Thermaltake Level 10 Super Gaming Case ReviewFri, Mar 19, 2010 - 12:00 AM
Installing Parts Into the Level 10
With such a large case you would think there would be more to the installation accessories than this little box would have in it.
But inside is all that is needed to mount your hardware. There are motherboard standoffs and screws, drive mounting screws, a couple of reusable wire ties, the keys and a D-Ring key chain. You also get a speaker and a wipe down cloth.
I started by installing my motherboard. The smallest cooler I had, aside from the stock Intel HSF, was the Noctua NH-U12P. I could not mount the cooler in the normal front/back orientation as its 158mm height prevents the case side from closing. I tried turning it 90* as you see above and it worked, just ever so barely.
Peeking through the motherboard tray from the back side we can see the CPU cooler bump out and how the cooler lines up with it. There is no room for a fan to be mounted on the bottom to push the air up through the cooler. It will need to be mounted on the top and pull it through the cooler or blow it down. Either way, dual fan configuration is not an option, but a single fan NH-U12P is better than most sub 150mm tall coolers.
I then mounted the PSU. My XFX 850 Black Edition was a snug fit, and the length was such that the end stop support in the cage could not be used. The tightening screw ended up under a support strap and couldn’t be used. Not that it matters a whole lot — the PSU is so tight to the cage it’s not going anywhere. I was happy to see that I could still reach the modular ports with ease, even with my big hands.
Here we have the backside of the motherboard tray with all the parts installed. There is plenty of room for wiring, and the CPU cutout in the motherboard tray is even close.
On the other side everything is wired up. I was a little concerned with the wiring being routed so close to the intake fan, but with everything in the wires cleared with nothing getting hung up in the fan.
With the system fired up I was happy to see that the light bar wasn’t blindingly bright.
Even the icons for the front I/O ports are back-lit. This is nice if you like working in a dark room, no having to feel around in the dark for the port.