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Phanteks Eclipse P360X Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 3)

By Shannon Robb from Sep 25, 2019 @ 13:55 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: PhanteksModel: PH-EC350PTG_DBK

P360X Mid-Tower Chassis

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The front of the P360X looks very similar to other Eclipse series cases from Phanteks. There is a difference when you look at the side of each front. Airflow has been enhanced via the two side openings. The addition of ARGB to these openings along with the gap between the TG panel and the PSU shroud is a welcome addition for most users.

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The top of the P360X is ventilated with slotted mounting holes for fan and radiator mounting options. The top has a magnetic mesh dust filter in place which can be removed to clean it as needed quickly. We also see toward the RH front is the Chassis I/O which we will take a look at now.

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The I/O on the P360X is fairly standard placement and has quite a few things to look at. We will check these out now as they are listed below (left to right):

  • Power button
  • LED mode Button
  • LED color change button
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports
  • 2x 3.5mm jacks for headphone/microphone

This is a reasonably standard I/O with no reset button, or power/HDD led activity LEDs. The LED mode can be changed to sync with the motherboard or can be set for multiple preset modes programmed into the chassis. So note that the RGB being addressable means that it is a 3-pin connection and requires a 3-pin connection to your motherboard or ancillary controller if you want to sync it.

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The main panel, as you can see, is tempered glass. Something you may not expect is the fact that the PSU shroud area has been extended to the outer panel. This means that you do not have the standard full-length glass panel which sits a mere few mm next to a PSU shroud for a quarter of the height of the panel. The fact that Phanteks chose to deploy the PSU shrouds outer surface as the case exterior is a correct choice and one we have seen previously. I think this choice single-handedly makes a big aesthetic difference and makes for a cool two-tone look.

Inside we see a ton of bubble wrap and a large brown cardboard box. At first, I thought it was one heck of an accessory pack until I unwrapped it and found it was the vertical GPU cable. We will look at later in this review. The Accessory box comes in the 3.5" drive tray which is still hidden at this point. I would suspect that a retail case would arrive at your door with an empty interior which would be visible when unboxing, as opposed to what you see here.

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The rear I/O area is relatively standard. One thing to note is that the expansion covers which total seven, do not contain any separator bars or metal strips between them. This is due to the need for open space for the unique Phanteks solution for vertical GPU mounting. We have seen this in some InWin cases previously but having no separator in place between expansion slots. This is a massive plus in my book as it keeps a slightly errant separator from potentially making it harder to seat a display cable fully. This is something which I have experienced in the past. The rear fan port is 120mm size and is slightly slotted to allow a little adjustment to situate it best to meet your cooling needs. Everything else such as the motherboard I/O shield cutout and PSU cutout is reasonably standard.

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The P360X has a solid metal panel on the cable management side. The panel has captured thumbscrews which you can see on the rear along with a pull handle to assist with panel removal. Here, we can also see the front air vent, this time on the solid panel side of the front panel area.

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The bottom of the P360X chassis is somewhat barren being mostly solid steel panel. There are four plastic angular feet which jut out from the bottom with rectangular rubber pads on each foot to ensure skidding across the table or desk surface is minimized. The rear area shows a large PSU ventilation opening which has a removable, cleanable dust filter which removes from the back. There are four screws near the mid-front area which are used for removal of the 3.5" drive cages should you want more space and do not need them. Moving to the front panel, we find that the ventilation of previous Eclipse series chassis is in place. Herewith the openings allowing more airflow beyond the new RGB lit side strips on the front panel.

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