Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate Chassis Review

Phanteks is known for its wide variety of fans, but is broadening its brush stroke by now building its own computer cases. The Enthoo Primo Ultimate Chassis is a full tower computer case that promises the "Ultimate Water Cooling Solution," as well as removable filters, and a thermally isolated PSU location.

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Accessories

The Phanteks Enthoo Primo has a large cardboard box that is secured during shipment in one of the two power supply bays. Inside the box you will find a plastic accessory box containing a variety of screws, cable straps, manual, rubber PSU pads, and extra motherboard standoffs for E-ATX motherboards. Also included in the box, you will find a bracket for radiators.

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Exterior

The Phanteks Enthoo Primo features a steel construction with plastic accents and a brushed aluminum front panel. The case measures 25.6"H x 9.9"W x 23.6"L. The case is painted in black inside and out and weighs just under 40lbs.

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The top of the case is home to two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0, LED power switch and a reset button as well as headphone and microphone jacks. Almost the entire top of the case is a removable screen that cleverly conceals an area for fans and / or radiators. The mesh is easily removed simply by pressing down on the rear of the cover until it clicks and then lifting it off. The USB ports also have handy black rubber inserts that keep unused ports from gathering dust.

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The entire front of the case is covered with a brushed aluminum faceplate with a door in the top portion that covers five external drive bays. In the upper right hand corner of the front bezel you will find the power button and an HDD indicator LED. The lower portion of the brushed aluminum front panel has a rectangular metal mesh area that allows the intake fans to draw cool air into the chassis. You can easily remove the lower front panel by pressing in on the cover until it clicks and then lifting it away.

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This case features a large side panel window and a smaller trapezoid-shaped window next to it. While the large side panel windows is a great feature, the same can't be said about the smaller window. The only purpose the small window serves is to showcase a tiny Phanteks logo which is obviously a design branding queue.

The panel on the opposite side of the case has a large vented area directly over the hard drive racks and optional fan / radiator mounting location. You can mount both 120mm and 140mm fans and / or radiators in the area directly behind this panel when the optional bracket is installed, but we'll talk about that a little later in this review. There is also a large vented area in the lower rear portion of this panel that provides airflow for your PSU. Both of the aforementioned areas are covered by magnetic filters.

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The bottom of the case has a total of seven square rubber feet and the entire bottom of the case is covered by two large slide out fan filters. Around back, you will find a standard motherboard I/O area, two openings for bottom mounted power supplies (one doubles as a fan mounting location), eight expansion card slots and a 140mm exhaust fan. The rear mounted 140mm exhaust fan has large slots, instead of traditional screw holes, that allows you to slide the fan up or down. This is especially useful when making room for other components or to fine tuning the airflow in your system. It should also be noted that this fan mounting location supports both 120mm and 140mm fans.

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Not only is the filtration system the best we've seen from a first time case builder, it rivals the best filtration systems from any case manufacturer. Every mounting location for an intake fan on this case is filtered. The lone 120mm / 140mm exhaust fan mounting location in the rear of the chassis is not filtered but, because it is an exhaust fan, it doesn't need to be. Phanteks seems to have done everything right with the Enthoo Primo. Even the filters in the bottom of the chassis slide out from the side, instead of the rear, so your case doesn't have to be moved or pulled out to clean your filters.

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Although the "look" of a case is subjective and will vary from person to person, we think most people will find that the Phanteks Enthoo Primo is a very handsome chassis. We say "handsome" because the Enthoo Primo is a very masculine case with a strong presence that, for a lack of a better word, is a bit intimidating. The fit and finish is fantastic, the color of the metal portions the case match the plastic and aluminum parts and the overall build quality is top notch.