Phanteks, known for their epic range of PC peripherals have recently released their Phanteks Eclipse G500 range. The range is looking ahead and the generations to come and innovating cases to provide optimal airflow. By doing this they are hoping for better airflow, which in turn will provide better cooling and improved performance.
Moving Case For Space And Airflow
I will be the first to admit, I am not a pro when it comes to building PCs. My first gaming PC was custom pre-built by the team at OverclockersUK and it is still standing strong. This is the first time I am moving cases, a little nervous but well prepared and hoping for the best. I know this might not seem like a big thing to some, but it’s the little things like this where I learn more about the system I use to game.
The Phanteks Eclipse G500A D-RGB comes in two colourways, Black and the one we are looking at today which is White. Obviously, the DRGB within the model number indicates that this is the DRGB version. However, if you aren’t a fan of DRGB then Phanteks offer the Eclipse G500A Performance version.
The chassis of this case is made from high-quality steel with a tempered glass side panel. Both of the side panels are hinged and have a magnetic locking system. For PC builders, you will be pleased to hear both side panels are fully removable.
The tempered glass panel provides ease of access and viewing of your components. To the right there is a Phanteks cable management system, providing clean routing all around the case. I would show you mine, however, it’s embarrassing! I am still using the standard cables from my old build which were smaller. At some point will be looking at some new extension cables soon and will provide an update on build completion.
When it comes to I/O the on/off switch is central at the top on the front of the case. On the top of the case, there are two LED buttons (colour/mode), two USB 3.0 ports, AUX and a USB Type C 2.0 port.
When it comes to Motherboard support it covers all grounds. It has support for ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX and E-ATX up to 280mm wide. I currently have a ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming motherboard installed, It’s a nice size and doesn’t look too small in the case. My GPU on the other hand looks a bit lost, I think it’s time for an upgrade.
Going back to the DRGB element of this case, it has a fully integrated DRGB lighting system. As standard (on this particular model) you get three Phanteks M25-140 D_RGB PWM fans pre-installed. To the side and front of the case there are also two LED strips that can also be controlled via the I/O or via any compatible software.
A Closer Look
The internals of this case has been designed with extreme precision. For example, the top fan space has enough space for radiator installation without any overlap on the MOBO. This not only provides you with a nice clean build but also makes it a lot easier when doing a deep clean or an installation.
The Phanteks Eclipse G500A DRGB boasts a high airflow design. It has ultra-fine performance mesh on the top and front which provides excellent dust filtration. Unfortunately, the room I am currently in gets dusty due to exposed brickwork. This case is doing a great job at keeping my components clean compared to my previous one.
Before checking out the Phanteks Eclipse G500A, I was always looking for a smaller case to fit my build-in. It is safe to say that my mind has changed. The space that the Phanteks Eclipse G500A offers when building, upgrading and swapping out components is unreal. There is no harsh cable routing, but there is an abundance of cable management options built into the case. Along with everything I have mentioned and taking into account the build quality of everything you get included there isn’t really anything you can complain about. With Phanteks also offering this model in various design types as mentioned, there is something for just about every gamer. Just to leave you hanging on the edge, if you want to see the build check out out social media pages next week! I award the Phanteks Eclipse G500A a Thumb Culture Platinum Award.
Disclaimer: A sample was received in order to write this review.