|Thermaltake Level 10 GT VN10001W2N|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 09 March 2011|
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Detailed Exterior Features
The front port area contains (from top to bottom) the illuminated power button, the reset button, a drive activity light, two USB 2.0 ports, microphone and headphone jacks, and two more USB 2.0 ports. This image also shows the large, finger-friendly tabs at the sides of the 5.25" bay covers. You remove the covers by grasping the tabs, flexing them slightly, and popping the cover out.
On the top of the case we find an eSATA port, two USB 3.0 ports, and the control buttons for the front, top, and side panel fans. The USB 3.0 ports connect via cables that route through the back of the case and plug into your motherboard's USB 3.0 ports. USB 3.0 headers are just beginning to appear on some motherboards; the "cable to the back" solution is less elegant, but is probably a better choice for now since it will work with any motherboard.
The fan's speed can be set to "Low" or "High", and the "Fan LED" button cycles the front and top fan illumination through several colors as well as a continually color-shifting mode. You can also turn the LEDs completely off. The rear fan runs at a single speed and is not affected by these controls. The mesh panel is decorative; there's nothing but a solid metal panel immediately underneath it. The large 200mm fans are relatively quiet even at the "High" speed setting.
Like the original Level 10, this case offers a motherbooard area security lock. In the locked position, the left side panel cannot be opened. The lever to the left of the lock controls internal louvers that direct the air flow from the side panel fan.
A spring-loaded, pop-out filter handles the air coming in through the side panel fan...
...and a similar filter cleans the air coming into the power supply area. The front 200mm fan draws intake air through a filter as well, although to reach this filter you'll have to pop the front bezel off the computer.