NZXT Tempest 210 Case ReviewBluePanda - September 20, 2011
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Your case is often the piece that really says something about you. Wild with colors or subtle and plain - the case says something about your style. In the end it all comes down to getting all your hardware inside; this is where size starts to count. Suddenly having the biggest video card on the market to support your e-ego soon becomes an issue when trying to cram it in a small case, no innuendo intended. However, just because you have all the parts in the world doesn’t mean you don’t want a small sleek case to conceal it all.
Today we take a look at NZXT’s new release, the Tempest 210. Designed for those on a small budget or even just someone looking for a cost effective case, the Tempest 210 stands in as the affordable mid-tower. As NZXT’s latest addition to their series of “Airflow Kings,” the case is intended to “aggressively dissipate heat with advanced mesh design.” With the potential of housing up to eight fans this case is ready to blow you away. I have always found NZXT to be a powerful supplier in the fan world, so I am quite excited to see what they have to offer for containing and cooling my components. Let’s take closer look at the NZXT Tempest 210.
The packaging for the NZXT Tempest 210 is your average plain uni-color printed cardboard box. Designed to hold up to long delivery trips and the fun and games of your local delivery crew the box still has some pep left in it when it shows up on your door step. The quick sketch preview of the case gives a small idea of what is going to be inside but leaves you wondering and ready to tear it open.
The side of the box lists the usual specifications of case dimensions, weight, materials and such. The best category on this side is the “Cooling” section where it lists all the possible fan setups you can run; with placement for as many as eight fans, 120mm or larger, this case seems ready to move some air. Rotating the box around to the back we are given a few quick glances of notable features: massive mesh for flow, inclusion of two fans in the box, screw-less drive bays, a 3.0 USB slot on the front of the case, and cable management slots to route cables. For such a small stature in its box I am becoming a little nervous about getting all my components squeezed inside, yet yearning to find out how much air this bad boy can move.
Cutting open the top of the box I’m not surprised to find the usual plastic wrapped case and end caps of foam. The majority of all cases are shipped this way and has worked pretty well over the last several years – no need to really change. The usual “bag-o-parts” seem to be secured with in the case, so pulling it out of the box, you’ve got a case in some plastic with some foam; nothing to exciting, but what did you expect? Clowns?
Now that we’ve got it out of the box it’s time to see how well the box diagram represents what is inside, hopefully they hype is all worth it! Move on to the next page to see what’s under that plastic.