Internals and Build Process
Readers of the previous Phanteks enclosure review here at PC Perspective, the EVOLV ATX, won't be surprised by the interior of the Enthoo Pro M. It is, as far as I can tell, the identical steel internal chassis as the EVOLV ATX, and that's a good thing. I awarded the EVOLV our Editor's Choice award in part due to how smoothly the build process was, and that is identical here.
Starting out with a closer look inside the empty enclosure, towards the back we have a 140 mm fan pre-installed.
Next we'll take a closer look inside the front of the enclosure, which (unlike the EVOLV ATX) does not include any intake fans.
Side panels are thin steel, but slide and off just fine and get the job done.
And now for one of my favorite features of the chassis design from Phanteks: the slide-out upper fan mount.
Mounting a top radiator with this bracket is as painless as you will find in any enclosure. I used a Corsair H100i GTX liquid cooler for the build and it was a very simple install.
Next we'll cover a quick build. This is literally the same process as the previous EVOLV ATX review, so I will highlight the basics here starting with the motherboard.
I used a micro ATX board here but the design supports ATX and E-ATX "up to 264mm wide" as well. With the completely open internal layout there was nothing preventing an easy install, and there are sufficient cable routing openings and space around the motherboard to make the rest of the build painless.
Next up I installed the CPU cooler and graphics card. For cooling the FX-6300 used in this build I installed a 240mm Corsair H100i GTX liquid cooler on the top bracket (yes, a $109 CPU cooler is overkill for a $99 CPU, so just play along!). Being able to slide this allowed easy installation of the pump/waterblock assembly to the CPU, as the radiator could very easily move with the bracket to provide clearance when needed.
There are a few options here, starting with the typical drive trays. These are located on the back of the enclosure and slide out without tools. The construction of the tray itself is also toolless and works well.
The next option for hard drives is the interesting shelf-like bracket that Phanteks makes, one of which is included in the box.
This hangs from the inside of the enclosure to the right of your components…
…and access to the power and data connections is possible with a plastic panel removed behind the drive.
The other storage options center around 2.5" drives, and the SSD mounts (only one bracket is included, unfortunately) can be placed behind the motherboard or up front below the components. It's worth noting that this front mount made a lot more sense with the EVOLV ATX's special window cutout to show off the SSD, where it will be hidden by the solid part of the door here.
The build is almost complete but we need to mount a power supply. The PSU mount has four soft feet to prevent vibration from the PSU, and the cover below the motherboard will hide any cable mess from the front of the case.
Next we'll check out the completed build and then see how the Enthoo Pro M performed!