Today in the KitGuru labs we have the enthusiast grade steel mid tower Tempest EVO chassis from NZXT. This case has been designed with the focus on expandability offering E-ATX support which allows for compatibility with higher end graphics cards, power supplies and server boards while also allowing the installation of up to 8 Hard Disk drives.
They have incorporated predrilled cable routing on the motherboard which allows for a cleaner appearance and enhanced airflow design. The case also features space behind the motherboard panel from a punched side panel design that allows for easy heatsink removal. Additionally there is also support for a dual 120mm radiator at the top panel. So far so good.
NZXT call this ‘The King Reborn – a sleek, all black, steel mid tower gaming chassis. Building off of the original Tempest's award winning design, the EVO brings advanced cooling power, expandability, and cable management.”
This case comes fully loaded with 6 fans. There are 2 x 140mm top exhaust fans, 2 x 120mm front loaded Blue Led intake fans, 1 x 120mm Blue Led side intake fan and 1 x 120mm rear exhaust fan. That’s a lot of fans for sure.
Do we have your attention yet? Lets have a closer look.
The package is made of corrugated cardboard and contains all of the required information about the contents and product features. They have included a couple pictures of the case and they also make reference to awards that this product has received in the past.
After opening the package we are greeted with the Tempest packaged in a plastic bag with Styrofoam pieces built to fit the top and bottom of case. These moulded pieces are designed to provide protection during the shipping process. This is all pretty standard stuff as these products have to ship worldwide, and withstand the beating put on them by the people loading and unloading them during their journey.
Before we start checking out the exterior of the Tempest EVO let's check the specifications:
* The version we are reviewing today does not include the optional 500 WATT PSU *
|CASE TYPE||MID TOWER Steel|
|FRONT PANEL MATERIAL||PLASTIC|
|DIMENSIONS (W x H x D)||211.5 X 521.5 X 562 mm|
|COOLING SYSTEM||FRONT, 2 X 120 mm Blue LED (included)REAR, 1 X 120 mm (included)
SIDE PANEL, 1 X 120mm Blue LED (included)
TOP, 2 X 140mm Fan (included)
|DRIVE BAYS||9 DRIVE BAYS3 EXTERNAL 5.25″ DRIVE BAYS ( up to six 5.25″ )
1 3.5″ External bracket
8 INTERNAL 3.5″ DRIVE BAYS
Screwless Rail Design
|POWER SUPPLY||500 WATT PS2 ATX 12V 2.0 ( OPTIONAL )|
|WEIGHT||11.2 KGS (W/O Power)|
|MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT||MOTHERBOARDS: E-ATX ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT|