David Murphy Oct 18, 2012

Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Review

At A Glance

Men in Black

Good lighting and cooling; four USB ports on front; ample room for fans of all kinds.

Men in Black 2, 3

Lumpy hotswap bay design needs work; cramped conditions.

Daring to be different, but falling a little short

The Level 10 GTS is a mid-tower based on a full-tower based on an overdesigned concept chassis, and the form factor has lost something in translation at each step, resulting in a chassis that’s a bit, well, weird.

While we love the concept behind the case’s four side-loading hotswap bays, pray that you never lose the security key that locks them into place, or you’ll never be able to remove them. Also, you still have to screw a 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drive into the case’s trays before inserting them, limiting the “hotswap” part of the deal.

One more drive bay and four 5.25-inch bays (with handy locking mechanisms) round out the front of the case. That’s a lot of potential storage for a system that feels a little bit cramped even with a standard ATX build inside of it. That can be alleviated somewhat if you make ample use of the case’s four rubber holes for cable management, but the width of the case makes it feel a bit tight.

The Level 10 GTS comes with one big, blue 12cm fan in the front to cover the drive bays and a single 12cm fan in the rear. The top supports the installation of one 20cm fan or two 12cm fans (or a radiator!), and the side panel has room for a huge 14- or 20cm monstrosity.

You only have to hook up a single SATA power cord: Thermaltake splits the power to each of the case’s hotswap bays.

Two USB 2.0 ports join two USB 3.0 ports on the case’s front (via internal headers), arranged vertically along the case’s side, and the rear of the motherboard tray comes with about an inch of clearance between it and the side panel for cable management.

We don’t like the lumpy aesthetic of the Level 10 GTS or the few extra steps it inserts into the building process, either due to “coolness” attempts, minor design frustrations, or cramped conditions.

  Antec Eleven Hundred Silverstone TJ04-E Corsair Vengeance C70 MSI Ravager Corsair Obsidian 550D NZXT Phantom 410 Thermaltake Level 10 GTS
Idle CPU 21 20 24 22 24 21 21
Idle GPU 45 43 47 45 48 41 47
Burn CPU 45 43 58 47 52 44 41
Burn GPU 88 85 90 91 91 88 87

All temperatures measured in degrees Celsius. All systems tested with a stock-clocked AMD Phenom II X6 1055T on an Asus Sabertooth 990FX mobo with a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ cooler, a GTX 480 GPU, 4GB DDR3/1600, and an 800W PSU in a room with an ambient temperature of 22 C.


Thermaltake Level 10 GTS

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