Phanteks Evolv ITX Case Review

Not quite small form factor, but not huge either; say hello to the Phanteks Evolv ITX!

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Introduction

Small form factor and ITX form factor system builds have been gaining momentum over the last couple of years; cases such as the Silverstone SG13 have seen to that!  With that being said, the market for smaller computer hardware, on the whole, has been pretty phenomenal, especially with the introduction of the AMD APU’s and ITX designed top tier graphics cards; cards like the NVIDIA GTX 970 ITX editions.  With smaller hardware, of course, comes smaller cases to deal with the demand and one such company who has been storming the popularity charts over the last year is Phanteks; pretty new to cases but not new to the market by any means!

We have seen a number of Phanteks products since their launch in 2007, but nothing on the ITX form factor and nothing so small; Phanteks are generally known for larger cases such as the Enthoo Primo and Lux etc.  Today, however, is the turn of the small and mighty, the Phanteks Evolv ITX which packs some serious features into such a small petite frame.  Has Phanteks garnered the balance between size and performance, or will the Evolv ITX buckle under the weight of performance hardware?  Let’s find out, starting with the specifications…

Specifications & Features

– Metal exterior (powder-coated steel)
– Clean and Compact design
– Clean interior – Hidden PSU and HDD’s
– Equipped with Phanteks’ velcro cable ties
– 28mm cable management space
– Additional cable compartment in bottom
– Comes with 1 x Phanteks PH-F200SP 200mm fan
– Supports 212mm PSU
– Supports 330mm VGA Card
– Front I/O: 2x USB 3.0 / Headphone / Mic / Reset
– 1X SSD bracket included
– Offset Radiator Brackets: No conflicts between radiator and memory

– Dimension: 230 mm x 375 mm x 395 mm (W x H x D) – 9.1 in x 14.8 in x15.6 in
– Form Factor: Mini-ITX tower
– Material(s): Steel plates, Plastic, Steel chassis
– Motherboard support: Mini-ITX
– Front I/O: 2x USB 3.0, Mic, Headphone, Reset
– Side window: Yes
– Expansion slots: 2
– Internal 3.5”: 2x (1x extra upgrade slot)
– Internal 2.5”: 1x (1x extra upgrade slot)
– Front: 2 x 120mm fan, 2 x 140mm fan, 1 x 200mm fan (included)
– Top: 2 x 120mm fan, 2 x 140mm fan
– Rear: 1 x 120mm fan, 1 x 140mm fan
– Front: Up to 240mm radiator
– Top: Up to 280mm radiator
– Rear: 120/140mm radiator
– Up to 330mm VGA Card
– Up to 200mm CPU Cooler
– 28mm cable management

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