Over the last few years Phanteks and the Enthoo Evolv ITX cases have made quite a name for themselves thanks to their unique blend of quality and unique aesthetics. The arrival of the new Enthoo Evolv ITX Mini-ITX case represents a fresh spin on current trends with a side-panel constructed entirely of premium tempered glass. Doing justice to the commensurately high-end hardware has, in this case, meant the welcome addition of RGB lighting as well as integrated lighting controls.
THE FEATURES OF THE PHANTEKS ENTHOO EVOLV ITX MINI-ITX CASE AT A GLANCE
- Timeless classic design with a unique aesthetic
- Premium tempered-glass side panel
- Impressive RGB lighting and integrated controls
- 2x USB 3.0 ports behind the front panel
- Space for 280 mm radiators and pumps
- Space for CPU coolers up to 20 cm in height and graphics cards up to 33 cm in length
- Clean and sleek interior with exceptional manufacturing quality
THE UNIQUE AESTHETIC OF A REFINED CASE
The moment you set eyes upon this sleek and timeless case, it's clear that Phanteks has stayed true to the roots of the Enthoo Evolv series. Its measurements remain the same, meaning that the Enthoo Evolv ITX with tempered-glass is just as wide (23 cm), deep (39,5 cm) and high (37,5 cm) as its popular predecessors. The interior of the case, like the left side panel of the case, consists of black painted steel, but in this revision the motherboard tray, divider, drive cage and PSU shroud shine through the tempered glass side panel in a radiant high-contrast red. At the bottom of the case towards the front is located a narrow light strip which, when the system is switched on, glows and can be controlled via the RGB button of the case or via RGB LED adapter cable from the motherboard. Air-inlets for cooling have been integrated into the black surfaces so as to not impinge upon the minimalist aspirations of the case
PLENTY OF SPACE FOR AIR- & WATERCOOLING
Located towards the rear is a pre-installed 140 mm fan and two additional (optional) 140- or 120 mm fans can be installed behind the front panel. The front of the case and the space beneath the PSU both come with removable dust filters. Two further 140- or 120 mm fans can be installed in the roof of the Evolv. Alternatively, a 280 mm or 240 mm heat exchanger with a width of 54 mm (140 mm wide) or 74 mm (120 mm wide) can be installed to the motherboard tray (please check RAM module clearances!) via a bracket that pulls out sideways. This should prevent radiators from colliding with installed RAM modules. A 240 mm radiator can also be installed in the front.
Fortunately Phanteks has not elected to cut any of their famed water-cooling features originating from the larger siblings of the Enthoo series in this smaller Enthoo Evolv ITX. To this end a multifunctional bracket with the "Phanteks" logo is located directly above the discrete HDD cage, which offers compatibility with two 3,5" hard drives (or small SSDs). Although the case allows graphics cards up to 33 cm in length to be discretely tucked away, the bracket allows several additional options: One can either install the bundled universal tube reservoir bracket, or you can install optionally available accessories like SSD mounting bays for 1 or 2 additional 2,5" drives ( CA-010-PT or CA-011-PT), an HDD bracket (CA-023-PT) or even the Phanteks pump bracket (CA-008-PT).
The reverse of the Mini-ITX tray, where a spacious 28 mm area is reserved for cable management, also saves space for the PWM fan hub (CA-009-PT) from Phanteks. This allows the automatically regulated operation of up to eight 3-pin fans via a single 4-pin PWM port on an mITX motherboard. In the upper front of the case comes a factory-installed 2,5" bracket complete with a "drop-n-lock" mechanism for a small 2,5" drive. The whole lower section of the Evolv ITX is reserved for an ATX power supply up to 21,2 cm in length as well as a double HDD cage. Additionally, an optional Phanteks pump bracket allows users to attach the reservoir to the multifunctional bracket and use the additional pump bracket in the lower section of the front, as long as the system only requires a single large and quiet SSD as a boot drive.
Dimensions: 230 x 375 x 395 mm (W x H x D)
Weight: approx. 6 kg
Material: Steel (body, right side panel, covering on front panel), plastic (front panel), tempered glass (left side panel)
Colour: Black, red
Total Possible Fans:
- 2x 140/120 mm (Front)
- 1x 140/120 mm (Rear)
- 2x 140/120 mm (Roof)
- 1x 140 mm (Rear; PH-140SP, max. 1200 RPM, 19 dB(A))
Radiator Mountings (partly dependent upon HDD- and/or fan slots):
- 1x max. 240 mm (Front)
- 1x max. 140/120 mm (Rear)
- 1x max. 280/240 mm (Roof)*
* Distance to motherboard tray in 120 mm format: 54 mm
* Distance to motherboard tray in 140 mm format: 74 mm
Please check maximum height of RAM to prevent incompatibility!
Filter: Front, PSU (removable)
PSU: 1x Standard ATX (optional)
Expansion Slots: 2
- 2x USB 3.0 (internal connection)
- 1x Audio In/Out
- RGB Controller
Maximum GPU Length: 330 mm
Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 200 mm
Maximum PSU Length: 212 mm (with HDD cage)