Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅13-04-15

At the front of EVOLV ITX we have a plastic panel which has indentations at the sides and bottom. This front panel can actually be detached from the chassis to gain access to a dust filter and fan. The styling at the front lends itself to a touch of elegance – fitting in with a minimal scheme. There are no 5.25” drive bays on EVOLV ITX, which is a design option we’re seeing many others following. Very few system builders use optical drives so we feel this is a good move.

Around the back there is an opening at the bottom for installing a PSU. Above this we have two PCI expansion slot covers, various sections of ventilation and then a large area for installing a 120/140mm rear exhaust cooling fan – though one isn’t included.

As already mentioned, the front fascia on EVOLV ITX is removable. With a firm pull this panel lifts off the chassis – underneath there is a respective dust filter which also uses a similar plug system for fitment. Since both these items need quite a strong and forceful tug in order to detach, care should be taken since the plugs are plastic. Underneath we have a large two-tone 200mm intake cooling fan but there is actually the option to install 2x 120/140mm fans – which also paves the way for 240mm radiator support also.

The front panel connectivity consists of just a few options. There are two USB 3.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks, a reset button and then a large power button on the roof of the chassis.

Speaking of that top section, the arrangement here is completely solid with ventilation strips running intermittently along the edges. The only real significance is the power button positioned near the front.

Flipping the case over onto its side we can see the underside utilises two raised platforms which host four rubber feet to prevent the case from slipping around on smooth surfaces. There is a small, detachable dust filter which pairs up with the PSU – this filter can be removed without having to place the case on its side.

Over on the next page we’ll move inside the chassis for a closer look at the features.

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