NZXT Tempest 210 Case ReviewBluePanda - September 20, 2011
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The first thing I notice as I remove the plastic veil is the simplicity of the design. It isn’t lame like your stock Dell case from ten years ago, but rather basic, black – and wait a minute – the inside is painted as well! A lot of newer cases are coming shipped with the insides painted, but thinking back to my Tuniq 3 and plenty of other cases I’ve run through, painting the inside myself was never fun. It always, always looks better with black on the inside, unless of course your case has the metal finish all over. I am impressed; considering the low cost of the case, I expected there to be less.
Moving right along, the case seems like something I’d see on my desk at work, or something very subtle for a living room computer or sophisticated office. It doesn’t scream freak gamer with mind-blowing orange, yellow or blue, but remains classy in all black.
The front of the case is pretty basic with your mesh bay coverings and large mesh covering below that. Immediate attention is drawn to the fact that there are only 3 bays to this case. However, considering most people have only a single DVD drive, possibly two, this shouldn’t be an issue. Personally I tend not to mount an optical drive, but rather use an external; however, in its place I can mount my water cooling bay reservoir, which (fortunately) only requires a single slot.
Turning it around to the backside the continued mesh pattern appears. A 120mm white NZXT fan is already mounted for use, now all we need are some components. The removable video card and other SLI/PCIe slot covers are mesh as well so there won’t be any need for removing further for extra air flow. The I/O plate cutout and power supply bay are begging for some constituents.
Looking at the sides there isn’t too much to say. They both hold up to a simplistic black theme. Two of the eight listed fan locations are located on the main side panel of the case. With sliding adjustments available it’s possible to place one or two fans over a particularly hot CPU, or GPU for that matter, for better cooling. The other side, on the other hand, does its one job – hides the messy cable work.
Taking a closer look at the front panel of the case you’ll find a USB slot, a 3.0 USB slot (it’s the blue one), a headphone and mic jack, a power button, a reset button, and the lights for power and hard drive activity. Basically, these are the typical indicators and quick plug locations. The power and reset buttons are made of soft silicon that click when pressed. The reset button is nice and small and nearly requires a pen to press it – no more accidental resets. The power and hard drive lights are very sleek and add a nice modest touch. They are very thin and light up in white. The HDD light seems to have multiple brightness levels which increase with the HDD load. To literally top it off another seemingly cup holder style top is presented. Somewhat like the HAF 932 top the NZXT Tempest 210 can hold your favorite beverage or a couple of thumb screw while you are working on a quick hardware swap. However, it is a rather shallow bay, and really seems to only serve as for looks.
If you look at the first two drive slots in the picture you can see that they have little black sliders on them. They slide left to release the panels so that you can quickly rinse off some dust or easily install a new optical bay. Made of plastic they aren’t entirely strong, but considering how often you will actually use them… they should be okay.