NZXT Tempest 410 Elite ReviewCompxpert - September 22, 2011
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The enclosure or case as it is also know can make or break any build. For instance, picking an enclosure that does not plan for expansion for larger graphics cards or more hard disk drives could put you in a position where you need to shop for another. It is important to consider the direction you wish to take with your build and plan it out before selecting the case that is right for you. So what does the right case have to have? Does it need to support water cooling or maybe it needs to have enough space for a large heatsink that sports 120mm fans. No matter what you need in a case NZXT has you covered and for review today we have the Tempest 410 Elite. The Tempest 410 Elite is part of NZXT's Crafted Series which consists of many other cases, but more specifically the Tempest, Tempest 410, and Tempest EVO. What sets the Elite Edition apart from the original Tempest 410 is the included side panel window and a second front 120mm intake fan. However, that is not all NZXT packed into this relatively wallet friendly case. Both the Tempest 410 and 410 Elite have a storage compartment for added convenience. While I could reveal more it would spoil the surprise so lets first take a closer look at the Tempest 410 Elite.
The Tempest 410 Elite comes in a rather modest brown box with the front left of the case depicted on the front. On both the left and right side of the box there are tables containing the specifications of the case. The rear of the box highlights five specific features of the case in multiple languages. Two major features highlighted here are its dual radiator support on the top panel and its easy to remove front fans.
With the box now open we're greeted with the usual packaging. Once wrestled from its brown enclosure, we have our case sporting the usual plastic wrapping and Styrofoam to keep it safe while it's being shipped.
Well so far so good. The Tempest 410 Elite seems to pack a nice number of features but what really counts here is just how much they managed to stuff into it for the price. Surely it must have more in store but we'll never know unless we take an even closer look.