Back in 2009, Thermaltake released the Level 10 case. Designed in collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the Level 10 case had a unique compartmental design and featured styling that was far from the typical computer case. Winning many industry design awards, the Level 10 case acted as a flagship for Thermaltake. But with a price tag of $799.99US, the cost of buying Thermaltake's pinacle of design and style is out of reach for most people. In 2011, Thermaltake released the Level 10 GT case. It was designed with some of the core ideas present in the original Level 10 case, but available and reachable for the masses. Today we'll be looking at the Level 10 GT Snow Edition.
|Case Type||Full Tower|
|Front Bezel Material||Plastic|
|Color||Exterior: White/Black, Interior: Black|
|Motherboard Support||Micro ATX (mATX), ATX, Extended ATX (EATX)|
|Drive Bays||4x 5.25", 1x 3.5" external, 5x 3.5" internal|
|Expansion Card Slots||8|
|Front I/O Ports||2x USB3.0, 4x USB 2.0, eSATA, HD Audio|
|Cooling System (front)||200mm Colorshift fan (600-800RPM, 13-15dBA), intake|
|Cooling System (rear)||140mm Turbo Fan (1000RPM, 16dBA), exhaust|
|Cooling System (top)||200mm Colorshift fan (600-800RPM, 13-15dBA), exhaust|
|Cooling System (side)||200mm Colorshift fan (600-800RPM, 13-15dBA), intake|
|Cooling System (bottom)||120mm fan (optional)|
|Dimensions||584 x 282 x 590mm|
Thermaltake's Level 10 GT was designed as a mainstream version of the original Level 10 case, but oriented to gamers. It was built to be able to accomodate high end components and hardware that are normally found in the the high-end PC gaming market, and their associated heat loads. It's a bit of a mix between the original Level 10's modular design philosophy and the standard layout you'd find in a typical ATX case. Visually, the sillhouette of the Level 10 GT bears strong resemblance to the Level 10. Designed by BMW DesignworksUSA, the original Level 10's style can be likened to BMW's 7-series: sleek and modern, but not overstated. The Level 10 GT on the other hand can be likened to the M3: looking more flashy and speed oriented.
The front of the case follows the segmented looking design style of the Level 10 GT. The top of the front of the case contains four 5.25" drive bays. Below that segment is an external 3.5" drive bay. At the bottom of the front of the case there are five drive trays for 2.5"/3.5" internal drives.
Most of the Level 10 GT's exterior buttons, I/O ports, and indicator lights are on the front panel of the case. They include power and reset buttons, and an indicator light for hard drive activity. The power button and hard drive activity indicator are lit with blue LEDs. The I/O ports include four USB 2.0 ports, and a headphone and microphone jack pairing.
A unique design feature of the Level 10 GT cases are the way hard drives are physically accessed. They're essentially hot swap trays that fit the visual style of the case. There are five of these trays. To pull out a tray, you press the release button on the front of the case, then you can pull out the tray using its built in handle.
Each tray accomodates the mounting of 2.5" and 3.5" drives. The mounting points for 3.5" drives are fitted with rubber grommits.
Inside of the drive slots are standard SATA data and power connectors. They worked well with the few SATAIII hard drives and solid state drives I tested installation with. These SATA connectors will only accomodate drives with standard connector location. The majority of drives on the market use standard location, with only one consumer level drive coming to mind in recent history that doesn't: an early model of Western Digital's 300GB Velociraptor.
The top of the Level 10GT is predominantly covered in two exhaust vents, which take up most of the top panel. There is also a handle for transporting the case which is made of plastic, which doesn't inspire lots of confidence in carrying a potentially expensive rig, but in practice it's very rigid and strong. There is also an additional I/O and interface panel near the front of the top of the case.