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Thermaltake Level 10

Thermaltake Level 10 And SilverStone Fortress 2: Contemporary Cases?
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Based heavily on an award-winning design from BMW DesignworksUSA, Thermaltake’s Level 10 Gaming Station differs mostly in its lower-cost finish and production methods. Gone are the polished paint and die-stamped end caps, which are replaced with a flat finish and precision-cut aluminum plates. Remaining curved edges have been pressed in two dimensions rather than three, completely eliminating the need for expensive forming dies. These lower-cost design elements are probably reasonable compromises to keep this low-volume product under $1,000.

Now would be a good time to point out the Level 10’s potential as a high-end workstation housing, particularly in design studios where outward appearances can give one firm the leg-up over a competitor whose work might be just as good. Workstation-size hardware easily fits, while the design can support motherboards as large as the EATX form factor. It also has an eight-position slot panel that could easily hold four graphics cards for the ultimate in Tesla Personal Supercomputer number-crunching power.

This is also where we call into question the Game Station theme, since gamers typically put function over form. Though the case will hold four-way SLI and CrossFire solutions, it will not hold the large liquid-cooling systems that many less-expensive products eagerly accept. Overclockers are thus confined to the limits of air cooling, since the tiny all-in-one liquid coolers that do fit cannot match the cooling prowess of “big air.”

Twin locks on the back and a bolt-ready flange on the bottom make the Level 10 appear secure enough for placement in publicly accessible areas, but the lack of any front-panel access keys means that local data security can only be accomplished via software. Power and reset buttons and connections for eSATA, a headphone, a microphone, and four USB ports are within easy reach of the user.

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    Silmarunya , 12 April 2010 16:59
    That Silverstone case is without a doubt one of the most impressive products on the market...

    No fancy bling bling or blinding LED lights, excellent performance and a very elegant design. It breaks with most case design conventions in a good way. If it wasn't so expensive, I'd get one ASAP.

    But that Thermaltake level 10 is rather crappy imo. The design is so over the top it loses its attraction and its performance is fairly average (certainly lower than its price tag would justify)...
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    LePhuronn , 12 April 2010 17:01
    I'm so annoyed the FT02 doesn't fit E-ATX boards, although I shouldn't be surprised because internally it's 90% Raven 2 anyway.

    Damn it! What do I build in now? Back to the original Raven I guess...
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    tulx , 12 April 2010 19:43
    SilmarunyaThat Silverstone case is without a doubt one of the most impressive products on the market...No fancy bling bling or blinding LED lights, excellent performance and a very elegant design. It breaks with most case design conventions in a good way. If it wasn't so expensive, I'd get one ASAP.But that Thermaltake level 10 is rather crappy imo. The design is so over the top it loses its attraction and its performance is fairly average (certainly lower than its price tag would justify)...


    I have a Raven 2 from Silverstone and I will never buy a conventional case again. This is just better. Period.
    If you need a good computer case, go for Silverstone. Raven models are somewhat bigger and aimed more at enthusiasts (due to the size, windows and other features), Fortress is a great case for everyone.
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    LePhuronn , 12 April 2010 21:39
    tulxRaven models are somewhat bigger and aimed more at enthusiasts (due to the size, windows and other features), Fortress is a great case for everyone.


    Apart from the external styling and tweaks to the drive bays and fan grills the Raven 2 and Fortress 2 are the same case.
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    tulx , 12 April 2010 22:52
    LePhuronnApart from the external styling and tweaks to the drive bays and fan grills the Raven 2 and Fortress 2 are the same case.


    That's what I meant. Fortress is somewhat more conservative - "No fancy bling bling or blinding LED lights", as Silmarunya said. Raven 2 has one "blinding LED light" and the window could be described as "bling bling". I suppose that's more attractive to a gamer than an office worker. ;-)
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    Anonymous , 12 April 2010 23:13
    my Cm cosmos pure came with more cool stuff i personally prefer it to wither of these cases and it comes in at a lower price so im happy :D  the only thing it doesnt have is hot swap bays but you could fit that after it has plenty of room for everything.
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    LePhuronn , 12 April 2010 23:26
    tulxThat's what I meant.


    Ah I getcha. Personally though even for an office worker the window on the Fortress 2 is sweet, if you get your cable management right.

    Still sulking that I have to get another case now :(  or I could just get a different motherboard. Hmmm

    Rampage III Extreme + Raven RV01
    or
    some ATX board + Fortress FT02
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    chriscornell , 14 April 2010 01:32
    I wish the Level 10 case wasn't so damn expensive. It is by far the coolest looking computercase ever produced. A bit of a behemoth to bring to a LAN-party, but nonetheless worth it for the e-peen factor :) 
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    mi1ez , 14 April 2010 01:42
    When are we going to finally stop using inches to measure PC cases?

    I thought we were at the cutting edge, not using Victorian measurements!
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    devilxc , 15 April 2010 17:59
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    When are we going to finally stop using inches to measure PC cases?


    When the reviews are no longer made for the USA.
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    mi1ez , 20 April 2010 15:58
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    Quote:
    When are we going to finally stop using inches to measure PC cases?


    When the reviews are no longer made for the USA.

    When will the USA move out of the dark ages?!
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    plasmastorm , 26 April 2010 19:01
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    When will the USA move out of the dark ages?!


    Answers on a postcard care of Obama.
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    Marcus52 , 13 May 2010 23:37
    Silverstone is not the company it once was, and I think the lack of attention to build component capabilities in the Fortress shows it here. It is pretty much old-school case technology in a pretty, big, expensive package.

    The Thermaltake - now, imo that's a reason to buy a case! Sure, it has it's drawbacks too, and I wouldn't blame a person for hating its looks. Me, I love it, and I love that Thrmaltake made something besides the old standard box. And, it out-performs the Silverstone in every way too.

    From personal experience, speaking as a one-time Silverstone fan who owns several of their products, I'd take my chance on the quality of the Thermaltake sight unseen over the Silverstone these days.

    ;) 
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    Marcus52 , 13 May 2010 23:51
    mi1ezWhen will the USA move out of the dark ages?!


    The fact is, many measurements are international standards but based in the English measurement system, not the metric. For example, want to mount your camera on a tripod? the mount will come with a 1/4"-20 size connector, not a metric size one.

    There is no reason that a meter is the standard unit of measure. Since the old days, it has been re-defined so that we can measure it very precisely - and the English system has been re-defined based on that, so is ultimately just as accurate.

    ;) 
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    mi1ez , 14 May 2010 16:32
    I want millimetres. This is the tech industry and I'm sorry, but 1/8" won't cut it any more. All their factories will manufacture it in mm, so why not market it that way, and review it that way.
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    mi1ez , 28 June 2010 16:50
    reported