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Written by Joey Peng - Edited by Olin Coles   
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
NZXT Tempest-EVO Case TEVO-001BK
Closer Look: Tempest Evo Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Tempest Evo Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

NZXT Tempest Evo Case TEVO-001BK

Following the success of the original Tempest mid-tower computer case, NZXT tinkered around with its designs and came up with the NZXT Tempest Evo. The two cases share many of the same assets, and are both priced at $119.99. The Tempest Evo features an array of upgrades, including a unified paint job and better cable management. With a total of six 120mm intake/exhaust fans, the NZXT Tempest Evo mid-tower case promises excellent airflow. Benchmark Reviews takes a detailed inspection of the NZXT Tempest Evo mid-tower computer case, model TEVO-001BK, to see how much of an "evolution" it is and how close it comes to perfection.

Recently many companies have started offering revised versions of their popular hits, keeping what was praised and tweaking what was necessary. NZXT has done that several times. Revised cases allow the original product to stay competitive against newer models, and, at times, even surpass them. These cases don't pack as much "wow" factor, but they are expected to have overcome all quirky aspects. Existing features should be near perfection. This is not only attractive to buyers, but also attractive to manufacturers. Very little additional investment is required, everything from designs to the manufacturing process is re-used.


That being said, the NZXT Tempest Evo could definitly be priced a little lower to be more competitive (currently offering the mail-in rebate). For main-stream users there are many sub-$100 cases out there that will satisfy their needs. We shall see in this review whether or not the Evolved Tempest will be worth that little bit of extra cash.

NZXT Tempest Evo Features

  • The King reborn: Dual 120mm intake, Dual 140mm Exhaust with an additional side 120mm fan and rear 120mm fan makes NZXT Tempest one of top cases in cooling, maximizing air circulation in all areas. The new Tempest EVO has upgraded nine blade design fans that deliver more air at low noise levels
  • Maximize Expandability: E-ATX support allows more compatibility with high end components including large graphics cards, high end power supplies. and server boards
  • Enhanced accessibility & cable management: Cable routing is pre-drilled on the motherboard so users can hide cables behind the motherboard tray, allowing more a cleaning look and better airflow. Power, E-SATA, USB and Reset buttons are mounted at the top to give better accessibility. The Tempest EVO has increased space behind the motherboard panel from a punched side panel design and a CPU punchout for heatsink removal
  • Bottom mounted PSU: PSU mounting at the bottom allows for more security and separation of heat from the CPU
  • Server-like HDD space: Dual 120mm fans cool cages that hold up to 8 HDDs allowing for large capacity systems while maintaining cool temperatures
  • Overclocking and water cooling friendly: The Tempest is predrilled for watercooling tube access and supports a dual 120mm radiator at the top panel.
  • Black on Black: All new black interior, smoked side panel gives the Tempest an all new sleek look.

TEVO-001BK Specifications

Model Series
TEMPEST EVO Crafted Series
Model TEVO-001BK
Spec Type ATX mid tower
Color Black
Case Material Steel/Plastic
Power Supply
500 WATT PS2 ATX 12V 2.0 ( OPTIONAL )
Power Supply Mount
Motherboard Compatibility
Expansion External 5.25" Drive Bays 3(Up to 6)
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays 8
Expansion Slots 7
Front Ports
USB / Audio / e-SATA
Cooling System 120mm Fans 2 x 120 mm Blue LED front fans
1 x 120 mm rear fan
1 x 120mm Blue LED side fan
140mm Fans
2 x 140mm top fans
Physical Spec Dimensions(L x W x H) 22.13" x 8.33" x 20.53"
Weight 24.70 lbs.

About NZXT

NZXT, a company built upon gamer's dreams, hopes to create products that put consumers first. With the objective of designing unique products catered for hardware enthusiasts and gamers, NZXT has grown into a globally renowned brand recognized for dedication towards creating the next great gaming product. NZXT has won numerous awards from media and publications from across the globe with a product line spanning from gaming chassis, power, and gaming input devices. As a corporation formed by gamers, NZXT continues to expand into new horizons and push the limits further with each product unveiling.

Our dedicated sales and customer service team will work diligently to earn your trust and loyalty. All our products are built with high quality material and engineered in the best conditions.

NZXT products are designed and engineered in the United States and manufactured overseas in China and Taiwan. NZXT was established in 2004 in Los Angeles, California.


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