The Level 10 GT arrives in a very large box with pictures of the case on the front. Thermaltake have also included an image of a BMW car, to highlight the partnership.
Inside, the case is very well packed, between heavy duty Styrofoam blocks and wrapped in a felt cloth bag.
There is an extensive bundle supplied inside the case, which includes an installation manual, cable tidies, literature on other products and a ‘certificate of ownership’. All the necessary mounting screws and cables are supplied.
The original design is clearly evident, even if it is dramatically changed. This case is designed to appeal to a mainstream audience, and the price reduction indicates a less complicated engineering process. There is a 200mm fan at the front which is used as an intake.
The original case measured 614mm x 318 mm x 666.3mm and the new GT is reduced to 584 mm x 282 mm x 590 mm. It has also has been reduced in weight from just under 22 kg to 12.7 kg. Its still substantial to move about, but certainly not in the same way as the first design. We certainly don’t think it looks quite as dramatic as the original, but it isn’t without charm.
Thermaltake have their name and logo branded into the case, top left. To the right is an interface panel, in a similar ‘vertical’ design to the original. There is a power and reset button at the top, with 4 USB ports, next to a microphone and headset socket.
In the middle, there is a key lock, alongside the 3.5 inch drive bay. Underneath are the drive bays, which bear a slight resemblance to the first design, but work quite differently. They are no longer metal, but plastic. We will look at this more later in the review.
The GT isn’t as dramatic in stature, with the shape following a more traditional design. That said, many might find it more accessible than its predecessor.
There is a plastic panel at the top which allows a view of the CPU cooler area. The other side is flat, without vents, with a large letter ‘T’ sculpted into the material. The name of the case is bottom right and looks rather artistic. The carry handle is actually practical this time, as the overall weight is much reduced. We certainly don’t feel it would be ‘portable’ to a lan party for example, but it can at least be moved between rooms without breaking your back.
There is a 200mm fan mounted on the side panel, but we will look at this once we open it up shortly. This has a removable dust filter covering it.