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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@inspector

that has to be the reservoir but i'm a bit confused with the other small cube-ish thing that looks like a reservoir, but that's probably the pump. i've never seen an acrylic pump like that before. but then again the whole setup is pretty insane so it's probably some custom job.

yeah, that's always been my favorite build, and i'm glad that there's a manufactured version of it available if i wanted to cough up the cash.

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When this case was first announced, I believe that was the time when manufacturers started getting into the whole "cooling zone" design. The Thermaltake Level 10 just takes it one step further and puts a box over each component.

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I saw this a while back and the first thing in my mind was "They want what for the price?!!"

If a case is more than 200 dollars, then it really needs to be designed by Ferrari! Then have Michael Schumacher as their spokesperson!

That's just the thing, if you wanted to water cool this it is very impractical. All they did in the design of this thing was look at all the components and built little boxes around them. Then interconnected it all.

Of course I am sure over at BMW they were one day sitting around drinking a good German Lager Playing FIFA World cup on their PlayStation 2! When they said to themselves, hey this would make a great computer case? SO they enlarged it and put some red lights on it, then said to themselves lets charge 1K for it.

When it comes to cases, I am more concerned about the internal functionality. Like the previous reviews of this thing if the drives get to hot and it cant be water cooled, or maybe even fit some of the SLI or crossfire setup. Then what is the point?

If the case defines the gamer, then I am more inclined to be impressed by the people who mod them to fit their personalities and Fandom.

 
Like this Stargate one. Now this one is Worth 800+ dollars http://dvice.com/archives/2009/09/stargate-motori.php

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@animatortom

Woooah, now that's an awesome case! Would be the pick of any LAN party. The Level 10 is a different matter: dropping $700 on a case that is not water cool enabled or easily transported to LAN parties...ehhh, I dunno.

Still the major accomplishment of the case seems to be the easily swappable hard drives. Might be awesome for a server.

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Good review. I just really don't like the look of this case. Maybe it's not for me.

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Yeah - it's a bit different; people are going to love it or hate it. I love the look myself, but am so put off by the price that I will never own it.

Great review, HH!

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3vi1:

Yeah - it's a bit different; people are going to love it or hate it. I love the look myself, but am so put off by the price that I will never own it.

Great review, HH!

 

Who knows. Cooler Master may hold a contest and put up one of these cases as a prize.

 

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Ryu OR HH can host the contest :P lol, that would be nice :P

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Man that thing looks awesome, and it's only $800 ! ( sarcasm  )

I'm sure it's a nice case and worth buying if you're loaded, but you could build a decent PC with that much.

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I'm not sure whether or not the fact that it's compartmentalized would help or hinder heat dissipation :( Reagrdless, it looks awesome except for the price tag.

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