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Written by Hank Tolman   
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Level 10 GT Snow Final Thoughts
Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Conclusion

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition

Manufacturer: Thermaltake Technology
Product Name: Level 10 GT Snow Edition
Model Number: VN10006W2N
Price As Tested: $289.99 at Newegg

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Thermaltake.

In 2010, Thermaltake won the Red Dot Design Award for Product Design for their collaborative work with BMW DesignworksUSA. That product was called the Thermaltake Level 10 case. The Level 10 was an aesthetic innovation that broke many of the traditional "rules" of the computer chassis industry. The problem? It's original cost was $850. That's a little on the expensive side. In 2011, Thermaltake was at it again, reusing the general design of the Level 10 in order to create another case that won the Red Dot Design Award for Product Design, the Thermaltake Level 10 GT. By cutting the cost of such an innovative style of case by more than half, the Level 10 GT began to appeal to a much wider audience. Now Thermaltake has brought us another look in the Level 10 lineup. In this article, Benchmark Reviews brings you an in-depth look at the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition Case.

Computing enthusiasts are the most likely to be willing to spend a lot of money on a computer case because they realize the potential value in superior build quality, functionality, cable management, and cooling. That being said, any gamer knows the mantra looks>stats. While said somewhat jokingly, the fact of the matter is, we all want that box under (or on top of) our desk to be easy on the eyes. Thermaltake has attempted to enclose all of the important aspects that we look for in a case into the Level 10 GT Snow Edition. The kept the same, visually appealing design as the original Level 10 case, but made some modifications in order to make it less expensive.

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Some of the changes that Thermaltake made to the Level 10 GT Snow Edition actually moved the design of the case closer to that of a traditional enclosure. The component housing, for example, was completely separated in the original Level 10 case, essentially isolating the components. The original Thermaltake Level 10 case certainly caught a lot of people's attention. The Level 10 GT, while still appealing, was, in my opinion, less so than its predecessor. The Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition case brings back a lot of that aesthetic appeal, simply by changing the color scheme. The contrasting white on black really catches the attention. Add that to the LED lighting system that allows you to choose the color you want to go along with it, and you have a very good looking case.

The Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition is a huge case, to be sure. The question is, does it stand up to the level intended? Thermaltake specifies that the Level 10 GT Snow Edition is made for high performance gaming and to supply superior levels of airflow to components. Let's take a look at all the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition has to offer.

Thermaltake Level 10 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 (Internal 20 Pin Connector) 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.

Level 10 GT Snow Edition Specifications

Case Type

Full Tower

Material

SECC

Front Bezel Material

Plastic

Color


Exterior: White and Black
Interior: Black

Side Panel

Window

Motherboard Support


Micro ATX
Standard ATX
Extended ATX

Motherboard Tray

N/A

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 2 (Internal 20 pin connector)
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

Liquid Cooling Embedded

No

Power Supply Supported

Standard PS2

Power Supply Included

No

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
Super Airflow Chassis



 

Comments 

 
# RE: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition CaseDavid Ramsey 2011-09-29 12:23
I see someone has kept their 150GB Raptor X drive with the clear window. Wish I had...
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# RE: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition CaseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-09-29 13:35
Stock image from TT. It's a damn sexy drive though :D
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# Ho-Ho-Ho...Red1776 2011-09-30 10:08
Nice review hank,
I think this will look great with a string of lights on it, sitting out front next to the life size Santa this holiday season.
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# RE: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition CaseDoug Dallam 2011-10-04 00:08
How much space do you have for cable routing? Also, I'm not clear whey you need to access the back of the case to change the 5.25 drives. That seems kinda silly on Thermaltake's part. Everything else about this case is what I've been wanting. The power cables for the drives is just incredible design and same for the open door contacts for the side fan. Ditto for the easily removable filters. If I didn't just swap out my rig into that Rosewill Thor, I would have been very tempted to buy this case. Thanks for the review.
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# RE: RE: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition CaseDavid Ramsey 2011-10-04 08:28
Since it's the same as the standard Level 10 GT case, except for the color, the measurements I took for that case should still apply. At the "outwardly embossed" section of the panel behind the motherboard, there's just over an inch of clearance for cable routing, but only about 1/2" otherwise.
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# Sirfrank comments 2012-03-02 17:30
I have the snow edition, and the "embossed" "t" section on the right side only juts out about a sixteenth of an inch from the rest of the panel. It is a bit of a tight squeeze to cables, but it works.
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# drive accessdigits 2013-02-28 10:28
you need to get to the back of the drives to attach the cables to the hot swap bay, but not to the drives themselves. the drives themselves are screwed i those white trays you see on the side which lock in place when you put them in. you do not need to remove the side panel to remove them, you just need to press the corresponding button on the front of the case while pulling on the drive cage to get your drive out.
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# Questionmiygh 2012-04-16 15:14
Nice case thanks for your review

What is the connector of the included fan?
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# answerdigits 2013-02-28 10:24
the rear fan? it is a standard 3 pin connector, just like all the fans. they made a mistake in the article stating that all the fans are run from a single connector on the mobo, which is false. the rear fan is connected only to the mobo and the top, front and side fans are connected to a 3 way splitter connected to a circuit board attached to the case right under the fan and light control buttons which receive power from a single molex connector. that molex plug has both a female and a male side, so it will not reduce the number of molex connectors you have in your case.
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