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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Summary: When I fired up the rig, I really expected it to be loud. Well, it was, for about two seconds, from my video card. Once it quieted down, the rig was all but silent. Six fans chugging along at 12v, with very minimal noise.
For the acid test, I played Crysis for about 1.5 hours.
Summary: In my assessment, 's claim that the Tempest is the "Airflow King" cannot be disputed. My hardware has remained cool, with temperatures of 27C for both processor cores, 32C for the system, and 39C for the 7600GT graphics card.
Conclusion: Considering many people will compare NZXT’s Tempest to Antec’s Nine Hundred, I thought it might be helpful to show the two cases side by side. In the shots below, you can see that although they do seem to share some common DNA, the two really are distinctly different cases.