Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
The chassis which brings us all here together is not something completely new to the market. In late 2014, Phanteks brought forth something called the Enthoo Evolv Micro-Tower, and looking back for reference we can see that we prized it highly. Then, about in the middle of 2015, we got our hands-on the Enthoo Evolv ITX chassis, and while compact, we still found much to love about the chassis. While we never did get our hands-on the Enthoo Evolv ATX chassis that released near the end of 2015, there is not one case in this lineup that we did not appreciate the layout, craftsmanship, style, and bang for the buck.
We mention all of the above cases for good reason, is it is the Evolve cases that have us back again. Notice we left out the Enthoo Series name this time because nowhere on the packaging or literature is Enthoo ever mentioned. However, there is no mistaking the bloodline, and since smaller more compact cases are all the rage right now, it is a perfect time to refresh what were already superior designs. While this may be another highly stylized Evolv chassis, Phanteks has done a lot to change what we were used to seeing in this series. Gobs of changes have been made. Some obvious, some not so much so, but what we do know, is that this new chassis is well worth the time it takes to check it out.
Phanteks has sent along the Evolv MATX Chassis. Aesthetically it may appear much like the Enthoo Evolv Micro-Tower chassis, but it does not take long to start to see what has gone on in the last couple of years. While Phanteks is still using thick aluminum covers on the outside of this chassis, they opted to move to tempered glass sides this time around. The I/O panel has been moved, and this time was hidden, Phanteks added RGB control and an option to add RGB LED strips. Much of the layout has stayed the same inside and out, but we can tell you that this is a chassis which adheres to the latest trends in case design, yet Phanteks is still able to outdo themselves, bringing forth a new angle of attack with the Evolve MATX.
In the chart provided to us by Phanteks, things start off with the case specifications. It is here that we can see the 230mm width, the 453mm height, and the 400mm depth of this Micro-Tower chassis. The front, top, and the bottom of the chassis offer covers, and each is made from 3mm thick aluminum, which can be had in three colors. The color options are black, white, and anthracite gray, all of them using a textured finish to the panels. On both sides of the Evolv MATX, we are sent 3mm thick, chemically tempered glass panels. The Evolv MATX can house either a Micro-ATX motherboard or a Mini-ITX motherboard, and while hidden in the front bezel, offers excellent connectivity and RGB control.
Inside of the Evolv MATX, there are four expansion slots at the back of the case, a drive cage which holds a pair of 3.5" HDDs, and a pair of trays which can hold only 2.5" drives. Cooling is handled by a pair of premium 140mm fans, one in the front, shifted down to the bottom of the bezel, and another at the back. However, the Evolv MATX offers room for three 120mm or two 140mm fans on the front, while the top loses room for the third 120mm fan, but can house a pair of either 120mm or 140mm fans. The rear of the chassis comes with a 140mm fan in place, but it can also accept a 120mm fan as well. Water cooling is also entirely possible inside of this case. The front of the chassis can house up to a 360mm radiator or a 280mm radiator. The top of the chassis will take on a 240mm or 280mm radiator, and the back of the case is left to single 120mm or 140mm radiator options.
Phanteks also lists the restrictions found in this chassis. With just fans placed in the front of the chassis, the video cards can be up to 319mm in length, but as you add water cooling to the front of the chassis, this number decreases. CPU coolers can be 192mm tall, which encompasses most options on the market. As for the PSU, with the HDD cage inside of the chassis, space is limited to 216mm including the cables, but you can remove the HDD cage to gain room for longer PSUs, as well as then to use the extra space for a reservoir and pump using the multi-functional plate included in the hardware. The last things we see are that this chassis can be searched by the PH-ES314ETG model number to ensure you find the right chassis and that when empty, this case weighs in at nearly twenty pounds.
We are uncertain of what sort of availability will be out in the wild by the time you read this, but we would assume that stick should be available soon after the release. Phanteks has been good in the past for making certain their cases are ready to go when they release to the public. What we do know is that Phanteks sent over the MSRP along with other literature to be sure we had all of the information at out fingertips. We were told that the Evolv MATX Chassis is slated to cost only $129.99. Looking back to the original Enthoo Evolv Micro-tower, it released at $134 plus shipping. Even with upgrades this time around, Phanteks is still able to increase the bang for the buck as well.
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)
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