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Inside the BMW-designed Thermaltake Case

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 29 comments

We get to see what's under the hood.

We first got an eyes-on the BMW-designed Thermaltake PC case during CeBit and we liked the way it looked. 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. Still, we didn’t know exactly how things worked on the inside or how it would circulate air for cooling.

Today we got an opportunity to go hands-on with it. Each compartment, including each drive bay, has its own cooling with a fan on the bottom and a fan on top. As expected, it’s not the most easy-access or mod-friendly case, but it still looks pretty cool.

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    dragonfang18 , June 2, 2009 10:14 PM
    if it is not expensive, then I think I will look into buying one.
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    kezix_69 , June 2, 2009 10:22 PM
    Brilliant. Make it $150 or less and I'll buy one!
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    Relayer , June 2, 2009 10:30 PM
    Dusting it will be a bit of a pain, with all the separate parts and tight spaces to get into. It definitely looks cool though and should perform well.
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    starhoof , June 2, 2009 10:31 PM
    Great idea to put everything in each module to have its own cooling. however, it might be a bit of trouble to install all of the hardware, and it might run into problem with being a bit cramped, and would a nice aftermarket cooler fit in it ?
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    gcolefla , June 2, 2009 10:34 PM
    i imagine this will be over $200 if not over $300. The abs canyon has a similar temp chamber concept and its $600 and not designed by BMW. We can hope its under $200 though, especially to have cable management and hot swap hard drive bays like this. I even think my mac friends would think this is a cool design.
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    grieve , June 2, 2009 10:47 PM
    BMW + Thermaltake = $$$$

    I don't think any large aftermarket heatsinks will fit... BUT It is pretty cool anyway. Maybe we will get lucky and it will be a reasonable price.
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    coopchennick , June 2, 2009 11:08 PM
    I think this looks so awesome. I would love to have one of these.

    But I bet this thing will be very expensive.
    Innovative new design by BMW...
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    Anonymous , June 2, 2009 11:15 PM
    in the 6th picture there is an aftermarket cooler, although not a huge one
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    Anonymous , June 2, 2009 11:30 PM
    Basically, with all those fans, everything being pratically external, and all those surfaces it will be a very noisy dust magnet.

    Perfect for posers who think image and a badge are more important than cost or actual usefulness/functionality.

    Hmm... exactly like BMW cars and their drivers really.
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    7amood , June 2, 2009 11:39 PM
    this case is sexy... and it's a concept design... so i guess it'll cost way out of the range of a regular full tower case.
    I prefer a normal big case but this is on is so hot looking and I want one just to keep it and look at it.
    I guess i'll wait and hope that 12 or 18 months from now, a similar design with less flaws and much lower price tag will be out.
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    acecombat , June 2, 2009 11:47 PM
    YAY...2 fans on every section should make this generate enough acoustics to drown out the sound of my partner vacuuming.
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    bmadd , June 2, 2009 11:57 PM
    Hmm... exactly like BMW cars and their drivers really.

    Never owned a BMW have you noIwontsignup?? I do, well my last 3 cars have been BMW. Own one drive it for 6months and realise how well its been engineered, then you go newer and fall in love all over again. You pay the premium for good things and never regret it
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    jsschneidereit , June 3, 2009 12:15 AM
    oh my god.... O.o's gonna be so sick :D 

    ...I hope i can afford it

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    starryman , June 3, 2009 12:41 AM
    Not interested. Here's the breakdown... Thermaltake $200, BMW design and license $100, $100 hype, and $100 for ignorance. BMW should stick to designing cars. Forget Ferrari - they just badge engineer and make everything red and put up a stupid looking pony. Thermaltake should have hired Porsche Engineering instead. As much as I like futuristic cases... how about someone making a series of cases that look like quality furniture.
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    tacoslave , June 3, 2009 12:43 AM
    suck on that apple pcs just got a badass new design.

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    afrobacon , June 3, 2009 12:53 AM
    I'd love to see them put out some more concepts. If nothing else for me to mimic myself.
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    logan00 , June 3, 2009 5:39 AM
    Id hate to see what a Porche designed case would look like.
    They've stuck with the same design for over 20 years including their SUV, that's not what innovation is about. At least BMW is willing to take risks.
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    archange , June 3, 2009 7:14 AM
    Dust bin - check!
    Vacuum cleaner - check!
    Nightmare to install and upgrade - check!
    Nice looking - yeah, that too :) 

    Best suited for an IT shop / showroom. I'd never use one in my home though... It's just a collection of external enclosures pinned to a panel.
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    anamaniac , June 3, 2009 7:45 AM
    I think this would make for a beautiful HTPC.

    The apparent difficulty of upgrading is then somewhat ignored.

    Would look sick right between some two foot speakers.

    GG BMW. I will not be able to afford this...
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    archange , June 3, 2009 12:46 PM
    Sure, If you can manage to hear the speakers through the gale of all those coolers, that is...
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