Thermaltake Level 10 And SilverStone Fortress 2: Contemporary Cases?

Opening The Level 10

Two locks on the Level 10’s right-hand side unlatch the hard drives separately from the motherboard and power supply doors.

The optical drive door swings open for cable installation and lifts off for the addition and removal of 5.25” external bay devices.

Swinging back the power supply door likewise allows for cable installation, but installing the power supply requires removal of the basket beneath that door.

Side vents within the motherboard door contain open-cell foam, along with a higher-density sound-dampening material.

Six hard drive trays are designed to hold one 2.5” or 3.5” internal device per bay.

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  • burnley14
    I like the Fortress 2, especially the 90 degree rotation from typical setup. The Level 10, on the other hand, is an ugly monstrosity. Anyone willing to pay $700 for something that ugly needs therapy.
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  • warmon6
    while i like the look of the level 10 case, i dont like the high price tag that comes with it.
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  • HKH
    Am I the only one who finds the Lvl 10 Case pretty decent looking?
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  • burnley14
    I like the Fortress 2, especially the 90 degree rotation from typical setup. The Level 10, on the other hand, is an ugly monstrosity. Anyone willing to pay $700 for something that ugly needs therapy.
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  • philologos
    The Fortress 2 is very likely the case for my first home-build. It's a bit more than I'd like to spend, but it satisfies my need for air-cooling performance and classic styling.
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  • Crashman
    burnley14I like the Fortress 2, especially the 90 degree rotation from typical setup. The Level 10, on the other hand, is an ugly monstrosity. Anyone willing to pay $700 for something that ugly needs therapy.


    I just saw a girl driving a rusted-out Mazda with a new set of 18" Enkeis, painted rotors on the front, and painted drums on the back. The rocker panels between that fine work...rusted away!

    So, I'm sure someone will spend $700 for the Thermaltake Level 10. In fact, I know someone who would.
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  • Anonymous
    I recently bought à fortress case for my most recent build (i930 + hd5970) and this is by far THE best case i've ever had the pleasure of building a pc from/in. Yeah it's pricy and wether it's worth it, but personally, i really, really like it! It cools very wel, and the very large 5970 actually fits :)

    and irl it's quite a handsome case!
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  • mados123
    The Level 10 deserves to be in MOMA next to the G4 cube for its innovation in design.
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  • micr0be
    i think level 10 is a amazing .... just replace some side windows with glass and uv got a rig that looks as good as crysis .....
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  • huron
    As amazing as it is, I'm sure there will be some people shelling out that kind of $$$ on a case - probably the same people who post in the forums that they have a budget upwards of $3500 and want someone to build it for them...
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  • warmon6
    while i like the look of the level 10 case, i dont like the high price tag that comes with it.
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  • HKH
    Am I the only one who finds the Lvl 10 Case pretty decent looking?
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  • acadia11
    The cost savings made no sense, to me, in the Level 10, keeping it under $1000 is stupid, to someone spending $799 on a case, makes no difference if it cost $999 for a more quality product. In fact, people, who are willing to spend money like this care more about quality than cost. I decided not to get the case, because, in my mind $800 on a case alone better buy me perfection, and they tried to get cheap with it to save a couple of hundred bucks, as though the difference between $800 and $1000 really mattered that much to my wallet, Imean it's not like cases normally hover anywhere in this price range. With an expensive uber product you set themarket, period. And they dropped the ball on knowing the demographics here.
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  • tim851
    I like the Thermaltake very much. Am I willing to pay $700 for it? Nope.
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  • Reynod
    I like the level 10 but the comments you made regarding the fans needs to be addressed ... good pickup there crashman.
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  • Anonymous
    The Level 10 case has been out for a while now and is completely modular and was designed primarily for the LAN party enthusiast.

    I'm just surprised that it has taken this long for Tom's to take notice of this particular case which first came out something like a year ago.
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  • oblivionlord
    It would be nice if they came out with a full tower version of the FT02 for those that like to do SLI/Xfire. Using 1 single 5970 requires you do take off the center fan grill and even a single 5870 is too cramped in this case. Using 2 of those would be crazy. Also I don't like it when things are that cramped considering there is more condensed heat as opposed to a more spacious case where heat isn't as concentrated in central areas. It can at least spread itself around without affecting the other components as much as a smaller case.

    Make the FT02 a full tower and you got my vote!
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  • Ryun
    The Fortress 2 looks awesome, but come on... that I/O front panel is severely lacking. They should have definitely added FireWire/eSATA (not like the case doesn't have room for it).
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  • kelemvor4
    Renegade_WarriorThe Level 10 case has been out for a while now and is completely modular and was designed primarily for the LAN party enthusiast.I'm just surprised that it has taken this long for Tom's to take notice of this particular case which first came out something like a year ago.

    I thought that was pretty humorous as well. There must be no apple products for steve's hardware to write about this morning, so an aging case design was just the recipe needed.

    IMO there's far better choices for cases when you get into this price range (such as mountain mods). Lots of places will make custom cases for $700.

    As for the level 10; personally it looks to me like they didn't give ANY consideration to aesthetics. It may cool well, but it's fuuuu gly.
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  • Anonymous
    Honestly, I love the look of the Level 10. It's nice to see something different just the normal rectangular case. The problem though is the price, I don't know anyone in their right mind who would pay $700 for a PC case. If it were more in the $260 range, then I might consider buying it.
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  • Anonymous
    The Level 10 case wasn't designed with Aesthetics in mind.

    It was designed to be portable hence the large handle at the top, yet at the same time allow you to have a powerful computer system in the case to take with you to LAN parties.

    One of the biggest problems users are faced with LAN parties is taking their systems with them and carrying everything.

    The Level 10 just simplifies this.
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  • JohnnyLucky
    The Silverstone Fortress works for me. The Thermaltake Level 10 is too radical.
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  • itadakimasu
    bragging rights.

    "DUDE>... This case cost me $1000 5 years ago!" I can't bring myself to spend more than around 80-100 on a case.
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