Striking Looks: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition

Introduction and Specifications

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


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

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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