Final ThoughtsBy now you are probably clear that I'm not very fond of how the Level 10 GT looks on the outside. In short, the GT version doesn't have the original's appeal and covering it in plastic has done nothing for the aesthetics. Then again, my thoughts on the Level 10 GT’s appearance are entirely my own and may not align with what you think looks good. Therefore given the subjectivity of this aspect, I won’t keep rambling about it and I will focus on the facts instead.
Design features that I really like include the fan connector on the door, the cable management system combined with the pre-installed cables, the cooling setup and the five hot-swappable 3.5” hard drive bays. Internally the Level 10 GT really is a thing of beauty, it’s a shame we can’t turn it inside out.
The Level 10 GT is very easy to work with and has ample room to install components such as high-end graphics cards. There is loads of room behind even the longest graphics cards such as the Radeon HD 6990 and tall CPU coolers are not an issue. The large hole in the motherboard tray also provides rear access for installation of aftermarket CPU coolers.
At $270 the Thermaltake Level 10 GT remains a mighty expensive computer case no matter which way you slice it. As mentioned earlier, this kind of money can buy you other competing high quality computer cases such as the Lian Li PC-P80 and Corsair Obsidian 800D, for example. It is hard to place the Level 10 GT in the same category as those.
In fact, cheaper cases such as the Silverstone Raven RV02-E and Cooler Master HAF X, which retail for less than $200 offer about everything that the Level 10 GT does and they do it in style. So aesthetics aside, we still feel that the Level 10 GT is a tough sell at $270.
While there are a number of impressive and well-designed features hiding inside the Level 10 GT, there is nothing new or remarkable that warrants the asking price. Had the Level 10 GT been priced closer to that of the Cooler Master HAF X at a little under $200 we could have considered it as an alternative, but for now we don't believe the value proposition is there, nor is the GT as exotic as the original that we can completely disregard how it's priced against other contenders.