ThermalTake Level 10 GT ReviewCompxpert - March 10, 2011
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Once out of the bag, the case is certainly a sight to behold. Much like the original Level 10, the Level 10 GT is compartmentalized with each area of the case being sectioned off. Included with the Level 10 GT is a convenient locking system to protect your components from theft. Off to the side of the lock is a lever which allows you to change the direction in which the side panel fan pushes the air. Since the Level 10 GT includes externally accessible hard drive hotswap bays, there of course is a locking system for these also. A total of five hard drive bays are included with this case.
The hard drive bays are easy to remove and install. All you simply do is reach in the HDD tray door and push the corresponding button which allows you to eject the drive as long as the locking mechanism is in the unlocked position. Now we have a look at the front and there is much to see here. The Level 10 GT includes four external 5.25" drive bays and a single 3.5" external. The covers are easily removed by simply pinching in the tabs on the side and pulling the cover away from the case. Included as part of the front I/O are four USB 2.0 ports and Headset and MIC connections.
As part of the Level 10 there are two red LED bars located on the front and top bar of the case. In the event you are curious about the handle, it is extremely sturdy and you can lift and move the case with it whether empty or full. Moving on to the other side panel of the case there isn't really much to speak of besides the Level 10 GT Driving Inspiration tag line. The back of the case includes much of the usual and many unusual things. Here with the usual is watercooling support via three grommet holes located above the rear 140mm fan. What relates to the unusual are some other locking features which allow you to lock down peripherals to the case such as a mouse and keyboard. The case (being a full-tower) includes eight external expansion slots and, like a great many manufacturers, Thermaltake is mounting the PSU at the bottom of the case.
Next up we have a close-up shot of the rear of the case which better shows the grommets and the locking mechanism for peripherals. The top of the case probably is the most useful being that it has the handle and the remaining I/O connections which include one eSATA, two USB 3.0 ports and fan controls for three of the available four fans. The fan controller is able to reduce the fan speed or increase it to max and is also able to change between the different colored LEDs which include red, blue, and green LEDs so you don't always have to be stuck on the same color. The case also features moveable feet which can either remain inward or extend outward. Additionally, the case features a bottom mounted fan filter for the PSU and any additional fans, which simply slides out should you choose to install any in the bottom.
Here is a picture with one of the feet turned outward as well as a shot of one of the fan filters included with the case. The case includes two fan filters for each of its intake fans. The side panel fan filter is easily removed just simply by pulling it out. The filter in the front is only removed once the front panel is removed. Included with the Level 10 GT and never seen anywhere else (at least as far as I am concerned) is a convenient headphone holder. The holder is easily installed and removed and simply clips to the side. When you don't need it there anymore, just simply remove it and replace the rubber cover over the hole.
With this much to see on just the outside, what awaits us on the inside?