Going head to head against the 400R we just took a look at, the Tempest 210 has a few plusses and a few minuses. The plusses of the Tempest 210 are the pricing, USB 3.0, plenty of room for RAID and a multi-card system on a full ATX motherboard, and still offers more than enough wire management options to utilize that 20mm of room back there. On the minus side, out of the six possible positions, only two fans come with the chassis, but to some this may be a plus as you can customize it to fit your specific needs. It has a dust filter for the front where there are no fans, but doesn't offer one for the PSU. And lastly, on the whole of all cases, without the excellent wire management, the drive assembly is still pretty basic even if it does add tool-less clips that work perfectly for these.
I really thought the airflow inside the case (and excuse my pun here) was going to suck! With no fan to push air in, I was thinking there would be pretty limited flow inside the chassis. I held a lit lighter in front of the chassis and got absolutely no waver in the flame at all. I had felt above the case and behind it to gauge the fans flow and felt quite a bit of air coming out. So where is it coming from? I found that with holding the lighter next to the left panel venting, it flowed so much as to extinguish the flame! With fairly little noise coming from the chassis with 12V applied to both of the chassis fans, I am pleased to say the positioning they chose for the fans has merit and does provide ample air inside of the case for those not looking to push their hardware too much. For those who want a budget case to push you hardware in, this can be it, just be sure to add more fans.
Even with the slight damage, I was able to get that sorted out and have a pretty flawless build in the Tempest 210. The tool-less locks work great and offer very secure mounting without the need of additional screws. Even with the back of the case "tweaked", the cards went in fine and aligned with the screw holes as you would want. I will suggest a magnetic screwdriver for this, though, as the screws are small. The panels slide on and off with no issues even with all the wiring I stuffed behind the motherboard; the Tempest 210 took it all in stride and was a pleasure to work with.
It's a shame that I can't directly link you to a sale of this chassis, at least not just yet. This chassis is new to the Crafted Series lineup and should be popping up in your Google searches any time now. With a MSRP of $55, the Tempest does offer quite a bit for its segment. Most cases near $50 have no fans, little as far as tool-less features and mainly only the top ten or so manufacturers will even offer USB 3.0 at this price. Either way you look at it, with an initial investment of less than sixty US dollars, it leaves plenty of room in the budget for extra fans and the ability to make your own lighting choices. I was able to put in a pretty powerful system and was pleased with my results; there is no reason you shouldn't be pleased with this very economically friendly chassis from NZXT!
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