Date: January 7th, 2009
Writers on Show Floor:
Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
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We got the opportunity to get a closer look at Thermaltake's flagship Level 10 chassis during our visit to their suite at the Venetian today. It's a big departure from what Thermaltake (or anyone else, for that matter) has ever done and was designed in conjunction with BMW DesignWorks. The compartmentalized design has a central pillar serving as a heatsink for the six hot-swappable HDD bays as well as suppoet for the ODD bay and motherboard compartments, each with independent cooling capabilities. Red LED lighting accents the pillar as well as the HDD bays and cooling fans. The removable back panel has a locking feature to secure all the internal hardware and an opening at the top of the pillar serves as a carrying handle to transport this beefy behemoth.
Thermaltake also has an Nvidia certified version of their Element V chassis with the appropriate logo and color scheme along with a blacked-out interior. As expected, this chassis will come at a premium pricepoint compared to the standard Element V. Look for the Tweaknews review of the Element V coming up soon.
Thermaltake also has some additions to their power supply line-up. For the more budget conscience consumer there's the TR2 RX line that will purportedly deliver top performance at a less expensive pricepoint. The venerable Toughpower XT line has some new wattage choices and better efficiency numbers, but Thermaltake has introduced the toughpower Grand PSU to take over top-tier duties for the brand.
These new units sport a redesigned and very attractive case, 80 PLUS Gold efficiency and a 7-year warranty. The scuttlebutt around the suite is that all of the upper end PSUs from Thermaltake will have this look in the future. Like most premium power supplies these days, Thermaltake has gone to a large single 12V rail on most of their newer PSUs.
Thermaltake has a wide range of fans and coolers to suit the needs of their customers. The Mobile Fan 12 is a 120mm portable unit, complete with speed control for spot airflow improvement in an AV cabinet or around your gaming console. The SpinQ VT and Silent 1156 coolers are relatively new to the market, as is the ISGC-V320 VGA cooler, but we've gotten word that Thermaltake is getting out of the VGA cooling business for a variety of reasons including the short lead time for development and limited space available in multi-GPU applications.
Fan cooled gaming keyboards and high speed USB storage docks also make an appearance in the Thermaltake offerings for 2010, as well as the high performance Frio CPU cooler. With five heatpipes and two included fans, the Frio is purported to outcool the competition by a good margin. Stay tuned for Tweaknews reviews on many of these new products from Thermaltake.
Day One of our Coverage can be found HERE
Day Two of our Coverage can be found HERE
Day Three of our Coverage can be found HERE
Day Four of our Coverage can be found HERE
Post your thoughts on Day Five HERE.