Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Snow Edition Reviewformerstaff - May 15, 2012
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Unlike its much more expensive brothers, the GTS is based on a box design. One of the first things I noticed is how nicely the painted metal and molded plastic components match in color. On the front of the case we have four filtered, black metal mesh removable covers over the 5.25" bays. Thermaltake has done a nice clean job of wrapping the black knockout mesh around the substrate. Below the 5.25" bays there is a lone 3.5" bay that gets the same cover treatment. To the left is the steel keyed lock for the four 'Pit Stop 4' Easy-Swap HDD trays below. The lower part of the front panel is a combination of more black mesh with a dentil mould effect of about 3/4" separating the easy swap bays. Like the other members of the Level 10 family, the USB and audio ports are arranged in vertical fashion down the upper half of the right side - a look I really like.
Taking a look at the sides of the GTS, we have mesh patterns on the left for either a 140mm fan or a 200mm fan for side intake. This opening, like all intake openings on the GTS, is covered with a fine filter that should catch the vast majority of debris trying to get into the case, especially when the static of the fan is added. This panel is an irregular shape and is cutout around the HDD array. It is finished with a wide molding that lends some finish and bulk to that highlighted area of the case. It is a nice touch by Thermaltake to give the case a bit of depth. Another nice feature for LAN party fans is a sturdy fold-out headset holder/hanger. The right side panel has a large beveled, raised area that will help with wire management and those power connectors that don't want to lay flat.
The top of the GTS is also filtered and set up for a single 200mm fan, or a pair of 120mm fans. For this review I exercised another option and mounted a 240mm radiator of the H-100 in push/pull fashion and had no clearance issues whatsoever. The bottom of the Level 10 GTS is again filtered for both the optional bottom fan and the bottom-mounted power supply.
The back of the GTS offers us seven expansion slots with a bit of a unique feature. The seven slots have a single master plate that can ostensibly be taken off to facilitate the removal and tightening of the thumbscrews for those of us with larger hands. Up on top are three grommeted holes for use with a water-cooling system. Also make note that around that metal loop on the top left is where they placed the keys for the locking easy swap trays.
Inside 'Pit Stop 4' drawer number four we find a hard drive sized box with the accessories for the GTS. The accessory kit for the Level 10 GTS is standard fare. You get a generous allotment of standoffs, HDD screws, and washers along with a Molex to 3-pin adapter and a motherboard speaker. The manual is brief but comprehensive on the basics of motherboard installations as well as graphics card and HDD installation.
Onward and inward, let's see what's inside the aptly-named Snow Edition.