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NZXT Tempest 410 Elite Mid Tower Case Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 20, 2011 3:09 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: NZXT

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




Back to the Crafted Series we go for this new entry to the Tempest Lineup. The 410 Elite does have a little brother in the Tempest 410, but separating the pair of Tempest 410 cases is a window and rubber grommets in the wire management holes; that's it really. Around the outside both use the same protruding front bezel that offers three optical bay drive covers that are removable from the outside of the chassis. The bay covers and the pair of removable fans are covered with steel mesh to allow for improved airflow. There is a cool trick to the removable fans, but I will show that later. The rest of the exterior as well as the bezel are textured and black in color.


On the inside there is the rack for the tool-less optical drive bays at the top with a rack housing up to eight drives below it. These eight bays use plastic trays that will accept both 3.5" drives as well as 2.5" drives. Moving left, you get a well laid out motherboard tray with even more holes and options for wiring than any of the previous three cases had, plus the large visible holes in the tray receive rubber grommets this time! Above the tray you can install either one or two of either 120mm or 140mm sized fans with room for a radiator in the plastic top of the case. Below the tray there is a dust cover now for the PSU and an optional fan placement between the PSU and hard drive racks on the floor. In the back you get seven expansion slots and the third fan installed, which is a 120mm as an exhaust fan. Finishing off the exterior, the left panel gets a large angled window that leans to the left, where the right panel is again left flat and plain.


The fans in the chassis are all 120mm and there are three. Two fans in the front, which are replaceable and removable with relative ease to deliver a steady flow of fresh air into the chassis, and the 120mm exhaust fan in the back. This leaves you with options for the radiator in the top or just a pair of fans, and of course if the PSU is short enough you can also add a fan to the floor. There are some things I missed, like the 410 Elite having an internal USB 3.0 connection; there is a covered tray in the front and the removable mesh top, but I will cover the Tempest 410 Elite in fine detail soon enough.


Looking to buy the Tempest 410 Elite, I was able to locate two e-tailers showing stock of this new chassis. Provantage has a listing for $81.73 before shipping, but the image of the chassis is not right at all. The other place I was able to locate this chassis was at for $99.99 plus $5.99 shipping as I type this. I'm not completely ruling out as the better deal, but I would want confirmation that we are talking about the right case. Now, depending on how frugal you are, for $88, this is a lot of case. For $99.99 I still think the Tempest 410 Elite has plenty to give to at least gain your respect and make you think twice about some of the other current choices for this price.

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