Thermaltake Level 10 Gaming Station Review

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Computer cases tend to reveal certain things about their owners. With one glance, your friends can estimate just how serious (or casual) your computer hardware addiction may be. Whether the chassis is a generic, cream-colored throwback from the 90's, a standard mid-tower with a couple of LED fans, or an extravagant full-tower gaming behemoth with see-through side panels and custom graphics, first impressions unavoidably start with the enclosure.

Although the market is loaded with a myriad of attractive cases, one product from Thermaltake caught our attention from the moment we laid eyes on it and it has captivated us ever since. The Level 10 gaming tower is a new over-the-top enclosure made specifically for enthusiasts who want to make a statement without saying a word; or at the very least, appreciate cutting-edge design and absolute precision build quality. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but few can deny the Level 10's eye-catching good looks and extraordinary construction. As you may have heard, this case was created by BMW Group Designworks USA for Thermaltake. The BMW Group designs new concepts for a variety of industries, such as yachts, trains, and aircraft. Let's check out its latest creation made specifically for gamers, to see if it's really as revolutionary and well-built as it looks...


Thermaltake Level 10 Enclosure
Specifications and Features

Model

Level 10

Type

ATX Full Tower

Color

Black

Material

Aluminum

Expansion

3 x External 5.25" Drive Bays
6 x Internal 3.5" or 2.5" Drive Bays
8 x Motherboard Expansion Slots

Front I/O Ports

4 x USB
1 x Audio
1 x eSATA

Cooling

2 x 60mm Drive Bay Fans
1 x 120mm Red LED Fan
1 x 140mm Red LED Fan

Physical Dimensions

24.17" x 12.52" x 26.22" (Length x Width x Height)

Weight

47.11 lbs

Warranty

3 Years Limited (parts / labor)

Price

$850



In general, the features speak for themselves but a few details really stand out. First, we should address the size of this case. The Level 10 is about two feet high, two feet deep, and one foot wide. In other words, this thing is huge. Needless to say, it is one of the largest enclosures available and will require serious real estate around any desk it's installed next to. In addition to its massive size, this case is extraordinarily heavy. It weighs 47 lbs before adding a single component to it. A warning on the box even recommends a two person lift. But most importantly, the Level 10 carries a rather painful $850 price tag that speaks clearly to the fact that only hardened computing enthusiasts need apply.


The Level 10 comes with a small but sufficient bundle to aid the installation process. It includes an user's manual, warranty card, cleaning cloth, cable ties, assorted screws, a speaker, security keys, and a key chain. However, don't think you can set the bundle aside and jump into the installation. The manual will definitely come in handy for new Level 10 owners as there are several features to get accustomed with, due to the unique design of this chassis.  In addition, the keys should be available to access the enclosure's panels and drive bays. The cleaning cloth will be necessary after the build is complete and down the road for the occasional buff-up for a product that you'll likely feel compelled to care for like a new car's finish.

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Oh yea to me the case and the monitor are 2 things you do not skimp on. The case is what you build your whole system around and the monitor is what you will be looking at. Back to the case though yea this definitely makes a statement, I would go as far to say they have equaled or surpassed Silverstone as the case that is functional yet makes an impression when you first see it. With BMW engineering input on this case you know it is going to be bold as the lines on this thing just flow. It is pleasing to the eyes I must say. I guess with the amount of cooling and BMW's German engineering the airflow would be sufficient. I think I will name this the M10 as BMW's M series is known for performance.

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Man, I really wish I could justify the cost of buying that for my next PC. Sadly, I think I'll have to go with a slightly more practically priced case. Or make my own... hmmm.

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This case is incredible, and worth the $800 IMO (if I had that much money, that is). The only two things I can complain about are: 1.) only the top optical drive bay has an opening cover (which really isn't a problem for me if I put in more than one optical drive and a fan controller, for example), and 2.) the hard drive cooling. What hard drive cooling? All the hot air from all your drives rises, and there's no way to vent it at the top. And if you put your hottest drives at the bottom next to the mobo intake fan, you'll be blowing hot air into the case. Although I'm sure the compartmentalized, open-air design helps this a bit.

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Great review guys! The first thing I wondered about when I saw the picture was whether or not it would be compatible with water cooling components and sure enough, you answered that. When you started writing about the hard drive bays I immediately wondered if a Velociraptor would fit given its cooling enclosure and "BAM!" you answered that as well. And I'm glad you pointed out that only two of the drive bays are suited for SATA. It's these little yet significant catches that make your reviews a must read.

In spite of its few shortfalls this is a beautiful case. Personally, I like cases that allow for an internal view, however, with this case any see through parts might actually detract from its sexy lines. Who knows, maybe Thermaltake and BMW can figure something out. At the very least I hope they mosey on over to this review before they start designing their next chassis.

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There are some odd situations where it does not reflect. If you're on a budget but love computers you might keep that old boring case and CRT monitor (that still has great image quality) and rather spend money on new hardware.

One thing though is that once you put money on a case you don't have to buy a new one for a long time. $700+ is expensive but as its a one-time cost (as oppose to always buying the latest graphics card etc.) I can see quite a few buying it even though they're wallets aren't too big.

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My case is made of wood D: lol jk, I would love to buy this case (i wanted to when it came out but im like... broke Sad) Its $850... compared to my case's price... its 7-8 times more :(...

Didn't you guys report about a company making a water cooler that is for this case?

Nice review.

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Where would you put the radiator though? Unless you were only water-cooling the CPU, then that makes sense (put a one-fan rad where the 120 exhaust is, and let the 140 intake cool the cards). But in that case you don't need any special equipment at all.

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When I first saw this thread, I thought someone was digging up an old thread. This case was first introduced a good while back. I'm glad they had the foresight of how long graphics cards could get. Glad to see you guys stuck in a 5970 in there.

I would have like to see some temperatures.

 

Nethersprite:

Where would you put the radiator though? Unless you were only water-cooling the CPU, then that makes sense (put a one-fan rad where the 120 exhaust is, and let the 140 intake cool the cards). But in that case you don't need any special equipment at all.

I don't think you would want to water cool this thing unless you wanted to have most of it external. There isn't any room to place the pump. I guess you could mount the pump and the radiator to the other side.

 

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this case is BEAUTIFUL. reminds of me of this pc:

http://www.million-dollar-pc.com/systems-2009/special/lessdegrees/pius-edelweiss.htm

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WOW, thats an awesome case there until240, i sure wish i was that guy that has or HAD it :) lol. the wiring is very neat and its just pure awesomeness! Is that tube the cooling solution reservoir?

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