What do we like about this chassis? It's pretty simple really - everything! From the textured black exterior that we saw opening it up, and to the beefy solid feel of the chassis once in your hands is what started it for us. Then we took in the angles and lines, the simple yet slightly aggressive looks to it, and took in the potential view through the window, our mind started going on about what to do inside. Once actually looking at the interior layout, while conventional looking at first to some, everywhere you look there are finer details to be found. Like a PSU cover that is well ventilated for video cards to be able to still breathe inside, the removable section at the front to allow the card to fit as well.
The ease of installation of everything we put in it, the fact that there is a slide out radiator mounting tray in the top of this case... I mean come on, who thinks of this stuff over there? They are one smart cookie, that is for sure. Then when finalizing the build, realizing the chassis is perfectly set up to hide any and all wiring, routed right to where they are needed most, down to the optional parts, ability to be fully water cooling friendly, and even when it's gutted like what we did to the Enthoo Evolv ITX, it never lost its solid feel.
The chassis does only ship with a single 200mm fan, and we really shouldn't say only, as this fan moves a ton of air inside of this chassis, and the most we heard was through the back of the chassis where our meter showed us a 27dB reading. Beyond that, it is all up to you to pack in the fun. With 74mm of room at the top before conflicting with the motherboard for 240mm radiators, and slightly less for 280mm radiators in the top, cooling a CPU is easy. Then ponder that the front offers another 240mm radiator location, and the PSU cover plate is already cut to allow it to pass through at the front, now we have the GPU covered as well. While you can install a radiator at the rear of the chassis, if populating the front and the top, we are sure a simple fan will do just fine here. Also, when it comes to cleaning, you just have to pop off the front and that filter is accessed, slide out the PSU filter out the back of the chassis, and with that cool slide out tray for the top, you can move it to a more accessible location to remove fans and clean the fins.
While we really could go on and on about what we liked about this chassis, we still have the one thing that will make or break any chassis, no matter the feature set or style, and that is the cost. Putting this all down on paper with what features you are given compared to the market, and adding in the extras and all the very user friendly ideas swimming around in this chassis, we would have fully expected a price in the $100 to $150 range.
While Phanteks has definitely delivered in every aspect of this design, they also completely nailed it with the cost. With this Enthoo Evolv ITX only costing $69.99 currently, you would honestly have to be out of your mind to think that this isn't a huge deal when it comes to Mini-ITX chassis choices. Phanteks has really outdone themselves this time, and our only problem to report is now we feel like we need to buy a system and put this chassis to use full time!
|Quality including Design and Build||100%|
|Bundle and Packaging||98%|
|Value for Money||100%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: Phanteks blew our minds here! The Enthoo Evolv ITX has to be the most feature packed, most modular, and most wallet friendly offering for its size out there.
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