Today we are taking a look at the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv; a micro-ATX, and mini-ITX case, designed to be the end-all-be-all for those looking for a small, yet spacious chassis. With room for a multitude of custom and AIO water coolers as well as a significant amount of air cooling this case is very versatile. It is also made out of a high grade, thick aluminum, which really tells us that this is a case designed to last and keep your components safe.
SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Standing just over 17.7″ tall, 9″ wide, and 15.7″ deep, this chassis is definitely not what we’d consider “small form-factor” however, the choice to use smaller motherboard form-factors leaves lots of room for other amenities.
As mentioned earlier, the Evolv supports both mini-ITX, and micro-ATX motherboard form-factors. It also features room for up to three radiators from 280mm to 120mm in size, and supports a multitude of different configurations whether it be air or water cooling. It also comes with a front 200mm intake, and rear 140mm exhaust, which are both part of Phanteks’ newly redesigned SP series, which promise better cooling performance.
At the time of writing, Amazon has the case listed for prices starting at $129.99 for the black version, as well as $159.99 for the grey version, and up to a premium $167.44 for the white version shown here. This pricing difference is likely due to inventory, and is sure to decrease.
At the front of the box we can see a very nice all-black/grey color-scheme, with nothing but the a nice and large image of the case and the words “Enthoo Evolv” displayed with a stylized font. At the rear of the packaging, we get some detailed glamour shots of the case, highlighting some of its key features and specifications. This is a very welcomed change from the usual plain brown-box approach that is taken with most chassis packaging.
The case is shipped in a very nice, double walled corrugated cardboard, and thick hard-foam packaging to make sure the case stayed in good shape. It’s no secret that we prefer closed-cell foam for use in packaging cases, as it better guarantees the chassis, and any installed components will not be damaged during shipping.
While we saw no damage to the case we received, and we’re sure many users who order this case won’t either, if you’re planning on building and shipping a system in the original box, this could be a concern.
However, where it falls slightly short in packaging, it makes up for with the included hardware box that houses and organizes all of the necessary case screws. This is a huge improvement over the usual approach of using plastic bags, and is greatly appreciated.
It is this sort of extra thought Phanteks puts into their products that makes us such fans of their work. If this attention to detail is present throughout the case, then it is sure to be a winner.