NZXT Tempest EVO
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 01-19-2010
Provided by: NZXT
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Exterior


As I mentioned before, the Tempest and Tempest EVO share identical dimensions and external appearance. There are nine 5" mesh bay covers filling the front from top to bottom. Behind the bottom six are two 120mm fans for intake. Both the front and top panels have raised plastic edges, and the front houses light strips that NZXT has been incorporating into many of their Crafted series cases. Although the side panel window is the same shape and size as the previous Tempest, NZXT has used a smoked tint that really gives it a stealth look.


From the back we see that NZXT has given the Tempest EVO the full blacked out treatment, with the chassis painted to match the exterior. In my opinion this makes a case seem much more complete, particularly when you put a side panel window in, you want the inside to look as good as the outside. Functionally the EVO is identical to the Tempest as both utilize the same layout, with 120mm exhaust fan and bottom-mount power supply. Although they have added two more liquid cooling holes, giving a total of four now, and made them bigger to accommodate large diameter tubing. Also the riser slots now have mesh covers to aid in cooling.


The top panel on the EVO is the same as the Tempest, it houses two USB ports, headphone and microphone jacks, an eSATA port and reset and power switches. Dual 140mm exhaust fans sit behind the I/O panel and make an excellent spot to mount a radiator. On the bottom are four rubber pedestal feet, just like the original Tempest, only now NZXT has stamped an opening for the power supply fan intake to breathe through. A removable plastic and mesh filter helps to keep dust on the outside.


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