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Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X Review: A Colossus of Steel, Aluminium and Tempered Glass

Design & Equipment

The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X Midi-Tower is a successful upgrade of the popular case series. The tempered glass side panels sit on two hinges and can now be opened easily without having to loosen any screws. The doors can also be completely removed for system construction. The side panels can also be bolted to the front so that they can be additionally secured during transport, for example. Rubber seals on the edges of the side panels ensure that the case is completely closed, improving airflow. Magnets keep the hard glass side doors closed.

The front can also be removed quickly and without tools. The addressable RGB LEDs on the front panel are powered and controlled via three gold-plated contacts.

The airflow has been significantly improved, as the air inlets on the front and top of the case are now 30 mm wide, allowing more air to enter the case. The whole case is also a bit higher and wider than its predecessor (Evolv ATX). The Evolv X offers a surprising amount of space for cable management and the two removable side panels also impressed me. The case offers plenty of space for the drives and takes up to 9 SSDs (6 mounting slides included) and 10 HDDs (4 mounting slides included), whereby the HDD cages are fully sliding and removable.

On the back of the mainboard tray, there is a fan hub in the upper area to which the three existing 140mm Phanteks Premium fans and other fans can be connected. Two addressable RGB LED strips are also pre-installed in the front. The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X Midi-Tower has two USB 3.0 ports and a USB Type C port. Surprisingly, the Evolv X not only supports vertical installation of the graphics cards, but also the installation of a second system, should you decide to do so. For the second system, which can be installed inside at the top, you have to get the required Mini-ITX-Bracket. Since no second power supply can be installed, you must also use a Revolt X power supply from Phanteks.

System Construction

The housing is perfect for systems with custom water cooling. A radiator of max. 360 mm can be installed in the cover, 140 mm at the rear and 420 mm at the front. Which one to pair with which one depends on the thickness of the radiators.

In the system I have a 5.1 GHz overclocked Intel Core i7-8086k Processor and two GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards built in and everything with sufficient cooling power in the form of a custom water cooling. As for the radiators, I installed two 360 mm heat exchangers, both 38 mm thick, front and top. Besides I have the Glacier R220 expansion tank taken from Phanteks and placed in this one DDC 3.2 PWM Elite pump from EK Water Blocks installed. The fittings and fans come from XSPC. I have installed the following hardware:

I didn’t have any difficulties with the construction, because the large space in the interior, as mentioned before, makes the installation of a water cooling system very easy. Phanteks has even thought of an opening for a fill port under the removable lid and a recess for a drain port behind the front panel. This facilitates the maintenance of the custom water cooling system.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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