When I first heard about the P360X, it had some interest as the Eclipse series could benefit from improved airflow in the front panel. I was surprised as to the quality of chassis which I was met with for the meager price of $69. The front and side RGB implementation are excellent, and at this price point, it is borderline astonishing. There is no mistaking this is a cheaper chassis just by the flex of panels like the motherboard tray, but I would argue that at this price point this is a better one than many I have seen.
Testing the P360X with our standard test rig, we did both standard GPU testing and vertical GPU testing to see if it had any impact on thermals. The measured ambient for all testing was 23.8C and an RH of 44%. Firstly we tested the GPU in a standard configuration; this showed an average ΔT over ambient of 46C for the CPU, and the GPU of 38.5C. Moving to the vertical GPU mounting and the CPU was identical at an average of 46C while the GPU showed an average of 38.3C. I have seen many cases where vertical GPU mounts run much warmer due to being butted against the glass side panel of the chassis, and this one spaces the GPU far enough in that it cools as expected and within the margin for error. This is easily a pass as even with just its single installed fan the P360X pulls off some substantial numbers.
First up, let's talk about what we liked with the P360X. The P360X takes the capable Eclipse family and improves it in meaningful ways with the airflow. There is also the ARGB inclusion; which is either an enhancement or not depending on how you view RGB as a whole. The ability to add ARGB to the front in a reliable and nice-looking way along with the side-lit panel gap as well is a definite potential win for those who like synchronizing all of the RGB for a fresh aesthetic. I do like the front exit HDD trays as that's different and feels a bit better to me to install cables where you will not have the rear panel closure potentially catching or braking the connectors off. The fact that every access point has filtration for where air may be pulled in is a substantial benefit, although, mind your pressure setup otherwise if going negative pressure you may draw in a lot of air from the rear which is entirely sans filtration.
Now we come to my knit picks, and admittedly there is not a lot here. The chassis is $69 so, I need to temper my expectations here. The lack of room up top for proper AIO fitment, I feel is probably the biggest misstep of the P360X. I know that seems knit picky, but well as a reviewer that's kind of what I must do. And while the P360X does so much right, that is one thing that should have had a few more minutes in consideration by PM's and engineering alike. The other point of contention for me would be the use of glossy plastic on the front side inlets as this stuff scratches even with a microfiber towel trying to clean it. That, to me, is something that should probably be relegated to the legends of PC history, and we should find a finish that will, at the very least, not scratch by merely maintaining it.
All of this aside, it comes to the very final words. How does the Phanteks Eclipse P360X stack up and does it earn a recommendation for your hard-earned dollar? I would have to say that's a solid yes, the P360X does many things right, and as long as you know what you are getting into, it is an excellent chassis with the capability to house your gear and look like a much more costly enclosure in the process. I don't need to dance and sing happy songs for Phanteks here, as this is indeed a value category chassis, but Phanteks indeed made the best of what they had to give a capable and stable platform for the price point.
Case and point, Phanteks made a $69 chassis that could be mistaken for a $90 unit, and I am ok with this. Just be prepared for what you are getting and plan cooling accordingly.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB CMW32GX4M4C3000C15(buy from Amazon) [
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: SilverStone Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
The Bottom Line
Phanteks updated the Eclipse Series in a meaningful way. Offering common sense updates to improve performance and aesthetics at a price point that is well worth consideration.