Phanteks Eclipse P400 Review
Phanteks Eclipse P400 Review
Phanteks is expanding its case portfolio with new Eclipse Series. The simplified case interior offers enough space even for custom liquid cooling. The case was designed for users without big budget, who still wish to have some useful features and nice clean looking case. Phanteks is offering two variants. One is windowed Eclipse P400 and the second one is Eclipse P400S with sound dampening panels and a 3-speed fan controller to enhance acoustical performance. The frame as well as side panel are made of steel and feels pretty solid. Windowed side panel has a little flex, and the acrylic window is not so difficult to scratch. So, we recommend to leave the protection foil during the system assembly on. The painted surface has nice non-glossy finish, but your finger prints will be visible instantly.
Overall design is very clean and looks solid. The front panel features Phanteks logo in the lower area. For easy dust filter cleaning, the front panel can be easily removed by pulling it away. no need to use any tools here.
There are 7 expansion slots at the back and 120mm fan which can be slid up or down if needed. Power supply PSU is hidden behind the PSU cover and so separated from the rest of internal area. It has its own removable dust filter at the bottom.
The air is pulled inside the case in front through the vents on top and the bottom of front panel. The front has two functions, one is design and the other is sound dampening. Eclipse P400S Series features also sound dampening of side panels. After removing front panel, the two small dust filter are easy to remove for cleaning.
The power button, 2x USB3.0 and audio ports are on top. The power button is backlit with RGB LED as well as the logo at beneath the front panel.
There is a small hidden switch to control LED with 10 colors option as default and 3-Speed Fan Controller switch. The lighting can be controlled using software and the lighting connector can communicate with the Asus Aura mainboards. Let’s have a look at interior design of the case.
The interior looks pretty empty actually, which gives us enough free space and less restrictions. The only place to mount radiator is in front where you have the option to mount 1x 360 radiator. for bigger radiators, you will have to remove the small plare under the front fan as well. Also you are going to sacrifice the option to install additional HDD brackets which are sold separately. We recommend to use only AIO liquid cooling or 240mm radiator in front. Should you decide to go with custom loop, you need to prepare yourself to get in lack of space for pump, reservoir and cables. If you plan to use HDD cages hidden behind the PSU cover, then you probably won’t find space for placing the pump and reservoir. There is no way (without modding) to use radiator on top.
After removing front panel, we can see that Eclipse P400 has many fan/rad mounting options. small LED stripe can be accessed pretty quickly. It illuminates the Phanteks logo in adjustable colors.
As mentioned before, the HDD/SSD cages are removable, should you need more space for cables and don’t need them. Using bigger form factor PSU will eat the space pretty quickly. So if you don’t need extra HDD, we recommend to simply remove the cage and use SSD instead. These can be easily mounted behind the mainboard tray with phanteks drop-n-lock system.
All cable holes are protected with rubber grommets, cables can be nicely tighten with Velcro ties and even there is some space for cable management at the back, you would prefer to have all cables bond together, or you end up with problems closing the side panel.
When it comes to lighting effect there’s really nothing to complain. The ASUS Aura mainboard works prefectly and also looks amazing in dark room. Also LED stripes come really handy is you have something to show inside the case.
Phanteks Eclipse P400 Specifications:
|Phanteks Eclipse P400|
Front: 1x 120mm
Front: Total 2x 120mm
|Radiator Support||Top: 240/280mm
Front: Up to 360mm
|Expansion & Bays||2x 3.5” HDD Under PSU Shroud
2x 2.5” SSD Rear of Tray
7x Expansion Slots
|Front I/O||2x USB3.0
1x RGB Color Cycle
1x 3-Speed Fan Controller
|PSU Form Factor||ATX|
|Dimensions||(We measured this)
18” D x 18.25” H x 8.25” W
|Price||P400 Black & Gray – $70
P400 White – $80
P400S Black & Gray – $80
P400S White – $90
Phanteks Eclipse P400 is a nice case with pretty good price. It comes with handful of useful features and RGB LED lighting. The interior could be better as the user will have to make decisions, if he decides to use any liquid cooling. There will be some restrictions. The top panel can only hold fans, even there would be optimal place for radiator. The case was designed to have radiator ( if any) in front, but you lose the option to use any HDD brackets in front. The PSU chamber is really small, and you get in trouble if you are using more GPUs and still want to use 2,5″ HDD cages hidden behind the cover. Although, Phanteks tried to put as much as possible into one value oriented case, and that wasn’t such an easy task at all.
The air flow is as expected not the top notch and you will have some slightly higher temps inside the case. From our side, using this case for mid-range gaming system, where temps are not such an issue, would be a wise move. Although, enthusiast grade users with 2-3 GPUs would most likely look for much more expensive cases like Phanteks Enthoo Primo etc.
When it comes to cable management, the Eclipse P400 offers some space behind the mainboard tray to route and hide all the cables, but also here, you should plan your cables precisely, otherwise you won’t be able to close side panel. There are things which have to be improved at this case, but it still is very nice and useful one. From our side it earned Silver Recommendation.
Easy dust filter cleaning
no top radiator mounting