Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case

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Product(s): Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case
Provided By: Thermaltake

Written By: Jason Schneider
Edited By:
Sean Dillman
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Introduction: 

A while back Thermaltake created the Level 10 case and quickly it became the "dream case" for a good number of enthusiasts. Unfortunately the Level 10 also carried a hefty price tag with it putting it into a price range too high for the majority of enthusiasts (and more than most people's entire systems). Thermaltake has now created another case in the Level 10 series, the Level 10 GT which we have on the test bench today.

The Level 10 GT is one of Thermaltake's more expensive cases; however thanks to the creative and unique design of the Level 10 GT it makes it a nice change from the typical "square" cases.


First Impressions:

As soon as you open the box you'll find the Level 10 GT covered in a cloth cover which should keep everything safe and scratch-free during shipping. Not a big deal overall but when you open the box on a case you just spent good money for you don't really want to see if stuffed in a plastic bag.

Protective Cover

Protective Covering

Case Profile
Side View

Obviously the biggest selling point on the Level 10 GT is the unique design and it doesn't take too long to notice that this case is quite different from other cases. The original Level 10 case was more of a showpiece while the Level 10 GT takes some of the design and makes it a little more functional. 

Off Side

Side Panel

Front Profile
Side View


The top handle is a nice touch and makes moving your case around extremely easy. Unlike handles on some other cases the Level 10 GT's handle doesn't stick out like a sore thumb and is a nice part of the design.

As you can also see this case is equipped for watercooling (pictured below, left) if you choose to go that route and is able to accommodate a rear mounted radiator. With a case of this size you could really build a nice watercooling setup and still have room to spare. 

Rear Ports

Rear View

Handle
Top Handle

The bottom of the Level 10 GT has adjustable feet as well as a removable dust filter. Also on the bottom are adjustable feet which allow you to turn for extra stability. 

Bottom Feet

Bottom View

Adjustable Feet
Adjustable Feet


Easily accessible on the top of the case is 2 USB 3.0 and 1 eSATA connections (the USB 3.0 ports use a cable that runs to the rear of the case and plugs into the rear of the board). Also featured on the top is your fan controls (lets you change the fans to either high or low) and a button to turn the LEDs built into the fans on and off as well as change the color to either red, blue, green, single color flash mode, or multi-color flash mode. 

Top Ports
Top IO Ports

 

Top
Top View


 

First Impressions (continued):

The side 200mm fan features a removable air filter for easy removal and cleaning. Like the front and rear fans this side fan is also a "ColorShift" fan which can be controlled via controls on the top of the case. 

Rear
Removable Fan Filter

 

Fan Microfilter
Removable Fan Filter


One of the biggest features of the Level 10 GT is the 5 Hot-Swappable hard drive rack. All 5 drives can be easily removed with the push of a button or they can be locked into place to prevent "accidental" removal. There is also a nice and big 200mm fan in the front of the case that provides airflow to all of the drives in order to keep everything running nice and cool.

The hot-swap drive bays are one of the more unique-looking features on the Level 10 GT and probably one of the first things you'll notice when you first look at this case. 

Front With Lock

HDD Bays (Side View)

Drive Front
HDD Bays (Front View)


All 5 of the hot-swap bays feature a plastic hard drive tray for you to mount your hard drive into for easy installation and removal. The trays can mount either 3.5" drives or 2.5" drive easily.

The whole hard drive rack is probably my biggest beef with the case. The trays and entire hard drive assembly are all plastic which just seems like a bit of a quality drop-off when compared to the rest of the case. While the quality is decent on the racks and I wouldn't consider it "cheap" I guess I just expected a little more from a $280 dollar case.

 

Drive Covers

  HDD Bays (Side View)

Drive Tray
Hard Drive Tray
 

 
Drive In Tray

HDD Installed into tray

Drive In Bay
HDD Inserted


Included with the Level 10 GT are enough accessories to get your system installed. Seeing as this is a pretty big case the inclusion of a power cable extension is a nice touch. Also included are all the screws you'll need to install a full system as well as some cable times to keep everything neat and tidy.


Bundle

Accessories

 

There we go, that's the Thermaltake Level 10 GT full tower case. In the next section we'll take a look at all the fine details then we'll get into the testing.

 


Thermaltake Level 10 GT Specifications:

Front Profile

All Specifications taken from Thermaltake.com

 

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.

 

Detailed Specifications

Case Type    Full Tower
Material    SECC
Front Bezel Material    Plastic
Color    Exterior: BLACK
Interior: BLACK
Side Panel    Window
Motherboard Support    Micro ATX
ATX
Extended ATX
Motherboard Tray   
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 (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)
120 x 120 x 25 mm Fan (optional)

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   
Power Supply Supported    Standard PS2
Power Supply Included   
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
 

 

 

 

Installation and Testing:

In this section we'll take a closer look at the inside of the Level 10 GT. We've seen the unique styling of the outside, now we'll see if the inside is up to the same level.

Wireless Fan Connector

Side Door Fan Switch

Door Louvers
Adjustable Side Fan Panels

The removal of the side door on the Level 10 GT is one of the easiest I've ever seen. Rather than the normal side panel that slides into place and then is secured by screws, the Level 10 GT uses hinges and opens and closes very easily. The side door features a 200mm fan that is built-in and it has a nice switch which powers the fan when closed (so you don't have to plug or unplug the fan every time you open or close the door).

The side 200mm fan also features adjustable panels which allow you to direct the airflow to where it is needed (most likely going to be your video cards). The ability to direct air to where it is needed most is a nice feature to have, especially if you have an expensive video card that needs adequate cooling. 

Cable Management

**Side Door Removed

Tray Side Installed
Side Door Removed


Once we remove the side panels we get a good look at the inside and the ample room that the Level 10 GT offers. The inside of the case features a good amount of cable management holes which allow you to feed cables in behind the motherboard tray which makes for a nice and tidy motherboard installation. 

Drive Area

5 1/4" Drive Bays

Top Fan
  Top Fan


The Level 10 GT has room for 4 5.25" drives as well as 1 3.5" drive all of which are accessible from the front of the case.

The top of the case (pictured above, right) has a 200mm fan which draws air out of the case. There is also a 140mm fan in the rear of the case which also exhausts hot air out of the case. 

Mobo Installed

System Installed

Side Off Installed
System Installed


Installing a system into the Level 10 GT is a pretty easy task thanks to the ample room inside of the case. This is probably one of the most spacious cases that I have reviewed and thanks to all the cable management holes it's pretty easy to make your system look neat and tidy.

Unfortunately I really don't have much to report as far as issues during installation. This case is built to accommodate big power supplies, big video cards, and big coolers. The recent trends in cases seems to be smaller and smaller, however, if you don't need portability the extra room that a full tower case like the Level 10 GT is a nice change. 
 

 

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Final Thoughts:

The original Level 10 case was designed by Thermaltake and BMW and turned quite a few heads and quickly became a "Dream Case" for many enthusiasts. The original Level 10 case unfortunately carried a steep ~$800 price tag which made it tough to justify for most people. Fast forward a year and now we've got the new Level 10 GT case which takes design elements of the original Level 10 and puts them into a case that is much more affordable for the average consumer. The Level 10 GT is priced at less than half of the original Level 10 case while still keeping some of the "Uniqueness" that the Level 10 offered.

The Level 10 GT is priced higher than a good majority of cases that we've taken a look at, but we found the "uniqueness" of the Level 10 GT to be enough to justify the price. This case is most definitely still a "Premium" case due to the ~$279 USD price tag, but it is a whole lot easier to justify the price than the original version.

The overall build quality of the Level 10 GT is very good. The metal side door has some really nice hinges which makes opening up the side panel super easy (no thumbscrews required). My biggest complaint would probably be the hot-swap HDD trays which are made of plastic and if I could make a suggestion I would beef up the quality just a little bit.

As far as features go, the Level 10 GT has quite a few. Built-in fan and lighting controls is nice to have. More than adequate cooling and easy access to the inside (thanks to a super easy to open side door) are some of the biggest features that we liked.


The Thermaltake Level 10 GT case is one of the more unique cases that has come across the BCCHardware test bench in a while and its unique shape and design is by far the biggest selling feature of the Level 10 GT. The price of the Level 10 GT might be a little high for some people but for a premium case the price tag is justifiable (and much cheaper than the original Level 10 case). The Level 10 GT has more features than you can shake a stick at, fan controllers, ample cooling, and hot-swap HDD bays make this case very attractive. Thanks to the great build quality, nice amount of features, and unique design we've awarded the Thermaltake Level 10 GT case our "Editor's Choice - Gold" award. If you want a case that people notice and want the room to build the ultimate system then the Level 10 GT is definitely worthy of your consideration.

  

Pros:

  • Unique design
  • Similar design to original Level 10 case at less than half the price.
  • Spacious design
  • Lots of features
  • Good airflow

 

Cons:

  • Hot-swap HDD bays feel a bit flimsy
  • More plastic then the original Level 10

 

BCCRating

Gold 
 

I'd like to thank Thermaltake for sending us the Level 10 GT case to review. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.