The top and bottom edges of the box carry the front panel air opening aesthetic to have the styling in play. This is due to the need for open space for the unique Phanteks solution for vertical GPU mounting. I know that seems knit picky, but well as a reviewer that's kind of what I must do.
In this price range, things tend to get cost down very quickly. Having multiple ARGB components and an integrated controller, along with competent styling, could make the PX a very qualified contender for your hard-earned dollars. The top and bottom edges of the box carry the front panel air opening aesthetic to have the styling in play. Rotating the packaging, we find that the other half of the chassis front is wrapped around.
The same font and color choices are present here but are typed vertically to fit the design better while keeping the name prominent. The mid-tower designation is emphasized at the lower edge in multiple languages along with a typed out link to the Phanteks website. The large rear side of the box has an image of the solid side of the PX. While I understand it is the rear of the chassis; it is weird as it shows very little of the detail.
Having an exploded view or something showing users what they would get with the chassis seems much better. The same angular design which matches the front is found on this side as well, and you can also see the similar front panel openings in the image as well.
The final thin side of the box shows the Phanteks name, designed in the Netherlands and other product weight and ID information. This side is more of the business side, which has the applicable labels along with serials and weight listed. Toward the lower portion, we find the certification and safety icons to finish it off. The PX comes wrapped in a plastic bag and is encapsulated between two hard Styrofoam end caps to help absorb shock during transport.
The plastic bag works to provide a less abrasive layer between the Styrofoam caps and the chassis itself. The glass has an outer layer plastic film which also has the tempered glass warning and is removed in a single peel. The front of the PX looks very similar to other Eclipse series cases from Phanteks. There is a difference when you look at the side of each front. Airflow has been enhanced via the two side openings.
The top of the PX is ventilated with slotted mounting holes for fan and radiator mounting options. The top has a magnetic mesh dust filter in place which can be removed to clean it as needed quickly. We will check these out now as they are listed below left to right :. The LED mode can be changed to sync with the motherboard or can be set for multiple preset modes programmed into the chassis.
So note that the RGB being addressable means that it is a 3-pin connection and requires a 3-pin connection to your motherboard or ancillary controller if you want to sync it. The main panel, as you can see, is tempered glass. Something you may not expect is the fact that the PSU shroud area has been extended to the outer panel. This means that you do not have the standard full-length glass panel which sits a mere few mm next to a PSU shroud for a quarter of the height of the panel.
The fact that Phanteks chose to deploy the PSU shrouds outer surface as the case exterior is a correct choice and one we have seen previously. I think this choice single-handedly makes a big aesthetic difference and makes for a cool two-tone look. Inside we see a ton of bubble wrap and a large brown cardboard box.
At first, I thought it was one heck of an accessory pack until I unwrapped it and found it was the vertical GPU cable. We will look at later in this review. The Accessory box comes in the 3. I would suspect that a retail case would arrive at your door with an empty interior which would be visible when unboxing, as opposed to what you see here. One thing to note is that the expansion covers which total seven, do not contain any separator bars or metal strips between them.
This is due to the need for open space for the unique Phanteks solution for vertical GPU mounting. We have seen this in some InWin cases previously but having no separator in place between expansion slots. This is a massive plus in my book as it keeps a slightly errant separator from potentially making it harder to seat a display cable fully.
This is something which I have experienced in the past. The rear fan port is mm size and is slightly slotted to allow a little adjustment to situate it best to meet your cooling needs. The PX has a solid metal panel on the cable management side. The panel has captured thumbscrews which you can see on the rear along with a pull handle to assist with panel removal. Here, we can also see the front air vent, this time on the solid panel side of the front panel area.
The bottom of the PX chassis is somewhat barren being mostly solid steel panel. There are four plastic angular feet which jut out from the bottom with rectangular rubber pads on each foot to ensure skidding across the table or desk surface is minimized. The rear area shows a large PSU ventilation opening which has a removable, cleanable dust filter which removes from the back.
There are four screws near the mid-front area which are used for removal of the 3. Moving to the front panel, we find that the ventilation of previous Eclipse series chassis is in place. Herewith the openings allowing more airflow beyond the new RGB lit side strips on the front panel. The front panel comes off relatively quickly with a slight tug from the cutout at the bottom of the front panel. First things you notice are the large white plastic diffusers which are affixed to the rear of the front panel.
These are used to diffuse the RGB strips, which we also see here, which creates the color flow effect we know when the system is powered. No cables are connecting the front panel to the chassis which means it can be removed and set aside wholly to avoid any wiring snags or headaches. We usually see when working with front panels whos tethered with internal wiring.
The front also has some other less standard inclusions such as the front accessible 3. These HDD trays are accessible as you see here once you pull the front panel which is a neat solution I have not seen in quite some time. Next, to the HDD trays, you see a pass-through which has press pins. These collapsible pins make contact with a flat pad on the PCB to provide RGB control to the front panel without needing a solid wire as discussed previously.
Above this, we see the removable dust filter which is found affixed with powerful small magnets and two lower tabs that slot into the chassis. Here we have the touchpads and pins used to power the front panel RGB. The pins found on the removable front panel has spring-loaded pin heads. They take up the gap and keep sufficient pressure on the gold pads to ensure a clean contact and achieving proper RGB function. Lastly, we have the front dust filter removed.
As you can see it has tabs at the bottom edge, while it has two strong small magnets to keep, it affixed at the top. Here you can also see the preinstalled mm case fan in place, this, of course, can be replaced as mentioned previously. The front fan and radiator mounting has slotted and mm mounting to offer flexible cooling options to match your needs.
Here we have a close up of the dual drive trays which support 3. The PX is an interesting internal layout as it omits standard cable pass-through ports in favor of a raised forward panel. Which is parallel to the motherboard tray but raised so that cables can pass cleanly between the two. This is an interesting solution as it omits the large visible openings we usually see. If you have a motherboard that is wide such as EATX, the connectors may mate right at the opening making for an immaculate presentation.
As it stands right now even with a smaller board, this eliminates the normally degree angle most SATA cables need to make to mate with the SATA ports on the motherboard. The CPU backplate cutout is substantial and should service most any backplate for a cooler IU have ever used. The small cutout at the top left-hand corner where you pass the CPU EPS connector through should be fitted during the early build.
Especially if installing a top mount AIO as it will likely be blocked due to the very close proximity of the motherboard to the top panel. Here we peek inside the front panel of the PX and take a look form the opposing side of what we had seen previously. Here we see the front filter adjacent to the fan. More importantly, we get a pretty clear view of the space adjacent to the motherboard which can be used for thicker front mount radiators. Being it's limited to mm or mm models you can make up some of the surface areas by going thicker on the radiator since you cannot fit mm here.
Now we take a look at the top, and, as you can see here, the magnetic filter has been moved to the side. Here we have slotted holes for mm mounting to allow about 20mm of adjustment for optimal radiator or fan placement. There is also mm static mounting, but this is for fans only, as radiators would be a concern for motherboard component fitment due to the wider nature of the mm based components.
The PSU as mentioned earlier shroud is next on the roster. The PSU shroud is mostly solid with a few cable pass-throughs. This includes one midway toward the glass panel which can be used for seamless pass-through of the GPU power cables to the installed GPUs. The outer surface of the PSU shroud makes up the outer chassis panel. This likely saves cost on the glass panel while in my opinion creating a clean and unique two-tones aesthetic as I mentioned previously.
The rear dan mounting, as mentioned previously, is mm based with some slotting to the mounting, which should provide a bit more flexibility. There is no fan included in this position as the PX only comes with one included fan and it is for air ingestion through the front.
It is worth mentioning again that the expansion slot covers do not have separation bars like most chassis which means less likelihood of any issues of needing to adjust GPU mounting to connect a display cable. The cable management area of the PX is rather simple with triple mounting locations for 2.
There are two included drive trays back here, which means out of the box you can adjust your drive mounting; however, best fits your needs. Left of this area, we see two preinstalled Velcro tie-downs which can handle the lions share of your cabling management needs. There are a few other areas around the motherboard tray that has pop-out cable management hooks and even a few loops which can be used to fasten cables in place for a much more tidy build.
Here we have the 3. The 3. The lower cage can be omitted by removing the top screws from the PSU shroud and the screws on the bottom as we showed earlier. The PSU section is in a standard location, and while it is listed for a massive fitment capability, I believe this is purely based on omission of the 3. Here we also see the ventilation which is filtered and cleanable as needed. Secondly, is the actual manual which is quite simple and comes in a multi-fold sheet, like many we have seen before.
The vertical GPU bracket is not a standard accessory as it normally would be purchased separately, but being Phanteks included it, so we could show how it works, we will do so. The bracket is meant to rotate the GPU into a vertical standing within the stock mounting location. This is why I mentioned the need for the omission of the separator bars between the expansion slots.
As you can see here, this bracket should work with any chassis as long as you are willing to mod it if the separator bars are there, as you would have to cut them out. Featuring 1 mm Ultra-fine Performance mesh front panel for optimal airflow with effective dust filtration. The new Eclipse PA continues to set new standards in quality for budget-friendly enclosures. It introduces an all steel mesh front panel for best performance possible.
The latest edition to the Eclipse Series, the PX is a compact mid-tower ATX case featuring optimized high air-flow design, liquid cooling support, and easy to use storage options with an affordable price. The Eclipse PS is designed to bring you the best of two worlds. A hybrid forged between silent and high-performance chassis. Find the optimal configuration in any situation by switching between quiet or performance mode. The new Eclipse PX is a compact case designed with high performance in mind.
Offering high airflow capability, E-ATX motherboard clearance, liquid cooling support, the PX is ready for high-end configurations. With the integrated Digital RGB lighting profiles, you can personalize your build with style. The Eclipse PX comes with all this at an amazingly affordabe price. The Phanteks Eclipse PA breathes performance with its full metal mesh front panel.
Thanks to engineering improvements we have been able to create an Ultra-Fine Performance Mesh that brings the best possible performance while keeping dust from entering the system. The PS comes with sound damping panels and a 3-speed fan controller to enhance acoustical performance. Phanteks continues its user friendly design chassis with the new Eclipse Series PS. Without much effort, the PS allows users to create a clean and beautiful system.
Ambient RGB illumination adds character while the solid metal exterior gives the case a simple elegant design.