|Thermaltake Level 10 GT VN10001W2N
Featured Reviews: Cases
| Written by David Ramsey
|Wednesday, 09 March 2011
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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."
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.
|Front Bezel Material
|5.25" Drive Bay
|Ext. 3.5" Drive Bay
|Int. 3.5" Drive Bay
|Front I/O Ports
||USB 3.0 x 3
USB 2.0 x 4
eSATA x 1
HD Audio x 1
200 x 200 x 20 mm ColorShift Fan x 1 (600~800RPM, 13~15dBA)
140 x 140 x 25 mm Turbo Fan (1000PRM, 16 dBA)
200 x 200 x 30 mm ColorShift Fan (600~800RPM, 13~15dBA)
200 x 200 x 30 ColorShift Fan (600~800RPM), 13~15dBA)
120 x 120 x 25mm (optional)
|Liquid Cooling Capable
|Power Supply Supported
||584 x 282 x 590 mm
||Front HDD Access
||High Performance Gaming
Features and specifications provided by Thermaltake Technology Inc.
Let's unbox this case and check it out...