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** ENSO MESH - FORUM REVIEW SAMPLES **

Discussion in 'Latest News, Deals & Special Offers' started by Connor@Overclockers, 11 Dec 2018.

  1. nitram100

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    Damn that's a shame, sounds like a faulty unit mate maybe OCUK can hook you up with another! The RGB at the front is really nice.
     
  2. ralv585

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    Here is my review, I haven't really gone into technical details regarding temperatures etc, but it's more my observations when putting it together and what I feel could be improved.

    First of all, I’d like to say how grateful I am to BitFenix, Umberto and Connor for the opportunity to test and review the Enso Mesh case.

    Although I have received the case, fans and LED strips courtesy of the guys mentioned above, I feel it is only fair to review this as honestly as I can. It not only is good for the consumer but also gives BitFenix real feedback which will hopefully help them design even better cases in the future.

    From first opening the box, I did feel that the materials weren’t as premium as I thought it would be. Coming from a Fractal Design R4, the Enso Mesh felt a little less sturdy than what I am directly comparing it to.

    The case itself is relatively light and the glass panel is large which gives you a nice view of the internals, however.

    The thumbscrews on the back do feel a little cheap, the thumb grip is made of plastic, a fully metal screw would be nicer.

    Installation is pretty straightforward, in my case, I did have to remove the rear fan first to attach the motherboard securely.

    My motherboard is the Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X, and it does fit snugly inside the case, however, the case is missing one standoff screw option, so when I’m pulling out the motherboard cable, it does start to flex, which wouldn’t be the case if there was another standoff to screw in securely.

    I would have liked it if there was another cable grommet further up the case to allow me to feed the motherboard and USB 3 cable horizontally as they droop down, there are cutouts and vents in that section where it could be, I’m not sure what these are for, but I would have preferred for there to be one more section to mount an SSD on the rear side instead of this.

    The case barely fits my Noctua NH-D15, as the front fan does touch the glass. I have had to make a small adjustment to two of the screws that hold the glass in place to allow to screw in securely.

    Going to the other side of the motherboard tray and cable management, I’ll be honest I’m not the best system builder, but I do like things to be neat, I just felt like everything was a little cramped for me.

    The PSU area is a little too small, my PSU fits, but I did have to angle my cables in such a way which makes me a little uncomfortable.

    The HDD trays are made of plastic and feel a little flimsy, again I would have preferred for these to be made out of metal with the option to screw the hard drives in before sliding them into the cage.

    There are plenty of little mounting points to zip tie the cables securely and make it neat, but I think an extra 1-2 cm in width would have been nice, as trying to close the case can be hard, as it is extremely tight indeed.

    There is a large section towards the front fans that I feel could have been covered up more, as when you peer inside the case, you can look through this opening, and particularly with the RGB fans, it's hard to organise all the cables neatly, so it does look a little messy. I do understand that this space is so you can fit rad in the front.

    Speaking of the RGB fans, I absolutely love them! My motherboard is not aura sync compatible, but there are plenty of presets for you to get a colour that you like. I know the Noctua colour scheme isn't the most appreciated, but the light purple hue gives them a certain look which I find enhances the system and is my preferred colour scheme.

    Changing the colours is easy, there's an easy to access button on the top of the case that lets you cycle through the presets, but as it is located directly next to the power button, I would advise you to go into your power settings and change what the power button does, as I have turned off my computer by accident a couple of times.

    The rear of the case is pretty standard, there is a little latch system for the rear ports for the PCI express cards, again these use the cheap feeling thumbscrews.

    In terms of noise, it is a lot louder than my old case, but this does benefit temperatures, as idle and max temps have dropped when compared to the Fractal Design R4. I will state that the three front fans are running at full speed, I cannot control the fan speed through bios, unfortunately, so once I figure this out, I will update my review in terms of noise.

    EDIT: I am now able to control the fans speed for all the fans and the noise has been reduced significantly. It is only slightly louder than my old case, which was positioned on the floor, the PC is now on my desk, so it is more audible. Fans have been set to silent.

    In the beginning, from my initial impressions, I genuinely thought I would just have the case for a week or so to take pictures and video for the review purpose and put everything back in my original case.

    But once I got everything up and running, I can definitely say I'm extremely happy that I've made the switch and I won't be going back.

    For my needs, it's not quite there, I have four 3.5” drives, so I've had to purchase a couple of 2.5” drives to make up for this, but I feel it's worth the small investment. I also require a DVD/Blu-Ray burner on occasion, so I'll have to look for an adaptor of some sorts to help me when required. Hot swapping the drives isn't as easy as I'd like, as I've mentioned before, cable management is tough in such a cramped space.

    I've now moved my case from the floor to my desk, as visually, it is really something to look at and be proud of. I love the way it looks, especially in white, it looks modern, clean and really draws attention to itself.

    Would I recommend this case, absolutely. For the price, it's a great deal, looks incredible and well built. A few minor tweaks here and there would make it almost perfect. You just have to be wary of what components can fit inside the case.

    System specs
    Intel 9700k
    Noctua NH-D15
    EVGA GTX 980TI
    16gb Corsair Vengeance DDR4
    Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X
    EVGA Supernova G2 650W '80 Plus Gold' Modular Power Supply



    I will update my review with photos tomorrow.
     
    Last edited: 3 Jan 2019
  3. Bengaboy

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    Good review - I feared it would have a lot of noise, but that is part and parcel of a case like this I guess.

    Although didn't they send you extra RGB fans and such? Bit of a false review (not your fault at all) with how it looks as essentially you would have to drop extra cash into it to have it look like that. Don't get me wrong - fantastic for you having free fans and case, very lucky bloke!
     
  4. Josh

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    Got it working, cleaned the sata connectors and replugged everything for the 5th time - no idea what changed but it's RGB'ing all over the shop now. I was very happy the boy gave it a "cool" so I'm assuming that's good.

    Will get my review up over the weekend.
     
  5. ralv585

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    Good point about the rgb's! I'll take some pics with the lights off, I think you get one RGB fan in the rear, and the front panel lights up, so I can show you what it looks like stock.

    With the noise, I am using an adapter to get all three front fans working, so this might be playing a part in me not being able to control the speed in bios, although the connector is attached to the system fan 2 pin. I'll have another play tonight to see what can be done and update you.
     
  6. Bengaboy

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    Would be good to see! I am not having a dig at you, I just think it is a bit cheeky to say review our case....heres an extra £50 odd worth of gear to make it look better.
     
  7. ralv585

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    I never took it as a dig mate :)

    You brought up a really good point!
     
  8. ralv585

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    Nice that you've got it all setup now, look forward to reading your thoughts too!
     
  9. ralv585

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    @Bengaboy

    I can control the front fans now, noise has been reduced significantly, I have updated my review to reflect this.
     
  10. colin Hamilton

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    id love to build a setup in this have so much parts laying around for a build just no case, 7600k / 1080TI and a load of RGB goodness lol

    Something like
    i5-7600k
    16GB Corsair DDR4 3000 MHZ Ram
    Cooler master AIO cooler
    Strix Z270-f Mobo
    EVGA 1080TI SC2
    Ofcource HDD'S & a SSD
    NZXT Hue lighting & some RGB AER fan's

    i could make a build in this case rightly! :rolleyes: IMO the white case is SEXY!
     
    Last edited: 3 Jan 2019
  11. Bengaboy

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    I imagine it sounded like a Harrier taking off with those front fans on full whack!
     
  12. nitram100

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    What did you do to get control of the fans? I have 3 x RGB running at full whack. I probably did it wrong but I had to stick in a phanteks fan controller, connect the fans to it and then the controller to sysfan and daisychained the rgb fans to the RGB controller on the back of the case.

    Any tips would be appreciated! Doesn't sound too loud to be fair but control of the fans would be sweet.
     
  13. ralv585

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    Before I used an adaptor, as I thought I wouldn't have enough pins on the motherboard to connect them to, but now I've just connected one fan to the system 2 fan pin, and daisy chained the other two fans to the first fan. I didn't notice at first that you could do that with these fans.

    I control them through the bios btw, I set them match the cpu fans.

    It sounded like I had air-conditioning on when they were on full haha!
     
  14. Repta

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    Reviews sound promising, something I hadn't considered isy fan controller can't be used will have to come up with another solution if I receive a case
     
  15. koooowweeee

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    With all them parts lying around I'm sure you could afford to buy one.... So crack on and do a review :p
     
  16. colin Hamilton

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    Oh yeah forsure buddy, I had no idea the review samples were done until now :o
     
  17. Repta

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    @Connor@Overclockers haven't heard anything since the winners were announced, playingy new build now and just need to know if this is still happening so I can factor in what case I will be using for it. Cheers!
     
  18. nitram100

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    Awesome mate, gonna give that a shot this evening and then get some pics up!
     
  19. Repta

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    Case arrived yesterday a lot smaller thany coolermaster which is nice. Will get photos over the weekend and put my current build into it for now so I can review and compare.

    Got to decide what fans I am going to get now as I only have old 140mm fans. Suppose I should go RGB, any advice?
     
  20. Dr Delphi

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    Corsair LL120s are nice, but you then need the corsair commander pro (or just plug into the motherboard) for them to work!