If you’re not dead serious about wanting the most heavy-duty, fully loaded, built-like-an-M1-Abrams gaming tower, stop here. On the other hand, if you found Thermaltake’s $800, inside-out Level 10 cool in every way— except the price—read on.
The Level 10 GT LCS is a hybrid between the many-hinged, compartmentalized Level 10 and a conventional gaming tower, only now with a 273mm long top-mounted radiator and a preinstalled BigWater pump occupying two 5.25-inch bays. Thermaltake also includes 1,000cc of coolant, a refill bottle, connectors, and all the 3/8-inch tubing you could need. Just know going in that this is a cut-and-crimp DIY watercooling setup, not a self-contained unit for newbies.
Aside from being the heaviest gaming tower we can recall, the Level 10 GT LCS also features the best integrated cable management, bar none. The eight rubberized routing holes on the motherboard tray join a massive cutout for rear-side CPU heatsink access, and Thermaltake strategically places cable clips all around the tray’s underside. The Level 10 GT LCS even has a special SATA power cable connecting all five internal drive bays, all of which are tethered back to a single Molex connector. These bays each feature a very basic connector backplane that supports hot swapping. The plastic sleds are impressively sturdy, although, unlike with the 5.25-inch bays, there is no tool-less drive mounting.
Four USB 2.0 ports and stereo/mic ports adorn the front panel, while one eSATA and two USB 3.0 (which are tied to internal header connections rather than a cumbersome pass-through cable) ports rest on top just above high/low fan buttons and a fan LED button. The front and side fans happen to be Thermaltake’s Colorshift LED fans, which can put on a multicolored light show if you choose. Louvered slats cover the inside of the side fan, and you can adjust their angle with an external lever.
Finally, a long window on the removable side panel offers visibility to the CPU and your watercooling prowess. After all, the Level 10 GT LCS is ridiculously awesome and not to be missed.