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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

Level 10 GT Snow Final Thoughts

The cable management on the Level 10 GT Snow Edition is the best I have seen to date. Thermaltake even used a contact method of connecting the door fan to avoid extra cabling. The seven holes in the motherboard tray aid with routing your cables out of sight and, with less congestion in the main compartment, air flow can be greatly improved. The Level 10 GT Snow Edition even comes with a headphones rack that attaches to the side of the case. They've thought of everything!

Speaking of airflow, the amount of cooling that takes place throughout the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition case is pretty amazing. After leaving the system on for two days, I took idle temps followed by load temps. The GPU got up to 85 degrees Celsius, which is pretty hot, but not unbearable. The CPU only got up to 69 degrees at top load. The idle temps were very cool, hovering just about 40 degrees. Even with all that airflow, the case was very quiet. I don't have a decibel meter, so I can't tell you exactly how loud it was, but that wouldn't have done much good with my AC running and other noises throughout the office anyway. The fact of the matter is, even with the fans on high, the loudest fan was still the GPU fan on my GTX 570. I heard that over everything else and when I throttled it down, I could hardly hear the case fans at all.

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The case comes with some outstanding features that make it, in my opinion, well worth the cost. If you are dedicated to high performance computing, you will need a case that offers a lot of room, excellent cooling, easy installation, functionality, and the appeal of something you want to see every day. This case offers that. The last thing I want is to sound like a Thermaltake commercial. I try to be very honest in all of my reviews so that those of you reading it get a real feel for the product you are researching. My problem here is that I am having trouble finding anything wrong with the Level 10 GT Snow Edition. That said, I have come up with some minor complaints.

First, while I love the hot-swappable style hard drive bays, they are sometimes difficult to remove. I can't count the amount of times I have checked the lock to make sure it was in the unlocked position when I couldn't push the button exactly right and the drive wouldn't slide out. The 5.25 inch drive bays also present an area of concern for me. I change components in my system very often. When I say very often, I mean almost daily. Sometimes that includes an optical drive. I don't want to have to pull out this behemoth of a case every time I want to use the optical drive to re-install windows on another test system. I'm considering just using an external DVD drive for this case, since it will most certainly be taking over as my personal case.

Another minor complaint I have is that the extra quarter of an inch or so that the slightly beveled back panel gives you for cable management is not quite enough. When you start adding two or three GPUs to your system, you need to slap a few more cables on your power supply. Route them through to the back and they start taking up more space. Just one other cable on top of the shielded 24-pin power cable is enough to make less than breezy putting the back panel into place. I've wrestled with back panels in the past, and this is by no means one of the harder ones, but another quarter inch might be nice back there. It's not like we think we are going to get a small case when we buy this sucker.

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Overall, my complaints are really nit-picky and inconsequential. Like I said, this case is going to become my personal case. I love it. It's also one of the few cases I trust to leave the side panel on when I have multiple GPUs in and am overclocking the system. The method of hooking up the SATA drives is genius and I even have a good time playing with the lighting system. You can turn it off too, though. Add to that the USB 3.0 ports that complete the total of six USB ports on the front and top of the case and you have a winner on your hands.




 

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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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