Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full-Tower PC Case
Legit Reviews did not take a look at the Phanteks Enthoo Primo Full-Tower case, but the popularity of Phanteks is growing and we decided that now is the perfect time to see what Phanteks has to offer when it comes to PC cases. The Enthoo Primo ($239.99 shipped
) was Phanteks first entry into the crowded case market, and it caused quite a splash in the higher end Full-Tower case market. It included nearly everything enthusiasts need in a case with multiple liquid cooling options. Their latest case, the Enthoo Pro is another full tower case, which takes many of the features from the Enthoo Primo at a fraction of the original price.
With so many options in the mid-range PC case market, Phanteks has to stand out to get noticed. The Enthoo Pro is available in two models, PH-ES614P includes a side panel window, while the PH-ES614PC includes a solid side panel window. In addition to the difference in the side panels, the PH-ES614P includes a power supply cover, while the other doesn't. The PH-ES614P can easily be found online for $99.99 shipped
, while the lower model is $10.00 cheaper at $89.99 with free shipping
. Both models are only available in black and both come with a five year warranty.
So what makes the Enthoo Pro special? For starters, let's take a look at the cooling options. If you prefer air cooling, up to ten 120mm fans or seven 140mm fans or a mix of 120mm/140mm and 200mm fans can be installed. The options don't stop there, if you utilize liquid cooling, Phanteks has included four different locations for a liquid cooling radiator to be mounted, the larges of which can be up to 420mm! In order to control all the cooling options, Phanteks includes a six PWM fan hub on the back of the motherboard tray, allowing them all to be controlled by the PWM function on the motherboard! Also, to help keep the system clean, filters have been installed in all the fan locations.
Multiple cooling options and a PWM hub are not the only features that makes the Enthoo Pro stand out, they have pre-installed cable management Velcro straps behind the motherboard tray, along with a hidden SSD tray. The3.5" hard drives are hidden from view by a solid hard drive panel. As we proceed through the review, we'll discuss other features that might be of interest. When taking a look at the Phanteks Enthoo Pro, one thing to keep in mind is that this is a full tower case that has a retail price of $99.99
Phanteks Enthoo Pro Case Features and Specifications:
- Brushed plastic with an aluminum appearance
- Stealth interior: hidden PSU / hidden HDD
- Extreme cooling capacity
- 2 included Phanteks' premium fans
- The PWM hub makes it possible to control all the connected fans (also 3-pin fans) with PWM function through 1 PWM connector and create a better cable management
- Extensive water cooling support. Provides up to 4 different installation areas for slim and thick radiators varying from single to triple (120mm and 140mm) form factors. Clearance for push-pull fan configurations.
- Innovative liquid cooling mounting systems: radiator brackets for easy installation
- Closed HDD panel strenghtens thee chassis' rigidity, even when both HDD cages are removed
- Removable Drop-n-Lock SSD Bracket that can be installed on 2 different locations. (1 bracket incl.)
- Removable dust filters for easy maintenance.
- Pre-installed cable management tools behind the motherboard tray that can be fastened and released.
- 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, microphone, 3.5mm audio jack
||235mm x 535mm x 550mm (W x H X D)9.25in x 21.06in x 21.65in (W x H x D)
||Full Tower Chassis
||Brushed Plastic, Steel Chassis
||ATX, EATX, mATX, SSI EEB
||2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Mic, Headphone
||Yes, split-window design (PH-ES614P)(PH-ES614PC has closed window sidepanel)
||Yes, (PH-ES614P)No, (PH-ES614PC)
|Expansion & Drive Bays
||6 (2x 3HDD cages)
||7 (2x 3HDD cages + 1x SSD brackets) *expandable to 2x
||Up to 240
||Up to 360
||Up to 420
||Up to 240
||347mm472mm (without HDD Cages)
|PH-F140SP (included fans)
||1200 +/- 250 RPM
||11.9Kg or 26.24lbs
||11.4Kg or 25.13lbs
||13.8Kg or 30.42lbs
||13.3Kg or 29.32lbs
||5 Years Limited
Let's take a look at how Phanteks packaged the Enthoo Pro before taking a closer look at the case and hardware installation.
Phanteks Enthoo Pro Packaging
Pretty standard plain brown packaging for the Enthoo Pro, not many cases come in full color packaging any more; especially as most are ordered online versus purchased in a store. The box is pretty good size measuring 25x23.75x12.5 (HxLxW) and weighs in at close to 30.5lbs, which makes sense as this is a full tower case.
The back of the box provides lots of pictures to give an idea what the case has to offer, specific features are called out such as the power supply cover, PWM hub, dust filters, fan compatibility and others.
The two sides go for all text with one side spelling out the features while the other side has details on the specifications.
Opening the top of the box, we can start to get to the case which has been packaged in a clear plastic bag and nestled between two large hard Styrofoam blocks. Nothing unusual about the internal packaging method.
Phanteks does a great job with the accessory pack, a very nice multi-language user manual that goes over every aspect of the case, with two additional velcro ties, eleven cable ties and a resevoir plate (for DIY water cooling solutions). For the screws, rather than place them in tiny ziploc bags, Phanteks separates them in a very nice reusable plastic container, this is the nicest way to package the screws I have seen and is a great way to keep them organized. Little things like this is what makes companies stand out in a crowded market.
Enthoo Pro External Impressions
The Enthoo Pro is available in two models, one with a window and one with a plain side panel that is slightly cheaper. Both cases are only available in black and are manufactured with a mix of steel and plastic. The side panels and frame are steel, while the front and top panels are plastic; with a brushed aluminum look. As a full tower case we expect it to be larger than mid-towers, the Enthoo Pro measures approximately 21 1/16in x 21 21/32in x 9 1/4in (H x D x W) while weighing in at 26 1/4lbs.
What appeared to be a 5.25" drive bay, the top "bay" is really a hidden door to cover the front I/O ports. Pressing at the top it opens to reveal two SuperSpeed USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, Microphone jack, Headphone jack and finally a tiny reset button. Below the front I/O bay are the actual 5.25" device bays.
The lower portion of the front bezel has a large wire mesh area for the front intake fan(s). There is no easy removal of the front filter like we have seen on other cases, so if you want to properly clean the front intake filter, you'll need to remove the front bezel or take a vacuum to the mesh.
On the side, we find a large window and a smaller window. The large window will provide an unobstructed view of the motherboard and its components, while the smaller window doesn't really provide a view of anything other than Phanteks nameplate.
On the back of the case we find the usual items, a large 140mm exhaust fan, which can be repositioned or changed for liquid cooling, eight PCI expansion slots and the standard power supply mount.
The back side panel is plain, this would be the same panel on the other side on the non-windowed version. Here we can get a good glimpse of the side air vents on the front panel.
The top panel is plastic with a large portion of it being a metal mesh vented area. At the front of the top panel is an oval power button, nothing else is on the top panel.
With the top panel removed, we can take a look at the top of the case frame. With a large hole, it will support three 120mm or 140mm fans, or 1 200mm fan. If liquid cooling is preferred, up to a 420mm long radiator can fit up here, utilizing 140mm fans.
While many will use the top as an exhaust, Phanteks has placed a simple filter on the top panel just in case it is used as an intake and to stop little particles from falling into the case. There isn't much room between the top of the case the filter, so all radiators and fans will need to be installed inside the case.
Flipping the case on it's side, we take a closer look at the bottom. Here we can see that the case rests on six large feet that have anti-slide rubber attached. In addition, the feet are molded to the bottom frame so they won't break off very easily. The bottom fan locations are filtered, the power supply filter measures approximately 6.15in x 7.15in, while the front filter is much larger at 6.15in x 13.15in.
The bottom filters easily slide out, and we are left with the large holes in the bottom of the case to allow airflow. When the filters slide in or out, they are notched at one point on each side so they lock into place.
The front bottom filter slides out the front of the case making it easy to clean. The case is high enough off a desk allowing for the filter to be grabbed and slid all the way out. Putting the filter back in is just as easy as the filter rests on a groove that runs the length of the filter.
The back filter slides out like the front, however here a little handle is provided that is angled down. Just a slight redesign to the filter handle, nothing major. As with the front filter is rests entirely on a groove so it is near impossible to not install it correctly.
The front bezel pops off the front by pulling at it, as the front bezel is pretty snug to the case there are few places to grab it. With it removed the included 200mm fan is visible, if desired it could be replaced by a couple of 120mm or 140mm. The Phanteks PH-F200SP
is rated for 800RPM +/- 250RPM with a noise level of 25dB, and push around 110.1CFM.
Enthoo Pro Internal Impressions
Removing the side panels is accomplished by removing two thumbscrews at the back and swinging the back edge of the panel outwards. It is a very simple design, and is one of my favorite designs for side panels. On the motherboard tray, there are four small cable management holes, and three large ones; each of which has a rubber grommet installed to help keep things looking great; there is also a large un-protected hole at the top of the tray; in addition, the power supply cover has an additional cable management hole. Finally, a large hole in the motherboard tray should provide plenty of access to the back of the motherboard for installing CPU coolers.
The three 5.25" device bays are tool-less with simple push to release clips.
In the lower right corner, we usually find hard drives installed here. Phanteks has gone the stealth approach to hard drives, they are all located behind this solid plate. Here Phanteks has installed a simple name badge that can be removed by two small bolt caps.
At the bottom, we find a large cover for the power supply. There is one large hole on the side which has a cable management rubber guard installed. Otherwise, the end near the hard drives is open, and a small hole on the top near the motherboard tray.
The power supply cover is easily removed by three screws on the back of the motherboard tray, once it is lifted out, we can prepare to install the power supply. An extra large cable management hole is also provided for power supply cables to go behind the tray. There are six large rubber feet for the power supply to rest on, to reduce vibration noise. Next to the power supply, either two 120mm fans or one 140mm can be installed, these are of course protected by the bottom fan filter.
Here we have another look at the back panel. The eight PCI expansion slot covers are held in place with thumbscrews and each of the covers is vented to assist with airflow. If the included 140mm fan isn't the preferred fan, it can be swapped out with either a 120mm or up to a 140mm liquid cooling radiator.
The inside view of the top panel, which does not come with any fans installed; three 120mm or 140mm fans can be installed here, or up to a 420mm liquid cooler radiator! There is a lot of space available for cooling!
Taking a quick look at the back of the motherboard tray, we find six 3.5" hard drive trays in two cages, which can be removed very easily. The cable management ties that we mentioned earlier, there are a total of eight of the velcro straps, along with many other cable tie locations that are unused at the moment. Rather than using twist-ties, Phanteks has used their straps to secure the cables, this gives users a good idea of what they can do to keep t he cables tidy.
There are a total of six trays for hard drives, while they are designed for tool-less 3.5" drive installation, 2.5" drives can also be installed with four screws. To install a 3.5" drive, there are clips on the side the swing out, then the drive is put into place with two guides to make sure its in the perfect spot, then snap the clips closed.
Behind the motherboard tray, Phanteks has included a tray for a 2.5" drive. It is held in place by four screws with an anti-vibration washer to keep any noise down. While Phanteks has included one, a second one can be installed below the first, behind the power supply; or you can always relocate the include tray to the bottom location. In addition to the SSD tray, on the back of the motherboard tray Phanteks has also installed a six PWM fan controller module, once attached to the CPU Fan header, the PWM function will let the motherboard control all six fans as if they were one.
Enthoo Pro Hardware Installation
Installing system components in the Enthoo Pro is done just like every other install. With the exception of needing to remove the power supply cover. Phanteks has pre-installed motherboard standoffs, so once the motherboard I/O key is in place the motherboard can be quickly and easily installed. Cable management is easy with the large amount of space behind the motherboard tray and large cable management holes in the tray. As this is a full tower, it will easily handle a graphics card up to 347mm (13.6in), or if you remove the hard drive cages, up to 472mm (18.58in). As for the CPU cooler, 193mm (7.6in) of clearance is available.
The only bit of concern I have with the Phanteks Enthoo Pro is the lenght of the cable for the fan controller. The PWM cable connects to the CPU fan header on the motherboard, out of the various motherboards I have, there seems to be three or four locations the CPU fan header is located. On the ASUS A88X-Pro motherboard, it happens to be to the lower left of the CPU. The cable for the controller can't reach if you go over the top edge of the motherboard, and barely reaches if you go through the cable management holes in the motherboard tray.
Phanteks has made cable management easy by pre-installing eight velcro ties. These loop through the mount locations on the motherboard tray, making it easy to tidy up the mess of cables. As we previously saw, Phanteks has also included two additional velcro ties and ten cable ties to be used with other strategically located cable tie spots. The hard drive cages can be removed if necessary, the top cage is held in place by four thumbscrews, while the bottom utilizes two thumbscrews.
3.5" hard drives slide into the tray without any issues, on the bottom of the tray are two guides that go into the screw holes on the bottom of the drive. This makes sure the drive is in the right place for the side locks to close without any issues.
The SSD is installed into the "Snap-In" bracket with four screws, and then it slides into place on four anti-vibration mounts. The SSD can be oriented with the connections pointed up or down, I opted for up. Next to the SSD is the PWM controller, I was able to connect the CPU fan, however I did have to turn the fan a little to get the cable to reach.
With everything in place, all cable management has been done, we have finished the system build. The Power Supply cover is in place, while the side cable management hole might not be meant for the PCI-E cables, I decided to use it for this build to give an example. The cable could have come out the end of the cover, or from behind the motherboard tray, the choice is really yours.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
If you are familiar with the Enthoo Primo but found the cost a little high, then the follow-up Enthoo Pro might be more to your liking. The Enthoo Pro includes many of the features that made the Primo popular, however in order to lower the cost, Phanteks made some changes. The front panel is now made of plastic made to look like brushed aluminum, it has a hidden front I/O cluster that includes SuperSpeed USB 3.0, and USB 2.0. It still maintains Phanteks attention to detail to make it a great option for people looking for a great full tower on a limited budget.
Being listed as a full tower, I was expecting a case the size of the Primo, however the Enthoo Pro is slightly smaller. While it will support E-ATX boards, it feels more like a large mid-tower; which is all a matter of my perception. When the motherboard is installed, there is approximately 2.5in of space between the edge of the board and the top frame, with the top mounting location being pulled forward, there should be room for a liquid radiator and fans in a push/pull configuration, it would most likely hang over the motherboard slightly, but that shouldn't be an issue.
Internally there is plenty of room for even the longest video cards, up to 347mm (13.6in) as it sits, if you remove the 3.5" hard drive cages you get 472mm (18.58in) of space. Those 3.5" hard drive cages will support 3 hard drives each, making a total of six 3.5" hard drive trays that can also support 2.5" drives. Behind the motherboard tray there is a hidden 2.5" tray, allowing the Enthoo Pro to support a total of seven hard drives before we start looking at the three 5.25" device bays or the second optional 2.5" tray behind the motherboard tray.
Overall, the install went extremely smooth, the only little issue could be with the PWM cable length. While Phanteks cannot account for the CPU fan header across every motherboard, a few extra inches of cable would be a big help. Unless they make the cable a little longer, if you have issues with the length, there are options, alternative routing of the cable like was done for this installation, or a PWM four-pin fan extension cable can be purchased for under $5.50 shipped
The Phanteks Pro, sold under part number PH-ES614P, can be found online for $99.99 with shipping at Amazon
. This includes everything we have discussed and the five year warranty. While some will still prefer the high end Phanteks Enthoo Primo, the Enthoo Pro is a great option for somebody that wants to get a great case that has a high end look to it without breaking the bank. The build quality, and attention to detail from Phanteks is hard to beat.
Legit Bottom Line:
While the Enthoo Pro drops several features from the Enthoo Primo, the price is cut even deeper. Phanteks did not cut any major feature out of the Enthoo Pro. There is plenty of room for some of the largest systems, and the cooling options to keep it all running.