Make sure you know what you’re getting into before you buy this case. Certainly, don’t let the negative reviews scare you away - most of them are due to bad planning on building.
This case is primarily focused on aesthetics, not performance. Therefore, do not expect amazing temps for your GTX 10XX or RX 4/5XX + 6-8 Core Coffee Lake / Ryzen. Instead, focus on how to improve your build in a way that keeps acceptable performance with the best looking view possible!
- Gorgeous Case! High quality aluminum, small mesh filters, slightly tinted tempered glass side panels that don’t hinder your view or black out your lighting effects.
- One of the best installation booklets for any PC component ever.
- Accepts 120 (and some 140) radiators, and all 120 / 140mm fans.
- Has a cool cable bar that hides your wires directly beneath your motherboard, with two rubber grommets for PSU cables.
- Allows for 3.5” and multiple 2.5” drives
- 3 fans, mounted in good locations for a divided-chamber concept
- Can also show off GPU on backside of motherboard.
- Glass panels and side panels are easy to remove, but need some extra oomph to slide / snap into place before tightening down.
- Clearance between SFX / SFX-L PSU and GPU is tight, make sure to choose your card carefully to not block your card from being installed / being forced into one orientation rather than both options (being able to show it forward into the glass or backward into the mothotherboard). This is mainly due to the GPU’s location for PCI-E power connector cables and the PSU, but can also be affected by radiator positioning.
- Cable Management is a chore, just like any SFX case, and especially for those that want to use RGB products. I mounted my RGB controllers behind the back panel, and it bulges a bit but I got it to fit, mainly due to the sata power connectors. The fan cables were routed via the Phanteks cable bar below the motherboard directly past the PSU and into the backside panel (where the 3.5” drive would go, I don’t use it).
- Price to invest. While the case is pretty inexpensive compared to other Mini itx cases with glass or of good quality, the SFX ecosystem demands SFX PSU, higher quality fans, and potentially downgrading to a smaller AIO if you had anything above a 120/140mm radiator AIO. In my case, I had to buy a Corsair SFX PSU, 3 new RGB fans with either static pressure or airflow focus, a 120mm AIO, AND the case. All for the aesthetics. A hefty investment but one for the future.
- Case airflow is an issue, specifically for the motherboard and GPU. Try different fan orientations and see which one provides the best cooling, or consider getting fans with strong airflow as intake to push heat upwards and dissipate out the top. A blower-style (reference) GPU is a good idea for this case, but not if you want a pretty display. I’m looking into Silverstone’s Air Penetrator fan for its direct airflow concept to better cool the GPU and motherboard. CPU temps are fine, and so far no VRM issues.
Overall, a well designed case with a beautiful display. Just make sure you do your research! I included some pictures to help understand the case layout.
The craftsmanship of the Evolve Shift can be seen in every detail. From efficient space utilization to innovative features, the Shift delivers a compact housing that packs plenty of power. Every aspect of the Shift has been thoughtfully designed to be clean, accessible and intuitive to configure and install. The interior is designed to meet the demand of AIO water cooling. Due to its small footprint and versatile placement, the Shift will look impressive anywhere in your home environment or office space.