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Thermaltake Level 10 And SilverStone Fortress 2: Contemporary Cases?

Test Results

Thermaltake’s intake fan points directly towards the chipset, resulting in remarkably low motherboard temperatures in spite of its higher CPU temperatures. With no fan controller, it was tested only at 12V and tops a chart that’s organized by the average of all three values.

Noise-level measurements put the ball into SilverStone’s court. Its case fans operate at a whisper-quiet 20.5dB and it’s also capable of reducing internal-noise output by nearly 50%.

Putting our temperature and noise-level differences into a percentage scale and then dividing the results allow us to express our cooling-to-noise ratio numerically.

Anyone interested in ultra-quiet computing will definitely be interested in the Fortress 2, along with a relatively quiet CPU cooler to place within it.

  • 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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  • 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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