A Detailed Look – at the Inside
I removed the side panel and was greeted with a very familiar interior layout for a mid-tower PC case. NZXT uses a tool-less design for all the optical bays, hard drive cages, and PCI slots to help minimize the time it takes to install new hardware. I appreciated that the chassis was painted matte black like the exterior panels. Overall, there is plenty of room for high-end graphics cards and multiple hard drives and other cable management features improve airflow too.
As I mentioned before, the 410 Elite uses a tool-less design that includes using thumbscrews to secure add-on hardware in the back panel’s PCI slots.
The Tempest 410 Elite supports a variety of motherboard form factors including ATX, Flex ATX, micro ATX, mini ATX, and mini ITX. The motherboard tray also has a large area cut out to install CPU backplates to mount high performance, air-cooled heatsinks.
Here’s an upclose-shot of the eight-bay hard drive cage that uses plastic mounting brackets to install 2.5" and 3.5" hard drives and solid state drives. NZXT has used this hard drive mounting system in several of their latest PC cases this year.
NZXT also reused their custom optical bay mounting system that easily secures three optical devices to the 410 Elite. I’ve seen a lot of quick release systems in PC cases, but NZXT has designed one of the best and most functional I’ve seen in years.
There’s plenty of real estate behind the motherboard tray and hard drive cage to hide extra power and data cables. There are also convenient rubber grommets to help conceal unsitely cables and keep the front of the case clean and organized.