Phanteks Evolv Shift Review 6

Phanteks Evolv Shift Review


Value & Conclusion

  • The Phanteks Evolv Shift has an MSRP of 110 euros incl. taxes or 110 US dollars excl. taxes. The larger Shift X goes for 160 euros or US dollars respectively.
  • Excellent layout inside
  • Compact chassis
  • Can hold two 120 mm AIOs
  • GPUs of up to 350 mm will fit
  • Very easy to add or upgrade the GPU
  • Easy assembly process for a chassis of this size
  • All four sides may be removed without any tools
  • Removable dust filter in base
  • Base may be detached for horizontal use of the chassis
  • Well-designed glass side panels
  • Power LED is RGB
  • RGB control switch
  • Includes retail-grade 140 mm fan
  • Excellent cable routing inside and out
  • Can hold up to three hard drives
  • Available in two color options
  • Some of the plastic elements feel a bit flimsy
  • Some entry level Silverstone PSUs are not compatible with the sample - the power switch gets in the way
  • Buttons on top are not labeled
  • 3.5" hard-drive-mounting mechanism not very user-friendly
Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: The sample we received is incompatible with some entry-level Silverstone SFX PSUs as a metal bar will get in the way of the power switch. As units from Corsair or the higher-end ones from Silverstone have the switch in a different location (or lack one altogether), those are fine. Talking to Phanteks, they will make sure this issue is resolved for production units.

Now, the Phanteks Evolv Shift is a seriously sexy case on the outside. Sleek, straight lines coupled with an interesting material mix of aluminum and tempered glass make this a gorgeous case to look at. And with all that, it is easy to overlook that some of the plastic elements are not as sturdy as one could have hoped for.

Don't let the size fool you. Inside, the Evolv Shift has enough space for a compact, but potent gaming system. While you are naturally limited to Mini-ITX, the chassis offers a unique layout that allows for a fully sized GPU to be installed away from the motherboard, which is due to the separated PCI x16 connector. Doing so also gives you more space around the motherboard to work with, and while the shallow depth of the motherboard area may limit you in regards to air cooling, it also makes for an extremely easy assembly process. And speaking of limits to air cooling - you can still fit something as potent as a be quiet! Shadow Rock LP in there without issue.

Those who want to take it a step further can liquid cool their entire system as there is enough space to install not one, but two 120 mm AIO loops in here without issue. This is mostly due to the SFX PSU format required for the Evolv Shift. While that may have been a limiting factor a year or two ago, there are plenty of choices out there today.

Overall, the Phanteks Evolv Shift has every potential to be the case of the season.
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