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NZXT Tempest Mid-Tower ATX Case
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NZXT Tempest Mid-Tower ATX Case
May 16, 2008

NZXT is a manufacturer of computer components that offers a wide assortment of high quality cases and power supplies designed to suit any enthusiast’s needs. The company was established in 2004, and Bigbruin.com first started reviewing their products in 2006. In this review we will be looking at the Tempest, a mid-tower case that NZXT has dubbed the "Airflow King". That is a pretty bold statement which we will be exploring during this review.


A quick look at the Tempest is provided in the promotional image above, but before we take a closer look at the sample provided for review let’s look at some information on the case taken from the NZXT website.

Specifications:

» Model: Tempest Series
» Case Type: Mod-Tower Steel
» Front Panel Material: Plastic
» Dimensions (WxHxD): 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
   » 8 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
   » Screwless Rail Design
» Material(s): Steel Construction
» Expansion Slots: 7
» Power Supply: 500 Watt PS2 ATX 12V 2.0 (optional)
» Weight: 11.2 kgs (without power supply)
» Motherboard Support: E-ATX ATX, Micro-ATX, Baby AT

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.

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