The word “Tempest” isn’t new to anyone who’s followed NZXT before because it’s been one of their main selling cases. There’s the original Tempest, Tempest Evo, Tempest 210 and now the Tempest 410 and Tempest 410 Elite. With such a popular case name, NZXT had to continue the progression of the Tempest name. At first glance of the Tempest 410 Elite, you’ll notice a similar design of the case taken from the original Tempest, mixed along with the mesh found on the Tempest 210.
On the top of the front bezel you’ll find your three easily removable 5.25” drive bays with honeycomb mesh. To the upper right you’ll find three USB 2.0 slots, a single USB 3.0 slow as well as your activity LEDs, audio/mic jacks and power/reset buttons wrapping from the front to the top of the case.
Moving further down the front of the case are two removable 120mm intake fans, which are also equipped with the honeycomb mesh.
There are two buttons on either side of the fans which allow it to be removed from the front panel. Removing it from the front panel doesn’t require removing any cables since there are contacts on the fan and the case, which give it the power.
If you remove both fans you will have access to all of the 8 internal drive trays. Each drive tray supports 3.5” and 2.5” drives, with 3.5” drives having a tool-free installation. The trays are just flexible enough to install the drive and keep it locked into position.
On the top of the case you have more honeycomb mesh. What’s also nice about this case is there’s a secret storage area on the front panel. Simply press down on the front of the slanted piece of plastic and it will release the latch on the compartment. You can then pull up on the tray to reveal the separated compartment which could be used from anything to keys, to change, to spare cables.
Moving back on the top of the case is more honeycomb mesh. Removing this mesh, but pressing the button on the back of the case, reveals two holes for either two 120/140mm fans or a top mounted cooling radiator.
The Tempest 410 Elite has a large window on the side panel which reveals most of the interior of the case. You won’t find this on the standard Tempest 410, if you’re looking to compare between the two. The back of the case is not really different than any other case we’ve seen.
You have your typical 120mm exhaust fan, motherboard I/O slot, seven expansion bays with mesh covers, two watercooling holes and a bottom mounted PSU slot.
Of course, both panels are secured by two thumbscrews.
On the bottom of the case you’ll find two honeycomb fan grills, one for the PSU which is equipped with a thin filter and another which can support a 120mm fan. The four feet on the bottom are made of plastic, so they’ll slide around easier than a case with rubber feet.
Jan 30, 2015 0