Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Review
Category : Cases
Published by Luca Rocchi on 25.03.15
The Enthoo Evolv ITX is the latest case from Phanteks, which features a compact form factor as well as space for high-end graphics card. Despite its small dimensions, there is actually enough space for a custom watercooling setup and therefore it might be a case that offers some rather interesting options. This case also comes with a large midplate in order to keep the entire setup clean.


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Today, we will be checking out one of the latest cases from Phanteks, the small mini-tower Enthoo Evolv ITX PC case.

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Page 2 - Preview Page 6 - Ventilation options
Page 3 - Bundle Page 7 - Temperatures
Page 4 - Product overview Page 8 - Conclusion
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Specifications

Model: Enthoo Evolv ITX
Case Type: Mini tower
Dimensions: 230mm (W) x 375 mm (H) x 395 mm (D)
Material: Steel
Color: Black
Drive Bay: 5.25": 0
3.5": 2
2.5": 1
Expansion slots: 2
Form factors: Mini-ITX
Cooling: Front: 2x 120/140mm or 1x 200mm (included)
Rear: 1x 120/140mm
Top: 2x 120/140mm
Bottom: /
Side: /
Link to the product: Enthoo Evolv ITX


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Bundle

Overview

 
The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX bundle is pretty straight-forward. The actual box is made out of cardboard with all the basic information printed on it. Inside, we found the Enthoo Evolv ITX wrapped up in a plastic bag, and safely placed inside two big pieces of styrofoam, so that even the roughest shipment cannot break it. Along with the case itself, the bundle also includes an instruction manual, which is always helpful, and a few other things, like the plastic bag with enough screws needed to assemble your system and a couple of zip-ties which should help you get a better cable management
 



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Product overview

Overview

   
   

The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX is a mini-tower case designed for mini-ITX motherboards. The entire front and a good part of the top segment is completely without any mesh or openings thus both areas are clean but not plain since the manufacturer used a unique and aggressive stylistic line. Both side panels are solid, well-finished and free of any openings or mesh. The top part of the front panel also features the I/O panel which comes with two USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks for headphones and microphone. The back panel is very standard and here we find the opening for the 120/140mm fan, the space for the I/O backshield panel of the motherboard and two expansion slots. The lower part of the case features an opening for the ATX power supply and the removable and washable dust filter.

 
   
 



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Installation

Overview

   
 
The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX, as the name suggests, is only compatible with mini-ITX systems. The motherboard is placed in a vertical way and thanks to the size of the case you will not have any problems with the installation of large heatsinks. The motherboard tray is made of solid steel, and it features a big cut out behind the socket, which allows the user to install aftermarket CPU coolers without having to remove the motherboard. The tray features nine openings with rubber grommets to create a neat cable management. Between the motherboard tray and the right side panel there is enough space to hide plenty of cables. The case shares the latest features regarding internal layout and design, in fact, there is a big midplate devoted to covering all the power supply cables, from the header to components. Overall, the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX supports up to two 3.5" HDD and one 2.5" SSD, both in dedicated places and well hidden. Like in some other high-end solutions, this model also features numerous eyelets and rubber grommets that facilitate the wiring management.
For our test we used ASUS' Maximus V Gene motherboard with a rather generous size tower CPU cooler from be quiet! and did not have any issues, despite the small size of the case. Assembling a systems inside the Evolv ITX is easier than you might think thanks to the fact that the top panel is completely removable. The area dedicated to the graphics card is large enough to accommodate the most powerful GPU on the market, the only limitation is dictated with two expansion slots, and for this reason we have not been able to mount our Club3D R9 290X which takes up 2.5 slots. After placing all the components inside the case you will get a clean rig without equal.
 
   
 



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Ventilation options

Overview

   
   
The cooling part of the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX is decent as there are a few different spots to install fans. The package includes only one fan that measures 200mm in diameter with LEDs. Apart from that there is space for two 120/140 mm fans at the top and one, of the same size, at the back. As you could have guessed, this means there should be enough room for a 240/280mm liquid cooling radiator at the top and on the front. In order to keep it simple, Phanteks placed a big sliding rack on the top panel for the radiator mounting. Regarding the size allowed within the Evolv ITX case, you can mount a CPU cooler with a maximum height of 200mm and graphics card up to 330mm long.
 
   
 



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Temperatures

Overview

   

For testing purposes we're using an ASUS P8Z77-I ITX motherboard, an Intel Core i5-2500K CPU, which was cooled by the be quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU cooler as well as an ASUS GTX780 DirectCU II OC graphics card. To put the CPU under full load, we were running prime95 for 10 min and in the case of the GPU we used Furmark for 10 minutes. After these ten minutes, we wrote down the temperatures.



  Idle (°C) Full (°C)
Intel Core i5-2500K 32 / 32 / 34 / 33 55 / 54 / 54 / 56
ASUS GTX780 DC2 OC 34 81
Less is better



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Conclusion

General   + -
The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX is a sleek little case, which is available in two different versions. Unlike what you might think, it isn't a small case at all, and with the right precautions, you should be able to install high-end graphics cards. The build quality is pretty good and the materials are pleasant to the touch.   - Price
- Cooling
- Design
- Layout
 
       
Manufacturing quality / Ergonomics   + -
The Enthoo Evolv ITX is a PC case made of steel and black painted ABS of good quality, both internally and externally. The side panels are rather light, however we did not detect any sharp edges. Regarding the internal space, the Evolv ITX offers interesting solutions like the midplate use to cover the power supply and all cables connected to it. In addition, Phanteks uses the "Drop-n-Lock" system in order to keep the storage mounting simple for the SSD. Assembling the system inside this PC case is a very simple process, thanks to the removable top panel and the 28mm clerance behind the motherboard tray.   - Build quality - Dust filters
- Midplate PSU
- Internal space
- Drop-n-Lock SSD
       
Design   + -
The design is always a subjective aspect, however, we believe that, with the Enthoo Evolv ITX, Phanteks managed to get a sophisticated design created for those who seek a good internal cooling and also a clean setup. As mentioned in the previous pages, the space inside the Enthoo Evolv ITX is sufficient but at the same time there everything is kept compact. We particularly enjoyed the upper zone dedicated to the installation of radiators and heatsinks, since it offers plenty of room for both. Regarding the liquid cooling system, you get enough space for a custom loop. In our opinion, there is only a small flaw regarding GPU space, since you only get enough room for dual-slot graphics cards and some cooling solutions tend to take two and a half slots.   - Design
- Water cooling solutions even own custom loop
- 2.5 slots GPU can't fit
       
Temperatures   + -
Having a closer look at temperatures of the configuration we used for testing, we see that with the front fan in place, temperatures are on a reasonable level. Only on the graphics card had slightly higher temperature, mostly due to the limited space available for sufficient airflow.   - GPU temp above the average
       
Recommendation   + -
If you are looking for a small mini-tower PC case, which is compatible with mini-ITX motherboards and lets you build a rather powerful gaming system, then the Enthoo Evolv ITX from Phanteks should be on top of your list. On Geizhals, the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX is available for 69.90 euro excluding shipping costs. The price in our opinion it is perfectly appropriate and in line with competitors' products as well as a set of features offered by this PC case.   - Gaming-PC
- Modding
- Price

 

 
Rating
The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX gets good 4.5 out of 5 stars.
 




Page 1 - Introduction Page 5 - Installation
Page 2 - Preview Page 6 - Ventilation options
Page 3 - Bundle Page 7 - Temperatures
Page 4 - Product overview Page 8 - Conclusion