NZXT TEMPEST EVO Computer Case Reviewjlqrb - December 30, 2009
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Cases can play a major role in the cooling of a computer's internal components. A case with good air flow can drop your internal temperatures by a significant margin over a case with lackluster cooling. This can aid in extending the life of your components, as well as help you reach higher clock speeds while overclocking. If your case does not cool well your whole system can suffer, which can lead to lower overclocks or even in some extreme instances system crashes. This is not to say that cases are the only factor in cooling, but they can be a major part of it. NZXT has updated the fan design for the EVO and have stated that the design delivers more air flow at lower noise levels. There was no specifications of the fans listed CFM or dB ratings, so I will do the testing by ear and cooling performance. To test the cooling performance of the EVO case I will be running a series of benchmarking programs designed to stress individual parts of the computer in order to see how efficiently the case cools each part. I will also be comparing the EVO to the mid-sized Antec Three Hundred (with stock cooling) as well as Tagan's full sized A+ Black Pearl.
- CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
- Motherboard: ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3
- Memory Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 9-9-9-27
- Nvidia GTX260 Core 216
- Power Supply: Zalman 750 Watt modular power supply
- Hard Drive: Seagate 750GB 7200.11
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate
- Case: NZXT Tempest EVO
- Antec Three Hundred
- Tagan A+ Black Pearl
The EVO did an amazing job cooling my system. Each stress test I ran had the EVO performing equal to or better than of the other two comparison cases. The dual 120mm intake fans in the front managed to drop my hard drive temps down a whole 10C more of the Antec and Tagan cases. The top and rear exhaust fans also did an excellent job removing the hot air from the top of the case. With the hot air being pulled out, my AMD 955 was able to max out at 59C. Normally, I wouldn't make a big deal about 3C, but seeing how 62C is my processors max temp, the drop is very welcome. The new fan design did create exceptional airflow and is definitely an improvement over the old design. The fans do create some noise though. That is not to say they are not loud by any means and in fact they create less noise than my Tagan case, but they are audible.