Installing kit inside Tempest 410 Elite is painless. From start to finish I encountered no real problems. The only criticism I would have is that the rubber mounts on the cable management cut-outs do fall off when pushing cables through. Getting them back on can be a little tricky. Around the back, we can route all of the cables through without a hitch – even the thickest of cables will comfortably fit with the side panel on. The E-ATX CPU power cable will route around the back and feed in through the top of the motherboard tray.
Plenty of space for high-end hardware
Behind the motherboard tray cables can be routed
As mentioned earlier, HDDs are installed via the HDD trays behind the front mounted fans. These trays can take 2.5/3.5” drives - the drive simply slips into a tray and the pins slot into the mounting holes on the drive. Or if installing a 2.5” drive, there are screw holes for securing the HDD.
Installing the HDD front the front
In terms of clearance the Tempest 410 Elite can accommodate a maximum of 11” for graphics card length. This will mean that larger cards such as AMD HD6990 will not fit with the HDD trays present. If the graphics card is less than 4.3” in width then in essence it should tuck away inside the HDD cage with the trays removed.
GPU clearance within Tempest 410 Elite
For CPU cooler clearance we have a maximum height of 170mm – the CPU cooler used here is the Noctua NH-U12P so there is more than adequate space here. Those with popular coolers such as the Noctua NH-D14 and Thermalright Silver Arrow will be able to install these coolers inside Tempest 410 Elite as they are 160mm in height.
CPU Cooler clearance offers up to 170mm
Behind the motherboard tray we have up to 2.5cm of clearance to the side panel, this is a generous amount of space and allows for plenty of cabling to sit behind the motherboard tray. This is one of the biggest clearance gaps we have come across in our case reviews and is welcomed with open-arms.
Clearance behind the motherboard tray is 2.5cm