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Phanteks Evolv 4690K Little Red Devil

by citsolutions



Date Published

April 21, 2015

Date Built

April 17, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C


Decided on another ITX and after the subtle Inwin 901, decided to put the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv through its paces after recent review.

Case wise its a very spacious and fairy large ITX case built it using i5 4690K and took recent advantage of offers and grabbed an R9 280X cheap.

Based it around the typical Red and Black Theme though did leave the white Phanteks 200mm stock fan in place.

Decided to still use Liquid Cooling as purpose of this build is overclocking but opted to use Raijintek Triton Cooler instead of typical Coolermaster or Corsair options. Added bonus is you can expand this loop.

I have couple of things on my parts list that purely relate to items in picture, To get an idea on cost of PC itself I have not included prices for anything else.

They are a few braided cables, cable extensions, splitters in there, not on parts list as it starts getting ridiculous then but they aren't expensive and looking at anywhere from £3-£10 for them if you want them. Focus was mainly on major components.

Also opted for Z87 as we got quite a few of these recently for £55 and Z97 gives no real improvements as broadwell is not worth the upgrade especially from this processor and the Z97 version of this board is flawed.

But anyhow, no issues, ignore any errors when putting together parts list, everything fits perfect regardless of what is flagged by pcpartpicker.

Processor wise, in this instance this i5 is capable of running 24/7 at 5GHz at 1.297v (Z97 Extreme9) so dropped it in this little iTX board and have it running at 4.6v via bios at 1.25v. Fan profile set to 700RPM up until 60 Degrees but this chip stays around 55 most of time so fans don't kick in.

But anyhow, all in just for PC cost a little over £850, some prices have increased lately so parts list shows it little higher.

But this thing is literally silent even when gaming, benchmarking etc.

Comments Sorted by:

KarsmadA 2 points 37 months ago

Great Job! Very clean looking. Stealthy on the outside and vibrant on the inside.

citsolutions submitter 18 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks very much :)

M3RICA_ 2 points 37 months ago

3 words...


citsolutions submitter 18 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Cheers :)

Only gripe would be if it was slightly smaller for an ITX but for £50 don't think there is a better choice of case especially ITX that comes with it features and ease of use

MobHonor 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

very clean! ^

Octothorpe 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago


leonccyiu 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I may have chosen this case instead of the core v1 if it were available when I built mine, I also went with the msi z87 as I don't think broadwell will bring much benefit and it was the same price as the h81, I just hope my expensive 16gb's of ddr3 ram last until skylake.

That's amazing how you can get 5 ghz at 1.297v, I need 1.352v on my g3258 for a stable 4.4ghz, why don't you run it at 5ghz on a dynamic multiplier/adaptive voltage?

citsolutions submitter 18 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Cheers for comments.

Broadwell isn't a worthy upgrade for anyone on Ivybridge or Haswell. Maybe if you are running Sandybridge the upgrade maybe justified, but you are looking at lower clocks speeds initially and only benefit they seem to bring to table is the onboard Graphics plus 50p a week saving on electric and little less heat. Skylake is one to go for next year. But this will last you few years without holding you back. Just upgrade graphics card as and when

Would love to run this chip faster but this board isn't as good as the Asrock Extreme9 used to get 5Ghz. 4.7 is sweet spot, any higher and not worth the hassle, the Power Phase on this board isn't as good and its obviously also last gen aswell. Saying that it is much better than its newer Z97 version, had 3 and all returned faulty.

leonccyiu 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Yeah definitely, I really hope skylake is as big an architectural upgrade as intel says it is, even if broadwell works on my z87 board, I might just replace the board as well with z170 . It's just a bit wasteful getting rid of a perfectly fine board and environmentally.

Karl0508 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Love this case

Thinking of using for a NAS

Nice to see a gaming build in it

citsolutions submitter 18 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Its a nice case, decent price, nice to work in but for an ITX its bloody massive!

But size means you aren't restricted with what will fit.

Karl0508 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago


its nearly the size of my n200 lol

Mazon_13 1 point 37 months ago

What do you think of the water cooler, i'm thinking of getting it and haven't heard the best reviews. Whats ur opinion, had any problems?

citsolutions submitter 18 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Yes definitely and no not a single problem, from ordering to receiving to fitting and now few weeks use.

I think the problems originally stemmed when it was first produced. I have a revised edition with you can see from the CPU block. In all honesty, I would recommend this over anything else from likes of Corsair, Coolermaster etc.

This thing runs silent, I have upgraded fans as above to Jetflo's , it idles at 4.6Ghz at 26 Degrees. During benchmarks it creeps to around average 68 sometimes might hit 70 degrees on a core but fans at only set at gradual curve to 50% upto 70 degrees and then short curve to my maximum set speed of 75%. Obviously these temps will differ depending on what case you have, airflow and the fans on the radiator.

During Games such as Farcry 4, BAttlefiled 4, and Hardline, Titanfall, Dying Light, I don't go over 55 degrees and its silent. I normally just stick MSI's Wilent Fan setting when not benchmarking, fan speeds are roughly 900RPM then

So yes in comparison to others I have used in past such as H100i, H105, Nepton 280XL, the only one of these that comes close is H110 with £30 set of aftermarket fans but the pump noise on that was very audible, this pump is near on silent

Problem is some of reviews are way back last year but its had some slight changes since, especially packaging which was biggest issue. The block never made good contact depending on motherboard layout due to capacitors but these were all resolved.

You can also change the stock fitments on the reservoir, even though they are glued in place, you can apply heat at intervals which free the fitments to replace your own, that way you can easily expand loop completely.

My only niggle is the hoses are far too long and the coolant they use and recommend to only use is one of the most expensive to buy.

When bought it was this and the Alphacool variant and sadly the latter went in a box probably to never been used again.

Mazon_13 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks man I will defenately be getting one of these. Can you link me to the new cooler please I don't want to buy the old one. Thanks anyway

citsolutions submitter 18 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Sorry for delay but any of the ones sold on Watercoolinguk have the newer pump fitting, they basically extended the grooves underneath to ensure they didn't impede on components surrounding CPU socket.

Honestly though I would get the core version without the fans, they are only 3 pin on a fan controller and are crap.



You are only saving £6 or so but put that towards a set of decent PWM fans, I used Jetflo's and they worked perfect or Spectre PWM ones are pretty good. Anything is better than these as they are loud and having to manually change speed is pain in the ***

lachie_mcd 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

thinking of using this case for my build, how did you find cable management with the full length atx cables?

citsolutions submitter 18 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Cable management is so easy, you have a ton of room next to PSU, behind that bottom panel houses couple of 3.5" HDD and you have a good few inches from PSU to sort out cables. If you are using Modular then no issue at all. Its that good you barely have any cables visible and a nice clean finish on rear.

Antec ones were fairly long, but plugged everything in and then individually chased each one back to PSU then tied them all up. I have some pictures on the other side I will put up so you can see.

Though it does depend on PSU size, Antec was 120mm but my EVGA is 135mm and much longer so all depend son PSU size aswell. Go with Semi modular at least and you are laughing