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Phanteks Evolv Shift SFF Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 25, 2017 3:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: Phanteks

Inside the Evolv Shift

 

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The reason the instructions are shipped externally is simple, without them, many may find it hard to get into the Shift. Everything happens under the lid, which needs to be opened to gain access. The first thing we found is the box of hardware for use a bit later, and we can see a pair of thumb screws which allow the panel to be removed. Not visible, but there is a set of two screws for each of the panels found in here.

 

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Under the lid, we see the fine mesh panel which keeps anything from falling into the top of the case, and at the top, we also see the ball which locks into the latch built into the frame. The plastic cover contains the switches, and the power LED light. Coming from the bottom of the panel is a lead for the power switch, a SATA power lead, and a pair of RGB cables for options LED light strip control.

 

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With the hardware out of the way, we can see the rear I/O panel of the Shift. There is a lot of passive honey comb ventilation surrounding where the I/O dust shield goes, and at the bottom of this image, we can see a pair of expansion slots. Notice too, all the room to either side of them, as the slots can be adjusted for fitment.

 

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Down the steel front of the Shift, we see two of the panel clips with a hook and loop strap with the Phanteks name on it between them. There is a 140mm fan installed just below them, and a pair of openings and another hook and loop strap there too. At the bottom is where the second fan can be placed, but for now, it is left open as the Shift is shipped from the factory, and the second set of clips to hold the panel.

 

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The left side of the chassis has thin layers of foam running down both sides as well as across the bottom to keep the glass from rubbing it. We do see the panel clips in each of the corners, but at the top is where the motherboard sits, with a center section to hide wires behind. The lower section is used for cooling options and placement of an SFX or SFX-L PSU.

 

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Just in front of the motherboard tray with a huge access hole and the standoffs already placed on the tray, we find the only fan that comes equipped with the Shift. This a 140mm fan used to keep the motherboard and memory cool, but also adds airflow to the section behind the tray as well.

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