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OcUK Tech Labs - Pre Noise Dampened Case - Eclipse P300 Midi Tower - Black/WhiteNoise is a serious business, and although when we think of noisy environments our thoughts probably spring first to places like airports and busy roads, it's at home where noise matters most. Moreover, it's where people go to great lengths to minimise it too. Unfortunately, and all too often, it is our home PC which produces a disproportionate amount of environmental noise.
The potential sources of noise within a PC can include, and are not necessarily limited to, all components with moving parts - particularly fans and mechanical hard drives. These should have their vibrations dampened and their speeds reduced to the minimum necessary. Many cases nowadays are built with such aspects in mind, and even fresh from the factory they will include several quality of life improvements that assist in keeping unnecessary noise to a minimum.
That said, insulation can go a long way towards reducing unwanted noise to the absolute minimum. This modified version of the PHANTEKS Eclipse P300 Midi-Tower takes this approach and is equipped from the factory with pre-installed insulation.
The benefit of this setup is that, aside from the pre-installed insulating mats, additional insulating material also comes included with the case. This is likewise custom cut to fit the case itself and enables users to selectively insulate additional elements of the case. The result of all this is that users themselves are free to choose exactly how much insulation their case has, allowing them to find an individual balance between cooling and noise reduction.
In the factory default state, the PHANTEKS Eclipse P300 Midi-Tower includes insulating mats built into the all the obligatory places you would expect as standard for the purposes of minimising undesirable noise. The side panels, the front, and the entire (2 part) base are included in this respect. The mat for the rear section of the roof has been stuck in, although this can also be removed if users prefer. An additional mat designed for the top of the rear of the case (6A) is bundled in loose with the case. This is also custom cut and can be installed with ease should users prefer.
All additional insulating mats are also labelled, something that in conjunction with the detailed instruction manual helps to ensure a straightforward setup. The instruction manual is customised especially for the needs of the PHANTEKS Eclipse P300 Midi-Tower and goes to great lengths to explain in detail just how to install everything, also including helpful tips and explains the options open to the user as well as other insulating options.
In terms of function: the insulating mats aim for minimising noise by two means. Firstly, the soft materials help to absorb and minimise the noise from airflow and turbulence. Then, the mats help to reduce vibrations conducted and produced by the case itself. This combined approach helps to make sure that noise and vibrations are kept enclosed within the confines of the case and not allowed to escape. The included fan can also have its speed throttled to minimise noise even further.
Note: Please be aware that due to the insulating mats, there may be less total space available inside the case. Under certain circumstances, users may be restricted when it comes to laying cables behind the motherboard tray when compared to the non-insulated version.
- PHANTEKS Eclipse P300 Midi-Tower, Tempered Glass Black/White - Insulated
- Dimensions: 200 x 450 x 400 mm (W x H x D)
- Weight: approx. 6 kg
- Material: Steel, plastic, tempered glass
- Colour: Black / White
- Form factor: E-ATX (up to 275 mm wide), ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
- Total possible fans:
2x 140 / 2x 120 mm (front)
1x 140 / 120 mm (roof)
1x 120 mm (rear)
1x 120 mm (rear)
- Radiator Mountings (partially forfeits HDD- and/or fan slots):
1x max. 240/280 mm (front)
1x max. 120 mm (rear)
- Filter: Front, PSU, roof (removable)
- Drive bays:
1x 2,5" (behind motherboard tray, 1x optional SSD bracket available separately)
2x 2,5/3,5" (internal; tool-free installation)
- PSU: 1x Standard ATX (optional)
- Expansion slots: 7
- I/O Panel:
1x Power button (with RGB-LED)
1x LED controller
2x USB 3.0
- Max GPU length: 330 mm
- Max CPU cooler height: 160 mm
- Max PSU length: 197 mm
- Insulation (pre-installed):
1x Left side
1x Right side
1x Front section of the bottom left
1x Front section of the bottom right
1x Front cover
1x Mid cover
- Insulation (attached):
1x Top rear
- Insulation (included):
1x Rear (fan slot)