Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Review
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Review
Phanteks’ new Enthoo Pro M Acrylic case variant includes a full acrylic side panel. This “open space” case allows you to show all your HW beauty inside. The acrylic variant is an update of already existing Enthoo Pro M with windowed side panel, but the acrylic side panel is not compatible backwards with Enthoo Pro M (PRODUCT CODE : PH-ES515P9). We have received the “Titanium Green” variant, so let’s have a closer look.
The package shows only simple graphics of the case in front, so more interesting is the back side where all the parts are shown in a exploded view. This kind of schema gives us much better picture about the case internal parts and options. The case was protected as usual with styrofoam and packed in plastic foil. Acrylic panel was extra protected with cardboard foil in front and plastic foil from the inner side of the case. Unfortunately, it was bit of challenge to remove the foil, especially the cardboard in front, which has needed more patience as usual. Should this be an issue, you can use hair dryer to warn the foil a bit, but be careful not to overheat the acrylic panel. We highly recommend to leave the protection foil on it until the build is finished, as the acrylic is a perfect magnet to dust and finger prints.
The acrylic side panel has surprisingly small flex considering its thickness. It’s held by four rubberized stands in front. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to use the acrylic side panel with older version of Enthoo Pro M without some case modification. The frame of a chassis is very stable, it has no sharp edges, so you don’t cut your fingers and the build quality is at very good level.
The case comes with two fans included, one in front and the other one at the back. The mainboard tray has big cut-out for easier CPU cooler installation. One of the main features of this case is its PSU cover and its modularity. The case has only the most important parts included, to keep the final price as low as possible, and to give users the option to additionally order only those HDD/SSD brackets or Fan HUB and other optional components which they need. This kind of product design ideology, where some parts and components can be used in other cases as well, keeps the production costs lower and also gives users the option to use parts, they like on more expensive cases, to be used with budget products as well.
The front panel features brushed aluminium look, but is made of plastic. There is only one 5,25″ bay, which we have removed instantly, as we planned to install 360mm radiator in front. The case supports 360mm radiator on top as well. Although, we couldn’t manage to mount 2x360mm radiators at the same time, so 240mm on top + 360mm in front is more likely the way you would prefer, as there are indeed some space restrictions. The front grille has also removable dust filter and the whole front panel has to be removed in order to install fans or radiator in front. Also keep in mind if you plan to mount 360mm radiator in front you will have to remove the ODD bracket (5.25″ bracket). Also a part of the PSU cover has to be removed. This can be used for mounting a pump, should you wish to show it in your waterdcooled build. There’s option to mount one SSD on front side of the PSU cover. Should you wish to show your SSD.
As already mentioned before, the optional 5x HDD brackets for 3.5”/2.5″ HDD upgrade has to be ordered separately. Small plastic covers can be individually removed and so you get the SATA + power cables connected to HDDs easily.There’s an extra 2mm thick hard foam anti-vibration padding at the bottom of HDD bracket to further prevent the vibration being transited into whole chassis.
If you wish to use this space rather for reservoir and radiator, then you have to use the HDD cages hidden behind the PSU cover. These HDD cages are also removable. There are already four pre-mounted rubberized stands for additional SSD to hide in this area.
Mounting of HDD is as easy as it can be, without using of any tool or screwdriver. In addition to that you can also mount two SSD brackets behind the mainboard tray. Both brackets are using the slide-in system. Keep in mind there are only 2x single SSD brackets included, and so all additional SSD brackets has to be ordered separately as well.
There are velcro ties and cable tie points for better cable management, and all cable holes are protected with rubber grommets. The interior is pretty empty and after removing of 5.25″ bay, you are left with plenty of space for custom liquid cooled loop. There are 7x expansion slots and additional holes for small reservoir under the rear 140mm fan. Also 120mm fan can be mounted at the back side.
The front 140mm fan is hidden behind the removable front panel. The I/O panel features only 2x USB3.0, jack/mic port and reset button on the left side. The power button is on top.
The dust filter is hidden at the inner side of front panel, and can’t be removed for cleaning without removing the front panel.
Both fans are PWM controlled and can also be connected to optional fan HUB mounted behind the mainboard tray, that can handle additional fans. The fan bracket on top can be slid out, so user can easily mount fans and/or radiator on this frame, and when finished, slide in again. There are holes for 3x120mm/2x140mm fans or 280mm/360mm radiator.
Speaking of fans, should you wish to fill the Enthoo Pro M Acrylic case with more fans than included, you will need to look for optional PWM fan HUB that has to be also ordered separately. There are already pre-drilled holes right next to SSD bracket behind mainboard tray. So only thing youi have to do is , to remove the cover on HUB and fix it with two included screws to chassis. We noticed that 4pin cable on the right side of the HUB which has to be connected to CPU header on mainboard, is a bit in collision with left SSD bracket, but as the cable is pretty flexible, this will not be considered as an issue. The HUB can be powered with additional SATA power cable on the left. Before using additional power cable, you should check the instructions first, as recommended.
On top of the chassis we have removable magnetic dust filter and big power button. The color of chassis is titanium green. It’s actually pretty unique color and we haven’t seen many cases on the market with this color combination. There are also satin black and anthracite gray combinations.
There are no limitations when it comes to PSU size. It has it’s own dust filter at the bottom, that is also easy to remove for cleaning. The PSU is mounted on four standoffs with rubber pads on top of each to block the PSU vibrations.
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Specifications:
To build custom liquid cooled system inside the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic was actually quite easy, without a need of additional case modding.
Phanteks has with Enthoo Pro M Acrylic pushed the limits further again, when it comes to modularity and water cooling friendly chassis. We didn’t stumble upon any issues during build and that’s one of the reasons, why this case has earned good reputation in our lab. The interior is well though through and there are additional options to upgrade the case with optional HDD/SSD brackets, PWM fan HUB, pump bracket or LED strips. The case has limited support even for some E-ATX mainboards. Also standoff screws for mainboard fixation are already pre-installed. The PSU chamber covers all cables and provides some heat barrier between PSU and the rest of the system. Should you wish to use the fanless PSU there are vents in the roof of the PSU chamber/cover so the fanless PSU doesn’t overheat. Phanteks has recognized plenty of issues that other cases on the market have, and it looks like that Phanteks case designers are listening carefully to the user audience. The result is that we don’t have much to criticize or complain now. Although, one small thing comes in my mind, the hole for front SSD could be positioned vertical of directly in front of SSD connection ports. Nevertheless, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic is one of our favorite cases so far, and for €80 (89.99$) it’s an excellent offer. The Enthoo Pro M Acrylic has earned our Editor’s choice.
Modular bracket installation
the front panel has to be removed for dust cleaning