made of thick aluminum on the exterior, which upgrades the appearance and feel of the chassis, yet at the same time keep the unmistakable aesthetic of the Evolv Series. Cooling with the provided fans is sufficient, but with options to have removable bits to allow for water cooling, and room at both the front and the top of the chassis for 240mm or 280mm radiators will keep any system cooled, even if using a pair of cards and a high TDP processor inside.
We like that we can see the brand and model of the PSU rather than covering it over completely, and while most of the time the right side of the chassis will face a wall, we do like that Phanteks covers everything but the view of the SSD or SSDs used in the build. While we typically use this section of the conclusion to rant about faults in design or things that just do not work well, with the Phanteks Evolv MATX Chassis, we are not able to do this. The chassis is just that well build and laid out with enough options to keep even the most advanced builder satisfied.
What we like even more, and the point that will bring a lot of customers to Phanteks is that with all the additions and inclusions in the Evolv MATX, they can keep the price down. In fact, this chassis is $15 less in cost than the original released at. Considering the cost is less than the other similar option from Phanteks, and you also dive into the latest trends in the Evolv MATX with tempered glass and RGB lighting, we see no reason to even look at the predecessor any longer. Compared to other cases of this size, the feel of this chassis is superior, and the layout is one of the best we have seen to date. It is hard to go wrong with the Evolve MATX Micro-ATX chassis from Phanteks. If you like to save room, want the latest and greatest there is to be had, and like it when you do not have to open a line of credit to buy one, this chassis is most certainly one worth much attention for your next Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX based system.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
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The Bottom Line: The EVOLV MATX is the culmination of the latest of trends and Phanteks listening to their customers! From every angle this chassis is stellar to look at, it is as solid as can be, and is ready for whatever water cooling you want. We cannot find any reason why the Evolv MATX should be passed over.
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