Phanteks Enthoo Primo: Giant Tower Case

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Assembling a system in the Enthoo Primo is fairly straight forward. Our usual ATX case test system was used: An Asus 790GX motherboard with Phenom II X4 955 CPU cooled by a ZEROtherm FZ120 heatsink with a Nexus 120 mm fan, a WD SE16 hard drive, a Cooler Master 700W modular power supply, and one and/or two Radeon HD 4870 graphics cards (see full system details on the next page).

3.5 inch drives are placed in plastic sleds with folding arms that lock them in place.

There's a thin pad at the rear of each drive cage to brace it against the cover hiding it from the left side of the case, but it doesn't really help with side-to-side vibration.

Our test system, fully assembled. For a standard air-cooled configuration, it's very easy to keep things tidy, at least on the left side. The power supply, hard drive, and the bulk of cabling are all hidden away.

Cables tend to bunch up near the middle of the right side but it can't be avoided unless the fan hub is moved from its centralized location to somewhere with less traffic. Still, with an ample 2.5 cm of clearance behind the motherboard tray, we were able to get the side panel on with little difficulty.

A series of 2-pin cables connect to the light switch at the top of the case. The included Phanteks LED fans have separate cables powering the LEDs, so they can emit full brightness even if the fans are slowed down.

A switch at the top controls both the fans' LEDs and a light strip running along the side of the case. The overall effect is pleasant and not overdone.

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