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Thermaltake Level 10 And SilverStone Fortress 2: Contemporary Cases?

Building With The Level 10

Thermaltake packs its installation kit, complete with a manual and cleaning cloth, in a gift box to simulate the ownership experience of a car, perhaps?

Two screws hold the top of the Level 10’s power supply basket in place. Removing these allows it to be lifted from two metal tabs at the bottom for power supply installation.

The Level 10’s motherboard tray is also removable, though doing so is not actually required for motherboard installation.

Notice the brass standoff next to the 140 mm intake fan. We installed the left-over standoffs in the front column of the EATX motherboard mounting holes to illustrate that these boards fit only by sacrificing the front fan.

Thermaltake’s Web site lists the front fan bracket as 120 mm-compatible, but it only has holes for 140 mm parts. Adding a single-fan radiator here thus requires alternative installation methods, such as cable ties or tape. Conversely, the exhaust fan mount is drilled for 140 mm, 120 mm, and 92 mm fans, but there’s only enough space at the outer edge for 120 mm or 92 mm fans to be installed.

The Level 10’s main housing easily swallows the largest PC hardware, with enough room for most workstation-grade components and oversized CPU coolers. An eighth expansion slot below the bottom of the board even adds mechanical support for dual-slot graphics cards in the motherboard’s bottom slot.

An LED strip highlights the Level 10’s upright edge and those who find it tacky can simply leave it unplugged during hardware installation. The same cannot be said for the blood-red LED cooling fans, which also glow softly, but must be modified or replaced if you want to mute the lighting effect.

Soft lighting also applies to the labels adjacent to each front-panel connector, though these are still a little hard to see next to the more brightly lit power and reset buttons.

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.