Designed based on the EVOLV line, the Enthoo EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass Edition combines sandblasted aluminum with tempered glass panels. System builders and watercooling enthusiasts can now present their build with a premium touch. The EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass Edition is equipped with innovative features, amazing (water)cooling potential, and RGB illumination.
Another case review while I wait for more coolers. This time we have my new case, the Enthoo EVOLV ATX with tempered glass.
CPU: AMD FX-8350 (overclock: 4.8GHz@1.45v)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG R1 Ultimate
Motherboard: ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/AURA
Memory: Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3L-1600
SSD: Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB
SSD: Crucial MX300 525GB
HDD: HGST Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB
GPU: Sapphire R9 Fury NITRO 4GB
Rosewill SRM-01I mean Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX TG
PSU: Thermaltake Tough Power DPS G 750W + CableMod Sleeved Extensions
I bought this case for a few reasons. This is my friend's dream case, so I bought it to piss him off. I was also sick of not being able to fit either side on the S340 due to my cables and cooler. This case actually fits everything, my jungle of cables, all the coolers I can review, my many drives, and more!! It has a massive 35mm (~1.4 inches) just for cable management, so I barely have to fight the side on. Getting everything in was much, much easier than the S340 for certain, but then again, the S340 is pretty small compared to the EVOLV. Now, the cooler support is my favorite bit - it supports up to 194mm tall air coolers (tallest cooler is MasterAir Maker 8, standing in at 172mm), so that means I have room for every cooler ever. In the top and front, radiator support is up to 360mm/280mm, so that covers basically all the CLCs ever. I also install my coolers while my motherboard is still in the PC, and this case allows me to do that easier than most all cases. Another awesome thing is that I am able to fit both the rear 140mm fan and the rear fan on my old Macho. Phanteks has stolen my 10 and heart.
I love the fans Phanteks included with this case. Since I have a more recently made model, mine came with those awesome PH-F140MP fans and not the so-so PH-F140SP. These fans are comparable to my treasured Cougar Vortex, which I usually refuse to use anything but. They are really quiet like my Vortex, but I love how I got them with my case instead of aftermarket. I also can't really hear the TY-140 I have running at full blast while the case is closed, which is passable in my book. Sometimes I can hear my hard drive rumbling, but I do have a really noisy hard drive, so I'm not going to dock points for that. Nintendo.
This case is.. well, it's pretty restrictive in the top and in the front. I used to have my 140mm Cougar Vortex (1.38mm/H2O) at the top, and I seriously thought there was no air coming through until I double checked. I now have the PH-F140MP (1.62mm/H2O) at the top, still am unsure if air is getting through. I'm going to have to dock 1 point for the top, as it's nasty for anything that's not super high in static pressure, although I'm going to use the top for testing case fans one day. The front is significantly better than the top, but it's still pretty meh. I know air is getting through just by judging from the dust filters, but it's still a little less than what I'm used to, so minus 0.5 points for that. The back is actually really good for airflow, it's like swiss cheese back there. So many places for air to escape that prison. You get an 8.5 here Phanteks.
OH MY GOD, THIS CASE IS SO PRETTY!!!! Ehem, sorry. Seriously though, I love how this case looks. I got the silver model because it was the cheapest and it also looked the best. I would've been fine with a single tempered glass side panel so my cable management wasn't showing, but I can't really fix that. I used to think brushed aluminum was the best looking, but boy, was I wrong. I fucking love sandblasted aluminum. Well, let's get on to what I love most.
Even the fans look good.
No visible hard drive cages if I don't want them.
Tempered glass is really nice looking.
Amazing looking front, no visible buttons or ports too.
No visible dust filters.
Apparently has RGB LEDs built in, but mine doesn't as far as I know.
Simple top panel, just has a power button.
PSU shroud looks really nice.
I missed grommets to be honest, they're great.
I love this case. It made me break a promise I made a few months or something before I bought this, and god damn, was it worth it. It's so pretty, it's really fun to work with, it has enough space for my coolers and cables, and it cools decently. What's not to love here? If you want to spend a ton of money on a case (although I still suggest the Enthoo Pro M or the Define S to save your money), this is pretty much the best I can find for around $200.
Installation (40% of the score): 10
Performance (30% of the score): 8.5
Aesthetics (20% of the score): 10
Noise Level (10% of the score): 10
Final Score: 9.55 / 10