In 2010, Thermaltake won the Red Dot Design Award for Product Design for their collaborative work with BMW DesignworksUSA. That product was called the Thermaltake Level 10 case. The Level 10 was an aesthetic innovation that broke many of the traditional “rules” of the computer chassis industry. The problem? It’s original cost was $850. That’s a little on the expensive side. In 2011, Thermaltake was at it again, reusing the general design of the Level 10 in order to create another case that won the Red Dot Design Award for Product Design, the Thermaltake Level 10 GT. By cutting the cost of such an innovative style of case by more than half, the Level 10 GT began to appeal to a much wider audience. Now Thermaltake has brought us another look in the Level 10 lineup. In this article, Benchmark Reviews brings you an in-depth look at the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition Case.
Computing enthusiasts are the most likely to be willing to spend a lot of money on a computer case because they realize the potential value in superior build quality, functionality, cable management, and cooling. That being said, any gamer knows the mantra looks>stats. While said somewhat jokingly, the fact of the matter is, we all want that box under (or on top of) our desk to be easy on the eyes. Thermaltake has attempted to enclose all of the important aspects that we look for in a case into the Level 10 GT Snow Edition. The kept the same, visually appealing design as the original Level 10 case, but made some modifications in order to make it less expensive.
Some of the changes that Thermaltake made to the Level 10 GT Snow Edition actually moved the design of the case closer to that of a traditional enclosure. The component housing, for example, was completely separated in the original Level 10 case, essentially isolating the components. The original Thermaltake Level 10 case certainly caught a lot of people’s attention. The Level 10 GT, while still appealing, was, in my opinion, less so than its predecessor. The Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition case brings back a lot of that aesthetic appeal, simply by changing the color scheme. The contrasting white on black really catches the attention. Add that to the LED lighting system that allows you to choose the color you want to go along with it, and you have a very good looking case.
The Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition is a huge case, to be sure. The question is, does it stand up to the level intended? Thermaltake specifies that the Level 10 GT Snow Edition is made for high performance gaming and to supply superior levels of airflow to components. Let’s take a look at all the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition has to offer.
Product Name: Level 10 GT Snow Edition
Price As Tested: $289.99 at Newegg
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Thermaltake.
Thermaltake Level 10 Features
- Performance cooling made quiet: one top 200mm exhaust fan, one front 200mm intake fan, one side 200mm intake fan and one rear 140mm exhaust fan.
- Hinged side panel to enable easier opening of the side door and access to computer for maintenance or upgrade.
- Dramatically improved cable management. User no longer “hides” the excessive cable on the back, the Level 10 GT features numerous holders designed into the chassis for cable management.
- Five hot-swappable hard drive bays, each with its dedicated backplane to support hot-swap. Hard drive mounting supports both 2.5″ or 3.5″ drives.
- Connectivity array. Four USB 2.0 ports are conveniently located on the front bezel including a pair of audio ports. Two USB 3.0 ports (Internal 20 Pin Connector) and one eSATA port located on the top
- Water cooling ready – 120mm or 240mm radiators can be easily attached to the top side of the chassis (top 200m fan needs to be removed)
- Fan speed management control embedded. ColorShift fans can be easily controlled through controls on the top.
- Fully black-powdered interior.
Level 10 GT Snow Edition Specifications
|Case Type||Full Tower|
|Front Bezel Material||Plastic|
Exterior: White and Black
|5.25″ Drive Bay||4|
|Ext. 3.5″ Drive Bay||1|
|Int. 3.5″ Drive Bay||5|
|Front I/O Ports||
USB 3.0 x 2 (Internal 20 pin connector)
USB 2.0 x 4
eSATA x 1
HD Audio x 1
200 x 200 x 20 mm ColorShift Fan x 1 (600~800RPM, 13~15dBA)
|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|
Front HDD Access
High Performance Gaming
Super Airflow Chassis
Closer Look: Exterior
The first thing I have to say about the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition case is that it is big. I mean really big. When the case arrived, I was at work. My wife actually called me at work to ask me about the giant box that was taking up our doorstep. Inside the box, the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition was very well protected by a thick black bag and two huge pieces of Styrofoam. With all that removed, the case wasn’t as big as it had once seemed, but it was still quite large.
The Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition really is nice to look at. I like the look a lot better than the original Level 10 GT. It just stands out more. While the components aren’t completely isolated, like in the Level 10 case, the compartments are designed to look as though they are separated. Each area protrudes slightly from the main body of the case, giving it the appearance of having separate compartments. In reality, the only separate compartments are the hard drive bays.
The front of the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition case almost looks like a normal case. You can see the standard 5.25 inch drive bays above a single 3.25 inch external drive bay. The hard drive bays are below that. Sound familiar? You’ll find this setup on most cases.
Turn the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition to the side and you start to see where it differs from conventional cases. From this angle, the 5.25 inch drive bays look separated from the internal drive bays and the motherboard enclosure. The black and white contrasts continue. There is also a windowed area above the 200mm fan on the side of the Level 10 GT Snow Edition case.
Moving to the rear of the case, the white on black contrast goes out the window. That’s not too terrible, considering you probably won’t be looking at the rear of the case too often. From this vantage, you can see smallest of the four fans provided with the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition case. You can also see that the PSU is mounted on the bottom of the case. While this is a relatively new development in the world of computer cases, it is rapidly becoming the preferred method.