NZXT Tempest EVO – Internals
Thumbscrews are the expected route to gaining entry to most gaming chassis’ and the Tempest EVO is no different. Once inside, the layout is very similar if not identical to that of the Tempest MK1 except for the all-black colouring.
However, there are small design upgrades throughout the design that although not picked up upon at first glance are evident with a closer look. For example, four rubber mounts have replaced the metal bar for the PSU to sit on in order to reduce the audible vibrations from the unit.
Moreover, a number of holes have been cut out of the motherboard to allow access for cable routing (these are complete with rubber flaps) and a large hole carefully placed to allow a CPU cooler back plate to be fitted without the need for motherboard removal.
Just above are the seven PCI slots each with a meshed cover attached with a single screw.
At the front, the hard drive cages hold up to a maximum of eight drives (four in each). Removing the entire front panel, by pulling firmly outwards at the bottom, gains access to these cages; which each have an accompanying 120mm intake fan. Taking the fan of then allows the cage to slide out and hard drives to be installed.
Whilst the 3.5” HDDs simply use screws to attach into the railed cages, the 5.25” drives have individual rail pairs for installing them into the Tempest EVO.
Ultimately, the Tempest has had a facelift with the introduction of the Tempest EVO with multiple upgrades designed to improve both the aesthetics and overall performance; testing follows.