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Phanteks EVOLV MATX Micro-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 19, 2017 3:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 100%Manufacturer: Phanteks

Inside the EVOLV MATX

 

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The aluminum bezel is removed by pulling on it, to release the four pins holding it on at the corners. On the chassis, the entire face of it is covered with a plastic framed, mesh, dust filter which covers all of the intake, no matter the cooling setup.

 

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Since the tempered glass panels are on hinges, technically they do not need to be removed, as they will open past 180 degrees. For safety sake and ensuring no damage occurs to the glass, you can open the sides and then lift the glass off the hinges so that they can be set aside during the build or maintenance. Each panel has two magnets attached to the glass, and the frame of the chassis has foam to ensure the glass will not vibrate against the steel.

 

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The Evolv MATX offers a dual compartment design, where the top is open from front to back, while the PSU and HDDs can be mostly hidden under the PSU cover. We also see that the hardware is shipped in a cardboard box which has been wire tied to the top of the PSU cover.

 

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The front of the chassis ships with a single 140mm fan, but there are slots on the sides of the steel frame to accept another, as well as the option to use a pair of 120mm fans. The front I/O wiring is tucked away and run through the chassis well out of the way of the fans.

 

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Just under the fan, built into the PSU cover, is a removable panel. This will allow access for tubing to pass through, and also allows for fewer restrictions to the pump and reservoir combo which is meant to be placed under it.

 

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Removing a single thumbscrew from the back allows the top panel to slide back a bit and then be lifted off the chassis. This way, you have full access to mounting optional cooling in this location, which can be dual 120mm or dual 140mm based fans or water-cooling solutions.

 

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The motherboard tray offers a large CPU cooler access hole in it; the tray is clearly marked for standoffs, which are preinstalled for Micro-ATX motherboards. There are seven locations in which to pass wires through, four of them with grommets in place to keep the interior view clean and tidy. There are also four wire tie locations, but Phanteks supplies a way to group wires without the need for zip ties.

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