Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Snow Edition Reviewformerstaff - May 15, 2012
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The GTS is a mid-tower leaning toward the small side. It accepts only Micro ATX and standard ATX motherboards. There is adequate space to work in, and I ran into no conflicts or shortage of cable management options. There are four large, grommeted wire management holes to the right of the board that provide good options for routing the wires. One of my pet peeves is grommets that do a zip-line back down to your hand whenever you pull a wire through, and that is not a concern here. Thermaltake has done a nice job with the finishing of the inside as I could not find a sharp edge anywhere inside the case. Thermaltake has provided a large CPU cutout for heatsink installation that should be compatible with most heatsinks on the market. The Level 10 GTS will handle the tallest of heatsinks with a CPU cooler height limit of 175mm . Behind the motherboard is about 7/8" of space to work with around the outer perimeter, and even more with the raise in the side panel such that a bulging side on your GTS will not be a concern. Front panel connections are a standard grouping: you get the featured USB 3.0 internal, audio, USB 2.0, as well as the power switches and activity lights.
The GTS employs Thermaltake's spin on the now almost exclusively used tool-less mounting system for 5.25" bays. Thermaltake uses a 'twist-lock' type tool-less mechanism with a cam-like action that exerts pressure on the side of the component to lock it in place. It works very well and is among my favorite of the countless takes on tool-less mounting.
It is important to note that the GTS only comes with the compulsory front 200mm intake and rear 120mm exhaust. The side, top, and bottom fans are optional and are not included. In order to take advantage of the full cooling capability of the GTS, you will have to purchase fans separately. The rear exhaust fan is a black 120mm 'prop hub' style fan mounted in the standard top, rear position. The inside of the roof is filtered and will accept the fan options mentioned earlier. From the inside, we get a look at the 'Hidden' HDD tray that also gets a portion of the 200mm front fan airflow, but is not part of the easy swap array. The bottom floor of the GTS will allow for the installation of a 120mm intake fan along side all but the very longest PSUs.
The front panel is held on firmly by expanding pressure pins, but comes off with a firm pull. Once off, we can see the large blue LED 200mm fan. At the top of the fan we can peer into what Thermaltake calls the 'Hidden' tray situated behind and just below the 3.5" panel. We can also see the PCB for the USB 2.0/3.0 and audio front panel connectors. These are not mounted like 95% of the cases out there so a bit more care is needed since they are more susceptible to injurious torque while working without the front cover. Looking at the inside of the front cover we can see the locking mechanism for the main feature and signature item that the GTS is really built around: the Easy Swap HDD array.
Taking a look at the inside of the side covers, we get a look at the filter for the side fan and cutout around the protruding Easy Swap HDD array on the left side cover. On the right you can see the beveled, raised area affording additional room for wire management.
Next we'll take a look at the GTS hard drive system.