The case itself doesn’t really look as nice as the sculpture like original, it seems a bit chunky and plasticy. It has a matt black paint scheme with a variety of different features that are worth noting.
Oh yea its pretty big too. Here it is next to my current Lian Li rig:
However before I could get started taking pictures, using the large handle along the top to wedge the case (it only just fit) into my photo tent, it popped out of its frame. The below was the result of this. Good start.
Sitting pretty near the broken handle are some front panel ports. There’s a pair of USB 3 and an eSata sitting just above some fan controller options that let you alter speed, as well as LED colour output.
There’s a large plastic surround for the 5.25″ drive bays which somewhat swallows them up, making the whole thing look a bit over the top size wise; wasted real estate. Also the way the plastic for the drive bays juts out the front looks a bit tacky I think.
I quite like the look of the bottom of the front panel though, this ridged and grilled section hides a larger interior fan and numbered push buttons for hard drive removal.
The left hand side panel features a window at the top of the case, giving you a good look in on any fancy CPU cooler you have.
The bottom has a large, dust filtered fan sitting in a protrubence that not only helps avoid clearance issues with tall add-in cards, but also calls back to the compartmentalised design of the original level 10.
The dust filter for it slides out the side nicely making cleaning a simple procedure.
With a case this expensive, Thermaltake are expecting some high end internals too. To make sure that this is all well protected, they’ve encorporated quite a secure locking system. Combined with this, you have to know where the button is to open up the case. For the sake of 10GT owners, I won’t reveal its location.
Hard drive’s can be accessed without removing the side panel which is quite nice. These slots ping in and out on a sprung mechanism, with the entire drawer being removable at the push of a button.
The other side panel is relatively featureless in comparison, just some simple ridging to keep a bit of flair going.
The back of the case is quite busy, with pretty much all the features you’d expect from a high end chassis. It’s got the rear mounted exhaust fan which weighs in at 14CM in diameter. Above this are three holes for water cooling loops which are all surrounded in rubber to make sure of no shearing.
PCIe slots are mounted beaneath the fan with screws held externally; all of them are the thumb variety which is nice to see. Personally I don’t really see the need for external screws: it’s not like I plan to unscrew my graphics card without removing it; in which case I need the side panel open.
The underside of the chassis has another large dust filter that can be easily removed. It slides out the rear and allows air to be drawn in by the bottom mounted PSU and any other fans you wish to install; since there is space for them. There are also four large, rotatable feet that help keep the quite top heavy chassis steady.