Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Review 16

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Review

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Value & Conclusion

  • The Phanteks Enthoo Luxe will set you back 140 euros or 150 US dollars (black) / 160 US dollars (white).
  • Great build quality
  • Very solid use of materials
  • Embedded, multi-colored LED strips
  • Fan PCB for up to 6 fans, perfect for water cooling
  • Two trays for SSD on motherboard tray
  • Can hold loads of different radiator configurations—including thick variants
  • Comes with three retail quality fans
  • Easy assembly of water cooling
  • Excellent cable-routing and hiding possibilities
  • Entire underside lined with dust filters
  • Tool-less HDD trays
  • Mounting parts for liquid cooling included right out of the box
  • PSU cover makes for an even cleaner look
  • Loads of space within the chassis
  • Screws come in a tool box
  • Available in black or white
  • Rather heavy for a chassis of this size
  • No external 3.5" bay
  • ODD locks do not hold well
  • Windows have a strong tint which hides the hardware a little too well
  • Looks may not be for everyone
Currently, there are two Enthoo cases, the Primo with a price tag well above 200 euros and the smaller Pro at well below 100 euros. So it makes sense for Phanteks to fill the void in-between the two with the Enthoo Luxe. Offering many of the benefits found in the Primo at a more affordable price, it is also the perfect candidate to do so.

In terms of craftsmanship, the Luxe rivals that of the Primo in most regards. Phanteks also tried and succeeded in adding unique features, ones not found in cases by the competition. These range from its multi-colored LEDs to the fan PCB and move on to its interior layout. Sure, none truly "reinvent the wheel", so to speak, but as one, all these esthetic extras do make for a potent chassis when combined with its functional features. Especially its cable-routing possibilities and the focus on having the ability to install complex water-cooling setups make the Luxe an interesting addition to the marketplace. This is further underlined by the inclusion of the fan PCB and a base, each, for reservoir and pump. But even those using all-in-one solutions should be happy with what the Luxe has to offer, while air-cooling fans should be weary as really big coolers may not fit. But such is the tradeoff that had to be made in light of the space behind the motherboard tray, which also allowed for 2 more drive bays on the back. Overall, the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe is a great chassis. Well built, it also comes with a good mixture of features and materials. Even its price is a perfect match for its position in the Enthoo family of cases.
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