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Thermaltake's Awesome BMW-designed Case

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Design houses from the automotive industry have penned the lines for more than just cars. In fact, some even dabble into computer parts.

The latest design house to try its hand in design is the BMW-owned BMW DesignworksUSA. But unlike Porsche Design’s minimalist approach, the BMW-designed computer case is something completely outlandish, yet intriguing.


While fancy computer cases with windows and LED lighting are now the norm, the Level 10 case that BMW penned for Thermaltake looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie.

Instead of just having one giant box for all the computer components to breathe the same air, the Level 10 separates everything inside a case into four parts -- the PSU, optical drives, hard disk drives and one for the CPU and expansion cards.

It remains to be seen how friendly this design will be for ease of access, noise levels and cooling, but it definitely sets itself apart with its looks. See autoevolution for practical shots from CeBit.

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    Shadow703793 , March 6, 2009 8:10 PM
    Wow...I'm guessing it's going to cost ATLEAST $500-700.
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    ispyamoose , March 6, 2009 8:15 PM
    Hmm, that's pretty bizarre looking.
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    grieve , March 6, 2009 8:31 PM
    I love it!
    I have a feeling that cooling will be an issue. No aftermarket heatsinks fitting in there, and obviously no water loops.
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    Silluete , March 6, 2009 8:42 PM
    wow, just wow.....
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    falchard , March 6, 2009 8:56 PM
    It would probably look alot cooler with water hoses.
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    sacre , March 6, 2009 9:00 PM
    ..............i want one.. I want one now.. "looks for wallet" damn u where are u..

    where can i buy..
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    The Schnoz , March 6, 2009 9:32 PM
    This actually has a cool concept. Why not seperate all the devices into seperate little boxes, instead of one big box, and give each box it's own intake and exhaust fan. Theirs some kinks to work out but I'm sure it could be done neatly and inexpensively. The motherboard and pci-express/pci adapters would have to be in the same box though, no way around that without limiting performance with extentions.
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    liemfukliang , March 6, 2009 9:55 PM
    I wonder if this casing rugged enough when the CPU is drop?
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    rooket , March 6, 2009 10:33 PM
    As long as each component has fans to circulate air, cool. Otherwise that case is complete trash. At any rate, I wouldn't want to buy it, it looks too weird. Their cars look good though, but they aren't mercedes benz :) 
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    Tekkamanraiden , March 7, 2009 1:22 AM
    Well its a lot more practical than the antec skeleton, looks better too.
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    eddieroolz , March 7, 2009 1:59 AM
    Hey, nothing wrong with Expo 86! The Skytrain's still running fine :) 
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    christop , March 7, 2009 12:35 PM
    Real cool! I want a lambo case with vertical side panels...
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    timaahhh , March 7, 2009 3:27 PM
    Wow... I was expecting an Asus Vento design with a BMW style grill where the fan intakes belongs. More and more computer cases look like a vegetable drawer, and a meat drawer from a refrigerator were glued together and called a case. To make the design professional you square the edges and make it white, or black. To make it extreme, you round the edges or make corners great then 90 degrees, and add a window. I wouldn't want to pay 500 dollars for a case, but this thing looks amazing. It's not totally foreign, you can look at it and take a guess at what everything is for, but its different enough so it doesn't look like every other case out their. Very refreshing.
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    mickey21 , March 7, 2009 7:31 PM
    grieveI love it! I have a feeling that cooling will be an issue. No aftermarket heatsinks fitting in there, and obviously no water loops.

    Actually I can see that one could put water cooling in that design. There is a lot of space left under the cdrom drive that could be used to house an integrated water cooling solution. The water would only have to cool the metal that is touching the HDD's, and the fan that is over the CPU could cool the water like a radiator. There would be plenty of room in the module that holds everything up to run water lines. May not be half inch, but it could be done and work well.

    I like the design and is very different...
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    rooket , March 8, 2009 8:22 AM
    LOL I got -5 for saying mercedes benz is superior to bmw. but face it, it is :)  what do they drive on the autobahn? mercedes pass all the ferraris and lamborghinis. a bmw would get eaten alive.
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    Anonymous , March 8, 2009 8:23 AM
    I built a custom case for a customer similar to this one. It was made of copper sheets, and by using a 2.5" hdd, a laptop dvd burner, a riser card for the wifi, and hacking a 1u psu, I was able to keep the case thinner than a 1u and only a little bigger than an atx mobo.

    The only thing sticking out of the case were some massive heatsinks, but they were part of the aesthetic.
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    rooket , March 8, 2009 6:22 PM
    On a more serious note, my generic cases do the job real well and I haven't had heat issues. The only problem I can see is that one of them has a side fan. AMD suggests that you take air in the front of the case and exhaust through the rear, so the side fan probably disrupts air flow but that one I haven't really been sure if it makes a big difference or not on. I have 2 fans in front as I recall and 2 in the rear. Hard drives these days appear to be running a lot cooler than when I first got into 7200rpm IDE hard drives. I read a review recently on some 1tb drives on tom's hardware and the deskstar was substantially cooler than the other 7200rpm models which amazed me because they earned their bad name by thermal expansion and contraction problems on the platters of the 40gb model years ago. What I've seen the PC market really need is better made external bays for hard drives. Most of them don't have any fans at all and, although the drives don't appear to heat up as much as older drives, heat is still an issue.
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    monkeysweat , March 9, 2009 1:58 PM
    where can i put the spoiler & aftermarket exhaust,,
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    sublifer , March 9, 2009 2:17 PM
    That is an awsome looking concept... single wall for support and cable routing. As others have mentioned I can easily see cooling issues with the design. One solution might be a TEC cooler if they can place many cold plates in/on each of the compartments and then a single hotplate in its own compartment that would be ventilated...
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