Completed Build, Temps and Noise, Conclusion

There's still a ton of room inside the case with this basic build, with lots of room for additional storage on the right (if you add more of the drive shelves) and room for liquid cooling accoutrements.

The included velcro straps make a big difference in cleaning up the build

Temperatures and Noise

Test Platform
Processor AMD FX 6300
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 (AMD AM3+ mATX)
Memory Kingston HyperX Predator 8GB PC3-19200 DDR3 (at 1600 MHz)
Graphics Card Sapphire AMD Radeon R9 280 Dual-X
Storage HGST 250GB 7200 RPM HDD
Cooling Corsair H100i GTX AIO Liquid CPU Cooler
Power Supply Corsair TX 650W
OS Windows 8.1 64-bit

To load up the CPU I used Prime95 on the blend setting for 5 minutes, and measured the results using HWMonitor for the FX-6300 CPU. For GPU temps I ran the Unigine Valley 1.0 benchmark twice, using GPUZ to note the maximum load temp from these runs. Ambient temps were a warm 24.4 C, so your results might vary from those in the chart below.

While I only tested the Enthoo Pro M against the previously reviewed EVOLV ATX, the results do show good cooling performance from the new enclosure. The slightly higher temps from the EVOLV make sense considering that design uses thick aluminum panels and the Enthoo Pro M has better ventilation from the front and top. I assumed that the thinner and more open construction would make the Enthoo Pro M a noisier enclosure. We'll see.

Noise levels were measured using a digital sound pressure meter positioned 18" from the front of the enclosure. Ambient noise in the room was 34 dB.

As you can see the EVOLV ATX is a much more silent enclosure, registering no audible change between system idle and CPU load, and increasing modestly with the GPU at full load. The Enthoo Pro M was not a noisy case (in fact the one included fan is very quiet), but with the thinner construction and front and top vents it won't mask the sound of your components. The parts used in this build are pretty quiet anyway, and the Enthoo Pro M was barely noticeable until the GPU fan started to ramp up.

Conclusion

The Enthoo Pro M is a very well made enclosure with the same internal chassis as the EVOLV ATX. It's extremely easy to build in and has thoughtful touches like the velcro straps for cables and toolless HDD trays. However the inclusion of only one rear fan, and similarly only one each of the 3.5" and 2.5" additional drive brackets, demonstrate the difference between a case that is set to retail for $79 and one that will be $100 more with a retail price of $179 (neither of these enclosures seem to be available in the retail channel just yet).

I really like the internal layout of these enclosures, which are very similar to the Fractal Design Define S. The Enthoo Pro M makes some changes externally and with the included fans and accessories, but this is perfectly justifiable as Phanteks plans to sell this enclosure for just $79. Overall this is a solid contender at this price point, but there are more stylish options out there if the understated looks aren't your thing. The internal design alone garners it a recommendation in my book, and the high build quality more than qualifies it as a worthy selection.

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