|Thermaltake Level 10 GT VN10001W2N|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 09 March 2011|
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Detailed Interior Features
The power supply area at the bottom of the case has a ridge (outlined in red in this photo) that the power supply slides under. This means you must insert the power supply from the front, and your room is limited by the non-removable hard drive cage area. A power supply longer than the ATX standard would be almost impossible to fit in; even the standard-sized Corsair HX850 I used was a tight fit...but the specifications do note that the Level 10 GT supports a "standard PS2" power supply. Thermaltake supplies mounting points for an optional 120mm fan directly in front of the power supply, and the air filter on the bottom of the case extends far enough to serve this fan should you install one.
Looking into the hard drive bays reveals another view of the SATA backplane. This is the only case I've seen with this feature since Hewlett-Packard's amazing (and never available at retail) "Blackbird" case. The SATA power is pre-wired, but you'll have to supply your own SATA data cables. This is a much better system that the original Level 10, which only supplied backplanes for the top two of the six drive bays, and each had a separate power and data cable attached. Although Thermaltake listed additional backplanes for the Level 10 as options, they've never actually been available as far as I can tell.
The drive caddies are all-plastic, as opposed to the aluminum caddies in the Level 10. You can mount either 2.5" drives or standard 3.5" drives, and the holes for the latter have integral rubber washers to dampen vibrations. Even so, I found continual access on a noisy drive like a 150G Western Digital Raptor causes some audible resonance inside the case.
The non-removable motherboard tray has a large hole to make mounting cooler backplates easy. However, it's not quite large enough for the slightly-odd socket position on an ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard, as shown below.
One expects a lot of room in a full tower chassis. Here are the clearances I measured for the Thermaltake Level 10 GT:
There's more than enough room to fit any video card made, which is nice. There's enough space between the right side panel and the bottom of the motherboard tray for most cables, but only the center section of the right side panel is embossed outwards, and even in that area you'll want to avoid crossing any cables over the main ATX power cable.