Testing cases is another one of those odd “benchmarks”, as the main test of any case, is what features it has, and whether its cooling options are quiet. The features are detailed in the look at the case itself, but individual ones will be looked into during the testing to highlight any problems or particularly innovations we liked.
The areas in which we take a detailed look at are: strength, cooling & noise, installation and pricing as we feel these are the most important factors in determining the effectiveness of a system enclosure.
The steel structure makes for a firm and sturdy case that is unlikely to suffer any bending or significant points of weakness.
A total of six fans are included in the NZXT Tempest EVO’s design with a 120mm intake fan for each hard drive cage. A further two fans are located at the top with additional 120mm fans at the rear and on the side panel.
This is clearly a large number of fans to come pre-installed in a case but note that they are 120mm in size whereas many newer chassis’ include 200m or larger impellers. That said, the placement should provide sufficient all-round cooling both in the main chamber and for the drives.
In terms of noise, the case isn’t bad considering it has six 120mm fans whirring but it could be improved with the use of larger fans spinning at lower revolutions.
As far as installation goes, the process is fairly simple and self-explanatory. The motherboard and cards are secured via the traditional method of screws and standoffs whilst the optical drives slot into place after removing the front panel and attaching the rails to either side.
The hard drives too use rails from the cage to lock into place and the cage then slots into position behind the 120mm intake fan. Unfortunately, this is a little laborious as the front panel, and then the fan must first be removed to allow the HDD cage to slide out.
At £80, the Tempest EVO fits nicely into the sub £100 market offering plenty of features for its price region.