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Phanteks Eclipse P360X Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 4)

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

Inside the P360X

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The front panel comes off relatively quickly with a slight tug from the cutout at the bottom of the front panel. First things you notice are the large white plastic diffusers which are affixed to the rear of the front panel. These are used to diffuse the RGB strips, which we also see here, which creates the color flow effect we know when the system is powered. No cables are connecting the front panel to the chassis which means it can be removed and set aside wholly to avoid any wiring snags or headaches. We usually see when working with front panels whos tethered with internal wiring.

The front also has some other less standard inclusions such as the front accessible 3.5" drive trays. These HDD trays are accessible as you see here once you pull the front panel which is a neat solution I have not seen in quite some time. Next, to the HDD trays, you see a pass-through which has press pins. These collapsible pins make contact with a flat pad on the PCB to provide RGB control to the front panel without needing a solid wire as discussed previously. Above this, we see the removable dust filter which is found affixed with powerful small magnets and two lower tabs that slot into the chassis.

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Here we have the touchpads and pins used to power the front panel RGB. If Phanteks can do this on a $69 chassis, I do not see why other manufacturers cannot do this at this point. The pins found on the removable front panel has spring-loaded pin heads. They take up the gap and keep sufficient pressure on the gold pads to ensure a clean contact and achieving proper RGB function.

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Lastly, we have the front dust filter removed. As you can see it has tabs at the bottom edge, while it has two strong small magnets to keep, it affixed at the top. Here you can also see the preinstalled 120mm case fan in place, this, of course, can be replaced as mentioned previously. The front fan and radiator mounting has slotted 120 and 140mm mounting to offer flexible cooling options to match your needs.

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Here we have a close up of the dual drive trays which support 3.5" HDD or even 2.5" SSD's if you need more than the included dual 2.5" trays.

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The P360X is an interesting internal layout as it omits standard cable pass-through ports in favor of a raised forward panel. Which is parallel to the motherboard tray but raised so that cables can pass cleanly between the two. This is an interesting solution as it omits the large visible openings we usually see. If you have a motherboard that is wide such as EATX, the connectors may mate right at the opening making for an immaculate presentation. As it stands right now even with a smaller board, this eliminates the normally 90-degree angle most SATA cables need to make to mate with the SATA ports on the motherboard.

The CPU backplate cutout is substantial and should service most any backplate for a cooler IU have ever used. The small cutout at the top left-hand corner where you pass the CPU EPS connector through should be fitted during the early build. Especially if installing a top mount AIO as it will likely be blocked due to the very close proximity of the motherboard to the top panel.

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Here we peek inside the front panel of the P360X and take a look form the opposing side of what we had seen previously. Here we see the front filter adjacent to the fan. More importantly, we get a pretty clear view of the space adjacent to the motherboard which can be used for thicker front mount radiators. Being it's limited to 240mm or 280mm models you can make up some of the surface areas by going thicker on the radiator since you cannot fit 260mm here.

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Now we take a look at the top, and, as you can see here, the magnetic filter has been moved to the side. Here we have slotted holes for 120mm mounting to allow about 20mm of adjustment for optimal radiator or fan placement. There is also 140mm static mounting, but this is for fans only, as radiators would be a concern for motherboard component fitment due to the wider nature of the 140mm based components.

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The PSU as mentioned earlier shroud is next on the roster. The PSU shroud is mostly solid with a few cable pass-throughs. This includes one midway toward the glass panel which can be used for seamless pass-through of the GPU power cables to the installed GPUs. The outer surface of the PSU shroud makes up the outer chassis panel. This likely saves cost on the glass panel while in my opinion creating a clean and unique two-tones aesthetic as I mentioned previously.

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