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Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Series PH-ES215P_SRD Black / Red Mini-ITX Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best case for a super ITX build hands down 11/29/2016

This review is from: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Series PH-ES215P_SRD Black / Red Mini-ITX Computer Case

Pros: I have purchased many of these cases for itx super computer builds and this red version is nice for red / black builds.

True Pro's
It will fit any graphics card you want to put in it. I have put tripple fan 1080's and 295x's in these cases
It will fit the Corsair 115i water cooler with no problem
The fan on the front does move a good amount of air and is quit even with out a PWM
You can use a m.2 ssd from the back or have a normal one hidden or up top.
It will hold a pump / res for custom water cooling loops
It's got a small foot print that will tuck under most tables and when the system is built is rather
light to transport. I carry these all day long in 1 arm.

Pro tip- buy a 2 pack LED strip and put one inside the case and the other in front of the big fan for a awesome glowing effect from not only inside but the front of the case.

Cons: There really is not a lot to complain about but being a true system builder who works with these a bunch here are my only complaints.

For water cooling the top air vents could be better most the air does come out the back but it is fine.

The top edge in the middle of the case can bend if you put to much presure on it and it's pretty hard to get that bend back out.

With a water cooling set up you kinda have to watch the cables as you slide it back in as it likes to pinch any power or fan connectors you are routing from the back.

You really need a modular power supply especially if you plan on putting a full HD in the lower cage. the cable room in the bottom is pretty tight.

All in all it's still a 9/10 case and by far the best of any brand I have worked with. I frequently get to use "OPM" to buy products and this case is one I personally am always confident using. Bottom line

If you are interested in building a super ITX build .. This is the only logical choice to go with.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this case pretty much over any other case in it's class for people wanting to do a smaler form factor while keeping the parts of a super computer.

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Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Series PH-ES215P_SRD Black / Red Mini-ITX Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best case for a super ITX build hands down 11/29/2016

This review is from: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Series PH-ES215P_SRD Black / Red Mini-ITX Computer Case

Pros: I have purchased many of these cases for itx super computer builds and this red version is nice for red / black builds.

True Pro's
It will fit any graphics card you want to put in it. I have put tripple fan 1080's and 295x's in these cases
It will fit the Corsair 115i water cooler with no problem
The fan on the front does move a good amount of air and is quit even with out a PWM
You can use a m.2 ssd from the back or have a normal one hidden or up top.
It will hold a pump / res for custom water cooling loops
It's got a small foot print that will tuck under most tables and when the system is built is rather
light to transport. I carry these all day long in 1 arm.

Pro tip- buy a 2 pack LED strip and put one inside the case and the other in front of the big fan for a awesome glowing effect from not only inside but the front of the case.

Cons: There really is not a lot to complain about but being a true system builder who works with these a bunch here are my only complaints.

For water cooling the top air vents could be better most the air does come out the back but it is fine.

The top edge in the middle of the case can bend if you put to much presure on it and it's pretty hard to get that bend back out.

With a water cooling set up you kinda have to watch the cables as you slide it back in as it likes to pinch any power or fan connectors you are routing from the back.

You really need a modular power supply especially if you plan on putting a full HD in the lower cage. the cable room in the bottom is pretty tight.

All in all it's still a 9/10 case and by far the best of any brand I have worked with. I frequently get to use "OPM" to buy products and this case is one I personally am always confident using. Bottom line

If you are interested in building a super ITX build .. This is the only logical choice to go with.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this case pretty much over any other case in it's class for people wanting to do a smaler form factor while keeping the parts of a super computer.

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MSI MSI Gaming Z170I Gaming Pro AC LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Everything you need to know about this board and then some. It's tiny but carries a big stick. 07/23/2016

This review is from: MSI MSI Gaming Z170I Gaming Pro AC LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This thing is small and can deliver a knockout blow to full size rigs.
I love MSI's bios they are so good. 1 button OC worked like a charm taking a 6600k from 3.5 to stable 4.1
and it seen my correct memory timings by it's self. I did not have to enter in anything. This was a nice change!

It loaded windows 10 really quickly and smooth on the m.2. (windows 7 ..was a bad experience)

I was able to modify it to take a 60 pcix4 m.2
The wifi ac is fast and the blutooth works with multi devices and has great range.
I personally love the antennas being on board vs a long cable. 1 less thing to carry
the z170 chipset is a great one.
Corsair 115 fit perfectly over head. fans and everything had plenty of room.
The back Lan and 2 usb ports light up red and provide a bit of illumination to see other ports and that's nice.

It's so tiny but carries a big stick.

The build I just did was this mobo in a phantex ethoes mini with a 6600k 32gigs @2400 a msi gtx 1070
and a 512 samsung M.2 that runs at 1200MB r/w and is watercooled. Needless to say when the client shows up to lans it turns heads and anyone who knows a dam thing can respect it's stats.

I pulled a 3dmark score of 5500+ with a 6600k and a 1070 on 2400mhz memory and 6k on PCmark8

Cons: First I am a hard sell professional builder. So I will tell you everything I found wrong with my ideal build in the hopes someone from MSI see this and makes changes.



Don't try installing windows 7 using a m.2 on this thing. You will have a bad time. This MB just hates windows 7. installs are a pain and you have to set the bios to a special mode just to use the keyboard or mouse. After that you will find it will not see your m.2 as the windows installation doesn't support it and good luck getting the drivers to load. I spent several hours before I just said F it and loaded 10.

2. It only has 1 normal usb header. I like to run i series coolers and psu's so because of this I had to modify a cable to a Y splitter.

3. the M.2 does not support the 60 sticks. Why i don't know. The work around seems to be ppl just tapping the stick to the board. as there is a chip right were the screw should go. I personally attacted a spring like lever to keep it pushed in.

4. It is a ITX So things def get cramped. You know what i'm waiting for. A MB that just has every conector on the sides so you can do clean cable management. There isn't enough room to really make this thing pretty when you got audio and usb ports next to the back plate or power conectors at the top. Also the sata's are kinda spread out so cable management if your trying to run 5+ drives might be weird. But honestly .. who needs 1/2 that many sata's when you got m.2 support.

5. I wish this card was just black.. It is stupid to pick our colors for us. We get it .. you like red, sometimes white ..Just go pure black and give us RGB accent lights next time please.

6. more than 2 slots of memory would have been nice but oh well. I just wish it suppported more than 32gig for future proofing.

7. It didn't come with the famous front panel cheater adapter other msi MB's did. Like honestly that's why i bought my first MSI product and if you were ever to need that it's on a itx build for sure. Also it's got a 2nd separate front panel connector that i didn't even mess with, not even sure what that's for.

8. It didn't come with a cool case badge or anything by the time it's all said and done you really don't see that much of the MB So i would of appreciated a sticker that said MSI GAMING MB z170 or something like that.

Other Thoughts: Once installed correctly this board can kick some serious tail. It's got every feature you basicly need for the avg build and then some. It does over clock nice.

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