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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

Detailed Interior Features

Getting into further details of the interior of the case we can take a look at all of the rubber grommet covered holes in the motherboard tray. Instead of just a few holes to thread cables through, the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition gives you seven. The rubber grommets not only protect the cables, but they also help to hide the holes, making the overall look of the inside of the case smoother. The cables for the I/O ports on the Level 10 GT Snow Edition are also long enough to reach an E-ATX case. This is a problem I have with a lot of cases, so I'm glad to see it's not the case here.

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Back to the bottom of the case, you can see that the PSU sits up a little off the bottom on a couple of rails. This picks it up even further off the ground allowing for better air intake. You can also see the optional 120mm fan installed here and how close both it and the PSU are to the video cards if you have a multiple-GPU system.

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One of my favorite features of the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition case is the way they connect the 200mm door fan. The connection is made through contact between the door and the edge of the case. This means no cable to hassle with when you open up the case to mess around inside.

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The top fan on the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition is another 200mm fan with LEDs for colorful fun.

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The rear fan is 140mm, doesn't light up, and isn't speed adjustable. It is, however, affixed to the same cable as the 200mm door and top fans, as well as the front panel fan. They all run off of a single connector to the motherboard.

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The 5.25 drive bays are tool-less and extremely easy to install. Those white latches swivel back and attach into the drive, holding it in place. The only problem is, you have to take off the back panel in order to install or uninstall 5.25 inch devices. That's not a huge deal, I suppose, but if you are like me and your computer backs up to a wall, you'll have to pull the somewhat massive case out in order to take care of that.

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Another of my favorite features of the Level 10 GT Snow Edition is the method of SATA power connection for the internal drive bays. Each of the drive bays is hot-swappable in that they connect directly into a power and data connector when slid into place. The power connectors for each of SATA drives is connected together and requires only a single power connection from the PSU. Then you just plug in an SATA cable to each drive bay and you are ready to go. It's an extremely functional method and it helps out with cable management as well.

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That does it for our look at the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition case. Next up, I'll give you my final thoughts on the case and I'll let you know how it performed during thermal load testing.



 

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# 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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