Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review

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Great gaming case for cheap

A generation ago the only way to tell the difference between a high end gaming PC and a beige office box was by looking inside.  Today PC gamers want to brand their gear as fashionable as gaming consoles, so everyone knows what’s up.  There are no shortages of gaming computer cases, and because there are so many there are lots of bad choices.  From my own personal experience I have discovered that an innovative design does not directly translate into a quality chassis.  You really want to pick a case from a company that has been around the block a few times.

Enermax is one of those companies that have been around for a while, and consitently produce quality computer components, so you can be pretty confident that any case you buy from them isn’t going to be crap.  One of their new cases geared for the PC gaming enthusiast is the Phoenix Neo, and it not only looks good but sports some interesting features that deserve a double take.

The Enermax Phoenix Neo is the ideal mid-tower case for the modern gamer.  The iconic 250mm monster fan can be adjuststed in either intake or exhaust direction with the flip of a switch, ensuring maximum versatility for any cooling system, while maintaining a low temperature with whisper-silent acoustics.  An eSATA port on top assures hassle-free high speed data transfers to external drives, while two massively curved aluminum wings in the front give it a very stylish look with just the right touch of aggressiveness.  To anyone looking for a stylish case with great cooling performance and functionality, the PHOENIX Neo is truly Performance Reborn!


Features

  • 3.0mm hair-brushed aluminum curve design
  • Openings for external water cooling
  • CD/DVD drive flip covers integrated
  • External SATA port in front for fastest data transfer (up to 3GB/s)
  • On-top interface for the easiest access (eSATA, 4 x USB 2.0, HD Audio I/O)
  • Tool-free drive bay design with removable HDD cage for easy assembly
  • Superior airflow with 12cm fan slots in front and rear
  • Cleanable front micro-dust filter
  • 25cm LED monster fan
  • Airflow direction switch
  • Fan speed control (600-900rpm)
  • LED on/off function
Model ECA3162-B-BL
Type ATX mid tower
Dimensions 216(W) x 503(D) x 448(H) mm
Material SEC & Aluminum
Motherboard ATX & Micro ATX
Drive Bay 5.25″ (5)
3.5″ (1 exposed, 4 hidden)
Power Supply Type PS3
Front I/O 1 x eSATA
4x USB 2.0
High Definition Audio I/O
Expansion Slots 7

On the next page we look down the Phoenix’s throat…