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.

Introduction

Today we are reviewing the Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate Chassis. Phanteks, primarily known for its colorful CPU coolers and line of cooling fans, has decided to try its hand at building cases. The Enthoo Primo is the company's first foray into the chassis market and it is swinging for the fences. Instead of a run of the mill mid-tower case, Phanteks has designed what it is billing as an "ultimate" chassis that includes everything but the kitchen sink.

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From the Phanteks about us page:

Phanteks was founded from a group of engineers with a total of 20 years of international experience in thermal solutions. They paired up with a Dutch design team and established Phanteks in 2007. Phanteks venture into the CPU cooling industry with two goals in mind, "High-end quality and innovative products in thermal solutions."

As a relatively young company, we strive to develop top quality and superior products. Our first product, PH-TC14PE, was a great success in the overclocking community. With the success we have made, we are more passionate in developing new and better innovative cooling solutions than ever. Our Phanteks Design Team is situated in the Netherlands and consists of creative researchers, designers and developers whose only desires are to bring the latest cutting edge technology to you.

We are continuously pursuing excellence in thermal solutions so that we can develop and bring satisfaction to the enthusiasts and computer users everywhere. Our goal is to be the best in the industry and our motto is "no job is impossible."

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The product page for the Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate Chassis boasts an impressive list of features that reads like a water cooling enthusiast's wet dream.

  1. Extreme cooling capacity, providing up to 16 different fan mount locations (120mm / 140mm)

  2. Five included Phanteks’ premium fans PH-F140SP

  3. The PWM hub makes it possible to control all the connected fans (also 3-pin fans) with PWM function through 1 PWM connector and create a better cable management.

  4. Thermally isolated PSU keeps the radiant heat from other critical components, reveals an optimal bottom air intake and hides the cables from blocking the airflow.

  5. Extensive water cooling support. Provides up to 5 different installation areas for slim and thick radiators varying from single to quad (120mm and 140mm form factors). Clearance for push-pull fan configurations.

  6. Innovative liquid cooling mounting systems: radiator brackets for easy installation (bottom and side), cable cover can be transformed into a reservoir bracket with pre-drilled mounting holes and a universal pump bracket with vibration dampening function.

Let's get down to business and see if the Enthoo Primo can live up to its "Ultimate Chassis" billing.

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Product Packaging

The Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate Chassis arrived in its bare product packaging and, aside from a large puncture hole in the back of the box, the condition of the package was very good. The overall package measurements are 27.5"H x 28.5"L x 13"W and is constructed of double-walled corrugated cardboard with a double row of staples along the seams.

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The front of the box prominently features a hero shot of the Phanteks Enthoo Primo and product information with a list of features on the back and sides. The case itself is wrapped in plastic sheeting, covered with a plastic bag, and held in place by thick polyethylene foam inserts.

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Upon inspection, we noticed that the case had been damaged during shipping. It looks as though the case took a blow to the rear of the chassis, just under the rear 140mm exhaust fan mounting location. Although the damage looked bad at first, we were actually able to push most of the dent out from the inside and continue with our evaluation. That being said, Phanteks might want to rethink it packaging a bit.

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