|Thermaltake Level 10 GT VN10001W2N|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 09 March 2011|
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Building a Level 10 System
The ultimate test of any case is building a system in it. Although the lack of a removable motherboard tray is a little disappointing in a case as expensive as the Thermaltake Level 10 GT, the swing-open, removable side door and ample internal space still makes component installation pretty easy. The ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard I used is a little wider, front-to-back, than the ATX standard, and as you can see it slightly encroaches upon the rubber-grommetted cable routing holes. However, this image also shows two large additional holes in front of the motherboard area that you can use for cable routing, which would be especially handy for Extended ATX-sized motherboards. Thermaltake also leaves lot of room between the motherboard and the top of the case, and this space, combined with the supplied EPS-12V extension cable, means you don't have to run that cable inside the motherboard area along the back of the motherboard. If you prefer water cooling, the 200mm fan at the top of the case can be removed to reveal mounting points for a 240mm radiator.
Installing your drives is simple: just screw them to their caddies and slide the caddies into place. The drive connects to the backplane automatically. These plastic caddies are much easier to insert than the metal caddies on the original Level 10, which tended to bind and stick unless you lined them up precisely straight before inserting them.
With everything installed, there's still ample room inside the case. This build has two optical drives, three hard drives, and an SSD. Remaining open are one hard drive bay, two 5.25" device bays, and a 3.5" drive bay.
There's plenty of room here for almost any system you'd want to build short of an EVGA SR-2 based computer. When running stress testing, the video card temperatures were 3-4 degrees Celsius higher than they were in the Silverstone Fortress FT02 case. That case remains the gold standard for sheer air cooling prowess, but the Level 10 GT case is not only much easier to build in, but can hold larger motherboards and more drives as well.