When Thermaltake released its Level 10 chassis, it was unique in both its design and price-point – the latter of which kept it out of the hands of the regular enthusiast. Enter the Level 10 GT, a ~$270 variant that retains much of the aesthetic appeal of the original, but is easier to build with and has other cool features added to boot.
No doubt the price of the Level 10 GT will be one of the primary factors of whether or not someone runs right out to snatch one up. Normally I like to save that this kind of talk until the end of the review but this case is so expensive I thought I would get it out of the way. Coming in at over $250, this is a niche product for someone who wants to show off or has everything else that they could ever want. But luckily it’s not all show and buyers will get their money’s worth.
The case itself is huge, both on the outside and the inside. There was more than enough room to work in and the build quality was solid as are the locking mechanisms for all drives. I did notice some flex in the right side panel but it’s so large that there is really no way to guard against that unless some cross braces were used to strengthen it – but then you lose the ability to route cables.
As mentioned before, everything installed flawlessly, there is tons of room for expandability internally and externally in terms of connectivity, and the performance is enough to put this case at the top of the pack thanks mostly to the three large but quiet ColorShift fans.
Oh, right! What’s ColorShift? I think it’s best if I show you:
While the fancy light show does nothing for me, I’m sure there are some out there that will absolutely love this feature. When the system is powered off, the LEDs reset, so they will always be solid blue when the system is powered back on. This isn’t so much a strike against the case as an annoyance, but surely the ability to retain the user’s settings could have been squeezed into this case.
Thermaltake has gotten the formula right on this one and it would be wrong not to give the Level 10 GT an Editor’s Choice award. This is great news to me considering I personally have not been a big fan of Thermaltake cases, but this is by far the most expensive one I have tinkered with so I would be worried if my past problems were to show up again.
All in all it’s a solid case with some great features and styling, provided one’s wallet is fat enough – although it’s nothing for a high-rolling reviewer like me. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some girls waiting with some Cristal in my stretch Escalade. Well, actually I’m going to put my 2-year old to bed and watch some Mythbusters on the couch with my wife and eat some popcorn.
Yessir, I’m living the hardware reviewer high-life!
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