February 15th, 2011

NZXT Tempest

Review

Introduction

Here at XSReviews we’ve taken quite an extensive look at NZXT’s range of cases, but NZXT have found one we haven’t had out mitts on yet. This one’s called the Tempest, and it has it’s own slogan: “Welcome the airflow king”.

NZXT have made some pretty immense cases in the past so lets take this one for a spin and see how it performs and if it deserves its catchphrase.

Specifications

Front Panel Material Plastic
Dimensions (WxHxD) 211.5 X 521.5 X 562 mm
Cooling System Front: 2 X 120 mm Blue LED (included)Rear: 1 X 120 mm (included) Side Panel: 1 X 120mm Blue LED (included) Top: 2 X 140mm Fan (included)
Drive Bays

3 External 5.25″ Drive Bays ( up to six 5.25″ )
1 3.5″ External Drive Bay
8 Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays

Materials Steel Construction
Expansion Slots 7
Power supply 500w PS2 ATX 12V 2.0 (optional)
Weight 11.2kgs w/o PSU
Motherboard Support E-ATX, ATX, MATX, Baby AT

Features

Dual radiator ready: The NZXT Tempest is pre-drilled for mounting a dual 120mm radiator at the top of the chassis.

Airflow King: Dual 120mm intake, Dual 140mm Exhaust with an additional side 120mm fan and rear 120mm fan all included.

Maximize Expandability: E-ATX support allows more compatibility with high-end components including large graphics cards.

Easier accessibility & cable management:
Cable routing is pre-drilled on the motherboard so users can hide cables behind the motherboard tray, allowing more a cleaning look and better airflow. Power, E-SATA, USB and Reset buttons are mounted at the top to give better accessibility.

Bottom mounted PSU: PSU mounting at the bottom allows for more security and separation of heat from the CPU.

Server-like HDD space: Dual 120mm fans cool cages that hold up to 8 HDDs allowing for large capacity systems while maintaining cool temperatures.

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