Those who read our case reports know that we can be very specific in choosing the right chassis for the job. In the past, we have been very skeptical of models priced above $ 200 as they often represent terrible value. For example, the $ 400 NZXT Khaos weighs more than steel giants like Thermaltake Armor + and costs twice as much. Additionally, it is poorly designed and lacks many of the features that are present in cases under $ 200.
There are currently plenty of fantastic options out there in the over $ 100 range such as the Cooler Master HAF 932 which quickly became our favorite case of 2008. But as remarkable as the HAF 932 is for its price point, it is in a completely different class than the animal that Thermaltake recently unleashed and that we're looking at today.
The "Level 10", which was shown as a prototype for the first time at CeBIT 2009, immediately caught our attention and we couldn't wait for it to hit the consumer market. That time has come.
The Level 10 manufactured and marketed by Thermaltake was designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, a subsidiary of the BMW Group. In addition to developing yachts, trains, airplanes, lifestyle and IT products, the three studios in Munich, California and Singapore also develop design concepts that turn visions into reality. The Level 10 is one of those concepts and one of the most famous computer cases ever created.
We have never seen a chassis that remotely resembles the Thermaltake Level 10. It's not the type of case that you walk past without even realizing it, and when you do see it it's impossible to resist the urge to peek into it. Simply put, level 10 is a work of art. However, as with most good works, the Level 10 comes with an exorbitant fee and users can expect to pay around $ 700 for this PC case.
At a price that would otherwise buy you a 3-way GeForce GTX 460 SLI setup (with money left over) or a full gaming system, we have to ask ourselves the obvious: is the Level 10 worth the money?
We feel that there is no objective answer to this question as its value is largely based on your appreciation for the design. However, we are interested to see if there is more to the Level 10 than its flashy appearance. So read on as we analyze Thermaltake's new flagship product.