Thermaltake Level 10 GT Chassis
Author: Jakob Barnard
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 05-27-2011
Provided by: Thermaltake
First Look – Outside

The Level 10 GT comes in a stylish box sporting the case itself and the BMW styling like the original. The first thing you will notice is the sheer size of the case. It comes in at 30lbs and the box measures 14” by 25” by 26”. This is not a lightweight / easily portable case. Inside of the box we find the case protected by the usual foam pieces. Further protection is provided by the cloth bag with the Level 10 GT logo. Pulling off the bag reveals the still massive case in all its glory.

The back panel of the case has a large raised "T" with the Level 10 GT logo printed on the bottom corner. Taking a look at the front we see four 5.25” bays, one external 3.5” bay and a lock for the five hot-swap bays.

Moving to the front panel I/O ports, we see two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, audio connections, HDD activity light, reset button and power button. On the top of the case we see there are additional controls, ports, and ventilation: two more USB 2.0 ports, two more USB 3.0 ports, LED on/off button and a high/low speed control for the fan. We also have an eSATA port for speedy external hard drive transfers.

The side shows off the styling of the original Level 10 best; you get the impression of the segregation in design. We have our bay for 5.25” devices, a small window where your CPU cooler will be displayed and a large mesh screen for ventilation. There is also a lock for the side panel door along with a lever to control the direction of airflow. On the back we see three holes to pass water cooling tubing through should you go that route. The setup for the expansion slots is pretty interesting. There is a retention plate, but also note that while it isn’t exactly tool free, there are thumbscrews for each slot.

On the bottom of the case we see the ventilation opening, a slide out filter and rotating feet. I am not sure this is totally necessary since the case is large enough to remain stable without them being folded out. The slide out filter on the other hand is a very nice addition. This means you can pull it out and clean it without having to open up the case.

Next we will crack the case open and take a look inside.

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