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NZXT TEMPEST - Enthusiast Steel Mid-Tower

Author:  Matthew Homan
Date:  2008.12.03
Topic:  Cases
Provider:  NZXT
Manufacturer:  NZXT

NZXT TEMPEST - Enthusiast Steel Mid-Tower



So your looking to build a new rig or maybe you just want a new case to hold the guts of your rig. Maybe, the case you presently have is just a little too crowded and you would like to get a slightly larger case maybe a full tower. So with all the options on the market today which range from mild to wild from the economy case, which looks like a case from 10 years ago, to a case that is made out of all lexane and glows as if it were a something out of a science fiction movie. So as with most of us, we only have a couple of bucks to burn and want something that is a full tower, light in weight, and gets good to great air flow, isn't too crazy to look at and doesn't cost a lot. NZXT has developed the Tempest case which I believe meets all prior requirements. Now I have reviewed a lot of cases in past reviews and besides one short coming with the Tempest, I feel for the value, I would be hard press to find a comparitive case for the money. Lets take a look at NZXT's Tempest to see what it has to offer.



Dual radiator ready: The NZXT Tempest is pre-drilled for mounting a dual 120mm radiator at the top of the chassis, currently compatible and tested with Swiftech MCR220, Asetek Dual radiator solution, and Thermaltake TMG2.
Airflow King: Dual 120mm intake, Dual 140mm Exhaust with an additional side 120mm fan and rear 120mm fan all included.
Maximize Expandability: E-ATX support allows more compatibility with high end components including large graphics cards
Easier accessibility & cable management: Cable routing is pre-drilled on the motherboard so users can hide cables behind the motherboard tray, allowing more a cleaning look and better airflow. Power, E-SATA, USB and Reset buttons are mounted at the top to give better accessibility.
Bottom mounted PSU: PSU mounting at the bottom allows for more security and separation of heat from the CPU
Server-like HDD space: Dual 120mm fans cool cages that hold up to 8 HDDs allowing for large capacity systems while maintaining cool temperatures


Model Tempest SERIES
Case Type MID TOWER Steel
Front Panel Material Plastic
Dimensions 211.5 X 521.5 X 562 mm
Cooling System 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)
Drive Bays 9 DRIVE BAYS
3 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS ( up to six 5.25" )
1 3.5" External bracket
Screwless Rail Design
Material(s) Steel Construction
Expansion Slots 7
Power Supply 500 WATT PS2 ATX 12V 2.0 ( OPTIONAL )
Weight 11.2 KGS (W/O Power)


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