|Item model number||PH-ES217E_BK|
|Item Weight||14.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10.8 x 6.7 x 18.5 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||10.8 x 6.7 x 18.5 inches|
Phanteks Evolv Shift Mini ITX Case Small Footprint Multiple Orientations 360-Degrees of Accessibility Vertical Airflow Cases PH-ES217E_BK Black
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- Full metal body, clean interior –PSU cover & HDDs, tempered glass panel both sides, anodized aluminum panels, powder coated steel chassis. Small footprint (270mm x 174mm), compact and powerful
- Multiple orientations. 360 degrees of accessibility for convenient Installation. Reversible GPU bracket with full size GPU support. Extensive storage (up to 1x 3.5” HDD and 3x 2.5” SSD)
- Vertical airflow. Clean cable management. Main I/O within arm’s reach. Integrated RGB illumination (MSI, Asus, Gigabyte RGB sync). fully equipped with dust filters. Includes PCI-E x16 Riser cable
- Supports 120/140 AIO water cooling. Supports Dual 120mm AIO radiators. Convenient reach to your water cooling components
- Motherboard support: Mini ITX. PSU support: SFX, SFX-L. Front I/O: 2x USB 3.0, power button, RGB button. Side window: Yes, Dual tempered glass
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Efficient Space Utilization
Reach in to your hardware from every angle. With a 360° access to the internals, the Shift X brings you the best Small Form Factor installation experience with clean cable management.
The Shift can hold ups to four SSD brackets and two 3.5" HDD mounts. Two are included with The Shift.
Convenient reach to your water cooling components, supports up to 280mm radiator, pump bracket is included.
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The craftsmanship of the EVOLV shift can be seen in every detail. From efficient space utilization to innovative features, the shift delivers a compact housing that packs plenty of power. Every aspect of the shift has been thoughtfully designed to be clean, accessible and intuitive to configure and install. The interior is designed to meet the demand of AIO water cooling. Due to its small footprint and versatile placement, the shift will look impressive anywhere in your home environment or office space.
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This case is primarily focused on aesthetics, not performance. Therefore, do not expect amazing temps for your GTX 10XX or RX 4/5XX + 6-8 Core Coffee Lake / Ryzen. Instead, focus on how to improve your build in a way that keeps acceptable performance with the best looking view possible!
- Gorgeous Case! High quality aluminum, small mesh filters, slightly tinted tempered glass side panels that don’t hinder your view or black out your lighting effects.
- One of the best installation booklets for any PC component ever.
- Accepts 120 (and some 140) radiators, and all 120 / 140mm fans.
- Has a cool cable bar that hides your wires directly beneath your motherboard, with two rubber grommets for PSU cables.
- Allows for 3.5” and multiple 2.5” drives
- 3 fans, mounted in good locations for a divided-chamber concept
- Can also show off GPU on backside of motherboard.
- Glass panels and side panels are easy to remove, but need some extra oomph to slide / snap into place before tightening down.
- Clearance between SFX / SFX-L PSU and GPU is tight, make sure to choose your card carefully to not block your card from being installed / being forced into one orientation rather than both options (being able to show it forward into the glass or backward into the mothotherboard). This is mainly due to the GPU’s location for PCI-E power connector cables and the PSU, but can also be affected by radiator positioning.
- Cable Management is a chore, just like any SFX case, and especially for those that want to use RGB products. I mounted my RGB controllers behind the back panel, and it bulges a bit but I got it to fit, mainly due to the sata power connectors. The fan cables were routed via the Phanteks cable bar below the motherboard directly past the PSU and into the backside panel (where the 3.5” drive would go, I don’t use it).
- Price to invest. While the case is pretty inexpensive compared to other Mini itx cases with glass or of good quality, the SFX ecosystem demands SFX PSU, higher quality fans, and potentially downgrading to a smaller AIO if you had anything above a 120/140mm radiator AIO. In my case, I had to buy a Corsair SFX PSU, 3 new RGB fans with either static pressure or airflow focus, a 120mm AIO, AND the case. All for the aesthetics. A hefty investment but one for the future.
- Case airflow is an issue, specifically for the motherboard and GPU. Try different fan orientations and see which one provides the best cooling, or consider getting fans with strong airflow as intake to push heat upwards and dissipate out the top. A blower-style (reference) GPU is a good idea for this case, but not if you want a pretty display. I’m looking into Silverstone’s Air Penetrator fan for its direct airflow concept to better cool the GPU and motherboard. CPU temps are fine, and so far no VRM issues.
Overall, a well designed case with a beautiful display. Just make sure you do your research! I included some pictures to help understand the case layout.
The case is perfectly built so no matter how many time to open and close it, it'll hold up.
TIPS (after one month of testing and changing HW):
- Definitely go for CPU water-cooling. However CPU *and* GPU water cooling will be extra tricky (I didn't even try)
- Go for a blower style graphics card since the case gets real hot otherwise.
- It's best to have the AIO fan blow upward to sucks the cool air and flow it to the top -- since hot air tends to run upwards anyway.
- Measure components BEFORE buying (especially water-cooling and graphics card)
- You can install a fan for water cooling UNDER the case (whether or not you opt for dual fan)
- I used a 8700K + H100i v2 120mm water-cooling. Without overclocking it's blazing fast and dead silent. The tiny amount of performance gained by overclocking isn't worth the potential extra noise.
- You can flip the graphics card outwards for extra show-off value. HOWEVER, if you use a full-sized graphics card, the 6 or 8 pin connector wont fit between the card and the PSU. You can get a 90-degree (backwards) 8-6 pin convector (ordered from modDIY, $15 in 10 days from China) and save 1/4" and put everything together.
And enjoy! This was my best experience of putting a PC together after 15 years of using laptops. Truly Lego for adults.
However, while it looks wonderful, it requires some careful thought as to hardware, cable routing and cooling. Building in it was also a time consuming endeavor for me, so make sure to 'plan your attack' prior to just slapping components in there. Phanteks includes a really great instruction manual that details the steps that you should take to assemble your system.
The case comes with a single 140mm fan; my final configuration consisted of two 140mm fans on the sides, and a Kraken M22 AIO CPU cooler in a push/pull configuration pushing air out the bottom (you can attach a fan between the bottom of the case and the case feet). The case is meant to be used for AIO usage; it provides space for two 120mm AIOs (in case you want to use one for your GPU); using a air cooler is a bad idea for the CPU because there is not much space between the tempered window and the motherboard. Similarly, Phanteks recommends that the GPU bracket be configured so the GPU faces the glass in a liquid cooled config (for sweet bling factor) and facing the inside for more plebian air cooling. My overclocked configuration runs my Ryzen 5 1400X at a max of 46 degC under load, and my GTX1060 with air cooling runs just under 80 degC. These aren't the world's best thermals, but are average and in line with what I am able to achieve in other cases. I would definitely recommend if you were looking at a higher TDP graphics card like a GTX 1080 to look for a blower style fan (Founder's edition) or to use an AIO with a Kraken G12 bracket or the like.
This case also begs for a good RGB application, part of the reason why I went with a Kraken M22. This cooler is not the cheapest out there, but it's the best RGB implementation in a 120mm fan format and fits perfectly inside the Shift- almost like it was meant for this case. The case also comes with an integrated 12V controller that works perfectly with Phantek's own Halos, installing one right over the AIO makes for a pretty nice setup (I left the side fans unlit), especially when you finish the look with RGB memory.
Overall, I really like this case. I would not recommend this to anyone who is relatively new or can't be bothered to plan their builds out, because it does require some effort in component selection and consideration as far as cooling and the like. But if you're patient, the payoff is a beautiful and unique system.
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Even though it technically supports both SFX and SFX-L power supplies, steer clear of SFX-L. I used the smaller size SFX and it was still bit challenging, can't imagine an SFX-L.
Overall Beautiful and minimalist looking case, and I catch my self often just staring at it's magnificence.
Edit: I've lowered my rating from 5 stars to 2 stars because after ~7 months of use, the latching mechanism holding the top grill broke. It's not like I was going to my motherboard i/o every day either. It's not like the case is useless however it is still unappealing, that's the only reason why I gave it a 2 stars rather than a 1 star
Este gabinete lo que mejor tiene es su diseño, hace que tu hardware se muestre de la manera más hermosa, sin embargo requiere de mucho trabajo para ensamblar, por lo que te costará un par de horas adaptarlo a tus necesidades y hardware.
No recomiendo el uso de hardware de alta gama ya que este gabinete esta más enfocado en verse bonito que en desempeñar bien.
Tengo un R5 2600 y una GTX 1060 y funciona a unas temperaturas aceptables en velocidades stock.
Sin duda una obra de arte este gabinete.
Aesthetically looks amazing. Received it without a scratch and comes with manual inside the case along with a box of screws like phanteks is known for.
This case is warm so I wouldn’t be putting high heat items in this case. I currently run a 6600k with rx580 nitro+ in this case and under full load it gets quite warm in there. Easily see gpu temps into 80C on max fan speed. With fans around 50% case is almost silent (using Corsair ML fans).
The case has 3 intakes. 2x 140mm on the front panel and a 140/120 space on the bottom. You cannot fit 3 140s in god knows I tried. So had to put 2x 140 on front and 120 on the bottom.
Works great with the Corsair 600w sfx psu and the internal cable extension doesn’t get in the way ( I’ve read a lot of people using diff sfx psu’s that interfere with the internal extension)
Also it’s difficult to secure the graphics card screws as there’s only a few inches and no screw drivers I’ve found fit so it takes a bit of time to install.
So if you like a challenge in cable management for that sexy desktop pc or htpc this case is for you!
Ahora, una cosa es la calidad, pero también tienen que tener expectativas realistas si van a comprar este producto, lo anterior lo digo ya que fue un reto armar la PC, pues las reducidas dimensiones causan algún ligero dolor de cabeza aquí y allá, aunque nada del otro mundo.
Una recomendación que les puedo dar es que coloquen un ventilador decente en la parte de abajo jalando aire del fondo, para que el aire caliente salga naturalmente por la parte de arriba. Otra recomendación es que la tarjeta de video a usar sea de doble ranura, algo mayor como 2.5 ranuras podría caber, pero quedará muy pegada a la ventana.
Muy satisfecho con el gabinete, sin duda lo recomiendo ampliamente.
The case is beautiful once you have your system in it
Great box of accessories to help with cable management
Surprisingly good cable management options for a case of its size.
Thermals, you need to be careful about your component selection because this sucker will run hot.
PCIe riser cables are known to fail coming from the factory, it's apparently not an uncommon problem. Customer support could have been better. While I received a first email back saying to change to PCI gen 2 (which my motherboard doesn't support) in 20 minutes, I then didn't receive a response for the next 24 hours until I called them again.
Tips for you as the PC builder:
Plan your thermals. Use efficient components to get decent temperatures, that means don't use a Vega card, it will throttle.
Mount your GPU and any hard drives before you mount the motherboard, it will save you a lot of headaches.
Use some sort of water cooler for the CPU, it will make it much easier to plug in the 24 pin power connector and be easier to screw in the board.
Get some 90 degree cables for the top of the case, it makes life easier.
Custom cables makes life much easier, especially paracord cables that are more flexible.
Leave plenty of slack for the power switch cable, I know it's tempting to cable manage it (and I managed it with the lid in the upright position at full extension), but leave it as slack as you can or you can detach the power switch from the PCB on the lid (essentially the power switch stops working)
Constructive Criticism for Phanteks:
A PSU shroud of some sort would be awesome. With tempered glass on both sides you're going to see the ugly side of any PSU (the one with the details about it in terms of wattages on different rails).
A tiny bit more space at the top would be great. It feels a bit like some ports might be put under stress by pushing down the cables and it would just make things more compatible to have a little more space at the top.
A 3rd SSD cage included in the accessories box would be awesome as it would let you mount a 2.5 inch drive in the space for the 3.5" drive in the front without having to remove the SSD cages and work in a small amount of space.
If you moved the motherboard closer to the side panel (i.e. away from the GPU), then GPUs could breathe much more easily, reducing temps all around. I assume most people are using AIO watercoolers for the CPU in these anyways.
[edit:] note that the method in this video is a good way of mounting the GPU. It's not in the manual, but it's the proper way of doing it and screwing everything in properly. https://youtu.be/TuQ4nRHhJiI?t=1295
Nota: necesitarás ser muy paciente si quieres dejar todo perfecto en su interior ya que el espacio es reducido y por tanto deberás acomodar muy bien los cables. Recomiendo usar enfriamiento líquido para mantener las temperaturas bajas, ya que honestamente no tiene muy buena ventilación.
Los componentes que tengo son:
- Aorus Z390 Wi-Fi (ITX)
- Intel Core i7 8700k OC a 5GHz
- GTX 1660 Ti
- 16 GB Corsair RGB
- 4 TB de disco duro
- 1 GB de SSD
La temperatura interior no supera los 80º C en Cuernavaca (que ya es caluroso).