Date: August 24th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: NZXT
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
At first glance, the Evo doesn't appear to have changed much from the original Tempest, but closer examination reveals some subtle differences. For example, the right side panel now has a “bump out” feature that will allow a bit of extra room behind the mobo tray. This will make routing cables and wiring much easier and allow for a cleaner install. Otherwise, the Evo closely resembles its older sibling. The top three bays are available for ODDs or similarly sized devices while the bottom six are reserved for a couple of intake fans.
The I/O panel is unchanged from the original and sports two USB 2.0 ports and a single eSATA flanking the customary audio jack sockets. Power and reset buttons are polished aluminum and there are a couple of 140mm exhaust fans under mesh covers just aft of the I/O panel. Both the top and front panels are plastic with metal mesh inserts and the rest of the chassis is steel.
Out back, we see a layout very similar to most mid-sized ATX cases these days, with the PSU mounted at the bottom, seven expansion card bays and a 120mm exhaust fan. The biggest difference between the Evo and the original Tempest is the black finish on the rear panel and the inclusion of four grommeted tubing access holes for the liquid cooling crowd. Like the original, the beveled acrylic window is similar in shape and features a 120mm intake fan but the Evo window has a smokey tint that lends a bit of extra elegance. The side panels are secured with NZXT's trademark steel/plastic thumbscrews, and the expansion bay covers are removable/replaceable and feature ventilation holes.
The bottom of the chassis has a black finish and sports four rubber feet and a filtered PSU air intake, but is otherwise unremarkable.