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NZXT Tempest Case

NZXT Tempest Case

Exterior

With this chassis, NZXT engineers have opted for a straight line design, with minimal curves.  It is constructed out of steel, with the front and top panels made of plastic.  Despite the use of the plastic, the case weights in at 11.2kgs (24.7 lbs), so it’s probably not something one would be moving around very often. 

The front of the case is dedicated to optical and hard drive bays, and is covered by nine metal mesh panels. The top three of these panels are removable to allow for the installation of up to three optical drives.  Installation is easy, and the panels appear to be solid.  The remaining six panels conceal two 120mm blue LED intake fans which blow directly on the system’s hard drives.  Two plastic fins extend from the front of the case and are inlaid with blue LED lights to compliment the fans and finally a green hard drive activity light is included subtly into one of the fins.

Staying true to their ultimate goal, NZXT have included two huge 140mm exhaust fans on the top of the case, which are covered by a thin metal mesh.  The top also includes the finned design similar to the front of the case.  By making it unleveled, the fins serve to keep you from setting items on top of the case which might restrict airflow.  While this is intuitive, those who typically use such real estate might have to find some extra space on their desk.

The front access panel is also located on top of the case. It includes two USB 2.0 ports, an external SATA port, two 3.5 mm jacks, and the reset and power buttons.  It seems NZXT wanted to find a middle ground between those who keep their case on top of a desk and those who have it on the floor.  The panel faces at a 45° angle, which we found easy to access no matter the location of the tower.  While the panel is well designed, the power and reset buttons could move side-to-side freely, and felt ‘spongy’ when pressed and the plastic construction of the top, as a whole, felt relatively weak.  This is  partly to do with the choice of materials.

The sides of the case are made of steel, and seem solidly constructed. The first side is pretty unassuming, colored a flat black with no added design or color.  The paint job is very well done, and matches the color of the plastic panels perfectly.  The other side panel is a bit flashier, and includes a large plastic window with one 120mm blue LED fan mounted toward the rear. 

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