So, in the most basic sense of things, I am here to tell you why you should opt to pay out up to another $45 for this chassis over the last three we have seen from NZXT. I am a sucker for a window, I like to see my hardware, but that alone won't justify it. I like the choice of interior designs much better with the 410 Elite over the others, so that is worth something. There are the front fans that remove to allow access both to maintain them as well as accessing the hard drives. There is the large storage area at the top that incorporated a wire tender to keep them out of the way of an opening optical drive. Lastly, with the way the top is designed in the Tempest 410 Elite, this chassis is truly water cooling ready. I think that alone covers the increase in cost, even though I would pay $20 more not to have tiny screws in my expansion slots. That's right, one last poke at how much I appreciate the thumbscrews there!
Cooling inside the chassis is plentiful and straight forward. The air comes in the front and is forced out the back; that is what air doesn't convection takes right out of the top. With all the fans being 120mm and all revolving at 120RPM, the noise level is minimal, but you can easily tell when they are running. The fans also have the option of a 3-pin connection versus the Molex, so if you want BIOS or fan controller control over them, it is easy to do as well. I also like that there is finally a dust cover offered in the floor of the chassis to keep my PSU fan clean and free of debris. All in all, I am very pleased with the Tempest 410 Elite and what it offered over the Tempest 410 and the other three cases we have been looking at from NZXT.
In my opinion, now that I have seen the whole ball of way if you will, I feel this is the mid tower to buy. The others are still great offerings for the sub-$60 market, but to demand near $100 you have to step the game up these days to do this well. NZXT offers enough in my mind to warrant the price hike over the others and I think that the $99.99 at Newegg.com is more than fair for what you receive. I know there are only two locations to shop, and it is going to be reflected in the scoring, the other offering at Provantage.com is a bit cheaper and may be worth a little leg work to save another $11 off the initial cost. Either way, for less than $100 NZXT offers a solid contender to deserve you money in mid tower chassis design.
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