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Thermaltake Level 10 And SilverStone Fortress 2: Contemporary Cases?

Level 10 Internals

Removing the back panel is required for cable routing, since the compartments on the case’s left-hand side are completely separated.

This is how the left-hand side looks with the unit completely open, but with the motherboard tray, power supply basket, and 5.25” external bay covers still installed. Thermaltake includes the same SSI CEB bolt-through and CPU cooler mounting holes as we previously saw in SilverStone’s Fortress 2. Two more sets of dual-CPU bolt-through support holes are undocumented.

Notice that only the top-two hard drive bays have any “stuff” in the access hole. That “stuff” includes two hot-plug connectors and two 60 mm cooling fans. When the Level 10 leaves the factory, it’s only outfitted to hold two hard drives.

Thermaltake, like competitor SilverStone, neglects high-end storage users by providing hot-plug connectors that support only SATA drives when dual-compatibility SAS connectors have similar manufacturing costs. Thermaltake includes “twice as many” hot-plug connectors at a total of two, but SilverStone makes the substitution of standard cables far easier with its open-back cage design. The missing connectors and SAS incompatibility are notable omissions by both brands when pitted against a premium market.

  • 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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