PC enthusiasts will appreciate that to build a gaming rig you dont always need a full tower case. What you need is a case that will handle your hardware efficiently, keeping it cool for overclocking and allowing for future expansion.
Well today we take a look at the Tempest from NZXT, the "Airflow King" as they like to call it. Lets take a closer look and see if it stands up to its name.PCWizKid has a comprehensive video review of the case showing all its features.
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
Conclusions This case is definitely a complete package with great value. The inclusion of 6 fans for cooling welcomes overclocking of your components . The attention to detail by adding dust filters is common sense and shows the quality of the product. However I would have like to have seen a removable motherboard tray since their was no access also to replace a CPU cooler in the tray.
Also not having at the bottom of the case a wide vent for a addition of another 120mm fan intake would have been nice. Never the less for a mid tower the Tempest not only provides time saving features such as the screwless design options for drives but stands up to its name of Airflow King for a mid tower case in its class. Comparing to other manufacturers this mid tower case has an attractive price point for those looking for a quality case.