Thermaltake Level 10 Review

By on January 3, 2013, 10:50 PM
Manufactured and marketed by Thermaltake, the Level 10 was actually designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, a subsidiary of the BMW Group. In addition to engineering yachts, trains, aircraft, lifestyle and IT products, the three studios in Munich, California and Singapore also create design concepts that transform visions into reality. The Level 10 happens to be one of those concepts and is easily one of the most iconic computer cases ever created.

We've never seen a chassis that looks remotely like the Thermaltake Level 10. It's not the kind of case you walk by without noticing, and when you do see it, resisting the urge to move in for a closer look is impossible. Simply put, the Level 10 is a piece of art. However, like most fine works, the Level 10 comes at an exorbitant fee and users can expect to pay somewhere in the vicinity of $700 for this PC enclosure.

With an asking price that would otherwise buy you a 3-way GeForce GTX 460 SLI setup (with money to spare), or an entire gaming system for that matter, we have to ask the obvious: is the Level 10 worth your cash?

Read the complete review.





User Comments: 52

Got something to say? Post a comment
JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I guess if you have a lot of money just laying around this would be an interesting case to own but for the rest of us...

grvalderrama said:

Oh dear, where have you been all this time? I'm in love.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I'm not gonna lie, I don't really appriciate the design at all. I currently own a coolermaster Cosmos S which I personally prefer in design over this...

SilverCider said:

"With an asking price that would otherwise buy you a 3-way GeForce GTX 460 SLI setup (with money to spare)"

Surely you would have plenty to spare because you can only do two way sli. :/ Although it is possible to have more than two GTX 460s just not for graphics (i.e. physx or folding)

Gars Gars said:

this is one of these that makes me fill soo gooood

excellent piece of design

Guest said:

BTW you can not do 3 way SLI with the GTX460 since it only has one golden connector on each card.

Staff
Steve Steve said:

I'm not gonna lie, I don't really appriciate the design at all. I currently own a coolermaster Cosmos S which I personally prefer in design over this...

Yes the Cosmos S is a very cool case and while different designs will appeal to different people this Cooler Master case is far more traditional than the Level 10.

"With an asking price that would otherwise buy you a 3-way GeForce GTX 460 SLI setup (with money to spare)"

Surely you would have plenty to spare because you can only do two way sli. :/ Although it is possible to have more than two GTX 460s just not for graphics (i.e. physx or folding)

We were meaning exactly what you said, the third card handling PhysX like the setup we used with Mafia II.

That said the point really was not that we recommend buying three GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards but rather the fact that for the same money you could

If you would like another obscure reference you could buy 23 sticks of G.Skill DDR3-1333 2GB memory giving you 46GB of memory. But then you can only use 8 - 12GB on most desktop systems, it's like the GeForce GTX 460 conundrum all over again :P

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

After looking at it some more I decided that I like it more than I orginally stated . . . but I wouldn't go above $400 to get one.

Guest said:

Wait a minute...

This looks like something that a worker at a packing facility came up with when he was bored and decided to glue a lot of cardboard boxes of various sizes onto a piece of bent plywood and then spray-painted it all black.

They call that design and people are willing to pay that much for it?

I'm so changing profession...

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

[-Steve-] said:

I'm not gonna lie, I don't really appriciate the design at all. I currently own a coolermaster Cosmos S which I personally prefer in design over this...

Yes the Cosmos S is a very cool case and while different designs will appeal to different people this Cooler Master case is far more traditional than the Level 10.

True I guess, it definately is different, as per my comment above. After looking at it a bit more and looking at the finer details. I am fairly impressed but I still don't think its $700 worth of design. If I look at an astin martin DB9 S I think thats worth its money. This I don't? If it was say $400 or lower than it really is a fantastic piece of design. at its current price point though, it doesn't seem that attractive?

Staff
Steve Steve said:

Really you think an Austin Martin DB9S is worth the asking price? I think you are paying much more just for the badge. Now a car like the R35 GTR seems to me like something that gives you your money's worth but it's a crappy badge Anyway I am most certainly starting a car debate here so I should probably stop.

However we agree that the asking price is too high but like DB9S the point is to keep it exclusive so those that line their walls with money have something else to gloat about.

I am glad you took a closer look though as it really is quite impressive. On the other hand Guest post #10 likes to over simply things

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

[-Steve-] said:

Really you think an Austin Martin DB9S is worth the asking price? I think you are paying much more just for the badge. Now a car like the R35 GTR seems to me like something that gives you your money's worth but it's a crappy badge Anyway I am most certainly starting a car debate here so I should probably stop.

However we agree that the asking price is too high but like DB9S the point is to keep it exclusive so those that line their walls with money have something else to gloat about.

I am glad you took a closer look though as it really is quite impressive. On the other hand Guest post #10 likes to over simply things

Haha! yeah, sounds like the usual Guest

I guess your right, the price certainly keeps it exclusive. ok, to be fair an R35 GTR is pretty good but is it really better looking than the DB9S??

One last question, was the internal temperature high, low or what kind of temps were you getting? just wondering since the case is designed for longativity but I assume it should protect the components aswell to last as long as possible?

BlindObject said:

This thing is hideous. I don't know what everyone is talking about.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

What?! Techspot... NO PICS? I wanna see this thing inside and out. THEN I can decide if its worth my money. I have never really gotten a good look at this thing. Disappointing.

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

Some say it's hideous, some absolutely love it. I simply guess that by creating reactions amongst people, the designer of this case ought to be satisfied.

But still, this costs $1000 downtown, so I guess I won't be sharing that reaction...

Guest said:

hi, do the hardrives have any cooling?, from the pictures i cant see.

Staff
Steve Steve said:

Some say it's hideous, some absolutely love it. I simply guess that by creating reactions amongst people, the designer of this case ought to be satisfied.

But still, this costs $1000 downtown, so I guess I won't be sharing that reaction...

Yes I hate it when people just come in and say its hideous and they do not understand what all the fuss is about, while they are welcome to share their opinion, it is just that "their opinion". Just because it does not appeal to you does not mean it does not appeal to others.

What?! Techspot... NO PICS? I wanna see this thing inside and out. THEN I can decide if its worth my money. I have never really gotten a good look at this thing. Disappointing.

Umm really? Might want to read the review before posting.

hi, do the hardrives have any cooling?, from the pictures i cant see.

Yes it was mentioned in the review...

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

I kind of like how different it is - maybe I'd pay around $400 as well... maybe a little more for the exclusivity as long as I can keep things cool.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

LNCPapa said:

I kind of like how different it is - maybe I'd pay around $400 as well... maybe a little more for the exclusivity as long as I can keep things cool.

Thats kind of what I was thinking, say it had holes for pipe work or even better, a version with water cooling inbuilt, then I would be happy to pay that. so say the normal version is around $400 and the water cooled version is say $700 then that seems more reasonable, but because it is missing too many features for that price bracket and I know it looks sweet but just not quite sweet enough to justify such a price tag but at the same time keep the exlusivity.

Plus with Water cooling on board, it would weigh even more but would be quieter. If only it had water cooling. I will definately consider this a case I would buy when i'm rich :P

BabyFaceLee BabyFaceLee said:

Well I think it's absolutely stunning. *IF* I lived in an uber-cool loft apartment with very minimalist furnishings and *IF* I had bags of wonga I'd get it in a shot. As it is...I'll soon be getting a Silverstone FT02 which will do me just fine.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Excellent review. Even if I had the $$, I'd pass though. I don't know why, but I'm more easily entertained by cheezy colored led fan lights.

Sista said:

Well i am on the other side of the fence, i think it is ugly.

Guest said:

I have seen this case in person. And it is junk! Its not even worth the cheap metal its made out of.

Any one who buys this case, deserves to be ripped off.

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Some temperature benchmarks would have been nice. I wonder how much more effective it is at keeping components cool given its excluded component compartments.

grvalderrama said:

Guest said:

I have seen this case in person. And it is junk! Its not even worth the cheap metal its made out of.

Any one who buys this case, deserves to be ripped off.

Well, and I find ridiculous when a person loves USA's cars' design/performance over Europe's. But then again, it's a matter of tastes. Why don't you tell us the case you have, in order to say if we shall rip you or not?

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

BlindObject said:

This thing is hideous. I don't know what everyone is talking about.

+1

please stick to designing cars BMW...

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I gave this thing the once over three times at MicroCenter and seriously considered it. could not put up that much $$ though on the chance that triple or quad crossfire would melt.It is impressive though.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

trillionsin said:

What?! Techspot... NO PICS? I wanna see this thing inside and out. THEN I can decide if its worth my money. I have never really gotten a good look at this thing. Disappointing.

Somebody didn't read the full article...which including the introduction page, is 6 pages long and contains a good amount of pictures

lipe123 said:

I'm also concerned with the hard drive bays and cooling, looks like overheating drives for sure.

In general I think the orientation is stupid, I would flip it on its side and paint city buildings on the whole thing then stick a donkey kong statue on it.

You can put watercooling on the cpu at least with this: http://www.coolitsystems.com/index.php/eco.html

Lastly I would probably pay 100-200$ for this max, maybe 250 if it had BMW logos all over it, 700$ is pretty laughable.

Lou3 said:

Too cool! This reminds me of the 1980's Nakamichi cassette decks that automatically flipped the cassette. Certainly not something you need, but "need" clearly has nothing to do with it.

kakarot27 said:

this is nothing like the ferrari 458 because you called it a work of art.....but for something to be art it has to have no other purpose but itself...... rather the 458 is not terribly priced, its almost as fast as an enzo and its pretty......i think the thermaltake level ten is more of a alpha 8c...i imagine thats what jeremy clarckson would say if he reads this.....

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

I bet if time wasnt an issue a few people here at TS could build this thing under that price point. I looked it over myself and I'm wondering if putting an acrylic window over the motherboard cover would make me more interested.

arkantos said:

i like it at first glance, very artistic design.

Staff
Steve Steve said:

this is nothing like the ferrari 458 because you called it a work of art.....but for something to be art it has to have no other purpose but itself...... rather the 458 is not terribly priced, its almost as fast as an enzo and its pretty......i think the thermaltake level ten is more of a alpha 8c...i imagine thats what jeremy clarckson would say if he reads this.....

No JC would regrettably ask James May what a computer case is and once he found out he still wouldn't care. Then if he read this he wouldn't make a car related reference at all, he would ask why there is a need for more than one type of computer case.

He would probably then continue on with a 1000 word rant about how guys that argue over obscure references to computer parts on tech site forums are worse than caravan drivers :P

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

, post: 940903"]No JC would regrettably ask James May what a computer case is and once he found out he still wouldn't care. Then if he read this he wouldn't make a car related reference at all, he would ask why there is a need for more than one type of computer case.

He would probably then continue on with a 1000 word rant about how guys that argue over obscure references to computer parts on tech site forums are worse than caravan drivers :P

No, no, no Steve....I think he would just want to see how fast the stig could get this overpriced piece of al-loom-in-iyum around the track.

Staff
Steve Steve said:

haha so true.

And now to hand it over to our tame race driver, some say if he built the Level 10 it would have wheels and that if he engineered the Fermi architecture it would have arrived on time... all we know is, he's called the STIG!!!

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

, post: 940913"]haha so true.

And now to hand it over to our tame race driver, some say if he built the Level 10 it would have wheels and that if he engineered the Fermi architecture it would have arrived on time... all we know is, he's called the STIG!!!

.....meanwhile, James prattles on about the aerodynamics of the cooling chamber.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Well, I think it's a fine example of "Ikea Provincial". For the price it should come with a white shag rug, and a conical free standing metal fireplace. I hear that for a hundred dollars more, you can get the, "Austin Powers Signature Edition"! Groovy baby.....

kakarot27 said:

COOOL techspot guys watch top gear......

kakarot27 said:

and he wouldn't ask james may....he would ask hamond, remember when he asked why women dont race in f1...he asked somone in the audience why she doesnt and what she does......she said tanning salon "tanning salon? richard whats that"

Guest said:

What about cooling?

Yes, they mention how many fans there are, but how's the air flow? I didn't even see that mentioned.

It also doesn't look like they've planned for SSD drives.

I'm sorry, but having to go out of my way and find out which devices need extension cables,wait for those to be shipped, etc. isn't my idea of fun.

I would've had to give this case a mediocre rating at best.

a 10 for style, but if you care more about style than your Graphics card overheating, you're probably not cut out for building PCs.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Well, I think it's a fine example of "Ikea Provincial". For the price it should come with a white shag rug, and a conical free standing metal fireplace. I hear that for a hundred dollars more, you can get the, "Austin Powers Signature Edition"! Groovy baby.....

Well then damnit!...I guess i'm 'provincial' cuz i like that thar thing.:p

a 10 for style, but if you care more about style than your Graphics card overheating, you're probably not cut out for building PCs.

That's what I said previously, It looks like a multi card setup might melt in there.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

May be if it is cooled with something even colder it can hold out .... I don't remember the exact name but few years ago there was some casing with compressor inside it to cool CPU etc.; may be something of that sort is in order to be used with this case.

Guest said:

This is a Nice case .. I like the individual compartments and the top and bottom carry handles. Hopefully the Taiwanese are taking notes and will bring out a copy for £40 - £70. And use less metal ...47kg is more than I weigh. How ironic .. small gamer cushed to death by Computer. £700 gets me a 128gb SSD plus a a fully populated 4bay 8tb NAS. And some money left over for Hobknobs and Coffee. lots of Hobknobs..

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

This is a Nice case .. I like the individual compartments and the top and bottom carry handles. Hopefully the Taiwanese are taking notes and will bring out a copy for £40 - £70. And use less metal ...47kg is more than I weigh. How ironic .. small gamer cushed to death by Computer. £700 gets me a 128gb SSD plus a a fully populated 4bay 8tb NAS. And some money left over for Hobknobs and Coffee. lots of Hobknobs..
Junior, you really have to understand that this site is not on either Pounds Sterling, or The Metric table of weights and measurements.

Accordingly, this case is selling for 700 to 800 >dollars<(US), and weighs 47 Pounds, not 47 kilograms (21+ Kilos).

Even at that, it's still too expensive, but perhaps only bordering on too heavy.

Guest said:

I think this case is a very interesting and successful design exercise around the hard points defined by conventional high-end desktop hardware. For a modder introducing a truly steathy water cooling loop to this case might just be the ultimate challenge.

Guest said:

looks to me as an BIG dust catcher!! no thanks, give me

clean lines,easier to keep clean!!

Edward Catflap Edward Catflap said:

$845 in Australian dollars, plus postage which would be about $50-odd as standard for something this big and heavy.

Plus postage insurance, because you'd sure want to take it out on a baby like this...

Guest said:

I do like it, reminded me of the old Crays...

However, I'll stick to my XFX980i tucked inside an Apple G5 case; for now...

8))

Staff
Steve Steve said:

I do like it, reminded me of the old Crays...

However, I'll stick to my XFX980i tucked inside an Apple G5 case; for now...

8))

That sounds a little bit like cross dressing

Load all comments...

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.