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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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haha llecompte, someone should really make a building look like this. It has the structure!

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I would love having this storm trooper under my desk :) I think the comparison to the look is right on par. Thermaltake makes some great products and this is no exception.

Hope no one buying this case is a heavy smoker though lol then it might turn into a old fashioned beige box.

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yep it is a truly functional and innovative chassis .It seems to be one of those that when you can see a video preview that Dave made one can appreciate the design a heck of a lot more .It is even quieter than previously thought .Just a preference I like the Level 10 in black.That NZXT Phantom chassis that's also being mentioned here is just one of those cases that appeal to me in any of the color options. Guess it just depends on my mood at the time.

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@Optimus, the White NZXT Phantom WAS my favorite case before I saw this baby a while back, but I thought the exam same thing as you, that this was the Phantom's more attractive older sibling or cousin haha

The Level 10 GT not only has a better form factor, but also has the handle for better portability (although not easy)

and that side attachment for a pair of headphones that I thought was neat, and the Color Scheme looks absolutely amazing, as simple as it is

I think it would be safe to say that a contest giving away this case would have more contestants than the Labor Day Give away!

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OSunday:
@Optimus, the White NZXT Phantom WAS my favorite case before I saw this baby a while back, but I thought the exam same thing as you

"Check this Out, I think there's no contest on which one looks like the Stormtroopers"

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Hmm looking at the Storm Trooper, it might be possible to fit a pc in there!

BD burner up top at the black band; power, usb, audio, and reset switch in the chin: drive lights in the mouth: Zacate motherboard, hard drive, mounted inside. Not sure if psu would fit too, so maybe an external brick psu. Mesh grills in the eyes and along the sides for venting.

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CDeeter:
looking at the Storm Trooper, it might be possible to fit a pc in there!

I should think so,.....they've already put one into a model car.

CAMARO

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Pretty cool - pretty price tooSurprise

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Man, looking at both colors, I'd say that I could use this to recreate the opening scene in Star Wars. With the black version being Darth Vader and the white version being Stormtroopers.

I mean just imagine if somebody actually did that.

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For some reason I like the black edition of this chassis a bit better .anyhow happened to spot this the Level 10 GT LCS with - CoolFlux: Bigwater 850GT water-cooling that's integrated check it out

http://uk.thermaltake.eu/products-model.aspx?id=C_00001789

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