Recently I reviewed a 9800GTX and a Radeon 3850 X2. For years I have been using midrange video cards, and I was really surprised at how these upper end cards heated up my case. The 9800GTX made the entire rear of my case hot, due to exhausting out of a PCI opening. Both heated up my case interior enough to raise my CPU temp as much as 10C.
I'm big on quiet rigs, especially since one of my rigs sits on my desk about a foot from my face. Both of these video cards have temperature controlled fans, but the case temp kept the fans running at audible levels. I can't imagine the noise level or heat from a pair of either of these cards running in SLI or Crossfire.
NZXT has addressed these problems with their latest midtower, the Tempest. Dubbed “Airflow King”, this case has a fully vented bezel, dual 120mm front intake fans, dual 140mm blowhole fans, plus 120mm window and rear fans. Sounds like plenty of ventilation, but will it sound like the next Hurricane Katrina has arrived? Read on to see!
NZXT has traditionally packaged their cases in boxes with fairly tame graphics, and the Tempest is no exception. Most any information you'd want is on the box. Inside, the case is well protected with nice soft high-density foam.
MODEL: Tempest series
CASE TYPE: Steel Mid Tower
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL: plastic
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D): 211.5 X 521.5 X 562 mm (22" x 8.3" x 20.5")
-FRONT, 2 X 120 mm Blue LED (included)
-REAR, 1 X 120 mm (included)
-SIDE PANEL, 1 X 120mm Blue LED (included)
-TOP, 2 X 140mm Fan (included)
-3 External 5.25" Drive Bays ( up to six 5.25" )
-1 3.5" External bracket
-8 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
-Screwless Rail Design
MATERIAL(S): Steel Construction
EXPANSION SLOTS: 7
WEIGHT: 11.2kg (appx 24.5lbs)(W/O Optional Power Supply)
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT: E-ATX ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT