Thermaltake Level 10 GT: Monument to Excessby Dustin Sklavos on July 26, 2011 11:50 AM EST
Introducing the Thermaltake Level 10 GT
This promised to be a good month for big stonking enthusiast-class cases, and we're delivering on the second half of our one-two punch with Thermaltake's monstrous Level 10 GT. This is the biggest, most expensive enclosure we've reviewed to date. It was one of the major centerpieces of Thermaltake's line-up back at CES, and later it showed up housing one of the most powerful gaming systems we've ever reviewed, the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme FTW. Today we get to take a look at the Level 10 GT on its own and pit it against the best and brightest we've been sent so far.
When I reviewed the CyberPowerPC unit back in May, I found myself with some reservations regarding the Level 10 GT. A great many of those were ameliorated when I went to actually test that tower and found it to be a remarkably capable enclosure, able to dissipate the heat generated by a pair of GeForce GTX 590s and a massively overclocked Intel Core i7-990X without creating too much of a racket. At the very least on that front it seemed like it would be a winner, and spoiler alert: it is.
Within that review I stated that I'd come back and review the Level 10 GT on its own merits, and that's on the docket today.
|Thermaltake Level 10 GT Specifications|
|Motherboard Form Factor||Extended ATX, ATX, Micro ATX|
|Drive Bays||External||4x 5.25", 1x 3.5"|
|Internal||5x 2.5"/3.5" (see above)|
|Cooling||Front||1x 200mm fan|
|Rear||1x 140mm fan|
|Top||1x 200mm fan|
|Side||1x 200mm fan|
|Bottom||1x 120mm fan mount|
|Front I/O Port||4x USB 2.0, headphone and mic jacks|
|Top I/O Port||2x USB 3.0, eSATA, fan controller, fan lighting toggle|
|Power Supply Size||ATX|
|Clearance||13.5" (Expansion Cards), 190mm (CPU HSF), 290mm (PSU)|
|Dimensions||23" x 11.1" x 23.2"|
From the stats it's pretty easy to tell: the Level 10 GT is big. Off the cuff it looks like it retains a lot of the design and compartmentalizing cues from the original (and comically expensive) Level 10, but as we get into the review you'll see the Level 10 GT is really a very different beast.