( 4.5 Average / 13 Ratings )
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It was always between the 250D or the Evolv. Performance wise the 250D seems better (temps & size) but the evolvs looks just reminded me of a halo-esque rig and I had to have it.
The case comes with a big front one & air filter but this is largely blocked by the front bezel/panel. There is space on the sides and you feel the air moving – but not much. It NEEDS and exhaust fan. Invest in the Noctua NF A14 as you’ll need the better airflow than anything quieter – maybe even get something more powerful than that if you don’t mind the noise.
I found the build quality OK – but only 3/5 stars – nowhere near as great as the reviews state. Little things annoy me – like the velcro cable ties on the right panel were upside down, the phanteks sticker on the GPU shroud started to lift off (but was pushed back down and it stayed), the rear panel is pretty flimsy, the USB 3 header cable is very tight and bent the mobo pins, the front LED can be seen from the gap in the front panel when the tower is on the left of you, the white paint at the back of the GPU bracket didn’t cover the whole of it, and there was no included case speaker. The case’s radiator mount was also a pain in the *** to work with if you have an AIO CPU cooler. Perhaps it was just my normal routine or the config I had but I’m sure this is the normal way.
Install CPU to mobo > install ram > install heatsink to CPU/Mobo > install into case. However, as the CPU heatsink was AIO and had the tubing and radiator attached, it meant I needed to attach the rad to the slidey mount. But when the mobo is installed, there was not enough slack to slide it in (needs to be perpendicular to case – very tight fit).
This meant I needed to take off the CPU cooler, install the motherboard into the case, then the CPU cooler again, but this is DAMN tight with the screws. Anyway, this wasn’t an issue until I pushed the rad bracket all the way in and found the fans hit against the CPU heatsink of the Captain’s “visual” tube thing that sticks out. I couldn’t rotate it so the visual tube was in another direction as the mobo heatsinks were in the way. In the end I returned my initial asrock fatal1ty mobo and got the Asus Impact as there was sufficient space for me to mount it rotated on the left (like 9 o clock).
The other issue I found was the GPU overheating – to the point where some of the plastic red covering of my 390 heatsink came off as the adhesive had melted. I expected better from the Strix range from Asus, but it was over 90C at this point (I didn’t have the exhaust fan installed then + was near my rooms radiator – whoops). I feel like the GPU doesn’t have any room to breathe – it’s only got <5mm to breathe between the GPU and the panel above the PSU. The panel does have holes in it though – but I feel they could have moved the whole mobo tray higher, and used the space in the top of the case more (above the radiator mount).
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This case has made me into a bit of a Phanteks fanboy. I love the styling, the features, the build quality and even the price. I wouldn't say it was a "pleasure" to build in, as it is still somewhat cramped at this size and with all the stuff I crammed inside, but I don't know if there is any case this size that would have done any better.
The 200mm intake fan it comes with is super quiet and just looks so cool, as well.
I had no problems with internal temperatures (in fact they seem to be quite fantastic), but I did preempt any possible problems by choosing an nVidia card, installing 5 case fans and using water cooling on the CPU. IMO: build smart with this case and you shouldn't have any cooling issues.
The removable radiator tray at the top is useful not because you can remove it (with the H100i GTX you really can't remove it once installed), but because you can slide it halfway out to get access to the rear panel. Really useful if you need to route some cables or anything.
The only thing that might've made this case better for me would've been an included fan hub/controller. Oh, and it should have come with 4 more long screws for the front fan brackets. As it is now, I have each fan screwed in on two sides only.
What a great case to work in! Looks great, has plenty of room for cable management and tons of options when it comes to cooling.
This case is PHANTASTIC, tons of room for GPUs, air cooling, water cooling, PSUs, and cable managment. However, the glossy white is very susceptible to scratches and the power button is way too easy to press in. It arrived with scratches and what looked like popped paint bubbles on the side and top panels (it seems I just have bad luck with cases)
One of the best ITX cases out there... Phanteks never disappoint.
Cable management was awesome, and airflow is good too.
Building in this was a dream! only problem was fitting all of the cables of my 7 year old PSU in the shroud. nothing a bit of force shouldn't fix!
Superb case. Quality build. Very roomy for an ITX. Had no trouble fitting CPU and GPU water cooling!
Absolutely love this case. It's an ITX case but don't tell it that. It builds like a much larger case. If you utilize the M.2 slots and bypass an HDD you'll have plenty of space at the bottom to tuck away excess cables, but even with my 1TB HDD I had no issues with it. My only gripe is that if you had another 1/2 cm length you could more easily fit a 140 fan and 140 radiator up top. I got it in just fine but the hoses have to be in the middle. It's just aesthetic so no biggy. I like this one so much that I'll probably try out the mATX version for my next build just to try it out. Great case.
Great build quality and has a good 200mm fan that brings air in.
This case was Phantasik (see what I did there?) to work on. Being able to fully remove the top of the case really made working on the custom bends much more feasible. As my first ITX case, I really cannot recommend this enough.