Phanteks Eclipse G360A Review: Affordable Airflow and RGB

Phanteks Eclipse G360A Review: Affordable Airflow and RGB

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The Phanteks Eclipse G360A stands out among mainstream ATX chassis, delivering good airflow and RGB. Despite some design flaws, for $100 with three aRGB PWM fans that help deliver great thermal performance, it’s a stellar chassis for builders on a budget.

Specifications of the Phanteks Eclipse G360A
TypeATX Mid-Tower
Motherboard,SupportMini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX
Dimensions(HxWxD)18.3 x 7.87 x 17.9 inches
Max GPU Length15.74 inches
CPU Cooler Height6.3 inches
Internal Bays4x 2.5 or 2x 3.5-inch
Expansion Slots7
Front I/O2x USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps), D-RGB Mode, D-RGB Color, Power button and 3.5mm headphone/audio jack
OtherTempered Glass Side Panel
Front Fans3x 120 mm
Weight17.4 pounds
Warranty5 years

The Eclipse G360A isn’t a major departure from its predecessor. But for about $10 more, it brings in a third aRGB fan, delivers PWM support for all three spinners, and makes room for 360mm radiators at the top and front, to better cool current and upcoming high-end components. Combine that with the mesh front panel that already delivered good airflow with just two fans–but now packing in three–and the Eclipse G360A is a great case for the price.

It’s not without its quirks though. Cable routing in particular could certainly be improved. And there’s still no USB-C port. But with very good cooling performance (that gets even better if you move one of the three fans to the back for exhaust, or bring your own), and tasteful RGB, this is one of the best cases you can grab for around $100.  

Features of the Phanteks Eclipse G360A

But while the G360A glistens with its aRGB fans, it’s not quite as shiny when it comes to attention to detail. During my initial disassembly of the case, I was happy to see that the tempered glass side panel features captive thumbscrews. But the rear side panel does not. This isn’t a deal-breaker, but it’s odd and makes the build process a bit more annoying.

The oddities continued when I installed a standard-sized PSU (Corsair RM850X). The hard drive cage was too close to the PSU for cable comfort, and moving the cage is a big pain. To move the drive cage you need to take it apart, which requires the removal of multiple screws on the top of the power supply shroud and underneath the case. Again, having a simple thumb screw or two here to allow for removal of the cage would make things so much easier.

At the top of the case, you’ll find two USB 3.0 Type-A ports (5Gbps), two buttons for RGB color and mode adjustment, a power button and a microphone/headphone jack. I would’ve preferred to see at least one USB Type-C port here. The power button is at the front of the case, above the top fan.

Like its older sibling, the P360A, the G360A features a big mesh front panel. But this time Phanteks added some personality by stamping a design on it that looks like something between a U and a V. Not everyone is going to love it, but at the very least it looks less plain than the front of the P360A. There’s still no real front fan filter here, which can be an issue. But so long as you regularly pop off the front to clean the mesh and the fans and blow out the interior of the case a couple of times a year, you should be fine. That said, if you live in an area with lots of dust or pollen in the air, you may want to pay more for a case with an easily removed dust filter.

Internal Layout of the Phanteks G360A

Even though the G360A isn’t the biggest ATX chassis, it has more room than you’d expect–which is good considering today’s power-hungry components. The G360A supports up to three 120mm or two 140mm fans at the top, along with radiator support up to 360mm (the previous P360A only supported 240mm). The front of the G360A got the same treatment as the top, with radiator support up to 280 or 360mm. The rear of the case is unchanged but good enough with support for a 120mm fan or radiator.

Today’s best graphics cards are already huge, and most indications are that next-gen GPUs will be even bigger. But with 15.7 inches (400mm) of GPU clearance in the G360A, we had no issues installing our triple-fan Gigabyte RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC, and most next-gen cards will likely fit here as well. CPU tower cooler support comes up a bit short in the G360A–literally–at 6.3 inches (162mm). Your big Noctua NH-D15 will not fit, though most mid-sized coolers will; our Noctua U12s fit just fine. And with motherboard support up to 280mm, some E-ATX motherboards will fit. But as always, for true E-ATX support without blocking important cable cutouts, you should opt for a larger full-tower case when building an E-ATX system, or expect some complications and limitations.

Behind the motherboard tray, you’ll find two preinstalled sleds for two 2.5-inch drives. If you want to install other SATA drives, there’s a cage for two 2.5- or 3.5-inch drives under the PSU shroud. But if you want to move or remove it to make more room for PSU cables, it’s a chore since screws both on top of the PSU shroud and underneath the case hold it together.

While I didn’t have any issues closing the rear side panel on the G360A after building, routing the PSU cables to the motherboard was difficult. I really struggled to route the 24-pin cable, to the point where I barely had any slack on the wire. And the cutout for routing the EPS 12V CPU cable could be an even bigger issue.

If the end of your CPU power cable doesn’t split in half and you have to push the whole eight-pin plug through the hole, you should try to route this cable before screwing the motherboard down. If not, you may have to remove the top of the case, as I did, in order to get the connector through with enough slack to plug in the cable. But that was a huge hassle, as it involved removing 13 screws. Yes, that’s 13 screws. While we wouldn’t necessarily expect it at this price, this case definitely isn’t tool-free or particularly modular. Again, this all could have been avoided if Phanteks had just made this cutout a little bigger.

Phanteks Eclipse G360A Cooling

The previous Eclipse P360A currently holds the belt for our best budget ATX gaming, case for its great airflow and RGB. While the G360A is a clear successor to the P360A, Phanteks could’ve taken the easy way out by just including three 3-pin aRGB fans here, but instead the company delivered three aRGB and PWM-controlled spinners instead. And as we are about to see, it all comes together for some quite good performance.

2022 has been an interesting year for case fans. We’ve seen the 160mm fans in the Fractal Torrent Compact, the revival of semi-translucent 200mm SickleFlow fans in the Cooler Master HAF 700 Evo and now the D-aRGB fans in the G360A. Teh fans here aren’t ground-breaking like the company’s T30 spinners. But for a $100 case that includes three of them with RGB lighting, I’ll take them with open arms.

The fine mesh front panel on the G360A does two things: It lets an immense amount of air into the chassis, while allowing the RGB of the fans to shine out. Phanteks didn’t try to reinvent the already excellent P360A with the newer G360A, and that was probably a smart move. All it took was an increase in cooling capability and a few other little changes (like room for bigger radiators) to make this case better for 2022 and beyond.

Bottom Line

Phanteks has a history of delivering value and performance with its cases, as evidenced by the Eclipse P360A that’s been our favorite budget ATX gaming case for well over a year. But its time in that spot has now passed, as Phanteks has delivered a better option with the Eclipse G360A. 

At $100, it costs about $10 more than the current price of the previous Eclipse, but you get an extra RGB fan and support for larger 360 radiators at the top and front. And with the new G360A, all three fans feature PWM for better efficiency, noise output and control. If that isn’t worth an extra $10 to you, then you may want to scoop up the P360A while it’s still available. 

Despite some quirks in its design, the Eclipse G360A is a truly great case for gamers on a budget. Heck, even if money isn’t a major issue, it’s still nice to get good airflow and attractive RGB without spending a lot. Sure you could pay more for something else, but the Eclipse G360A is proof that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a great breezy box for your PC parts.

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