NZXT Tempest Reviewajmatson - June 12, 2008
The NZXT Tempest is truly a unique and interesting design. I love how NZXT has included all of the necessary fans with the case, instead of making the user purchase their own. The space inside the Tempest is enough for anyone, and it can even be used as a server tower, given the amount of hard drive space available. If you are like me, you'll think the lights on the case are great - though that is a personal preference - and they make it look pretty for any LAN party! The case does a great job of cooling the components, especially the hard drives, and even gives you the option to install a liquid cooling setup with minimal work! Having the two exhaust fans at the top of the case eliminates the need for adding fans to the liquid radiator, and maximizes the space that is available. Having the PSU at the bottom of the case also aids in keeping the critical areas of the computer cooler.
I would have like to have seen a removable motherboard tray, since this would make installation easier - especially if something needs to be changed after the build is completed. I also think that if you are going to make a tool-less design for a case, you should make it completely tool-less, not half. Plus, installation would be easier with a tool-free design for the expansion cards. Overall, this is a great case for a good price, and keeps up with other cases on the market. I recommend it for anyone wanting to overclock their hardware, or for those looking to install a liquid cooling system.
- Liquid cooling radiator ready
- Multiple cooling fans included
- Easy cable management
- Great case airflow
- Bottom mounted PSU
- Motherboard tray not removable
- No tool-less design for expansion cards