A Detailed Look from the Outside
The Phanteks Eclipse P400S case is made from a combination of steel, plastic, and rubber parts. The overall fit and finish of the case is good and our review sample is painted black inside and out. The riveted steel chassis is light weight but rigid and the satin black powder coat finish matches the black plastic parts very well. The styling of the P400S is clean and simple, which provides a good foundation for the 10-color RGB LED lighting under the front panel.
The front of the P400S case is solid with no exposed 5.25” drive bays and no open air inlet grills. This helps to keep the noise in. Filtered openings at the top and bottom of the front panel allow air into the case. The front panel is easy to remove by just pulling from the bottom. Inside the front panel are mounting locations for up to three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans. One 120mm fan comes pre-installed.
There are two dust filters that can be easily pulled out for cleaning when the front panel is removed.
Controls along with an external I/O panel are located along the top front edge of the P400S case and includes:
• Lighted Power button (color changes with LED lighting)
• HDD Activity LED
• 3-Speed Fan Controller button
• RGB LED Light Controller button (color selection)
• System reset button
• (2) USB 3.0 ports
• Mic and Headphone jacks
Both side panels are removable and secured with two thumb screws at the back.
Each side panel is lined with sound dampening foam. In use, the side panels proved to be easy to take off and re-install and fit securely once in place.
The top of the Eclipse P400S enclosure is fitted with two removable cover plates (held in place with magnets). Removing these plates exposes the optional top panel fan mounting locations; which can accommodate either two 120mm or two 140mm fans.
Two screen filters are included in the accessory box for the top panel and they too are secured with small magnetic strips.
Looking at the rear of the enclosure reveals a typical ATX-tower style layout with the power supply mounted at the bottom. A 120mm exhaust fan comes pre-installed. Noticeably missing however are any openings for use with external liquid-cooling.
All of the expansion card brackets contain ventilation slots to allow warm air to exhaust out the rear of the case and are secured with thumb screws.
Flipping the P400S case upside down exposes four rubber feet and a dust filter for the power supply air intake. The filter slides out from the back for cleaning.