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
Gamers without the budget for a really high-end case like the Cooler Master Cosmos S will want to give the NZXT Tempest a serious look. The Tempest is a good case at a very good price offering style, cooling and performance.
Pros: Lots of fans, Good looks, Predrilled for radiators
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.
Excerpt: Look familiar? That’s the first thing we said when pulling NZXT’s Tempest out of the box. Save for a few minor modifications to the chassis, this case is a carbon copy of Antec’s Nine Hundred chassis. It’s built like the Nine Hundred, performs like the Nine Hundred, and even glows like the Nine Hundred, thanks to its front- and side-panel blue LED fans.
Pros: Plenty of room; eight screwless hard drive bays, lots of cooling; pretty lights.
Cons: Fan speeds not customizeable. Not exactly the most innovative case we've ever seen.