NZXT Tempest 210

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Interior

The insides are painted black as well, which is always good to see; and something you’d expect from most cases these days.

The motherboard tray has lots of indicators for different motherboard types, making installation that bit easier.

The interior is a little cramped compared to some of the larger ATX chassis out there, which could make installation a little tight, but there shouldn’t be too many problems; especially for those of us with small hands.

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The 3.5″ section of the chassis has little HDD clips that lock in or out with simple twists of a dial.

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The 5.25″ bays also have toolless install options. These are slightly heavier duty lock clips, which are locked by simply pushing them back into their original position. Releasing is achieved by pressing in the ridged section.

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The only active cooling that you get with the Tempest 210 are these two, white bladed fans. The 120mm exhausts out the rear, the other, 140mm does the same from the top panel.  Unfortunately due to there being only a couple of centremetres of space between the top of the motherboard tray and the fan mounts, there’s no room for a water cooling radiator on the interior.

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The only place there are no tooless install options – not even thumb screws – is on the PCI brackets. While this is a bit of a shame, this is the one place where you want strong mechanisms due to heavy add-in cards, so it’s better to not bother with tooless than to get it wrong.

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Popping off the front panel – which is very easy – we can see that there’s two spaces for intake fans. None included at stock though.

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The back panel has some nice cable management options, with the front panel connector cables all being routed through them already. You also have plenty of space behind the motherboard tray and a large section removed to make CPU cooler backplate changing that bit easier.

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One interesting thing is that the manual seems to be slightly out of date. The front panel connectors are shown wrong, as well as the size of the side panel grills.

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Last modified: October 20, 2011

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