Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
As we'll see throughout this section of the review, the GT retains the overall look and style of the original Level 10, but the design has been simplified and streamlined to make the GT much more affordable. While the GT retains a version of the compartmentalized structure of the original, it isn't as well defined in the GT. There are, however, some improvements and added features.
Up front, the Level 10 GT features four external 5.25-inch drive bays and a single 3.5-inch external. Bay covers can easily be removed by simply depressing the exposed tabs on each side and removing the cover from the case, making front panel removal unnecessary for the most part. Five hard drive bays live at the bottom of the case, and we'll go over them in more detail in a bit, but the individual drive caddies are released by depressing the associated button on the front. Hard drives can be further secured via the locking feature just to the left of the floppy bay, and there's a 200mm Colorshift intake fan behind the panel in this location.
Most of the front panel I/O ports run along the right side of the front, and transparent red bars along the front and top provide some visual interest, but don't light up. The right side panel is relieved to add some room behind the mobo tray and a large “T” relief and some printed verbiage at the bottom rear further adorn this side of the case.
From top to bottom, the I/O panel features a power button with integrated lighting, a reset button, HDD activity LED and four USB 2.0 ports surround the headphone and microphone jacks.
Up top, the GT features a large, sturdy handle, a large mesh panel concealing the 200mm exhaust fan (with Colorshift LEDs,) and a smaller, recessed mesh tray for personal items. There are also some additional I/O features up here, consisting of an eSATA port and a pair of USB 3.0 ports, along with the fan speed and lighting buttons. Fan speed control is limited to high/low and the lighting button toggles the fan LEDs through the available color options as well as off.
Depressing a button at the rear allows the mesh panel to be completely removed from the chassis. From here, the fan can be easily replaced with a suitable radiator for liquid cooling applications.