NZXT Tempest Mid Tower Gaming CaseFri, May 02, 2008 - 12:00 AM
With the case unpacked we can finally get a good look at it. At first glance the case looks nice – simple. The all-black is fine with me as I was never one for flashy colors. We can also see the whole front of the case is mesh. This is great for air flow, but will make it interesting with noisy components.
Looking more at the front we can see the rear fan through the mesh front and filter. Down each side of the front there are two grooves that run top to bottom for the majority of the case. In these channels are clear plastic strips that will light up when the system is powered up: more on this later.
Moving to the top of the case we can see the front panel buttons, USB ports, eSATA port, and audio ports. Behind that at the very top of the case we can see the dual 140mm exhaust fans.
Moving to the side we can see the side window with the preinstalled 120mm blue LED fan. The window comes covered with a plastic film to prevent scratches. This film pealed off easily and left no residue.
This window is not like you typical side panel window. Looking at it from an angle you can see the window has a bevel detail to it.
Moving around to the back of the case we see that the PSU is bottom mounted. We can also see the rear mounted 120mm fan and the vents just to the right of the expansion slots. Between the vent and the expansion slots are two predrilled holes with grommets that are for an external water cooler if one should ever be used.
Looking at the bottom of the case we can see the standard black rubber feet.
I temporarily powered up the case so I could see what the case look liked lit up. I was surprised just how bright the case was. Gamers will love this, thought I don’t see anyone 24/7 in a bedroom with it as it could make a nice night light.