Summary: NZXT has taken the original Tempest and fine tuned it, adding a nice list of new features to the case, while managing to keep the price the same upon launch. This new case, called Tempest EVO scores further points with us for the black interior along with small updates to the overall functionality as well as the new aspects in design. Considering the price tag, Tempest comes with plenty of cool features that aren't available in a lot of enclosures.
Pros: Cool design with black interior, Very good construction quality, Lots of fans, Good front I/O panel placement, Up to eight hard drives will fit, Rails for up to three additional optical drives, Hard drive caged may be removed for easy installation, Simple cable management & hiding possibilites, Screw-less system for HDD & ODD, Holes for water cooling
Cons: Plastic front element may not be for everyone, Need to remove panel to remove drive cage, Limited cable management & hiding possibilites, Screw-less ODD system does not hold drives tight, A bit loud / poor acoustics
Conclusion: There’s definite improvement on show over the original NZXT Tempest case with small alterations throughout the design improving both aesthetics and performance. The six 120mm fans provide all the cooling you’ll be likely to need but noise levels are compromised in the process so bear this in mind if you’re after silent (or close to) cooling.
Pros: Appearance, Six fans, Up to eight HDDs installable, Cable management
Excerpt: Today in the KitGuru labs we have the enthusiast grade steel mid tower Tempest EVO chassis from NZXT. This case has been designed with the focus on expandability offering E-ATX support which allows for compatibility with higher end graphics cards, power supplies and server boards while also allowing the installation of up to 8 Hard Disk drives.