The NZXT Crafted series have two new designs, the Tempest 410 and the Tempest 410 Elite, which we reviewed today. The Elite has a clear acrylic side window and the standard version is only supplied with a single fan, while the Elite has two. The 410 Elite ships with 3 x 120mm fans, but is capable of housing an additional bottom mounted 120mm fan and two top fans that can be either 120mm or 140mm. The fans are rated with a 25 dBA noise emission and in real world terms, are reasonably quiet. The top panel is also designed to mount a dual radiator if liquid cooling is your thing.
The original Tempest design was a personal favorite and I feel NZXT could played a little more with the redesign, to give it more dramatic impact. The orientation of the hard drive bays leaves me with mixed feelings. I like the fact the the removable front fans make it easy to access drives but I also like when the drive cage is turned to face the side panel because of the enhanced cable routing.
The Tempest 410 Elite has full support for all USB standards, as well as AC97 and High Definition Audio right out of the box. There are also eight removable hard drive bays and three 5.25″ bays which will satisfy even the most demanding of enthusiast user. There is plenty of room for graphics cards, like the HD6950 we used today.
The NZXT Tempest 410 Elite delivers a solid, well rounded package at a competitive price. The Tempest 410 Elite is definitely a product worth buying, especially with a modest £69 price tag.
- Watercooling support (240mm)
- Appealing appearance
- High level of cooling.
- A little noiser than we hoped.
- Only one USB 3.0 port.