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I figured that was an RGB LED?

On the Enthoo Luxe, it is RGB.

The Enthoo Primo (Luxe's bigger older sibling) is not RGB.
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Oh. Derp. Nevermind me then, hah. biggrin.gif
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I was heavily considering the primoo but that blue led strip is a no go for me. I know I could change it out but ...meh

It's a piece of cake. I swapped mine out in about 20 minutes (including the 2 blue LEDs ont he power button) to a nice amber (to match my build color scheme). Other Phantek Enthoo Primo owners have done similar things, and even one has made his so that it now uses RGB LEDs and he can pick his colors at will.
post #64 of 255
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Originally Posted by 47 Knucklehead View Post

It's a piece of cake. I swapped mine out in about 20 minutes (including the 2 blue LEDs ont he power button) to a nice amber (to match my build color scheme). Other Phantek Enthoo Primo owners have done similar things, and even one has made his so that it now uses RGB LEDs and he can pick his colors at will.

Good to know. Thanks! I was gonna get a CaseLabs and was dead set on it but the wife was NOT having that. So i guess I will see what NZXT has up their sleeve then make up my mind.
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Good to know. Thanks! I was gonna get a CaseLabs and was dead set on it but the wife was NOT having that. So i guess I will see what NZXT has up their sleeve then make up my mind.

I was bout to pull the trigger on a $550 CaseLabs case (and I might on my next build), but I learned about the Phantek Enthoo Primo and fell in love with it.

Their customer support is first rate and the case is a joy to work with. Even if you aren't a case modder (which I am), there are so many choices as to where to put things it isn't even funny. The fit and finish is top notch. It isn't a cheap case to be sure, I think I paid $250 for mine, but recently the price was lowered to $229 ($209 after a mail in rebate), so they are much more affordable. You can mount a TON of water cooling gear in them and it doesn't feel cramped at all.

I had a custom pedestal made for my Switch 810, just so I could put a 360 up top, a Monsta 360 down below, and maybe a 240 in the middle. In the Phantek, I'm putting a 360 on the bottom, a 240 on the side, and a 480 up top ... and I still have room for 4 SSD's and 5 5.25" drive bays for optical drives, removable drives, a 3.5" HDD, and a fan controller ... not to mention with a couple holes, I mounted a dual D5 pump and top and tube reservoir where the 6 removable 3.5" drives were.

Even with all that, it's only about an 1" taller than my Switch 810 without the pedestal, and a good 5" smaller with the pedestal.

Personally, I'll wait for the new line from CaseLabs before I order another case. They are top quality, but expensive. The size is up to you. Some are very reasonable, some are ... well, over the top.

But honestly, the Phantek case is (and the new ones appear to be) built from the ground up with the water cooler in mind ... but even if you don't water cool, there are a ton of features that make it attractive (especially at the $209 price) even to air coolers.
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Yeah, it's all the features at the crazy reasonable price point that got me. You almost have to believe Phanteks is losing money on these just to get themselves established in the market.
post #67 of 255
I had an Enthoo Primo and I now have a SM8 and you cannot compare the two. The Primo is very cool looking (especially compared to its primary mass-market competitor, the 900D) but for its massive size, it is very limited in its options, especially when it comes to radiator widths and tube reservoir placement. The SM8 is smaller (except for width) than the Primo and has much more usable space. Also, the Primo weighs a ton and the SM8 is very light. That being said, the new version looks like it makes much better use of its space.
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I had an Enthoo Primo and I now have a SM8 and you cannot compare the two. The Primo is very cool looking (especially compared to its primary mass-market competitor, the 900D) but for its massive size, it is very limited in its options, especially when it comes to radiator widths and tube reservoir placement. The SM8 is smaller (except for width) than the Primo and has much more usable space. Also, the Primo weighs a ton and the SM8 is very light. That being said, the new version looks like it makes much better use of its space.

I'm curious what you see as "very limited options"? The only limiting factor I can think of with the Enthoo Primo is that you can't use 140mm form factor rads in the bottom, and this is due to the placement of the psu cage behind the radiator mount. There are at least 2 reservoir mounting points, complete with pre-drilled holes and a mounting bracket -- that's two more than any other case I've ever seen. lol

I'll give you the weight thing -- the Primo weighs a TON. But IMO that's how you know it's a solid piece of equipment that isn't going to break after a couple years of use.

Anyway, not trying to be argumentative here, just curious as you are literally the FIRST person I've ever heard complain that the Primo comes with too limited options.
post #69 of 255
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Originally Posted by 47 Knucklehead View Post

I was bout to pull the trigger on a $550 CaseLabs case (and I might on my next build), but I learned about the Phantek Enthoo Primo and fell in love with it.

Their customer support is first rate and the case is a joy to work with. Even if you aren't a case modder (which I am), there are so many choices as to where to put things it isn't even funny. The fit and finish is top notch. It isn't a cheap case to be sure, I think I paid $250 for mine, but recently the price was lowered to $229 ($209 after a mail in rebate), so they are much more affordable. You can mount a TON of water cooling gear in them and it doesn't feel cramped at all.

I had a custom pedestal made for my Switch 810, just so I could put a 360 up top, a Monsta 360 down below, and maybe a 240 in the middle. In the Phantek, I'm putting a 360 on the bottom, a 240 on the side, and a 480 up top ... and I still have room for 4 SSD's and 5 5.25" drive bays for optical drives, removable drives, a 3.5" HDD, and a fan controller ... not to mention with a couple holes, I mounted a dual D5 pump and top and tube reservoir where the 6 removable 3.5" drives were.

Even with all that, it's only about an 1" taller than my Switch 810 without the pedestal, and a good 5" smaller with the pedestal.

Personally, I'll wait for the new line from CaseLabs before I order another case. They are top quality, but expensive. The size is up to you. Some are very reasonable, some are ... well, over the top.

But honestly, the Phantek case is (and the new ones appear to be) built from the ground up with the water cooler in mind ... but even if you don't water cool, there are a ton of features that make it attractive (especially at the $209 price) even to air coolers.

That's good stuff. I will be doing a mild WC loop with a 360 up top and a 240 on the bottom. I am not opposed to tube reservoirs but I love the Monsoon dual bay res with rgb lighting. Trying to build around that idea. If I was going to use a tube res I prefer the XSPC Photon with the built in pump on the bottom.
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post #70 of 255
My complaints with the case are: 1) not enough space between the top of the motherboard and the top of the case, as you can only use a 45mm radiator in push/pull unless you want to overlap the motherboard, 2) the reservoir mounting plate can cause some serious issues with longer gfx cards (especially when using more than one) and I couldnt use it with my CF 290xs, 3) narrow radiators are required if you want to go longer than 280mm on the bottom, 4) there are way too many ODD slots that arent removable without modding and 5) the bracket that covers the window side of the ODD and HDD cages limits reservoir mounting (even if you remove it, there is nothing behind it to mount a tube res on.

That being said, I dont think the Primo is a bad case but it had lots of wasted space for my use. This is especially true when you factor in how large its external dimensions are. I feel like they leaned too heavy in the direction of styling over functionality. The 900D has, IMO, the opposite problem.
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