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Written by David Ramsey   
Wednesday, 09 March 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thermaltake Level 10 GT VN10001W2N
Closer Look: L10GT Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Building a Level 10 System
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Computer Case Review

Manufacturer: Thermaltake Technology Inc.
Product Name: Level 10 GT Modular Computer Case
Model Number: VN10001W2N
Price As Tested: $269.99 at Newegg

Full disclosure: The product used in this review was supplied by Thermaltake Technology Inc.

Thermaltake set the computer case world on its ear in 2009, when it introduced the amazing Level 10 computer case. Designed in collaboration with BMW, the Level 10's unique design, with separate compartments hung from the side of a central "spine", was unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. But so was its price, at $800.00. The high price kept it out of retail stores and also kept sales low. The Level 10 GT attempts to incorporate some of the features and style of the original Level 10 at a lower price that's still at the high end of the mainstream case market. Benchmark Reviews takes a look at this latest salvo in the "case wars."

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The primary function of a computer case is to contain your computer's components. But the secondary functions are more important when making a buying decision. After all, any case will "hold your components", but how easy is it to build in? How much space is there for expansion? How easy is the case to move around? And how does it look?

The original Thermaltake Level 10 Gaming Station was a solid-aluminum super case, with design and features that hadn't been seen before. But its price kept it out of the hands of all but a very few. The Level 10 GT costs about a third of what the original Level 10 did. Has Thermaltake found the "sweet spot" of high-end computer cases? Let's take a look and see.

Level 10 GT Features

  • Performance cooling made quiet: one top 200mm exhaust fan, one front 200mm intake fan, one side 200mm intake fan and one rear 140mm exhaust fan.
  • Hinged side panel to enable easier opening of the side door and access to computer for maintenance or upgrade
  • Dramatically improved cable management. User no longer "hides" the excessive cable on the back, the Level 10 GT features numerous holders designed into the chassis for cable management.
  • Five hot-swappable hard drive bays, each with its dedicated backplane to support hot-swap. Hard drive mounting supports both 2.5" or 3.5" drives.
  • Connectivity array. Four USB 2.0 ports are conveniently located on the front bezel including a pair of audio ports. Two USB 3.0 ports and one eSATA port located on the top.
  • Water cooling ready - 120mm or 240mm radiators can be easily attached to the top side of the chassis (top 200m fan needs to be removed)
  • Fan speed management control embedded. ColorShift fans can be easily controlled through controls on the top.
  • Fully black-powdered interior.

VN10001W2N Specifications

Case Type Full Tower
Material SECC
Front Bezel Material Plastic
Color Exterior: BLACK
Interior: BLACK
Side Panel Window
Motherboard Support Micro ATX
ATX
Extended ATX
5.25" Drive Bay 4
Ext. 3.5" Drive Bay 1
Int. 3.5" Drive Bay 5
Expansion Slots 8
Front I/O Ports USB 3.0 x 3
USB 2.0 x 4
eSATA x 1
HD Audio x 1
Cooling System Front (intake):
200 x 200 x 20 mm ColorShift Fan x 1 (600~800RPM, 13~15dBA)

Rear (exhaust):
140 x 140 x 25 mm Turbo Fan (1000PRM, 16 dBA)

Top (exhaust):
200 x 200 x 30 mm ColorShift Fan (600~800RPM, 13~15dBA)

Side (intake):
200 x 200 x 30 ColorShift Fan (600~800RPM), 13~15dBA)

Bottom (intake):
120 x 120 x 25mm (optional)
Liquid Cooling Capable Yes
Power Supply Supported Standard PS2
Dimension (H*W*D) 584 x 282 x 590 mm
Net Weight 28.0 lbs
Security Lock Front HDD Access
Side Panel
Rear peripherals
Application High Performance Gaming

Features and specifications provided by Thermaltake Technology Inc.

Let's unbox this case and check it out...



 

Comments 

 
# Consultant engineerJean Olbrechts 2011-03-10 01:40
I just intended to start building a new computer devoted to image analyzes.
I'm ready tro give it a chance, but, at the same time, would like to try a water cooling ... Never did !

Thanks for reviuw,
Jean
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# Cool features, but ugly as hellBunzing 2011-03-10 03:35
Damn this thing is ugly. I prefer a nice sleak design. This thing has way to many shapes and looks like a ps2. It does have some nice features though that I would like to see in better looking cases.
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# RE: Thermaltake Level 10 GT VN10001W2NWhyNot 2011-03-10 03:40
Really nice case and had I not "future proofed" my case already several years ago I'd really consider this case. As a matter of fact, I just passed my 4 year anniversary with my LIAN LI PC-65B case and have built 4 systems in it during that time (I get bored :) ). Simple, clean and the only real issue I've had with it is cable management, but even then it's not terrible. I like the cutouts and rubberized areas that the Level 10GT has, really good idea there. Maybe in another 4 or 5 years I'll be willing to give up my LIAN LI, but for right now I'll ust window shop :)
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# RE: Thermaltake Level 10 GT VN10001W2NAnders 2011-03-10 08:44
The GT version looks nasty. It's the Full Tower version that's the looker!
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# LOLJN 2011-03-10 09:46
What an monstrocity - I have a non-GT which is a OK, but this... LOL

Its super ugly and probably just as little functional as the original Level 10. Just to add extra SATA cables you have to pay $50+ and rip the whole case appart (even where it's glued) and spend the whole day on such a simple job.

Make no mistake - the original one looked OK because it was designed by BMW but it was still made by LOWLIFE Thermaltake - so go figure, the quality and common sense is not there.

Thanks God those Asians did not put flashy leds everywhere or other of the crap they love
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# RE: LOLDavid Ramsey 2011-03-10 10:51
You read the review, right? The Level 10 GT is more functional than the original Level 10: better ventilation, larger motherboard capacity, more 5.25" bays, a 3.5" bay, full SATA backplane, etc. so on and such forth.
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# RE: RE: LOLJN 2011-03-10 21:53
Yeah, but not by much and only 5 drives vs 6 so how is it "more" functional - in some areas yes, in some not.

Nutw, the only reason to buy it would be for its looks - that's why I bought my original Level 10 - any $100 full tower case will have more functionality anyways - and I agree it has no LOOKS...

The thing is they put a draft pic of a BMW automobile on the box and hope this ugliness will sell...

I bet it won't...
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# RE: Thermaltake Level 10 GT VN10001W2NRobert17 2011-03-10 15:20
Nice review, David. I've read several others and they reflect somewhat the same pluses and minuses.

And yeah, the SATA backplane on the hard drive bays, very nice. How long till all manufacturers line up behind this idea?

I have a Phantom and have a similar issue with the MB cutout for mounting an add-on CPU heatsink retention bracket, cut-out being just off kilter for my ASUS board. Looks like the engineers need to measure more MBs?

Either way, working in a larger case is much more the pleasure than mid-towers, or smaller. Like you said, if an entusiast tinkers much, might as well get a case with plenty of room under the hood.
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# It wasnt the priceDaveMC 2011-03-13 13:16
It wasn't the price that kept sales low, it was the fact it is one of the ugliest cases on offer ever.

I showed it to many people and never mentioned price, and some were offered it free, and none were interested.

BMW needs to stick to cars, ThermalTake needs new designers.
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# RE: It wasnt the priceDavid Ramsey 2011-03-13 13:41
A lot of people disagree with you on that; most reviewers liked the looks of the case. But each to his own.
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# what about actuall figurestomer 2011-03-13 23:46
when it comes to cooling, i think is one of the big aspects when choosing a performance expensive case.

also some facts are wrong when compared to FT02:
"..but the Level 10 GT case is not only much easier to build in, but can hold larger motherboards and more drives as well."
The FT02 can hold 5 x 3.5' , 1 x 2.5' and 5 x 5.25' drives...also it can hold 12? x 11? mb.
FT02 comes with 1 SATA backplane by the way.
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# RE: what about actuall figuresDavid Ramsey 2011-03-14 08:12
The top 5.25" bay in the FT02 is of limited utility since even short 5.25" drives will bump up against the inside of the card slot bracket (I covered this in my review of the case). The FT02's 2.5" drive mounting point is difficult to utilize effectively since it's so far from the other drive bays that you'll have to dedicate a SATA power cable to it, potentially wasting several SATA power connectors. And the FT02 cannot accommodate an E-ATX motherboard, whereas the Level 10 GT can. Don't get me wrong, the FT02 is still a great case, with better cooling than the L10GT, but overall I like the L10GT better.
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# RE: RE: what about actuall figuresTomer 2011-03-14 08:59
I've installed my FT02 rev 1.4 , 2 weeks ago. on the top 5.25' bay I had Asus standard DVD drive in with no issues. below it, a DVD writer.
by the way, all my fans are on low and I my cpu temp dropped about 10c degrees from my old Xaser III but i'm sure new thermal paste and some dust cleaning helped as well.
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# RE: Thermaltake Level 10 GT VN10001W2NAdam 2011-03-14 13:26
I'd just like to say before reading the review, that is the single ugliest case I've ever seen.

Sweet jesus is that thing harsh on the eyes. Looks like it was designed in the 80's.
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# RE: RE: Thermaltake Level 10 GT VN10001W2NDavid Ramsey 2011-03-14 13:59
You weren't around in the 80s, were you? Computer cases then were rectangular beige boxes.
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# RE: RE: RE: Thermaltake Level 10 GT VN10001W2NAdam 2011-03-14 14:26
I meant from a general 80's design perspective, not specifically those delightful beige boxes.

It reminds me of concrete tower blocks.
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# RE: Thermaltake Level 10 GT VN10001W2NJm 2011-10-08 01:24
I like this case alot and thanks for your review I finally made up my mind. I will buy this case today and hopefully I won't have to change my case in the next 4 years or so.
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# RE: RE: Thermaltake Level 10 GT VN10001W2NDavid Ramsey 2011-10-08 09:38
I think you'll like it. Just be careful about the little spring loaded power connector for the side panel fan, it's quite delicate.
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# You skipped a conDaniel Kufer 2012-03-29 14:58
You forgot to add "no lights" to the list of cons
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# RE: You skipped a conDavid Ramsey 2012-03-29 15:04
I didn't add it because it has lots of lights: specifically, three multicolor LED fans which I do mention the review?
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