NZXT Tempest 210

Cases

Exterior

Pretty standard looking case, with matt black panelling all round and a few grills dotted here and there.

While quite a standard size, the weight of the Tempest is impressively low. If this doesn’t impact the strength of the chassis, this is a pretty desireably quality as it makes it much easier to lug your system around at a LAN.

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The front panel connectors have a USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 port sitting next to a pair of 3.5mm headphone and mic connectors. There’s also a very small reset switch sitting underneath the on/off button.

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The 5.25″ drive bays are grilled with a dust filter at their rear and you can remove them very simply with the little side slider.

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You can’t remove the dust filters, but they’re still easy enough to clean once the bay cover is removed.

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The lower half of the front features a complete honeycomb grill covering. It also is backed by a smooth dust filter panel.

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The top has a small landing area at the front, making for a great place for keys, pen drives etc. At the rear are two honeycomb grills for exhausted air. There’s also mounting points for two fans or a twin 120mm radiator.

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The side panel has another section of grill, with screw slots running along the top and bottom. This allows the attachment of differing sizes of fans or WC radiators. The only issue I have here is that you wouldn’t want to use this section as an intake, as there’s no dust filters.

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The rear panel features a single extra WC loop hole at the top, with the 120MM white bladed fan sitting just beneath it. There’s a couple of other WC loop holes underneath and another grilled section for exhaust. At the base is the usual PSU mount, featuring an air intake just for the power supply. However, again no dust filter.

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The other side panel is bare metal. Both of them are held in place with thumbscrews. Unfortunately they come factory tightened too much, meaning for the first time you open it up you’ll need a screw driver.

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The underside has some plastic feet to help keep things sturdy and allow for some cold air to be drawn in from underneath. No dust filters though. I’d prefer to see rubber feet, as these would dampen any vibrations from internals a bit more, but this is better than nothing.

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Last modified: October 20, 2011

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