Excerpt: “Tempest” – A violent windstorm. NZXT has christened this chassis with a moniker that makes you believe that this case can be the “king of airflow” in both name and self proclaimed title. The Tempest tears in to Modders-Inc attempting to blow us away with it’s features and design principles. Is it truly able to perform as it touts, or is it literally full of “hot air”… Let’s find out!
Pros: EXCELLENT Thermal management on Air cooling, Enclosed Radiator mounting for water cooling, Good cable management offerings, Good performing *Quiet fans*… out of the box!, Expansive hard drive mounting options, Good looking asthetics
Summary: Equipped with two 140mm and four 120mm fans this case from NZXT is build to provide a maximum of airflow to the components installed inside. It is a mid-sized tower case with enough room to fit high end VGA cards and third party CPU coolers. We compare the performance of the NZXT Tempest to our multitude of competitors, read on to find out if this case is truly the Airflow King.
Conclusion: The Tempest is a nice case for enthusiasts. If you can look past a few minor gripes, it should serve you well. There were no “dealbreakers” with this case – if you like the look, it would make an admirable chassis for your high end system. As with any aesthetics, these are strictly matters of opinion. The ample interior space should allow a great deal of system growth. You can currently find the Tempest for around $120 .
Pros: The steel chassis is well constructed and sturdy, Giant fans on top, Keeps cooler than control case, Lots of space for HDDs, Ports on top, Mostly matte finish, High MoBo/ Low PSU, No standard port plate, No ‘pokey’ lights
Cons: Poor quality assurance (arrived scratched), Cheap plastic parts, Needs some creative cable management not to look cluttered inside, No fan controls
Conclusion: The two 140mm fans, four 120mm fans, mesh front paneling, and abundant space provide excellent thermal performance. The streamlined look, complimented by blue LED lights, makes for an attractive, interesting case and it doesn't look gaudy or poorly designed. The solid construction and quality paint job further enhance this effect.
Summary: The NZXT Tempest Case will be a big hit amongst enthusiasts. Affordability is obviously very important to most folks and this case is very well priced considering what's included. Air flow is crucial and with 6 included fans (4x120mm & 2x140mm) this case is king in that department. HDD storage space is also vital and with space for 8 HDDs this is not a problem.