Modding the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Case for Air Flow

The Enthoo Evolv is notorious for it’s good looks, but infamous for it’s horrible airflow. Let’s fix that.

Rodrigo Rodriguez
Jul 30, 2017 · 4 min read

The Phanteks Enthoo Evolve has horrible air flow. Even JayzTwoCents, an expert tech-tuber has stopped using his Ryzen setup because of this case (you can check out his response here). Having the same case myself, I was wondering why I was getting idles in the 40s and 50s Celsius with stock speeds on a 6700K and the H110i. I turned my attention to the case’s airflow.

The Plan —let’s cut it.

My plan was simple. Let’s cut the hardware so we can increase airflow. My first obvious move was to cut the front and top panels. These two panels are designed for quiet operation, but they restrict too much air.

The Design

I went with a honey comp design, being inspired by posts posted on www.overclok.net forum.

I have the .ai file available for download here for this design.

The Execution

I could not cut the honeycomb pattern myself — I tried and failed miserably. I went to http://www.southwestwaterjet.com/ here in Phoenix and they cut it for me for 78$.

Besides that, I used the following tools.

The life saver here is the rotary tool. I was able to cut pretty much anything on the case, plastic, metal, etc, and I was able to sand down those cuts as well. Lastly, a nice cold beer helps throughout the process.

The Result

Front Panel

The design has two honeycombs patterns spread across the front and top panels. Behind the honeycombs there is a holed sheet metal made of aluminum. To top it off, I used dark-alloyed screws to match the original paint job.

The front looks elegant with the new honeycomb pattern.
The tried to match the charcoal grey color with the screws.

Front Panel Adjustments

Originally, the front panel was sunken into the case, restricting airflow. I added ~15mm spacers (if I remember correctly) to raise the panel outwards for a flush edge with the other panels, and increase airflow.

Front panel has spacers like these to help raise the panel outwards.
The spacers are tall enough to match the edges of the other panels, which was a nice surprise.

I also cut the case with a rotary tool and a metal cutting bit to fit 3 x 140 mm fans on the front. I really like this feature with the RL06 from Silverstone, and I wanted the same. Very few cases can fit this many fans of this size on the front, so this is a big plus for me. The dust filter was adjusted as well to allow easier air flow.

Top Panel

I was able to fit more honeycombs in the top panel because it is flatter. It took me quite a while to come up with this pattern in Illustrator. This video helped me design it.

Back Panel

I didn’t like the the wires showing through the tempered glass back panel in the original case, so I actually borrowed the back panel from my other Enthoo Evolve case, (which I messed up trying to build this one).

Conclusion

This is not a budget friendly mod. I don’t even want to think about how much I spent on this, but that is not the point. The point is to have a case that you really love, and that provides excellent performance. I can definitely see improvements in the results. My processors idles at 30 Celcius now, and I can definitely feel the air flow coming out of the outlets of the case. Besides looking fantastic, I’m satisfied with it. Next step will be a custom water cooling loop. I have never done that, but I’m up for the challenge.

Rodrigo Rodriguez

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