2010 CES: Thermaltake
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Rutledge Feman
Date: 01-20-2010

Thermaltake was one of our first meetings at CES this year. Located in a suite at the Venetian Hotel, we stopped by on Thursday to have a look at what all they had on display. It's worth noting that Luxa2, a division of Thermaltake, was also on display in the suite. Here are some of the products we saw.

Thermaltake had several cases on display including the much-talked-about Level 10. This is the first time I have seen this case in person and I must say it is certainly different. The Level 10 is unique in the fact that most of the computer's components which are usually found in the same area are kept separate in this chassis. The power supply, optical drives and hard drives are all located in individual compartments in the Level 10. This allows the user to easily and quickly swap parts in the system without having to fool with other components. The Level 10 can hold up to six hard drives and includes built-in 2.5" brackets for Solid State Drives. The chassis is constructed of aluminum with support for ATX / Micro ATX boards, although don't plan on taking this to a LAN party as it weighs nearly 50 pounds empty! If you must have this case in your life, be prepared to spend some serious cash on it - in the range of $850.

Other cases on display include an nVidia-themed Element V, V5 Black Edition and the Element Q SFF chassis.

We also had a chance to look at Thermaltake's Xpressar cooling system. Think of this system as a refrigerator inside a computer. This system looks a bit more refined than the ones we saw online a while back. The Xpressar website claims the system runs 20 Celsius cooler than a liquid cooling system. A quick check online shows the original Xpressar RCS100 available for around $700 online.

More just ahead.

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