The Build and Finished Product
Adding a drive to the front does take from the looks we started with. Making sure not to break it up like I did in the last review, I was sure to add it to the top to try to make it look as good as possible.
On the inside there is plenty of room to get everything you need for a basic setup in here. While more hard drives could cause issues with the expansion cards, I found there is plenty of room to move things around a bit in the front to allow for most installations of even three to four hard drives and still leave room for longer cards.
In the back the I/O plate was a bit tough to install, but I managed to get it all the way in. I think the hole is a little shorter, top to bottom, than usual, but not a huge deal. The cards went in nicely, but I would have appreciated some larger screws for mounting. I have fat fingers and those tiny screws got dropped a few times before they went in.
Behind the motherboard tray they do say that there is only 20mm of clearance, but as you can see that is a tight measurement. I was able to run everything I wanted back here including the 24-pin cable. With the various tie points and large management holes, it was easy just to get this.
With shop closed up and ready for power and a bit of testing, I thought I should get another look before we light this candle!
With the Tempest 210 under full power, I was sort of surprised with the subdued and limited lighting. Even up close, the blue/white light coming from both the power LED and the occasional flash of the HDD activity light, as shipped that's all the light you see!
I always see complaints on forums that case lighting keeps a lot of users awake. Let me just say this then. For those who prefer a nice looking case with minimal lighting, the Tempest 210 ships as exactly that. With the ability to add your own fans all over the 210, you can make it as subdued or as boldly lit as you choose.
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