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Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X ATX Case Review

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Enthoo Evolv X Final Thoughts

Phanteks noticed there were a few areas to improve on the Evolv ATX models. Limited airflow was one of the main issues, and they seemed to have addressed it nicely with this new revision. But even after correcting these issues, Phanteks decided to add more features to the Evolv X to allow it to stay competitive with other high-end computer cases. They added LED strips at the front and on the power supply chamber, which gives the case some extra character. The Evolv X is much more than just a case for gaming. With dual system support and great water cooling/storage potential, the Evolv X makes a great case not only for gaming, but also for professional purposes.

Enthoo Evolv X Conclusion

Starting with performance, I am very happy to see the larger ventilation on the front and top of the case. The previous versions had problems with airflow, which resulted in higher system temperatures. With the Evolv X, this is no longer the case (pun intended). The three 140 mm fans are also more than adequate to pull air into the case without any problems without the front panel suffocating them, like on the Evolv ATX.

Ever since the first Evolv ATX, I always admired the minimalistic look and clean appearance of the case. The dual tempered glass side panels do give the Evolv X a premium look along with the included LED features. This case does come in three different colors to add some flexibility to your setup.

In terms of construction, the Evolv X feels very sturdy for its steel and aluminum design. The frame feels solid even without the tempered glass side panels. Just be careful not to open the side panel without having the interior of the case populated with components. This will tip the case over, but once everything is installed, this should not be a problem.

Functionality wise, the Evolv X is useful for several different purposes. It can serve as a high-end water cooling PC, a professional storage device, and a single tower with two separate systems. It is difficult to name a case from a different company that offers this type of functionality within this price range. Most computer cases and other products I reviewed have always lacked functionality due to poor implementation of its features and/or the software that comes with the product. This is why the Evolv X will be the first computer case that will receive a good functionality rating from me.

As of January 2019, the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X is currently available online for $199.99 (Newegg | Amazon). Although some consumers may think this is a steep price to pay, I believe it is pretty good considering all of its features when it comes to functionality. There is so much someone can do with a case like this down the road. Perhaps several years later if someone decides to upgrade from this case, it can still make an affordable data storage PC for some other user. But as of right now, the Evolv X is very competitive with plenty of flexibility for some interesting builds.

Pros: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award Logo (Small)

+ Easy to build
+ Very functional
+ Customizable RGB lighting
+ Dual tempered glass side panels
+ Excellent cable management system

Cons:

– Pricey, but offers more than its competitors

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.25
  • Appearance: 9.75
  • Construction: 9.75
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 8.75

Final Score: 9.40 out of 10.00.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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