NZXT Tempest Steel Midtower
Author: Frank Stroupe
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-02-2008
Provided by: NZXT
A Look Inside

The NZXT Tempest is a very versatile case, due to its non-conventional size and configuration. There are two hard drive bays, each are removable, and 5 ¼” devices could be put in place of either bay. The HDD bays themselves are far from conventional, as we will see in a moment.

There are a couple of openings in the motherboard tray to aid in cable management, along with some openings on the back side of the bay area. This should make an easy clean build.

As with all other NZXT cases, interior finish is excellent. I found no sharp edges, and with the PSU opening on the bottom of the case, I didn't accidentally cut a finger picking the case up by that opening.

In its basic configuration, there are room for two 5 ¼” drives and a floppy. The floppy fits in a plastic adapter that is easily removable, providing another 5 ¼” space. The ODD locking devices are similar to some others I've seen. Place the pins into the screwholes on the ODD, then twist the knob to lock it in place. There are holes to use screws for non-standard length 5 ¼” devices, such as fan controllers.

Here's something new, the hard drives are placed vertically in the two bays, and there is room for eight of them. Each bay is cooled by a 120mm fan. I guess that this is the first case that I've seen that will hold that many hard drives all in the same place, rather than have them scattered about the case. Behind the bezel are the two front fan openings. The mesh is very open, and there are plastic guards over each opening.

At the top is a pair of 140mm fans. The reason for the extended height of the case is that the case is pre-drilled for a dual-120mm radiator. It is currently compatible and tested with Swiftech MCR220, Asetek Dual radiator solution, and Thermaltake TMG2.

If you are like me and not into water cooling, so what… you have a really awesome blowhole.

At the rear of the case, we see the rear fan and the power supply opening. Something I haven't mentioned yet, each fan has male and female molex connectors, and a 3-pin fan connector hardwired. This is really nice, I usually am limited by one or the other, and often have to mod something to wire the fans. This way, I can connect some directly to the PSU, and others to the motherboard chassis fan ports.

NZXT has opted to use traditional screws rather than a tool-free solution for securing PCI cards. I have been using screws lately in most of my cases. Video cards have gotten too heavy to trust tool-free brackets, especially on a rig that gets moved around a lot, like LAN party rigs.

Included with the Tempest are a lot of screws, a couple of ball-twist cable ties, a mobo speaker, and ODD locks in case you remove one of the HDD bays for 5 ¼” devices.

  Sponsors Links

  Sponsors Links