NZXT Tempest 410 Elite Mid-Tower Case Review
A Detailed Look - at the Outside
After removing the Tempest 410 elite from its packaging I finally got to see how this case looks under the lights of my photo studio. Needless to say, this mid-tower case incorporated some unique design features that I haven't seen in other cases in this class. The honeycomb design and matte black paint scheme is used throughout the interior and exterior of the 410 Elite. Even the three optical bay covers are adorned with honeycomb metal.
The front panel is a made from a combination of plastic and steel and includes two 120mm fans that run at 1,200 RPMs. There is also room for three 5.25" optical drives and seven 2.5" and 3.5" storage drives.
The top of the front panel also have several I/O ports that support USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and high definition audio.The power and reset buttons are made from black rubber and NZXT used white LEDs for the power LED and hard drive activity light.
NZXT included two removable 120mm fans (with no LEDs) that help users can access to the seven hard drive bays behind them. These drives are very functional and include removable filters to improve airflow.
All seven hard drive bays are accessible from the front panel behind the two 120mm fans. Each hard drive bay includes plastic cages to install solid state drives and standard 3.5" hard drives.
Another unique aspect of the 410 Elite is the top storage compartment that can also be used to organize USB and audio cables connected to the front I/O panel. The storage compartment isn't very deep, but it should be useful for thumb drives and USB hard drives.
The left side window is an odd shape, but it actually adds an edginess to the overall design of the case. The matte black finish is still a little shiny under my studio lights, but resists fingerprints well. Each side panel is secured to the chassis by two thumbscrews.
The back panel is pretty standard as far as mid-tower ATX cases go. NZXT threw in a couple outlets for users to connect an external watercooling solution, but most WC systems are internal nowadays.
Here's a quick shot of the right panel of the case. There's nothing special to talk about here so let's move on.
Lastly, I wanted to show our readers the top panel of the case where you can install a dual-radiator for a custom watercooling system. This is an exceptional way to mount a dual radiator and the most original method I've seen in some time. Mounting the radiator to the top of the case didn't add too much height as well and the radiator is well hidden behind a long piece of honeycomb mesh.
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