Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Case Review
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Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Case Review

October 15th, 2014 James Leave a comment Go to comments



When we previewed the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe a few months back, I knew then it was a case I was keen to take a look at! The combination of a smart design, great side window setup and cool lighting effects gave me the indication that there was great potential. Well now it’s here at pcG towers, I’ll now try and give you the basic lowdown on the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe.

The Enthoo Luxe is the smaller sister of the full tower case the Enthoo Primo (250(W) x 650(H) x 600(D) mm). The Luxe is also a full tower case, but is a little smaller (235(W) x 560(H) x 550(D) mm) and is missing some of the features of its bigger sister. The case is built with a steel chassis and aluminium face plates and is fastened by screws instead of rivets, making it particularly mod friendly. The case is available in both black and white.

The Enthoo Luxe comes with x1 200mm fan (front) and x2 140mm fans (top & back) and has dust filters all around. There’s extensive support for water cooling too with support for the following radiators: Front up to 240mm, Top up to 360/420mm, Rear 120/140mm & Bottom up to 240/140mm. There’s also removable drive cages for long Graphics Card support and also cable management with in-built Hook ‘n Loop ties. In addition to this the Luxe features a cool lighting strip that runs around the edge of two sides of the case (front & top), a selection of ten colours is provided.


Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - box front Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - box back


As you can see the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe came in a rather large black box, the front of the box has a nice subtle image of the Enthoo Luxe hidden within.

The back of the case highlights many of the Enthoo Luxe’s main features. Things to note is the Ambient Lighting, Hidden I/O, PSU Cover, Closed HDD panel, Removable Logo Plate, Dual Removable HDD Cages, Drop n Lock SSD Brackets, Removable Dust Filters, Reservoir Mounting, Pump Bracket and a PWN Fan Hub.


Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - box side Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - box open


The side of the box goes on to list some of the Technical Specifications of the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe (see above left). Note the impressive 5 year warranty! 😉

Opening the box we can see that the Enthoo Luxe is well packaged, protected by thick hard foam on two sides and covered with a plastic bag.


Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - contents Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - accessories


In the box and tucked away inside the case, we find a single brown accessories box.

What’s inside is probably the most impressive glossy User’s Manual I have ever seen along with the finest set of screws I have ever seen. Along with this we also find some cable ties, a pump bracket and a reservoir bracket. Seems like Phanteks have though of everything! 😉

At the time of review, the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe (black version) is retailing for approximately £120 at Overclockers and comes with an impressive 5 year warranty.



courtesy of Phanteks

Model NO : PH-ES614L_BK PH-ES614L_WT  
UPC Code : 886523300168 886523300236  
Case Specifications
235 mm x 560 mm x 550 mm (W x H x D)
Form Factor
Full Tower Chassis
Aluminum faceplates, Steel Chassis
Motherboard Support
Front I/O
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Mic, Headphone
Side Window
Yes, split-window design
PSU Cover
Expansion & Drive Bays  
Expansion slots
External 5.25″
Internal 3.5″
6 (2x 3 HDD cages)
Internal 2.5″
7 (2x 3 HDD cages + 2x SSD brackets )
120mm fan
140mm fan
200mm fan
2x 1x (included)
3x (1x included) 1x
1x (included)  
Liquid Cooling
120mm radiator
140mm radiator
Up to 240
Up to 360
Up to 420
Up to 240
Graphic card
338mm minus reservoir diameter (reservoir bracket installed)
472mm (without HDD Cages)
CPU cooler
Cable management
27mm (39mm at PSU area)
Radiator (Top)
65mm to Motherboard
Packaging Information
Package Dimension
325mm x 635mm x 632mm (WxHxD)
Net Weight
13.9 Kg
Gross Weight
16 Kg
5 Years Limited

* Additional details available here


First Impressions


Phanteks Enthoo Luxe


First impressions are very good, the case is very solidly built and seems extremely well made, panel fit and the general finish is of a high standard too. The Enthoo Luxe has a smart, elegant simple design, with just enough flair to make a it interesting. Of course the icing on the cake should be the ambient lighting, we shall have to wait and see…


Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - top Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - top (grill removed)


Taking a look down from above allows us to see the large top filter which dominates the top of the case. Towards the front we see the main power switch (with illuminated surround) and just above is a small white LED storage activity indicator.

Remove the top filter (just press two clips at the back) and we find the single pre-installed Phanteks PH-F140SP (140mm) exhaust fan and support for up to x3 140mm fans in total and up to a 420mm radiator beneath. Note how the fan mounts are on slides rather than holes, attention to detail that’s called… 😉


Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - left side Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - right side


On the left side of the Enthoo Luxe there are two windows, one large covering the main motherboard area and a smaller one that would normally show of the drive bays (which of course on one wants to show off!). Phanteks have thought about this though, so the drive cages have been reversed to tidy up the aesthetics and all that remains is a Phanteks removable logo plate, so if you like you can replace it with something of your choice, nice! The panel is made from aluminium and is secured by way of two thumb screws, notably with rubber washers.

The right panel is also made from aluminium and has no special features, it too is also secured by way of thumb screws. Each panel hinges outwards (it does not slide backwards) allowing the panel to be removed. On both of the photographs above you can clearly see the groove (front and top) where the ambient illumination strip is hidden.


Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - front Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - IO panel


Taking a look at the front of the case there’s surprisingly very little to see, not even a Phanteks logo! At the top we have the four main drive bays, with the top one housing the main IO. The lower half of the front of the case is dominated by the main air intake (and no that centre section cannot be removed!).

The main I/O consists of x2 USB 3.0 ports, x2 USB 2.0 ports, audio ports (headphone & microphone), reset button and an illumination button, allowing you to change the colour of the Ambient illumination.


Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - panels removed


As you can see from the image above, both the front and top panels can be removed, the front panel should be removed before the top. The front panel just pulls forward from its base, the top panel can then be pulled up from the front. Please note that the front panel is connected by various wires, that can be disconnected by way of a few plugs.


Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - bottom Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - bottom (filters)


As you can see at the base of the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe there are six large rubber feet and two sliding dust filters. One at the back for the PSU area, and one at the front (larger) for mounting additional fans and or radiators (up to 240mm supported).


Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - inside Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - fans


Removing the left side panel from the Enthoo Luxe allows us to see what lies within, or not in this case! The interior of the Enthoo Luxe is very clean looking mainly due to the reversed drive cages and of course that large PSU cover. The large fan at the front is a 200mm and should provide good air flow into the case and on towards the Graphics Card. There’s a large CPU cut-out, plenty of cable management holes with grommets and a total of eight expansion slots. Here you can also see the other PH-F140SP fan, this exhaust fan is identical to the top one.


Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - back (cable management) Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - (fan controller)


Taking a look at the right side of the case (with the panel removed) we can see that Phanteks have already done some cable management for us! 😉 There’s a lot of cabling here already, so it’s a good job that there’s plenty of cable management depth (approx 25mm). It’s also nice to see the use of SATA power connectors and not Molex, as most of us require at least one SATA cable plugged in somewhere for our storage. Also note the reversed drive cages, that can now be clearly seen with their removable sleds. Over on the right there are also two specific SSD (2.5″) mounts, with one bracket installed in the upper position (additional brackets are sold separately).

The fan controller situated in the centre is actually designed to be controlled via a PWM header, this means you should plug it into CPU FAN 1 and not any other, for optimal functionality. This is clearly stated on page 31 of the impressive manual. The hub, is powered by a single SATA power connector and has native support for up to six fans. Fan splitters can be used for support for up to eleven fans, please see special note in the manual for why it’s not twelve! 😉


Hardware Installation


  • Test Rig Setup

  • Case Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Power Supply Corsair AX760i
    Motherboard MSI Z87 G45 GAMING CPU Intel Core i5-4670K
    CPU Cooler Raijintek Themis RAM Kingston HyperX Beast 8GB 2400MHz
    Graphics Card MSI R9 290 GAMING OC Edition SSD Kingston Fury 120GB SSD


    There’s a lot of room inside the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe and although the case can be easily broken down (due to being put together with screws) there was no need for the removal of parts, other than removal of the PSU cover. This is done by removing three screws on the right side of the case. The panel can the be pulled towards you as it slides in rubber grommets on the left side, and then lifted up and out.

    The first job was to fit the motherboard assembly (motherboard, CPU, CPU Cooler, & RAM) into the case, this was easily done, after installing the motherboard I/O shield first! No additional motherboard standoffs were needed to be added to install the ATX MSI Z87 G45 GAMING motherboard.


    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - PSU cover Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - half built


    Wiring up the Enthoo Luxe was a simple enough affair, with well placed cable management holes and good quality grommets, that don’t fall out! With the motherboard power cables in-place and all of the USB, Audio and Front Panel cables installed it was time to start thinking about storage.


    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - drive cages Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - drive sleds


    In this build we will install x1 mSATA (on the motherboard), x1 SSD (attached to the back of the case) and x1 HDD in one of the drive bays. This was simple enough; as you can see the SSD was attached to the SSD mount provided, this simply slides into position at the back of the case. Two positions are supported, but only one mount is provided (you can purchase additional ones if necessary). The other HDD was simply attached to the tool-less drive sled and slotted into one of the drive bays.

    The final piece of the puzzle was the MSI R9 290 Graphics Card, easy again with plenty of room, even with the drive cages in place there’s support for 340mm long GPUs! The last job was a little cable management and as Phanteks have provided a route for most of the cables I tried (not very hard!) to follow suit. I did feel that the cable ties themselves that use Velcro, could do with being a little longer, as things get tight when you’re trying to pin down a lot of cables. But maybe that’s just my poor cable management skills…

    Overall a very nice clean and simple build, brought about by excellent design a good cable management facilities.


    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - complete Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - cable management


    Testing Methodology/Setup


    At pcGameware we use Prime95 and CoreTemp to evaluate CPU temperatures and we use MSI Afterburner to evaluate the GPU temperatures. Of course Prime95 being a CPU stress test also helps to generate heat for us to check the case thermals. We also use UNiGiNE Heaven 4.0 for GPU temperature testing.

    CPU performance testing is carried out using Prime95 to stress the CPU. Each run is timed for 15 mins and the maximum temperature is recorded for all cores and then the average core heat is taken. Testing was carried out at both 3.4GHz (Stock) and at 4.0GHz.

    GPU performance testing is carried out by running UNiGiNE Heaven 4.0 for 15 minutes and then by recording the maximum GPU temperature.

    * All case fans (x3 in the case of the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe) were PWM controlled, as this is how this case should logically be wired if using air cooling! The CPU Cooler (Raijintek Themis) fan was run at 100% throughout testing.


    Hardware Performance


  • CPU RESULTS – Phanteks Enthoo Luxe with Raijintek Themis and Intel I5-4670K @ 4.0GHz (via UEFI)
  • Case Ambient Temperature Max CPU Temperature (core average) Delta Temperature
    BitFenix Shinobi XL 22.50 65.00 42.50
    Cooler Master Cosmos SE 19.50 63.00 43.50
    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe 22.00 65.75 43.75
    BitFenix Phenom (Micro-ATX) 21.00 66.50 45.50
    BitFenix Shadow 24.00 70.25 46.25
    BitFenix Neos 26.00 78.25 52.25
    BitFenix Comrade 21.50 74.00 52.50
    Cooler Master HAF XB 19.50 68.00 48.50
    Aerocool DS Cube 25.50 74.25 48.75
    BitFenix Colossus 22.50 81.25 58.75


    CPU cooling performance for the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe is impressive, returning the third best performance that we have seen with a Delta of 43.75 degrees. An impressive result, considering that all of the Enthoo Luxe’s fans are set to PWM control! 😉


  • GPU RESULTS – Phanteks Enthoo Luxe with MSI R9 290 GAMING – OC MODE (Core: Core: 1007MHz / Mem: 5000MHz)
  • Case Ambient Temperature Max GPU Temperature Delta Temperature
    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe 23.50 77.00 53.50
    Cooler Master HAF XB 27.50 86.00 58.50
    BitFenix Shinobi XL 22.50 81.00 58.50
    Cooler Master Cosmos SE 21.50 86.00 64.50
    BitFenix Colossus 21.00 87.00 66.00
    Aerocool DS Cube 25.50 94.00 68.50
    BitFenix Shadow 24.50 94.00 69.50
    BitFenix Neos 24.50 94.00 69.50
    BitFenix Phenom (Micro-ATX) 21.00 94.00 73.00
    BitFenix Comrade 20.00 94.00 74.00


    Wow! A maximum CPU temperature of 77 degrees! It was such a good result that I actually did the test again during writing this review, and luckily for me I got the same result. That (obviously!) puts the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe at the top of our GPU cooling results chart. That’s good news especially if you’re a Gamer, you are a Gamer right!? 😉


  • Acoustic Performance
  • I did check first that PWM was working as it’s difficult to tell sometimes. This was done by pulling the plug on the CPU fan and just allowing the case fans to do the work while running Prime95 (don’t try this as home!). With PWM control proven to be working I set about measuring the idle noise level and the noise level with the CPU under full load. These turned out to be: 49db at idle and 53db under full load. These numbers are a little high and further investigation led me to believe that the 140mm fans were the main culprit. Especially as they are mounted direct to the case chassis with screws. Although I have to confess I’m also unsure if my MSI Z87 G45 GAMING motherboard is actually playing the PWM game properly! 😉


  • Ambient Illumination

    Phanteks enthoo Luxe and NZXT Switch 810 I’m sure that these images don’t really do the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe’s Ambient Illumination justice, but hopefully it gives you an idea. Below you can see three of the ten colour options (red, green, blue, yellow, orange, purple, white, aquamarine, cyan & pink). All of the colours are pretty good and are fair representations. The effect is also very impressive, as the LEDs themselves cant be seen an it produces a very specific, rather cool effect…


    I did check first that PWM was working as it’s difficult to tell sometimes. This was done by pulling the plug on the CPU fan and just allowing the case fans to do the work while running Prime95 (don’t try this as home!). With PWM control proven to be working I set about measuring the idle noise level and the noise level with the CPU under full load. These turned out to be: 49db at idle and 53db under full load. These numbers are a little high and further investigation led me to believe that the 140mm fans were the main culprit. Especially as they are mounted direct to the case chassis with screws. Although I have to confess I’m also unsure if my MSI Z87 G45 GAMING motherboard is actually playing the PWM game properly! 😉


    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - illumination (red) Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - illumination (green) Phanteks Enthoo Luxe - illumination (blue)


    Final Thoughts


    Some time ago I confessed my love for full tower cases, I’m now pleased to say that my love is more focused than before, why? Because now i have found my true love, the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe!

    Yes this case really is that good, from the get go the Enthoo Luxe impresses; un-boxing was good, but taking a look at that little box full of screws, with each one in its own compartment made me think great things were to come! And I was right.

    Once you start to take a look around the Enthoo Luxe you can begin to appreciate its simple, elegant and stylish design; with its beautiful aluminium finish, perfectly placed windows, lack of visible I/O and a smart simple power button with illuminated surround. When you remove the side panel, you’ll notice the rubber grommets on the thumb screws and the rigidity of the side panels. Once inside you’ll notice the large PSU cover, plenty of cable management holes with grommets and the large CPU cut-out. Dig a little deeper and remove some panels and you may notice that the 140mm fans are on sliders so the can be moved for perfect positioning. The fact that the drive cages have been reversed so all of the ugly cables etc sit at the other side of the case; simple but brilliant! Simply put, there is no doubt that there’s been a lot of love poured into the design of this case.

    Installation of our test rig was (as you would expect) extremely easy and simple, with no gotchas along the way. Of course with the Luxe’s extensive water cooling support (including dedicated brackets for both pump and reservoir) a water cooled build is likely to be similar experience…

    Powering up the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe for the fist time is also a rather impressive experience as you get to see that ambient lighting for the first time. It looks good, real good! Then when you reach for the colour shift button, hidden beneath the top drive bay and cycle through its ten available colours you’re going to be even more impressed! Then when you notice that even the power button surround changes colour to match… I think it was at this point that love hearts started to appear above my head, I guess… 😉

    Performance wise the case performs very well, with the third best CPU delta temperature that we have seen and by far and away the best GPU cooling temperatures that we have ever seen. It managed to tame our hot MSI R9 290 GAMING OC to just 77 degrees during our Unigine Heaven test, and that’s real good news for us Gamers.

    I could prattle on for ages about how good I think this case is and how at £120 it’s even great value, but the best thing I can say is that my own personal Gaming Rig sits inside a NZXT Switch 810, my next personal Gaming Rig will be in a Phanteks Enthoo Luxe! Build log coming soon… 😉



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