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Striking Looks: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition

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As far as computer chassis go, when it comes to being successful in the enthusiast DIY niche', manufacturers tend to focus on a few key design approaches that will help products stand out and ultimately sell. You can go the way of functionality and build quality, like Corsair did, for example with their Obsidian 700 and 800 series, though it may or may not get you noticed. However, take that approach and also couple it with visual design cues that really catch the eye and you end up with products like MainGear's SHIFT chassis (developed with Silverstone) and the Thermaltake Level 10.  Talk about "standout," the original Thermaltake Level 10 is easily one of the most recognizable and impressive high-end PC cases ever built. It's also one of the most expensive on the market as well.

Designed by the folks at BMW for Thermaltake, that one gripe stuck with the original Level 10.  Gorgeous and drool-worthy perhaps, but be prepared to sell that kidney, with its original MSRP weighing in at $850 (they're selling for only $699 now).  So Thermaltake set out to design a more affordable follow-on product and the Level 10 GT was born.  The Level 10 GT has similar design cues to Thermaltake's uber-expensive first generation chassis, but is built with a more traditional internal component housing and lower-cost materials.  The GT doesn't catch your eye like the original Level 10 but it certainly still calls attention to itself more than most full towers on the market...

Then again, Thermaltake's recently released white unicorn-like version of the Level 10 GT dubbed the "Snow Edition" just might turn a few more heads too.

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition ATX Full Tower Case
Specifications & Features
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 (with 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



Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition
Or should we call it "Storm Trooper White"


Thermaltake claims the Level 10 GT is targeted for "High Performance Gaming" and "Super Airflow Chassis" applications, which would seem rather fitting.  There are three mammoth 200mm fans in this case, as well as a 140mm rear exhaust fan and the option for a bottom 120mm intake fan.  If you're looking for increased airflow, the Level 10 GT should offer up more than just a cool breeze.  Two of those 200mm fans are also covered by removable, washable air filters, thankfully.  More on this later.  You'll also notice in the spec list above, that the case only weighs about 28lbs.  With the handle on the top of this chassis, for a full tower, it's actually fairly easy to move around.  Finally, if you thought the original Level 10 GT wasn't bold enough, as you can see, our Snow Edition model here pretty much jumps out at you.  We call it the "Storm Trooper" around the lab.  Contrasted in flat black and white, this chassis would easily blend into the set of the George Lucas classic.
 

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original Level 10 case,.....its MSRP weighing in at $850 (they're selling for only $699 now)

Yeah, to people with more money than sense.

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the Level 10 GT dubbed the "Snow Edition" just might turn a few more heads too.

Yes, It's a very nice looking case. (I think so anyway) You know that old cliche',....~"where form meets function"~ this is that.

It's priced at $239.00 at MicroCenter, and I think that it's a fair price for something that is so well thought out. (and easy on the eye too)

It has enough advanced features within to please almost anyone who likes function.

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Excellent job Dave! Loved your "short take" of this awesome case. A very striking and unique case that's sure to garner the attention it rightly deserves. Would love to have one of these, and feel the white version has more visual punch than the all black version.

Btw, for as many times as you said "Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition", you could work in NASCAR, or we could turn this video into a drinking game! lol

Keep up the great work!

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This is indeed a very nice work of art :D, but still on the pricy side for me to pick up.

"Pricey but worth it" That may just be true :P

You guys should swap this in for the contest Wink lol

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Inspector:
You guys should swap this in for the contest Wink lol

Oh Hell No!,.......the case that they're offering looks better to me, and the choice of colors is an outstanding way to tweak people's interest!

Dave, just leave the contest as it is,.....and just mail me this one without telling everyone else about it.  Smile

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Great write up Dave! I have to be honest I like the all black version better which is weird because I love the white 600t. I really like the wireless side fan, makes everything look super clean. Same with the pre-wired hard drive cages. That is a great feature to have on a case if you are going for cable management.

On a side note did you guys see Cooler Master is claiming the new Storm Trooper is going to be "The Future of Full Towers", That is a pretty bold statement.

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"just mail me this one without telling everyone else about it."

HAHA i'll know :P

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Inspector:
HAHA i'll know

Will You?

 

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i got the all seeing eye! :d

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"Beautiful case, although I too prefer the black version. Nice review. But the White Storm Trooper title goes to the White NZXT Phantom , thats the first thing I thought of when I first saw it. "

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the case kinda looks like a house. I might just build my first house to look like it. :)

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