Striking Looks: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition
Exterior Design, Materials and Worksmanship
The Level 10 GT Snow Edition is all about contrast, from its straight-up black and white color scheme to the carved compartments that mark each of the major component areas. And yeah, the original Level 10 and Level 10 GT black version chassis stood out a bit but, as you can see, the Level 10 GT Snow Edition is a major league head-turner.
The 5.25-inch drive bays are of a toolless design that allow you to snap optical drives into place with a locking mechanism. This is a quality design approach that makes the installation process that much easier and plenty robust. The Level 10 GT's 3.5-inch hard drive bays are a hot-swap style setup that allow you to release a drive sled with the push of a button. The sleds also have 2.5-inch mounting holes to afford you the ability to install SSDs or any 2.5" form-factor drive for that matter. The only small complaint we have with these sleds are that they're made of an all-plastic construction and they feel flimsy. Also, for whatever reason, the drive rack doesn't do a good job of dampening noisy hard drive head access during operation, unfortunately. On the up-side, the entire rack is setup with a 5-plug SATA power cable that connects each bay nicely. Just plug a single 4-pin molex connector into your power supply, connect your SATA data cables and you're done. This is a really nice feature, because it always seems that cable management for SATA power cables is a challenge. More on cable management inside the Level 10 GT, later.
Count 'em up; that's four USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port and two USB 3.0 ports, as well as headphone and microphone jacks, all setup for front and top panel access. Nice. You also get a fan speed switch which allows for control of those huge 200mm fans in the case. On high, you can pump a ton of fresh air into this thing, for not a whole lot more noise. On low, the chassis is whisper quiet. You also are provided the luxury of removable, washable fan filters for the side intake fan and in the bottom of the chassis, where an optional 120mm fan can reside, next to your power supply and its intake fan.