If the Phanteks Eclipse P300A had a saying, it might be “less is more.” It succeeds at what it aims to try to do well and is a superb choice for a beginner builder. it is a simple, minimalist budget chassis at a pleasant price.
The Eclipse P300 is nearly perfect in any aspect, regardless of whether you are looking at it from a build quality, a ventilation, or a layout point of view. it is a great option to build entry-level gaming systems. The steel and therefore the ABS plastic that’s been used for this case is of excellent quality. The finish is simply perfect and that we simply cannot find anything to criticize.
|Motherboard Support||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||17.72 x 7.87 x 15.75 inches (450 x 200 x 400mm)|
|Space Above Motherboard||1.18 inches (30mm)|
|Max GPU Length||14 inches (355mm)|
|CPU Cooler Height||6.5 inches (165mm)|
|Max PSU Length||200mm|
|Weight||13.2 pounds (6.0 kg)|
|Internal Bays||2x 3.5-inch, 1x 2.5-inch (2x with optional bracket)|
|Front I/O||2x USB 3.0, 3.5 mm Audio, 3.5mm Mic|
|Other||Tempered Glass Panel|
|Front Fans||None (Up to 2x 140mm)|
|Rear Fans||1x 120mm (Up to 1x 120mm)|
|Top Fans||None (Up to 1x 140mm)|
3. Phanteks Eclipse P300A Features:
When unpacking the Phanteks P300A, it’s clear you’re handling a really basic chassis with hardly any features that you simply don’t strictly need. The tempered glass side panel is that the primary aesthetically focused feature. there’s no RGB lighting, but you’ll find a subtle reference point that lights up at the rock bottom right of the glass panel that appears quite neat.
As far as size, the P300A is probably as reduced as an ATX case gets. Gone are the times where we’d like 5.25-inch external bays and plenty of hard drives. This chassis stands out by being one of the littlest “normal” ATX mid-towers around.
At the highest of the chassis may be a magnetic mesh panel to cover the screws to connect a lover. It’s a pleasant touch, but it slides out of place easily and doesn’t fall under its cavity as nicely as in other cases. Both the proper side/back panel and therefore the tempered-glass panel feature thumbscrews at the rear and slide off the chassis for removal. Most glass panels accompany thumbscrews on the side to secure them, but despite being a budget case, Phanteks has opted for a sliding mechanism here. this is often less finicky in use and leads to a flush side profile, adding to the minimalist appeal.
The front I/O resides at the front of the highest of the chassis, consisting of two USB 3.0 ports, separate mic and headphone jacks, alongside power and reset buttons. there’s no USB Type-C here, but this is often just a $60 case, and front-panel USB-C headers are still somewhat rare-especially on the type of budget boards you’re likely to pair with a case that’s this affordable.
4. Internal Layout
Internally, the Phanteks P300A is straightforward. within the main motherboard compartment, you’ll find space for the motherboard, graphics card, and associated cooling components and no more.
Underneath the facility supply shroud is space for the PSU also as two 3.5-inch drives. The case also supports two more 2.5-inch drives behind the motherboard tray. But a bracket for only one drive is included within the box.
For cooling, the suspension accompanies one 1200 RPM fan that utilizes voltage control for guideline (3-pin). this is often an easy budget fan for a budget case, but it seems to perform adequately as we found in our testing. Still, for many builds, you’ll probably want to feature a minimum of another spinner.
The top of the chassis can support a 140 mm fan, though we wouldn’t install a 140 mm radiator here because it will likely cause clearance problems with tall VRM heatsinks. The front of the chassis supports up to 2 120 mm or 140 mm fans, and while a 240 mm radiator will fit, you’ll likely run into some clearance problems with larger 280 mm units.
Phanteks opted to incorporate only an air cleaner at the rock bottom of the chassis for the PSU intake, explaining that the front mesh is so fine that it acts as a filter. this could, in principle, decrease admission drag and consequently improve temperatures, however with all the holes around the suspension, we may in any case anticipate some residue development. The front panel comes off easily without much force for cleaning and accessing the fan mounts and HDD caddy.