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Thermaltake Level 10 GT review

The design of the new Level 10 GT is clearly based on that of the original Level 10 case; however the new case is nothing like the original. Thermaltake got rid of the unique but hefty chassis and fully compartmentalized design, trading it for a mainstream core steel chassis for functionality and low production costs. The size of the new Level 10 GT is close to that of the original case albeit slightly smaller, with the case’s dimensions being 58.5 x 28.2 x 59.0 cm, but the weight has been reduced down to 12.5kg, nearly half the weight of the original Level 10 design. A carrying handle is being formed at the top of the case.

The faceplate of the Level 10 GT is a mix between a common tower case and the original Level 10 design. Most of it is made out of plastic with only the mesh being metallic. Much like many of the high performance cases currently available, Thermaltake made a very large portion of the Level 10 GT’s exterior a metallic mesh rather than solid material.

This case’s I/O has been divided to two parts. The first part can be seen placed vertically at the front of the case and consists of the power and reset buttons, four USB 2.0 ports, the typical two front audio 3.5”mm jacks and a HDD activity LED.

The second part of the I/O can be found at the left top side of the case and consists of two USB 3.0 ports, one eSATA port, a button which controls the LED lighting of the fans and two buttons which control the speed of the cooling fans.

All of the 5.25” covers and the 3.5” cover are made out of a metallic mesh and are externally removable. They are extremely easy to remove as well, you only need to push the plastic flaps seen at their sides together and pull the cover right off. A nickel plated company logo can be seen at the top left side of the faceplate.

The Level 10 GT can hold up to 5 disk drives, all of which are externally removable. The trays of the Level 10 GT are plastic, much like most of its body, unlike the drive trays of the original Level 10 case which were metallic. By simply pressing the button, the corresponding tray will eject. A lock is present which can forbid the removal of the drives if security is a necessity.

The trays feature anti-vibration rubber rings and can house either 3.5” or 2.5” disks, which means that using SSDs with the Level 10 GT will not be a problem.

At the meshed side of the case, Thermaltake placed a small hinge where the headphones hanger can be installed. Removing the rubber cover requires a thin tool, such as a small flat headed screwdriver or a knife.

We found the headphone hanger to be a very interesting and useful concept. Although it adds bulk to the already large case and requires the left side of the case to be free of obstructions, it will be very useful for those who are going to place the tower beneath or on their desks. 


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