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post #1991 of 18850
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Originally Posted by Gunilla95 View Post

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Originally Posted by 47 Knucklehead View Post

Very nice!

Where did you get the strip that fits?


Ah, I see what you did ... you pulled the white plastic "dispersion" insert out to get more room in there and cocked the LEDs a bit. So I'm guessing they are like 8mm wide strips?

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Originally Posted by Unicr0nhunter View Post

I believe Gunilla95 just used regular 10mm wide 5050 RGB and managed to cram it in there by leaving out the Enthoo Primo's light diffuser strip.

Yes its the 1cm one it fitted perfectly in hight when i took out the light deffuser you got like 1 cm with it takin out.

I was doing the same idea to implement RGB for the front panel.

A standard 5050 strip works like a charm in that configuration. If you want more light just sand down the diffuser to allow the strip to be mounted on the side. Alternatively you can use some alu insulation tape to act as a reflector.


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post #1992 of 18850
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Originally Posted by jassilamba View Post

I was doing the same idea to implement RGB for the front panel.

A standard 5050 strip works like a charm in that configuration. If you want more light just sand down the diffuser to allow the strip to be mounted on the side. Alternatively you can use some alu insulation tape to act as a reflector.


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You are up early! What is it.. like 5 or 6am there? Dark 30 any way you look at it. tongue.gif
post #1993 of 18850
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Originally Posted by doyll View Post

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Originally Posted by jassilamba View Post

I was doing the same idea to implement RGB for the front panel.

A standard 5050 strip works like a charm in that configuration. If you want more light just sand down the diffuser to allow the strip to be mounted on the side. Alternatively you can use some alu insulation tape to act as a reflector.


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You are up early! What is it.. like 5 or 6am there? Dark 30 any way you look at it. tongue.gif

5am is normal wake up time for me. I just don't get active on forums this early. But it's 6 am here right now (Central time).

Other than that I'm ready for the long weekend.
post #1994 of 18850
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Originally Posted by jassilamba View Post

5am is normal wake up time for me. I just don't get active on forums this early. But it's 6 am here right now (Central time).

Other than that I'm ready for the long weekend.

Yeah, it's noon here. Just puttering on my Primo. Someday I might get it built. biggrin.gif

Have a great weekend! thumb.gif
post #1995 of 18850
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Originally Posted by Coppermonkey View Post

So I'll be getting this case in January for my new build and for at least 6-7 months I'll be running my build on air until I can get together the cash for the loop that I want (versus a budget loop that I may hate) and I was wondering from those of you who already own the case, what do you think of the airflow? Any quirks with this case that you didn't like? From the reviews and videos I've seen this case seems to be one of the closest things to a perfect case I've seen but obviously I'm hesitant to believe that (too good to be true etc etc). Anything that bothered you from the get go that you replaced afterwards?

I love this case, BUT, there are a few quirks I could point out.

(1) The reservoir bracket has clearance limitations for longer cards, especially those mounted in lower slots. That's been discussed-to-death here already though.

(2) Make sure you push-click to remove the front fan filter grill before trying to remove the whole front of the case. The case front pops off by pulling outward at the bottom, but if you don't remove the fan filter grill first you will be very likely to ruin the two little push-click doohickeys that hold the filter grill in. Those things are fairly fragile and don't take too kindly to having the front filter grill just come flying straight out, which it will do when the front of the case is removed if you haven't properly removed it already. It only takes once, maybe twice of doing that before neither of those push-click thingies will go in and stay in anymore, and then you won't be able to put the front filter grill back on at all until you contact Phanteks support and have them send you a couple new ones. Been there. Done that. And so have a few others here too.

I personally think the case should come with a handful of extras of those push-click things as they are also used elsewhere throughout the case. If they were available anywhere for purchase separately, and perhaps they are but I'd never find them as I don't even know what to call them, I'd for sure buy about a dozen of them just so if/when another of them quits working I won't have to do the whole back and forth again with Phanteks support.

(3) And this 3rd one is a pretty big deal imho that hasn't really been discussed here to much yet. The bottom has an airflow design flaw imho. The rubber case feet only create a 3mm gap around the bottom (with weight on it it's more like 2.5mm tbh) and even when you add to that the openings in the back, front & right side and tiny bit on the left side where the bottom filters pop out, if mounted on a solid surface there's only about the square cm equivalent of roughly a single 120mm fan for airflow into or out of the bottom of the case. That's pretty bad, considering that's where many, myself included, are mounting radiators much larger than 120mm x 120mm. And it's much worse if someone mounts it on a carpeted surface as there would likely be almost no airflow to the bottom of the case at all.

If you are planning on having anything more than the 140mm fan that comes mounted down at the bottom, I would STRONGLY advise only setting the case on a solid surface and adding some sort of case feet / pads / wheels to lift the case a little more off the ground. That ~3mm gap should be increased to 13mm or more for a 280 or 360 rad and 18mm or more for a 480. Or, you could go the route Doyll took which was to create a rolling platform with the bottom cutout for airflow.

(4) A few have complained that the case window makes noises as it expands / contracts. All I can say about that is mine hasn't done any such thing (yet). From the descriptions of it I suspect it may only be an issue for some while the case is new.

What did I leave out?
post #1996 of 18850
The cable management grommets are fragile

Cant say anything for aircooling unless that the phanteks fans are loud and move a lot of air
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post #1997 of 18850
My case window still creaks. Had mine since release, it creaks and makes all kinds of noise, quite annoying.
post #1998 of 18850
Hi there! I just recently became an owner of this amazing case. Must say I am a big fan of the overall experience. It is the type of case that you love more and more the longer you have it. I have a modest watercooling set inside that I am planning to expand soon. A big tube-rez will be the first thing to implement. So far it is a 2500k @4.8, 16gb corsair vengeance, EVGA 680 and a xonar d2. Loop consists of alphacool rads (240/4,5cm push and 280/3cm push/pull), koolance blocks and fittings and BQ SW2, phanteks and eloop fans. All fans run at 800RPM. I have mayhems aurora 2 (beta) running in the loop for two months now as part of the beta-testing crew wink.gif (no issues whatsoever- all seems like it will be a great coolant for extended use in this revision). Grab some photos, hope you'll enjoy wink.gif







And a movie of Aurora 2 in action wink.gif

http://youtu.be/RF6QWOf9pd0
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post #1999 of 18850
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Originally Posted by Biafra1987 View Post

Hi there! I just recently became an owner of this amazing case. Must say I am a big fan of the overall experience. It is the type of case that you love more and more the longer you have it. I have a modest watercooling set inside that I am planning to expand soon. A big tube-rez will be the first thing to implement. So far it is a 2500k @4.8, 16gb corsair vengeance, EVGA 680 and a xonar d2. Loop consists of alphacool rads (240/4,5cm push and 280/3cm push/pull), koolance blocks and fittings and BQ SW2, phanteks and eloop fans. All fans run at 800RPM. I have mayhems aurora 2 (beta) running in the loop for two months now as part of the beta-testing crew wink.gif (no issues whatsoever- all seems like it will be a great coolant for extended use in this revision). Grab some photos, hope you'll enjoy wink.gif

And a movie of Aurora 2 in action wink.gif

http://youtu.be/RF6QWOf9pd0

Very nice build & pics.

I gotta be honest, I'm drooling just a little at that Aurora 2 video. tongue.gif Just tell me it's approved for semi-long term use and I'll be your best friend. wink.gif I love that you can actually see it moving through the tubing. One of my biggest disappointments is that since building my loop, most of my friends (all of whom are pc illiterate) have absolutely no clue what they're looking at when they see it. If they could see the fluid moving through the tubing that would go a long way toward eliciting the "OOOOOH!" response I so crave. lol
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Originally Posted by Coppermonkey View Post

So I'll be getting this case in January for my new build and for at least 6-7 months I'll be running my build on air until I can get together the cash for the loop that I want (versus a budget loop that I may hate) and I was wondering from those of you who already own the case, what do you think of the airflow? Any quirks with this case that you didn't like? From the reviews and videos I've seen this case seems to be one of the closest things to a perfect case I've seen but obviously I'm hesitant to believe that (too good to be true etc etc). Anything that bothered you from the get go that you replaced afterwards?

I love this case, BUT, there are a few quirks I could point out.

(1) The reservoir bracket has clearance limitations for longer cards, especially those mounted in lower slots. That's been discussed-to-death here already though.

(2) Make sure you push-click to remove the front fan filter grill before trying to remove the whole front of the case. The case front pops off by pulling outward at the bottom, but if you don't remove the fan filter grill first you will be very likely to ruin the two little push-click doohickeys that hold the filter grill in. Those things are fairly fragile and don't take too kindly to having the front filter grill just come flying straight out, which it will do when the front of the case is removed if you haven't properly removed it already. It only takes once, maybe twice of doing that before neither of those push-click thingies will go in and stay in anymore, and then you won't be able to put the front filter grill back on at all until you contact Phanteks support and have them send you a couple new ones. Been there. Done that. And so have a few others here too.

I personally think the case should come with a handful of extras of those push-click things as they are also used elsewhere throughout the case. If they were available anywhere for purchase separately, and perhaps they are but I'd never find them as I don't even know what to call them, I'd for sure buy about a dozen of them just so if/when another of them quits working I won't have to do the whole back and forth again with Phanteks support.

(3) And this 3rd one is a pretty big deal imho that hasn't really been discussed here to much yet. The bottom has an airflow design flaw imho. The rubber case feet only create a 3mm gap around the bottom (with weight on it it's more like 2.5mm tbh) and even when you add to that the openings in the back, front & right side and tiny bit on the left side where the bottom filters pop out, if mounted on a solid surface there's only about the square cm equivalent of roughly a single 120mm fan for airflow into or out of the bottom of the case. That's pretty bad, considering that's where many, myself included, are mounting radiators much larger than 120mm x 120mm. And it's much worse if someone mounts it on a carpeted surface as there would likely be almost no airflow to the bottom of the case at all.

If you are planning on having anything more than the 140mm fan that comes mounted down at the bottom, I would STRONGLY advise only setting the case on a solid surface and adding some sort of case feet / pads / wheels to lift the case a little more off the ground. That ~3mm gap should be increased to 13mm or more for a 280 or 360 rad and 18mm or more for a 480. Or, you could go the route Doyll took which was to create a rolling platform with the bottom cutout for airflow.

(4) A few have complained that the case window makes noises as it expands / contracts. All I can say about that is mine hasn't done any such thing (yet). From the descriptions of it I suspect it may only be an issue for some while the case is new.
  1. Hopefully Phanteks will release an accessory reservoir bracket.
  2. Other than having to push real hard the first couple of times my push latches have not been a problem.
  3. Bottom airflow could be a real problem if more than 1 fan is down there. A few of us have discussed this in private. wink.gif As I always use castor bases under my systems one of the first things I did was turn case over to measure it and was very surprised at how little airflow it had. Total area of intake through Primo base to bottom fans is 91.35sq cm.. a single 120mm fan has 113sq cm area.. subtract 12sq cm for motor hub and 120mm fan area is 101sq cm.. and that's not taking into account lost airflow though the grills.

    *Left side has no airflow.. The grills on filters are totally cosmetic!! There's a solid surface behind them visible when you take them out to clean!!
    *Right side has 36x 3x15mm slots (16.2sq cm)
    *Back is 147x25mm (36.75sq cm)
    *Front has 5x 10x30mm (15sq cm)
    *Base is 2mm off floor with 126.5cm - 19.5cm for feet = 117cm (23.4sq cm)
    Not a problem for me as with castor base. Using 30mm castors gives 33mm additional clearance for an addition 400sq cm of airflow to / from bottom.
  4. Wonder what lube would be applicable along edges? thinking.gif
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Originally Posted by Unicr0nhunter View Post

What did I leave out?
1* The front vent and grille and top grille are also quite restrictive. Simple fixes on front are to remove grille and/or the center panel in vent opening. Top would require a complete change of grille material or a different grille cover. I heard though the grapevine that MNPCtech is tininking of making custom front and top vent cover/grilles but haven't seen anything yet.

2* An optional front door that opened other way and one with a vent in it might be nice.

Honestly, there are many more and far more serious issues with every other case I've used.

Venting issues are common on almost all case I've seen.

Phanteks did a fantastic job of designing and building the Enthoo Primo at a price far cheaper than any other case as nice.. At least I don't know of any others as nice and well thought out. thumb.gif

Add the fact that their customer support is 2nd to none we really don't have any problems.. We all have different preferences and Phanteks did a fantastic job of satisfying most of them to near perfection... and as perfection is not possible we will always be able to complain abut something. thumb.gifbiggrin.gif
Edited by doyll - 12/19/13 at 11:02am
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