Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass Case Review
We’ve seen a fair few Enthoo based Cases here at pcG from manufacturer Phanteks and all have been well received, especially the Enthoo Luxe and the Enthoo Pro M. The last Case we saw was the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M reviewed by Ian back in September last year at which point it was awarded a Gold award. Well now it’s my turn to take a look at the Enthoo Pro M, but this time it’s the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass.
The Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass is the same as the original Enthoo Pro M, but now it’s equipped with a full-sized tempered glass side panel. The Case itself is made from plastic (with a brushed aluminium look) with a steel chassis and measures in at 235 mm x 480 mm x 500 mm (W x H x D). The Case supports Motherboards up to E-ATX *(up to 264mm wide) and is equipped with seven expansion slots. The Enthoo Pro M Glass features two 140mm fans, support for up to eight 3.5″ drives and three dedicated 2.5″ drives. The Case supports Graphics Cards up to 420mm* in length, CPU Coolers up to 194mm in height and Power Supplies up to 318mm in length. In addition to this there’s support for two radiators one in the front and one in the top, with both 280mm and 360mm radiators supported.
The Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass arrived at pcG in a plain brown eco friendly cardboard box. What was a surprise was what was in that box – that’s right another eco-friendly brown cardboard box! Now that’s packaging for you, well it does contain glass I guess…
There’s little information on the inner box save for an outline image of the Enthoo Pro M, note that it’s not even the glass version, it’s an image of the original widow version of the Case! The back of the inner box though does provide a handy exploded view of the Case itself and its subsequent parts.
On opening the box we can see that the Enthoo Pro M glass is further protected by full sized hard foam bumpers and wrapped in a plastic bag. In the box other than the Case, we find a small cardboard box that contains a basic Quick Installation Guide, an RMA notice and a small plastic bag with a plethora of screws and cable ties etc.
At the time of review, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass is retailing for approximately £88 at Overclockers UK and comes with an impressive 5 year warranty.
courtesy of Phanteks
PLEASE NOTE: As we here at pcG have seen the Enthoo Pro M before (here) the First Impressions will remain somewhat unchanged as this counts as an overview of the Case itself. Where there are differences they will be noted. The rest of the review text will be based upon my opinions of the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass as it’s a Case that I, personally have not seen before…
Having not seen a Phanteks Enthoo Pro M before I have to admit to being pretty surprised initially. I guess I didn’t know quite what to expect, but there’s no doubt in my mind that this is one good looking well made Case. In fact my first thought was that this Case is likely to give my favourite Case (NZXT S340 Elite) a run for its money, and that’s saying something…
The only real difference between the original Phanteks Enthoo Pro M and this glass version is, uh – the glass (somewhat obviously!), oh and an additional 140mm fan. The above left image hopefully gives you some idea of the glass panel itself. The panel is made from tempered clear glass that has a 15mm black border all around the outside with a chamfered edge. This helps to tidy up the overall aesthetic of the Case. The panel itself is held in place by four nuts, with both the nuts and the threads featuring rubber washers.
The top of the Case is dominated by a large honeycombed mesh area which allows maximum air-flow for the Enthoo Pro M, this is covered by a well fitting magnetic dust filter. The power switch is located at the front section on the top of the Case, this is oval in design and illuminated by a strong white LED.
The base of the Case is pretty regular in design with four plastic feet each with a smaller rubber pad raising the Enthoo Pro M approximately 25mm off the desk. At the back we find the PSU dust filter and towards the front of the case the heads of four screws are visible which allow (along with four more) the internal drive cage to be removed.
Looking at the front of the Case allows us to focus on the plastic exterior part of the Enthoo Pro M, if you are worried about this part not being made of metal you needn’t be. The quality of the plastic feels very high and it has the most tactile brushed aluminium finish to it, I am almost glad it is not metal so that Phanteks could get the texture they did. At the top we find a single 5.25″ drive bay with blanking plate and underneath a large metal honeycomb mesh for air intake.
On the left side of that front panel we find the Enthoo Pro M’s main controls, neatly tucked into the panel. This comprises of x2 USB 3.0 ports, Headphone and Microphone audio ports and the combined reset button and disk activity light (white). It’s all rather smart with the controls and the position lending a premium feeling to the Case.
Looking at the back of the Case we are greeted with the standard layout that we come to expect with ATX Cases. In the top left corner we have the I/O shield cut-out and next to it on the right side we have the Enthoo Pro M’s PH-F140SP 140mm exhaust fan. The fan is mounted on slides which not only allows you to fit a 120mm fan but also gives you some positional adjustment options as well. Below all this we have seven expansion slots which sit next to a grilled area. Lastly we find the main Power Supply cut-out with a removable filter at the base.
Removing the left side panel is done by way of the two thumbscrews and we are then treated to the vast empty interior of the Enthoo Pro M. Apart from the few wires that are positioned just behind the PSU shroud all you are left with is sheer space, you could not really ask for a more empty and clean looking interior. There is only the single 5.25″ drive bay installed at the very top as Phanteks has given you the choice of buying more and filling this area with more drive cages (unnecessary IMHO!). We are after all in the time of M.2 and SSD drives so do we really need all those HDD cages ruining our clean interior? Here at pcG we think not! Looking at the PSU shroud you can see there is a mount for an SSD for those of you wishing to show off your (please give us illuminated) SSDs, if you prefer to hide them from view then you will find two more mounts at the back of the case. My favorite part of the interior is the part of the case where the two large grommets are located, this part of the interior is not flat with the rest of the case but at a slight angle, this allows the cables to come in at a better angle to the motherboard with less twisting of wires. Also, we can see the large CPU cut-out and various cable management holes that make up the rest of the interior of the Enthoo Pro M.
Looking at the back of the Case with the side panel removed we can see a large CPU cut-out, dual SSD mounts with a single bracket and a good deal of pre-installed cable management. We also find well positioned holes and grommets for further enhancing cable management. Bottom left we see the single drive cage that supports either two HDD or two SSDs, also note the additional SSD mount hiding to the right.
Cable management plays a big part in the Phanteks plan, this can be in the shape and form of holes, rubber grommets, angled interior or the handy pre-installed Hoop-N-Loop cable ties. There are three of these cable ties in the middle of the rear of the Case which have already been put to good use keeping the pre-installed wires of the Enthoo Pro M in check, but there’s plenty more room to help keep your cabling in check too.
Looking at the Case from the right side we can see the only fixed (removable of course) hard drive cage in the lower left corner. Here you can mount two HDDs without using screws or two SSDs, although screws are required (and supplied) for this.
The Phanteks Enthoo Pro M comes with two SSD mounts at the back as I mentioned earlier (and one in the base and one on the left side), but it only comes with one bracket (which is a bit of a shame) so you will have to purchase more if you wish to use more than one of these positions. This handy little bracket slides on the rubber grommets very easily and is very innovative. For our test build (x1 HDD & x1 SSD) I will simply use one of the HDD sleds in the drive cage and one of the SSD mounts at the back.
Fan wise the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass comes with two pre-installed fans, one more than it used to come with. Both fans are the same (1x PH-F140S) and are 140mm in size with a rotational speed of 12,000RPM. Note (again) that the rear fan can be positioned up and down for greater compatibility.
The Power Supply area within the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass features a large cowl to hide those pesky cables from view, while the PSU itself sits atop four rubber mounts to help keep noise and vibration to a minimum. Maximum Power Supply length is quoted by Phanteks at 318mm.
The sliding bracket atop the Enthoo Pro M Glass can be slid out of the Case once the five silver screws (two from the left and three from the right) are removed. Here you can mount up to a 360mm or 280mm radiator and most regular AIO CPU Coolers. With the bracket removed you can see there is a clever use of slots rather than holes, this helps greatly with compatibility with various setups of radiators/fans etc.
- Test Rig Setup
|Case||Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass||Power Supply||SilverStone Strider Platinum 750W|
|Motherboard||ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 GAMING K6||CPU||Intel Core i5 6600K|
|CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-U12S||RAM||G Skill Ripjaws 4 16GB|
|Graphics Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 980Ti Classified||SSD||Kingston SSDNow 200 v+ 60GB|
The first task was to put together the Motherboard assembly (MB, CPU, CPU Cooler & RAM) for this review. This consists of our test Motherboard an ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6, an Intel Core i5-6600K CPU, a Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler and x4 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws 4 RAM modules. This Motherboard assembly can be seen above.
The next task was to install the two drives (HDD & SSD) that I would be using for this review. The HDD simply attaches to one of the two provided drive sleds, no screws required. While the SSD was screwed to the only SSD bracket provided with the necessary four screws provided.
The Silverstone PSU was then slid into position with the cables already attached as this is easier to do outside of the Case due to the PSU shroud. This was then secured by the usual four screws. With this done I then added the additional stand-off required for the ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 Motherboard. The above MB Assembly was then installed and secured by the required (for this MB) ten screws. It was at this point I noticed just how easy it was to get the MB in and out as there’s simply so much room to maneuver.
The next task was basic cabling (24-pin power, 8-pin power, USB, Audio & FP connectors) that proved very easy thanks in part to the large interior space and also down to plenty of well placed cable management holes and the Velcro cable straps at the back. In fact working with the cable ties at the back helped me achieve one of the tidiest builds I’ve done in some time, simply because it’s so easy. After connecting up the two 140mm fans to two of the MB headers it was time to install the Graphics Card. As you can see the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass swallowed this almost 300mm long GPU with ease.
Looking at the back with the build complete you can see that there’s very little reason to shove any old cable into any old space. That’s what most of us do right!? This is down to the fact that Phanteks have already got you off to a good start with the cable management and it’s just down to you to follow suit. Here you can also see the two drives now nicely hidden away in the back of the Case. Overall a very enjoyable and easy build.
At pcGameware we use Prime95 and ASRock’s F-Stream utility to evaluate CPU temperatures and voltage, 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 (Small FFT) 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 with an overclocked Intel Core i5-6600K at 4.4GHz courtesy of the ASRock UEFI.
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 (x2 in the case of the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass) and the CPU Cooler (Noctua NH-U12S) are run at 100% throughout testing. To ascertain case noise levels, the GPU fans are set to their lowest setting and the CPU Cooler fan is unplugged, whilst the dBA is recorded from 1m away.
|Case||Ambient Temperature||Max CPU Temperature (core average)||Delta Temperature|
|Lian Li PC-X510||22.00||58.00||36.00|
|Cooler Master HAF XB||21.00||58.00||37.00|
|Corsair Carbide 600C||23.00||60.00||37.00|
|Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5||22.00||60.00||38.00|
|NZXT S340 (Special Edition)||22.00||61.00||39.00|
|be quiet! Silent Base 600||23.00||62.00||39.00|
|NZXT S340 Elite||24.00||64.00||40.00|
|Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass||22.00||62.00||40.00|
As you can see from the results above the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass does a fair job of cooling our overclocked Intel 6600K that’s running at 4.4GHz with a Core Voltage of 1.312v. It’s certainly not the best we’ve seen but it’s more than capable of keeping the temperature in check with a maximum Core temperature of 62 degrees (40 Delta) Celsius. Adding an additional fan to the front of the Case is probably the best solution here if you’re concerned about CPU temperatures. Although it’s worth noting that while Gaming temperatures will be far lower than during our Prime 95 Stress Test, so there’s really very little to worry about.
|Case||Ambient Temperature||Max GPU Temperature||Delta Temperature|
|Lian Li PC-X510||23.00||77.00||54.00|
|Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5||22.00||77.00||55.00|
|NZXT S340 (Special Edition)||22.00||79.00||57.00|
|Corsair Carbide 600C||23.00||80.00||57.00|
|Cooler Master HAF XB||22.00||79.00||57.00|
|NZXT S340 Elite||24.00||82.00||58.00|
|be quiet! Silent Base 600||22.00||81.00||59.00|
|Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass||22.00||81.00||59.00|
With only one intake fan and one exhaust (although they are 140mm fans) we shouldn’t expect too much in the way of GPU cooling performance. And to be fair we don’t get much, but again it’s certainly good enough and with the possibility of adding an additional four fans the cooling potential is certainly there. Again adding an additional 140mm fan to the front of the Case is probably the first port of call.
With both of the 140mm 1,200RPM fans running at 100% (thanks to BIOS control) the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass is relatively quiet. We measured a peak output of 41dBA with our test equipment, which is absolutely fine for Gaming when wearing a Headset. Of course thanks to your Motherboard’s PWM control this level can be adjusted to suit, useful when browsing the web etc.
To say the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass is a good Case would be an understatement, hell to say that it’s great Case is still an understatement! At under £90 this latest version of the Enthoo Pro M Glass simply gets everything right. If you’re looking for an ATX mid-tower Case I suggest you put this one at the top of your list…
The Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass arrived so well packaged that it actually came in two separate cardboard boxes. Therefore packaging is best described as excellent and presentation was, well, adequate. In the box other than the Case itself we find very little expect for a small box containing a basic Quick Installation Guide and a small plastic bag containing a plethora of screws, cable ties etc.
Once out of the box the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass was found to be quite the looker. This is not down to coloured strips and or angular panels it’s simply down to good design and an elegant overall look. The look of the Case certainly punches well above its £88 price tag, despite being made from plastic with a steel chassis. In fact to describe just how good this Case looks (especially when filled with some decent hardware) is tough, but there’s no doubt that the full size tempered glass panel helps a great deal. The fact that this shows off such a clean interior space is also important; there’s no drive cages or paneling in there, everything that’s ugly is cleverly hidden around the back and that’s just great.
Installation of our Test System into the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass was one of the most pleasurable installs I’ve done in some time. This is mainly down to that vast interior space and the well placed cable management holes and grommets. This is further enhanced by the cable management loom at the back that thankfully Phanteks has already started for you. Simply follow their lead and a simple clean and good looking install will be the result.
Ok so it’s a bit of a shame that is comes with just one SSD bracket, but you can still fit two more in the drive cage itself. And, it’s a bit of shame that it only has one intake fan at the front as it could really do with another to further aide GPU cooling in particular.
Performance wise the Enthoo Pro M Glass scores well enough and inline with the two pre-installed 140mm (1,200RPM) fans. We recorded a maximum CPU temperature of 62 degrees for our overclocked (4.4GHz @ 1.312v) Intel Core i5-6600K. While our test GPU (EVGA GTX 980Ti) was measured at 81 degrees. Both temperatures are good, but could be better and with another four additional fan positions available better cooling performance should be easy to achieve.
As you can see from the score and the review text (you have been reading, right!?) I’m really rather impressed with the new updated Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Glass. In fact I’d go as far as to say that this is my new go to Case in the Mid-Tower ATX category. The best aspect of the Enthoo Pro M Glass is simply the fact that it gets so much right, well everything really. The look of the Case is one of elegance, it’s extremely well made, it has a decent feature set, it’s extremely easy to install a system into and it shows off that clean build beautifully thanks to that new glass side panel. Ok, so it’s only got one dedicated SSD bracket and it could do with an additional front intake fan, but at this price (£88) that’s commonly known as whinging… 😉
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Many thanks to Phanteks for providing this sample for review