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Thermaltake Level 10 And SilverStone Fortress 2: Contemporary Cases?

Thermaltake Level 10 And SilverStone Fortress 2: Contemporary Cases?
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The sad fact of office hierarchy is that the boss usually gets the best stuff, but that’s not so bad when you’re in charge. If you happen to be a boss (either at work or at home) who is tech-savvy enough to read Tom’s Hardware, you’re probably not going to fall for any of the tech support high jinks of Dilbert comic strips, and will instead truly shop for the best gear. Finally, if you’re the head of a technology-based service firm, then you might even need the best stuff, at least when it comes to computing power.

One problem is that while technology isn’t always pretty, you must always project the most positive and professional image to your clients, proving to them that you’re at least as successful at your job as they are at theirs. But where do you start when your clients already have the classiest-available pre-built powerhouses? SilverStone and Thermaltake may have answers.

Don’t let the photos fool you—SilverStone’s seemingly ordinary-looking Fortress 2 is far more imposing and grandiose when viewed in person and words cannot describe the immense proportions of Thermaltake’s Level 10. Both provide artistic flair and are designed to hold oversized components. But appearance is but only one of the many things that separates these high-priced cases from their less-expensive counterparts, or even from each other.

  SilverStone
Fortress 2 (FT02B)
Thermaltake
Level 10
Dimensions
Height19.60"26.22"
Width8.31"12.52"
Depth24.19"24.17"
Space Above
Motherboard
0.82"0.52"
Card Length12.0" w/o Radiator Brackets
11.68" w/Radiator Brackets
12.26" w/Intake Fan
13.26" w/o Intake Fan
Weight34.0 lbs.
48.0 lbs.
Cooling
Front Fans3 x180 mm (on bottom)1 x 140 mm
Rear Fans1 x 120 mm (on top)1 x 120 mm
Top FansNoneNone
Side FansNoneNone
Drive Bays
5.25" ExternalFiveThree
3.5" ExternalNoneNone
3.5" InternalFiveSix (Shared with 2.5")
2.5" Internal1 x AdapterSix (Shared with 3.5")
Price$230 $700


Thermaltake’s specifications resemble those of an ordinary PC, in spite of its dramatic appearance, while SilverStone’s understated look partially hides an extraordinary layout. Why do we call the Fortress 2’s exhaust fan a rear fan even though it’s located on top? Questions like that can only be answered through further examination.

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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
    Quote:
    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
    Quote:
    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
    Quote:
    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
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