NZXT Tempest Case Review :: NZXT Tempest Interior

12-20-2008 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Ben Sun

To get inside the case you need to unscrew two thumb screws to remove the side panel. The top of the case has a 120mm black fan used for exhaust. Below that are seven expansion slots. Note that the expansion slots are not screw-less but NZXT has pre-installed screws in each hole so no digging is required in the tool box to install expansion cards.


NZXT Tempest Case Review 5.25

5.25" drive bays

NZXT Tempest Case Review Drive bays

Drive bays

NZXT Tempest Case Review Front fan off

Front fan off

NZXT Tempest Case Review 3.5

3.5" converter


The drive bays are organized into three 5.25" drive bays for optical drives, and two 3.5" HDD racks that each holds up to four HDDs. If you want to install more than three 5.25" drives you need to remove one of the racks which I'll cover in the system build. The case is screw-less for the drive installation and the ability to install more than 8 HDDs in a Med-Tower case outweighs the potential negative of having only 3 5.25" drive bays.


NZXT Tempest Case Review Rear 120mm fans interior

Rear 120mm fans interior

NZXT Tempest Case Review Top 120mm fan interior

Top 120mm fan interior

NZXT Tempest Case Review Front 120mm fans

Front 120mm fans

NZXT Tempest Case Review Wire management holes

Wire management holes


The top of the case has the motherboard tray which is not removable. There is a sticker telling you where you need to put the motherboard mounting screws as the case has compatibility with a wide variety of motherboard sizes. Next to the motherboard mounting area are two holes to better utilize wire management inside the case. Inside one of the HDD bays is a toolkit with the bundled screws and standoffs.