Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review :: Exterior

05-29-2009 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Benjamin Sun

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Front

Front

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Top two bays

Top two bays

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Front Panel IO

Front Panel IO

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review FDD cover and 120mm front fan

FDD cover and 120mm front fan


The front of the Phoenix Neo case has five 5.25" drive bays. The top two bays have a cover that opens by pushing a tab on the front of the case which pushes against the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM, flips open and the CD tray opens up. This is a neat little device that hides the DVD-ROM behind the cover until needed. A single 3.5" Floppy drive cover is also present on the front of the case.


Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Left side panel

Left side panel

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review 250mm fan

250mm fan

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Phoenix Neo logo

Phoenix Neo logo

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Fan speed controls

Fan speed controls


The Left side panel has a circular window which houses the 250mm fan. The 250mm fan has a speed of 600-900RPM which is controllable by the Max/Minimum speed dial. Also on the side panel is an airflow direction switch which changes the rotation of the 250mm fan. There is a button on the side panel which controls the blue LED light which lights up on the fan when turned on.


Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Rear

Rear

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Water cooling holes

Water cooling holes

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review 120mm fan

120mm fan

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review PSU

PSU


The top of the case has the Front Panel IO ports. These consist of four USB 2.0 ports, an external SATA port, a Microphone jack, a Headphone jack the Power and Reset buttons and the HDD activity LED. The inclusion of the ESATA port is increasingly common on most high-end cases but as the Enermax case is retailing under $100 USD, it is a great extra as are the USB 2.0 ports where most cases have two.


Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Left side

Left side

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Right Side

Right Side


The rear of the case is where the IO, the PCI expansion slots, the rear fan and the PSU lie. There are seven PCI expansion slots each with a flip up cover. Next to the PCI expansion are two rubber Grommet holes for water cooling if wanted. Above the PCI expansion is the Rear I/O area. To the right of that lie mounting holes for a 120mm rear fan. The PSU is installed on the top on this case any PS/2 PSU fits in this spot.