Beauty really does lie in the eye of the beholder. Is Thermaltake's latest hybrid gaming case the ugly duckling or an awesome homage? You decide.
No, the photo you’re looking at is not the result of drunken back seat shenanigans between a PS2 and a PC. It’s Thermaltake’s latest gamer case, hence the flattering imitation of the PS2’s iconic lines on the right-hand side. But, unlike the dated console, the Thermaltake Level 10 GT case is a very modern piece of computing hardware.
The motherboard mount has so many sleeves and holes it’d be impossible not to tuck your cabling away neatly. There’s a lovely big hole behind the CPU mount, allowing for heat sink bracket changes without having to take the entire motherboard out. Supporting Thermaltake’s own product ecosystem, there are also a few holes for optional water-cooling products.
Not that you’ll need to worry too much about cooling — with three monstrous 200mm fans turning the interior into an arctic blizzard, this is the case for those with demanding cooling needs. A high/low speed switch allows you to temper their volume at the press of a button, residing alongside the eSATA and dual USB 3.0 extension ports. Another four USB 2.0 ports down the side will take care of any older USB devices. Of final note are the five sideways-mounted hot-swappable drive bays, which can handle both 2.5in and 3.5in drives with aplomb.
The only thing missing is a PSU, which would have been the deciding factor for many at this price point. Still, if you’re not afraid to spend a little more than most, and the striking design sits well within your monolithic interior design, this is a hard case to ignore.Available from Thermaltake, retailing for $349
.APC rating: 8/10 (Highly Recommended)