The original Level 10 was a case that was designed with looks in mind and to be a centerpiece. As good as the looks were, it had some drawbacks being heavy, restrictive on cooling options, and just flat out expensive. Now here we are, a year later, with its sibling the Level 10 GT in hand.
Thermaltake, along with BMW DesignworksUSA, kept the styling of Level 10 GT similar to its older sibling, but with the cooling options improved and the case lightened up in the weight department. The weight loss was mainly due to the material used, coming in at 28lbs it weighs a little over half what the original Level 10 did. The original Level was mostly aluminum with very little plastic. The Level 10 GT has a steel skeleton with plastic skin and several vents. This saves cost and makes the case lighter, but some may think that it doesn’t fit the idea of the original Level 10.
External styling aside the Level 10 GT is still a very well built case with lots of options. It is easy to work with, has security features, USB3, fan controller, hot swap drive bays, 8 expansion slots, room for CPU coolers up to 190mm tall, and the list goes on. The styling is not for everyone. I had the same reactions with this as I did with the original Level 10. There was no middle ground; either they liked it or they hated it. This time the Level 10 GT has a price tag that is a little easier to swallow. Currently at $256 it’s almost a 1/3 the price of the original Level 10, and is a little more in line with other high end full towers like the Corsair Obsidian 800D. The 800D and the Level 10 GT couldn’t be more different in styling, but some users want some flair to a case and have grown tired of the monolithic look and that is where cases like the Level 10 GT come in.
With the Level 10 GT I didn’t find a whole lot I did not like. Most were just preference nit picking like the orientation for pre-made power cable for the hot swap bays. Only real issue I can think of the issue for those with long body power supplies. The install was very easy; running power cabling was a snap. I love the fact that the LED lighting can be turned off. I like this feature on all cases that have it mainly for the fact my desk is not far from where I sleep. I like to leave my system running for things like rendering or Folding@Home, but if it’s lit up like the Vegas strip it’s a little hard to sleep.
Currently the Level 10 GT can be found on our shopping link for as little as $256.40 and free shipping. If you wanted the original Level 10 and couldn’t get past the sticker shock, take a long hard look at the Level 10 GT. It has more room, is lighter and WAY easier on the bank account.
Legit Bottom Line: Thermaltake’s Level 10 GT is the lighter, more accommodating, more reasonably priced Level 10. Coming in at the $250 range with a 3 year warranty, if you held off on the Level 10 due to cost, take a good look at the Level 10 GT.