Phanteks Enthoo 719 Full Tower Case Review
The Phanteks Enthoo 719
A Case by Any Other Name
I seem to have reviewed a number of Phanteks enclosures at such an early point in my career with PC Perspective. Actually, this review is only the third Phanteks case, but out of five case reviews, that’s a large percentage.
I have previously stated that I have built in several Phanteks enclosures over the past few years, and overall, liked each of them. This preference dates back to 2015 when I built my first hard line loop in an Enthoo Luxe.
I still look back and believe that the release of that case in 2014 was groundbreaking. Phanteks was simply doing things no one else had tried. My personal rig has been in an Evolv X for the last year, and that is easily the best made enclosure I’ve ever encountered. Early in 2019, Phanteks announced the long anticipated successor to the Enthoo Luxe by showing off prototypes of the Luxe 2.
Phanteks later announced that they were changing the name of that enclosure to the Enthoo 719. Despite the name change the case is an obvious and worthy successor to the Enthoo Luxe, though like its original namesake, it is not without a few thorns.
- Model No:
- Colors: Black, Grey
- Form Factor: Full Tower Chassis
- Side Window: Yes, tempered glass panel
- PCI Slots: 8 +3 Vertical
- Aluminum Faceplates
- Steel Chassis
- Tempered Glass Panel
- Motherboard Support: ATX, EATX, uATX, mini ITX, SSI EEB
- Front I/O:
- 1x USB 3.1 Type-C gen2
- 4x USB 3.0
- Microphone, Headphone
- D-RGB Mode, D-RGB Color
- 240 mm x 570 mm x 595 mm (W x H x D)
- (9.45 in x 22.6 in x 23.6 in)
“The Enthoo 719 has been designed to house the most powerful hardware with the flexibility to configure it to your needs for the perfect system. From SSI-EEB motherboards to extreme water cooling and extensive storage capabilities, anything is possible.”
Enthoo 719 Exterior
This is a full size ATX tower, and when I say full size, I mean it. The 719 is big. The dimensions are 240mm (W) x 570mm (H) x 595mm (D). That’s 9.45 inches wide, 22.6 inches tall, and a massive 23.6 inches deep for the metrically challenged.
There is an enormous 21 x 21.25 inch tempered glass panel on the viewing side of the case. The quality of this panel is excellent. It is lightly tinted and the color transmission is as close to neutral as any glass side panel I’ve seen. The 719 uses a vertical PSU mount, which in many ways, makes it a little more closely related to the original Enthoo Primo enclosure, than the Enthoo Luxe.
Although the front and top panels are solid, the 719 has excellent airflow characteristics due to the very large gap that runs along the edge of the panels all the way from the bottom front, to the top rear. Every intake area on the chassis has a magnetic dust filter, and I’m pleased to say that Phanteks has changed the mesh used in these filters to be less restrictive than on previous models.
Enthoo 719 Interior
This design opens up the main chamber of the enclosure, but also makes it taller than a traditional ATX full tower.
Phanteks really didn’t want any of the space in this enclosure to go to waste, and went all out to pack a lot of options into this enclosure. The 719 allows for either air or liquid cooling, a large amount of storage, a dual system build, or numerous combinations of those options.
A Mini ITX motherboard can be mounted on the side of the PSU shroud. Unlike some of the other Phanteks chassis that allow dual systems, the 719 comes with all the additional parts and brackets included that will be needed to mount your Mini-ITX system.
Unlike the other Phanteks dual system chassis, or just about any other enclosure on the market, the 719 does not include any fans. Actually, I think this is a fine decision. The omission of any case fans allows them to keep the price on the 719 a little lower, and almost anyone shopping for a chassis in this price range is going to remove the stock fans and use aftermarket fans of their choice in the end.
The Enthoo 719 will support up to eleven 2.5inch drives or could be configured like a server with twelve 3.5 inch hard drives if you use Phanteks modular hard drive trays (the case only comes with four of these and more can be ordered) . Even with twelve 3.5 inch drives, you will still have three 2.5 inch trays available.
The build quality of the 719 is somewhat of a mixed bag. The tempered glass side panel is exceptional. The top and front panels are constructed of quality aluminum, but there are seams on the chassis that do not sit quite flush. The black trim surrounding the aluminum is a rather thick, but still cheap feeling plastic. The rear side panel, though it does have a small tempered glass window for viewing your 2.5 inch drives, is a little thin feeling, but still fits very well.
Being completely honest, when compared to the Evolv X from 2018, the 719 does not have the same quality feel to it. Given their similar price points ($200 for the Evolv X and $190 for the 719) many people will be comparing the two models, but they are really for two different applications. The Evolv X, while versatile, does not offer quite the number of options, or even close to the amount of cooling options, that the 719 does. If the 719 were built like the Evolv X, it would most likely be a $400 chassis.
While all of the storage and air cooling options in this chassis are nice, let’s be honest about it. Most people that are spending $189 US on such a huge enclosure with such a massive tempered glass side panel are going to be building something a bit extreme inside, and most likely will be doing a custom liquid cooling loop and I did not feel that my review of such a chassis would be complete if I didn’t do just that.
Radiators up to 360mm can be fit in the bottom and top of the chassis, and up to a 480mm will fit in the front, or on the side. For those preferring 140mm fans, you can fit a 420mm radiator in the front and up to a 140 at the rear exhaust if you desire. Unfortunately these numbers only tell part of the story. When you look at a chassis and start seeing such staggering numbers for radiator support; you get the idea that you can just put anything in there. That’s not the case with any chassis, and the 719 is certainly no exception.
To begin with, while you can fit up to a 360mm radiator in the bottom, the available width is extremely restrictive (only 125mm) and you will have to be very careful to check the radiator’s specs when ordering for this location.
Another issue with this location is the openings in radiator mount for airflow. On top of that, the slots for the radiator mounting screws are a little limiting in how far forward or back you can mount the radiator. You will need to really pay attention to these when positioning your radiator or you can risk blocking airflow to portions of the fins.
I was able to use a 360mm in the bottom, but it really took a lot of work to insure that it was positioned correctly, and I would have preferred to have it mounted further to the rear than it could be without compromise. I feel like the bottom bracket was not designed very well, and could have been more open for airflow, and more flexible for radiator position.
The top radiator mount does not face the same width restrictions as the bottom, and it is more open, with less risk of blocking airflow, but again, the slotted screw holes did not give as much flexibility in radiator position as I normally like to see in a chassis designed for custom liquid cooling.
Then we come to the front and side. I had initially intended to use a 480mm radiator side mounted on the chassis, and have 4 x 120 fans in the front simply for air intakes. This idea presented a few problems that just became a little too much to overcome without modifying the chassis.
The biggest issue was that if using both the top and bottom mounts for 360mm radiators, the inlet and outlets of a side mounted radiator became extremely difficult to access. It also limited the mounting options for a pump and reservoir. There is room behind the tray to mount up to a 30mm thick radiator, with the fans inside the main chamber, and mounting the radiator in this was would have helped with options for the pump/reservoir, but it was really going to complicate the loop and introduce some very restrictive bends into the flow of the coolant.
Eventually, I elected to go with the simplest solution, which was a 480mm radiator at the front, and two 360 mm radiators, one in the top and one in the bottom. In this configuration, and due to the very open airflow design of the chassis, the cooling performance is outstanding.
Temperature Testing Methodology Update
I had begun to notice that there was very little variance in CPU load temperatures from enclosure to enclosure, much less than I would anticipate. The GPU temperatures seemed in line with the airflow characteristics of each case, but I was not happy with what I was seeing from the CPU tests, so I evaluated what was going on and found the problem.
The Xeon processor I’m using just wasn’t generating enough heat for the CPU cooler to need much additional airflow. First I reduced the fan speed on the CPU cooler from 100% (around 1500 rpm) to 900 rpm. I also checked the CPU voltage in the UEFI and discovered that the processor was actually running at minus 0.015 volts from stock, so I returned this setting to default, and began the long process of retesting temperatures in all of the enclosures I have at my disposal.
|Enclosure Test Platform|
|Processor||Intel Xeon E3 1245 V2|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z77 Pro M Motherboard|
|Memory||16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3-1666|
|Graphics Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 980 SC w/ Arctic Twin Turbo II Cooler)|
|Storage||Intel 520 Series 120gb SSD|
|CPU Cooler||Scythe Choten w/ be quiet! Silent Wings 3 fan|
The be quiet! Silent Wings 3 fan used with the Scythe Choten CPU Cooler was set to 850 RPM. The Arctic Cooling Twin Turbo II GPU cooler used with the GTX 980 had its fan speed set to 33% (the highest fan speed reached on default curve during open bench stress test).
Standardized Airflow Test:
- 3 x Be Quiet Pure Wings 2 120mm Fans (2 intake, 1 exhaust at 100%)
- Temperatures given in degrees Celcius above ambient (23 C. +/- 1 degree C)
- CPU Temperature Testing: OCCT set to Small FFTs for 30 minutes
- GPU Temperature Testing: Unigine Heaven set to Extreme at 1080p for 30 minutes
- Sound testing conducted during run of 3d Mark Time Spy Extreme
You will notice that the 719 only appears on the standardized airflow tests, and there is no sound test chart in this review. This all goes back to the lack of included fans.
Without fans, I could only perform the standardized airflow test, and the sound of the enclosure will be entirely dependent on the fans installed by the end user. Still, in my standardized testing, the 719 was tied for the second best performer in both CPU and GPU testing.
My final thoughts on the 719 are a bit complicated. It is an amazingly versatile enclosure, and has replaced my beloved Evolv X for my personal system. It is not as high quality as the Evolv X, but the additional space for cooling, and the much more open design allow it the system it holds to perform cooler and quieter than previously.
Due to some of the design choices Phanteks made, building in the 719 requires an attention to detail and component specs that goes a little beyond any other case I’ve used previously. However, if you work within the limitations, this additional care is worth it as you will be rewarded with an excellent system in the end.