NZXT Tempest 410 Elite: Jack of All Tradesby Dustin Sklavos on September 1, 2011 3:20 PM EST
Introducing the NZXT Tempest 410 Elite
The last time we checked out an NZXT enclosure, we saw in their H2 a lot of fantastic ideas done in by a single poor design choice. NZXT's engineers are clearly thinking on their feet and the company stays in the enclosure conversation with good reason, and today we have on the slab their new Tempest 410 Elite mid-tower. Geared towards excellent performance without breaking the bank (remember when that was what overclocking was about?), should the Tempest 410 Elite be on your shortlist for an economical build, or were too many compromises made?
First impressions when opening the box for the Tempest 410 Elite were mixed, but it's important to keep in mind that enclosures under $100 tend to make some sacrifices to keep the price down, one of the major ones being extensive use of plastic for the front bezel. Yet further inspection of the 410 revealed that, much like their peers at BitFenix, NZXT's engineers are keenly interested in cramming a lot of value into their enclosures. Whether or not they were successful with this case remains to be seen, but there are some awfully nice touches here and there.
|NZXT Tempest 410 Elite Specifications|
|Motherboard Form Factor||ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX, Flex-ATX|
|Drive Bays||External||3x 5.25"|
|Cooling||Front||2x 120mm intake fan|
|Rear||1x 120mm exhaust fan|
|Top||2x 120mm fan mount|
|Bottom||1x 120mm fan mount|
|Front I/O Port||3x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, mic and headphone jacks|
|Top I/O Port||-|
|Power Supply Size||ATX|
|Clearance||Up to 11" (Expansion Cards), 170mm (CPU HSF), 280mm (PSU)|
|Dimensions||19.53" x 8.46" x 18.94"|
Just looking at the spec sheet, there should be a couple of oddities jumping out at you. The biggest one I ran into was actually the odd mix of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0; this really should've been two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 instead of the odd numbers, since now half of each header is basically wasted. And the Tempest 410 Elite does use an internal motherboard header for its USB 3.0 port, as is becoming increasingly common.