Phanteks Eclipse P500A
Maximum PC|September 2020
Maximum mesh
CHRISTIAN GUYTON

PHANTEKS OFFERS a massive variety of PC cases, from hulking full towers to diminutive ITX boxes. Yet they’re still finding holes to plug within their own range, and that’s what the P500A does. It’s not the most expensive Eclipse case, but it's still a large, premium case with space for E-ATX boards, capable of containing a powerful system.

Airflow is the name of the game here. The entire front panel is carved from a single flat piece of metal and employs Phanteks's ultra-fine performance mesh, with 1mm perforation that provides a large, flat surface for air intake. As any mesh-heads will know, mesh cases eliminate the need for removable dust filters, allowing for superior airflow.

Three 140mm D-RGB fans (or two plain black ones if you opt for the cheaper RGB-less model) sit behind that mesh panel. Connected to a software-less RGB controller inside the case, these draw in plenty of air to be vented through the rear and roof of the case. The P500A doesn’t come with a rear fan, but transplanting one of the front fans shouldn’t be hard. A single 140mm fan also isn't that expensive.

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