10 GT Snow Impressions
I’ve got to say that this is really one sharp looking case. The way that Thermaltake have done the paint job on it will make it stand out in just about any setting. There are going to be some things that you’ll want to consider though when selecting your hardware. One of the main things will be how well it will go with a black and white case.
There are plenty of large fans to move the air in this case and there is also a good amount of room with which to work in. One thing that I have to make note of though is that the Gigabyte G1 Assassin and boards of a similar size aren’t going to fit in this case. It really doesn’t have the room to accommodate an XL-ATX motherboard. With that being said you won’t have any problem fitting any smaller form factor board into this case. It that was the board that you were planning to use with this case you will either have to mod it or I would suggest looking at the Cooler Master HAF X.
This case features 8 expansion slots, 5 internal 3.5” drive bays, 1 external 3.5” drive bay and 4 external 5.25” drive bays. This should provide ample room for just about any hardware configuration that you have in mind. It also features a 200mm front intake with color shift LEDs, a top 200mm exhaust fan with color shift LEDs and a side 200mm intake fan with color shift LEDs. There is also a 140mm rear exhaust fan and room for an optional 120mm bottom intake fan. This will provide excellent cooling for even the most extreme of hardware. As long as you’re aware of its limitations you won’t have any problems installing your hardware.
With the front bezel being made of plastic and most of the rest of the case being of SECC steel, this is a rather heavy case. Its net weight comes in at a hefty 28 pounds. This is to be expected though from a full tower case. It is very sturdy and aside from the plastic front bezel and the handle at the top, most of the case feels very well made. Thermaltake have added a top handle on this case that I would only feel comfortable using if the case were empty. Once you have it weighted down with hardware this handle really doesn’t feel sturdy enough to accommodate the added weight. Once this case is fully loaded I really don’t see anyone trying to lug it around to LAN parties either. This isn’t the reason most people by full tower cases anyway. They buy them for the room they have and the upgrade options that are made possible by having so much extra room. For a decent water cooling rig this would be a great case. It would have been nice to see them add room for an internal 360mm radiator though. With the way this case is designed the larges internal radiator that you can use is a 240mm.