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NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:21 am

NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

The NZXT Tempest EVO is an all black colored steel mid tower chassis that was developed with gamers in mind. Building off of the original Tempest's design, the EVO brings advanced cooling power, expandability, and cable management. The Tempest EVO maximizes airflow circulation with Dual 120mm intake, dual 140mm top exhaust, side 120mm, and a rear 120mm fan. NZXT even redesigned the fan blade design to reduce fan noise levels and the price remains at $89.

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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby bubba » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:43 am

Nice updates from the original Tempest. New all blacked out interior, wire routing grommets, large back plate opening, vented expansion slot covers, much better PSU support and venting.
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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:04 am

yeah even the water cooling tube holes look larger and much nicer... Whole case looks way better.
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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby spitter » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:15 am

In the Lexa S you were able to mount a radiator inside the case, though you would have to run the fans on the outside of the case. If you choose to run water cooling in the NZXT Tempest EVO a dual radiator will fit beneath the existing fans.


How wide of a rad will fit??
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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby XstollieX » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:44 am

spitter wrote:
How wide of a rad will fit??

There is plenty of room that you should be able to put a dual 140mm rad in there, though the mounting is designed for a dual 120mm rad. It may take a little ingenuity to mount a 140mm rad. I am on my way out the door right now but I will track down some specs on a dual 140mm rad and see how it will fit inside there.
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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby bubba » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:41 am

Thick as that one is it could get real snug with the motherboard.
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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby XstollieX » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:49 am

With the msi board that I have installed in there I only have 2 inches between the case and the memory. It may clear the memory since it is offset a little bit if the memory doesn't have a tall heat spreader. You may be able to shift the radiator a little bit further over but then the fans won't cover as much of the radiator.
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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby spitter » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:24 am

So it might work if you keep the rad under 50mm, also the middle hard drive bay, would you happen to know the measurement from the cd rom bay to the top for the bottom bay, might be able to put a single 120mm rad in there.
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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby XstollieX » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:40 pm

spitter wrote:So it might work if you keep the rad under 50mm, also the middle hard drive bay, would you happen to know the measurement from the cd rom bay to the top for the bottom bay, might be able to put a single 120mm rad in there.

If you remove the top hd cage you have 8.875 inches between the optical drive ant the top of the bottom tray. if you only plan on 1 optical and 1 hd you can remove both cages, use the included 3.5inch tray for the hd and you have ~12 inches. Then the original rad you talked about could be run in the front of the Tempest EVO. I will post some pics during my sons nap time for ya if ya like.
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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby XstollieX » Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:42 pm

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Here you can see the Tape measure reads 12" to the bottom of the hd tray. and there is another 1.75" below that front lip to the bottom of the case. This gives you 13.5-13.75 inches of clearance to stuff a radiator in there. Hopefully this helps ya out.
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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby spitter » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:17 pm

Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!! :)
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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby XstollieX » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:47 pm

spitter wrote:Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Anytime! 8)
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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby spitter » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:52 pm

Sorry to be a pest but could you do one more tape on it, the screw hole for the 120mm dual rad on top are off set, could give me a measurement from the motherboard tray to the set of screw hole closest??
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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby XstollieX » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:24 pm

Awe Jeez! j/k it is 2.1875"
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Re: NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review

Postby timberwolf120 » Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:44 pm

Thanks for the review!

Looks very similar to the Antec Nine Hundred 2, but a little roomier for those long video cards.
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