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Thermaltake Level 10 Case Review

By Julio Franco · 52 replies
Sep 30, 2010
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  1. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 194

    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?
  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835


    please stick to designing cars BMW...
  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

    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.
  4. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 827   +32

    Somebody didn't read the full article...which including the introduction page, is 6 pages long and contains a good amount of pictures :)
  5. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 718   +236

    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.
  6. Lou3

    Lou3 TS Enthusiast Posts: 66

    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.
  7. kakarot27

    kakarot27 TS Member Posts: 80

    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.....
  8. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    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.
  9. arkantos

    arkantos TS Member Posts: 46

    i like it at first glance, very artistic design.
  10. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,357   +1,516

    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
  11. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

    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. :)
  12. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,357   +1,516

    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!!!
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163


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

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,492   +2,293

    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.....:rolleyes: :haha:
  15. kakarot27

    kakarot27 TS Member Posts: 80

    COOOL techspot guys watch top gear......
  16. kakarot27

    kakarot27 TS Member Posts: 80

    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"
  17. 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.
  18. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

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

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

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    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. :confused:
  20. 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..
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,492   +2,293

    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.
  22. 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.
  23. looks to me as an BIG dust catcher!! no thanks, give me
    clean lines,easier to keep clean!!
  24. Edward Catflap

    Edward Catflap TS Rookie Posts: 17

    $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...
  25. 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...


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