|NZXT Tempest-EVO Case TEVO-001BK|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Joey Peng - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 31 January 2010|
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Closer Look: Tempest Evo Exterior
The NZXT Tempest Evo arrived in a fairly standard box, safely cushioned in between two foam layers. The steel case is strong and sturdy, but quite heavy. Unfortunately there are no convenient places to grip onto for lifting. While the case came fully equipped with all the accessories you'll need for installation, including motherboard and PSU screws, it did not come with an adequate manual of any sort. For those that need a little bit of explanation, the manual can be found on NZXT's website.
NZXT maintains it's style for see-through side panels. This shape/concept is used on several NZXT cases, such as the Lexa S and M59. It must be a popular design if it was kept for several products. The fan (120mm LED fan) is covered with a steel mesh to block out large particles. You can see the two thumb screws on the back. They allow easy access to the inside of the case. You will have to detach the fan every time though.
The other face of the Tempest Evo is carved to match the plastic see-through panel on the other side. Definitely a nice visual touch, but it also serves to give the case a little extra room for cable management and cooling.
The front is covered entirely with steel mesh, allowing complete airflow from the front of the case. Three 5.25" bays are located on the top, each matching up to a single slot. Located right below them are 2 blue LED intake fans. With two strong fans sucking air in from the front, the dust WILL get through and fill the case eventually. Don't expect it to be a magical filter. However, it does a great job keeping large particles, like pet fur, out of the case, while providing extremely smooth airflow.
One 120mm exhaust fan is located on the back, right where the CPU is located. There are a total of 7 expansion slots and 4 outlets for water-cooling. The PSU is mounted on the bottom, and 8 holes are available for screwing in your PSU. A bottom-mounted PSU may concern some, as there's a common belief that heat rises and thus your GPU ends up being right above a heat vent, and your PSU ends up sucking in more dust. However, a top-mounted PSU simply means the PSU takes the hit instead by sucking in all the heat from your entire system. Moving the PSU to the bottom of your case also frees up real estate at the top, and the NZXT Tempest Evo takes full advantage of that by installing two 120mm fans in its place. There are benefits and drawbacks to both builds. Given the airflow of the Tempest Evo, it is safe to say a bottom-mounted PSU will have very little impact on your GPU/CPU, at most 1-2C.
Benchmark Reviews offers a detailed look at the Tempest Evo exterior in the next section.