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NZXT Tempest 210 Mid Tower Case Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 30, 2011 5:14 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: NZXT

Inside the NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 210 Mid Tower Case




Removing the bezel is easy, just a light tug releases the ten clips from the steel chassis. The front I/O is wireless, which I really like with a case. There are no fans installed in the front of the chassis, but it does accept a pair of 120mm fans. The inside of the bezel does include a dust filter for these fans that aren't installed though - strange!




Removing the panels, we can see two things. More importantly is that the wiring is tied nicely for transit, the hardware is tied to the hard drive rack and the instructions are floating around and ended up in the optical bays. The less important thing is that is obvious that left side needs re-bent.




The three 5.25" drive bays are tool-less on this side with the use of these large clips. Under the clip is a pair of pins that lock into the right side of the drive. To release them, you push under the clip where the arrow icons are.




The eight bays of the 3.5" rack have twist and lock tool-less clips to secure the hard drives. Looking around as much as I could, even trying some things, I am afraid there are no realistic mounts for a 2.5" drive.




The motherboard tray gets completely reworked from the Source model. This time there is much more attention given to wire management and the multitude of places to tie wires in front of or behind the motherboard tray.




The rear of the chassis has the 120mm fan installed above the eight vented expansion slots. Each slot uses a small but effective screw. While being hard to work with, when they are in and tightened they are very secure.




You can see the top offers two positions for fans. NZXT has supplied one 140mm fan here pushing air out of the chassis. You can add another 140mm here or replace this one and add another 120mm fan.




Behind the motherboard you get 20mm of space as the minimum. This means that some areas will allow for thicker cables that say the bumps behind the PSU or around the motherboard. Next to the hard drive rack there is plenty of room to tie up wires and hide them there.




Speaking of the wiring, near the top you can see the fan leads. These have an optional power setup of either a 3-pin or you can daisy chain the Molex connections to the PSU. At the bottom is the ribbon of black wires for the power, reset and such. Along with those you get a native USB 3.0 connection, a single USB 2.0 connection, and the HD Audio cable, all in black!

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