NZXT Tempest EVO – Externals
The case itself has an all-black exterior with a large side panel window – indeed it doesn’t appear significantly different from the original Tempest design. The front simply lists the external 5.25” drive bays vertically (each with a separate removable meshed cover) with nine in total.
Moving around to the sides, a large window is in place providing a view of the internal (working) components with an embedded 120mm fan equipped with blue LEDs which again links in with the tempest (stormy) design.
Conversely, the opposite side has only a slight ridge to break up the plain black panel.
The top reveals two more notable parts to the chassis. Firstly, the I/O ports which have been fitted on to a slight incline so as to make them easily accessible from the front and not point straight upwards. The ports available are as follows:
- 2 x USB 2.0 (no USB 3.0 support)
- 1 x eSATA
- Microphone Jack
- Headphone Jack
And, secondly, further back two more 120mm fans are found again with blue LEDs as standard. These fans are different from the original tempest with their black frames and white impellers with extra blades.
The cooling system as a whole is fairly standard for a mid tower full-ATX case though with the top fans accompanied by an extra rear exhaust (120mm) and dual intake fans at the front of the same size plus of course the side fan previously mentioned.
Finally, we come to the rear of the Tempest EVO. Next to the exhaust fan is the motherboard I/O slot and below are the custom seven PCI slots.
One upgrade over the original design comes in the form of the four grommet-filled watercooling holes replacing the previous two to allow for a full external watercooling loop.
A bottom-mounted power supply completes the array although a filtered vent has now been included on the underside to allow for some airflow.