NZXT Tempest Mid-Tower Case - Tempest - Closer Look Inside

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NZXT Tempest Mid-Tower Case
Tempest Specs and Closer Look
Tempest - Closer Look Inside
System Installation in the Tempest

Inside The Tempest:

Once we remove the two thumbscrews holding the windowed side panel, we can take a look inside this case to see how it is all laid out.  It has a few changes from a standard old school chassis in that the PSU is mounted at the bottom of the unit.  Because of that, everything is moved up a little higher and this is what it looks like.

 Tempest Inside Front
Tempest Inside Front
 Tempest Inside Drive Bay
Tempest Inside Drive Bay
     
 Inside HDD Rack
Inside HDD Rack
 HDD Cooling
HDD Cooling

 

The front is very spacious for drives and there is certainly a lot of bays.  Drive installation for all drives is tool-less and the top three 5.25" bays don't even need rails attached to the drives prior to installation.  All other drives will need to have the rails attached to the drives before they are slid and click securely in place.   The HDD racks are cooled by 120mm fans and this is great for keeping your HDDs cool - especially if you have a rack filled with four drives.  The drives are quite close to each other and could get quite warm.  It is also important to note that the front of the case and the two front intake fans have a nice fine filter that will help prevent dust from being sucked into your case.


Moving on to the inside top of the case we take a look at the two 140mm fans that are unfiltered and are designed to exhaust how air from the system.  These two fans don't have a filter but that shouldn't be an issue as you're not typically trying to filter the air coming out of your case.  Cables run to the top input/output ports as well and work fine even with a drive inhabiting the top bay.

 Top Fans
Top Fans
 Inside Top IO
Inside Top IO

 

The top fans don't have internal grills and this may cause problems with cables management and cables getting in the way of the blades because the motherboard is close to the top of the case.  We'll have to see how that shapes up as we go along.

Tempest Inside Back Before we drop a system in the case we'll make quick mention of the inside rear of the case.  The NZXT Tempest is designed for Extended ATX motherboards and has plenty of room at the back.  It even has some holes for water lines if you choose to add an external watercooling kit.  There is a rear 120mm fan here as well to complete the "Tempestuous" amount of airflow through this case.  All of these fans have both 3-pin motherboard and 4-pin Molex connectors giving you lots of options to hook up this case to your motherboard.

On the next page we'll install a system in this case to see how easy it is to work with and if it is too loud to be used in the average house.  Perhaps it will be something that only your grandmother with poor hearing can tolerate.