Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full-Tower Case Review
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.