Jump to content
jassilamba

Case Review: Phanteks Enthoo Primo Full Tower

Recommended Posts

Jesse takes a look at one of the highly anticipated full tower cases to hit out market in a while.

 

phanteks_enthoo_primo_full_tower_case_re
 

 

 

Normally I start a review with a big introduction on the company and the case, but lets be honest as to why most you are here. So lets not waste any time and get to the fun stuff. At 25.6" or 650mm tall, 9.85" or 250mm wide, and 23.6" or 600mm long the Phanteks Enthoo Primo packs a lot of features that have not been seen any other case yet.
 

 

 

Click here to view the article

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good review of the case Bill. I agree. Maybe we will never see a Holy Grail PC Case out of the box. As you know we all like to MOD.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the review Jesse. If I was getting another case anytime soon this would be it. It looks like a really fun case to play with, and would be fun to come up with some simple easy mods to set it apart from the crowd.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the review! Nice to see an actual watercooling build installed in the case.

One question I have is, is there any space to acutally connect up a 240mm thin rad in the front and still retain both the HDD cages? I know Phanteks say the rad itself can fit, but i'm not sure about connecting it up

Any info would be great, as this is the last sticking point of my proposed build

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@doyll, I know you had been waiting for this, and thank you for promoting our site.

@davidber, I would pre-order from Phanteks, I heard orders are filling up fast, so there may not be enough to stock those stores until months from now, http://www.phanteksusa.com/products/phanteks-enthoo-primo

@XNine, yeah, those sites missed the entire point.

@zophar, I hope our site becomes the goto place for modding the enthoo primo

@Graeme, the review and sys install was done by Jesse.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bill, I hope that happens as well. Also thanks for sharing the water cooling overview video with us. One day maybe I'll get to play with one of them. I think I've actually sold a couple of them for Phanteks lol. And I've directed several people here for reviews because I like the people that do the reviews and I also like the format. Keep up the good work everybody.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks to everyone for commenting and looking at the review, I really appreciate the kind words. 

 

 

Thanks for the review! Nice to see an actual watercooling build installed in the case.

One question I have is, is there any space to acutally connect up a 240mm thin rad in the front and still retain both the HDD cages? I know Phanteks say the rad itself can fit, but i'm not sure about connecting it up

Any info would be great, as this is the last sticking point of my proposed build

 

Yes you can. In the pic below you can see that the HDD cages are in place, the fans mount on the outside, and you have enough space to mount a 30mm thick radiator. I will measure the exact distance once I get home.

 

phanteks_enthoo_primo_full_tower_case_re

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What an awesome review Jesse, great work. 

 

$249.99?!  That is nuts.  This case is easily better than almost anything out there for that price.  Having seen it in person when we shot the video, I'm very impressed by the quality of it too.

 

The build looks amazing as well. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you Thank you Jesse and Bill for your reviews of this case. I'm hooked. I've been looking around for a case to do my first water cooled build and I don't think I'm going to find anything better than this Enthoo Primo for what I've been wanting to do.

 

I do have 2 questions I hope you would be able to oblige me with answers:

 

1. In the first video you guys did together on it you noted that a 280 rad was just too wide to fit on the bottom. I think it was a Black Ice GTX280 iirc. Do you know what width of 280 rad will fit on the bottom?. More specifically for my purposes, will a  Monsta 280 fit there? After a bit of googling I believe the GTX280 is 153mm wide and the Monsta is 144mm. Is that enough of a difference to clear the side panel?

 

2. Can you say say what the spacing is from the back side of the XT45 360 rad you put in the top and the motherboard? I know that with 70mm of clearance from the top to the top of the mobo that 45mm think rad doesn't actually extend down in front of the mobo for that measurement, but if it did? I know you wrote that there wasn't enough room for push fans on the wider UT60 420 to clear your EVGA x79 Dark, but (in case you can't tell already) I'm just wondering if that would still have been the case if you had tried to go with a narrower UT60 480, or even if not if perhaps the height of your EVGA board's heat syncs / ram aren't less forgiving than my MPower Max would be?

 

Right now I'm thinking I want to put an alphacool 280 Monsta on the bottom (if it will fit & if not then a Monsta 240) and their XT45 480 up top (or if it will fit I'd MUCH rather go with a UT60), both in a push/pull.

 

I'm really hoping you can help save me (and others) the trouble of learning the hard way what's going to fit or not or more likely keep me from playing it safe when I could have gotten away with the bigger rad I really wanted to in the first place. I feel you've already done just that in so many ways already I can't thank you enough. ;-)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is, bar none, the best chassis on the market for watercooling at its size and price point.  Minor flaws, but overall, an excellent debut from Phanteks.  Competition is good and this will make Corsair, NZXT, CoolerMaster, and others shake in their boots.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

First and foremost Jesse can I say that is your finest review to date my friend  :D

 

You have put to shame the farcical reviews of other so called PC enthusiast sites by a clear margin. 

 

No bullsh*t, clear, concise and thorough wins the day always!!

 

 

I've been an advocate of the Enthoo from the beginning but this review has just sealed the deal fella.

 

 

Terrific build, thank you once again for the great review and your build talents  ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you Thank you Jesse and Bill for your reviews of this case. I'm hooked. I've been looking around for a case to do my first water cooled build and I don't think I'm going to find anything better than this Enthoo Primo for what I've been wanting to do.

 

I do have 2 questions I hope you would be able to oblige me with answers:

 

1. In the first video you guys did together on it you noted that a 280 rad was just too wide to fit on the bottom. I think it was a Black Ice GTX280 iirc. Do you know what width of 280 rad will fit on the bottom?. More specifically for my purposes, will a  Monsta 280 fit there? After a bit of googling I believe the GTX280 is 153mm wide and the Monsta is 144mm. Is that enough of a difference to clear the side panel?

 

2. Can you say say what the spacing is from the back side of the XT45 360 rad you put in the top and the motherboard? I know that with 70mm of clearance from the top to the top of the mobo that 45mm think rad doesn't actually extend down in front of the mobo for that measurement, but if it did? I know you wrote that there wasn't enough room for push fans on the wider UT60 420 to clear your EVGA x79 Dark, but (in case you can't tell already) I'm just wondering if that would still have been the case if you had tried to go with a narrower UT60 480, or even if not if perhaps the height of your EVGA board's heat syncs / ram aren't less forgiving than my MPower Max would be?

 

Right now I'm thinking I want to put an alphacool 280 Monsta on the bottom (if it will fit & if not then a Monsta 240) and their XT45 480 up top (or if it will fit I'd MUCH rather go with a UT60), both in a push/pull.

 

I'm really hoping you can help save me (and others) the trouble of learning the hard way what's going to fit or not or more likely keep me from playing it safe when I could have gotten away with the bigger rad I really wanted to in the first place. I feel you've already done just that in so many ways already I can't thank you enough. ;-)

 

To answer your first question, yes the monsta 280 will not be an issue. Make sure you remove the rubber grommets from the bottom section when dropping in the rad. It is a tight fit but you will have no issues fitting that in.

 

On the second question, I will play around and get you some numbers as to if a UT 60 will be an issue. I was initially going to use the dominator ram form corsair and the fins on this might come in the way. 

 

Thanks for stopping by and commenting mate. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@Bill

 

I love the case.  However, they are not following the rules to well.  If you order today, they are charging and taking payment today.  They are not 'putting a hold' on the amount on the credit card.  There is a reason why Amazon/NewEgg, et al do not take the money and sit on it for 30+ days before they ship.

 

I would order from Phantek if they changed that policy and followed some rules (with their CC companies) as well as some state laws.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks to everyone for commenting and looking at the review, I really appreciate the kind words. 

 

 

 

Yes you can. In the pic below you can see that the HDD cages are in place, the fans mount on the outside, and you have enough space to mount a 30mm thick radiator. I will measure the exact distance once I get home.

 

phanteks_enthoo_primo_full_tower_case_re

Great! Thanks for that!

My main concern would be that although i could get the rad in, I might not have enough room for a compression fitting and tubing. Even if i put a right angle fitting on and ran the tubing towards the rear side panel, there wouldn't be enough room

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great! Thanks for that!

My main concern would be that although i could get the rad in, I might not have enough room for a compression fitting and tubing. Even if i put a right angle fitting on and ran the tubing towards the rear side panel, there wouldn't be enough room

 

You might be able to do that from the bottom. the cages are held in place in the top, and the bottom. If you remove the bottom cage mount, and have your cages hang only from the top, you should have enough space to route cables from there. You could also cut some holes in the bottom of the 5.25" drive bays to route some tubing from there. 

 

Edit:

 

I will get you the exact thickness of the bottom HDD cage mount so you know how much room you will have. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just wanted to say thank you for a well written and unbiased review. The video you guys made sealed my doubts about the Primo and I ordered it minutes after pre-order became available. Great job!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@Bill

 

I love the case.  However, they are not following the rules to well.  If you order today, they are charging and taking payment today.  They are not 'putting a hold' on the amount on the credit card.  There is a reason why Amazon/NewEgg, et al do not take the money and sit on it for 30+ days before they ship.

 

I would order from Phantek if they changed that policy and followed some rules (with their CC companies) as well as some state laws.

 

This is a very valid concern ....and Thank you for bringing it to everyone's attention here.

 

I've messaged our Rep.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is a very valid concern ....and Thank you for bringing it to everyone's attention here.

 

I've messaged our Rep.

 

This is not intended to be a 'threat' per se, just a comment.  You can tell the rep the truth.  If it was NOT for your video as well as this review, the purchase I was making was going to be for a Cosmos II.  The other sites that did reviews on the Enthoo case were lacking depth and read more like extended sales sheets.  The Cosmos II is a known entity and review sites carry little weight because you can see what people have done with the case without having to worry how much money was spent on buying banner ads.  The Phantek case though, was given a full on 45 minute video review (even in the potential rain with that ominous cloud) that showed everything that I needed to know.  Jesse's write up answered most of the remaining questions I had.

 

The only remaining question . . . Is there a trade-in, or case ordering option on the fans?  I would really like the 140sp_bk_led's instead.  Considering that there are 6 in the case as is, 6 LED's would be a nice upgrade to use.

 

Again - thanks for the kick b_tt work.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Probably the best review of a case I've seen. I looked at the title and thought "urghh" another box review. 

 

Although not my cup of tea, the case is well thought out and the included fittings box is a rare thing for manufacturers to do.

 

(They should be gold plated though for the price :) )

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you ASOUTER, and please check out our other case reviews.. we're the only site that will fit liquid system into the review sample, when it's feasible for Jesse's schedule...and We try to hand pick products that appeal to our community, http://themodzoo.com/forum/index.php?/page/articles.html/_/reviews/

That price is very reasonable and why demand has prompted Phanteks to initiate pre-orders thru their website. ...and it's $150 cheaper than 900D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

    Chatbox
    There's a thing here. Somehow it moved to the top of the page, but I didn't do it. No, really! But still, Cheaps is likely to blame...
    You don't have permission to chat.
×
×
  • Create New...