What’s goin on guys, Jerry Neutron here and today we’re gonna take a look at a pretty popular case.
This is the Enthoo Pro, a full tower case by Phanteks which is said to provide a serious bang for your buck when it comes to features and functionality.
So let’s take a look at it and see if it lives up to the hype.
Starting with the front of the case the first thing you’ll notice is the faux brushed aluminum finish. This gives the case a premium look while helping keep the cost down. It’s also a little less fingerprint prone than actual aluminum.
At the top there’s a front I/O with 4 USB ports, headphone and microphone jacks and a reset button. I’m really happy that Phanteks included 4 USB ports up front and I wish that all case manufacturers would follow suit regardless of case size because for me, two is simply not enough.
They’ve also not forgotten about those workstation users and included 3 5 1/4″ bays up front.
There’s also plenty of airflow to the front of the case thanks to the large mesh grill area and the included 200mm fan underneath. Thankfully Phanteks includes a removable dust filter for this area as well but I’d love to see a revision where the front cover does not have to be removed in order to get access to the filter.
And just underneath this is also a conveniently removable dust filter for bottom mounted intake fans.
The two steel side panels are held on by thumb screws which makes accessing the internals relatively easy. And the tinted split window design on the left panel should please most users as it allows you access to your system without having to disassemble the case.
At the rear of the case you can see the bottom mounted power supply which also features a removable dust filter underneath it.
There’s 8 PCI slots to allow for multi-GPU setups or other expansion cards and a rear I/O for your motherboard at the top.
The top cover features a large mesh grill to allow for plenty of airflow, in or out so that should never be an issue with a case like this. There’s also a power button and hard drive LED positioned just in front of that.
Now I’m sure most people would agree that the best part of this case is actually the internals.
This case allows for motherboards up to an E-ATX size with large, nicely positioned rubber grommets all around.
It includes a 140mm exhaust fan in the rear which can be re-positioned to accommodate top mounted radiators or fans.
You can install graphics cards up to 13 1/2″ with the drive cages installed which is great if you want to install large, powerful cards without sacrificing storage.
And one thing you don’t see too often is this PSU cover which is optional but if installed nicely hides your cables which really cleans up your builds even if you don’t have a modular power supply.
As mentioned previously there are 3 5 1/4″ bays with tool-less installation and one cool thing about this case is it actually comes with a reservoir mount for watercooling which you can attach to the side of the hard drive cages.
And speaking of watercooling, this thing is a watercooling powerhouse. You can mount up to a 420mm radiator at the top of the case. Up to a 240mm up front, up to a 240mm radiator at the bottom and up to a 140mm at the rear. That is exactly what I would expect from a full tower case and nicely played by Phanteks there.
If you’re into air cooling, you can run 2 140 or a single 200mm fan in the front. Up to 3 140 or a single 200mm fan up top. Up to a 140mm fan in the rear and a 140 or 2 120mm fans on the bottom. Not only that but you can also run 2 120mm fans in place of the reservoir mount.
Oh and it fits CPU coolers up to 7 1/2″ or 193mm.
So yeah, PLENTY of cooling options with this case.
Now if we remove the other side panel. That’ll give you access to the two modular drive cages. You can install up to 6 drives here, either 3 1/2″ or 2 1/2″.
The 3 1/2″ drives install pretty easily with this tool-less design from Phanteks.
There’s also plenty of cable-tie points which is much appreciated, making cable management a breeze.
And also plenty of room to tuck those cables between the motherboard tray and side panel.
One thing I like about this case is the ability to mount your SSDs behind the motherboard tray to keep them out of sight and the Enthoo Pro has two mounting locations for this.
Unfortunately, they only include one SSD bracket. I know this is a budget oriented case but I’d really love for them to throw in that second bracket on the house.
Aside from that Phanteks includes a fan hub which allows you to route up to 6 3-pin fans to a single location to help with cable management.
Due to requiring a spare PWM header to control any connected fans, your experience with this hub may vary depending on your motherboard.
Despite that, this case was a breeze to build in. Phanteks provides plenty of documentation and hardware for your build.
Everything is nicely placed and looks great behind that tinted side window. For the price, there’s not much to complain about from a functionality standpoint.
Really, there’s only two things I’d like to see in the future:
1) A revised access point for the dust filter up front
2) An included secondary SSD bracket
Maybe some simplified or revised instructions for the fan hub but that part could just be on me.
So that’s about it guys. I would definitely have no issues recommending this case to anyone, especially if they are watercooling.
But be sure to let me know what you think about this case down in the comments below. Do you dig the white version?
Also believe it or not this is NOT my favorite case in the Phanteks lineup, if you think you know what it is…comment down below.
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