NZXT has been on a roll with their chassis production as of late. With the likes of the M59, Lexa S and Gamma attracting attention due to their design characteristics and style; it is only natural to see a classic tower revisited.
Many of us will remember the Tempest, dubbed the ‘Airflow King’ for its fan layout. With a Trio of Intakes and Trio of Exhaust Fans it was a case that promised to deliver good cooling at a reasonable price point. It did however have some design flaws that were apparent when installing hardware, as well it lacked some of the more subtle features that arrived after its design launch.
With that being said, the EVO version looks to rebuild this design and once more accept the crown, as the King of Airflow.
At a glance we can see NZXT is really aiming for the enthusiast with this chassis. Using their now standard painting scheme they have redone the entire interior with the flat black seen on other new releases. This will surely impress those who found it lacking in the original. In keeping with new traditions, cable management holes have been cut into the Motherboard tray and giving grommets to help prevent wire fraying when routing cables. To further aid in this, the far side panel has been pushed out to allow more cabling to be hidden from prying eyes. Added also is a cutout at the back to allow aftermarket cooler swapping without needing to remove all the major components inside. This feature is now almost standard on offerings lately as it really appeals to those of us who change solutions often.
A bottom mounted PSU is unchanged from the previous Tempest, however they were kind enough to add ventilation this time around so we can place it in whatever orientation we so desire. Another point of contention now fixed in this new design. With availability since mid November , and priced at a reasonable $99USD the Tempest EVO is sure to catch on fast and win the hearts of many builders.