Thermaltake Level 20

The lat­est Level 20 case merges RGB ex­cess with sub­tle styling.

APC Australia - - Contents - David Holling­worth

When you see Thermaltake’s new case in ac­tion, full of slick PC hard­ware and lit up like some frame-rate spew­ing Xmas tree, you’d think you’re look­ing at a very high-end case that only the most ded­i­cated en­thu­si­ast could af­ford to build into. It’s got a lot of higher-end bells and whis­tles, but is paired back where it counts, mean­ing this strik­ing ATX chas­sis brings the looks, while still only cost­ing $119.

The most strik­ing thing about the case at first glance is its im­pres­sive cool­ing. Out of the box the Level 20 MT ARGB boasts three 120mm in­take fans and a 120mm ex­haust. The front fans are about as blinged as you can get, fea­tur­ing ad­dress­able RGB light­ing that’s de­signed to work with light­ing soft­ware from Asus, Gi­ga­byte, and MSI – they all plug into a small PCB on the back of the motherboard plate, which in turn plugs into the motherboard. The rear fan also plugs into this, but is de­tached out of the box to make mobo in­stal­la­tion a bit eas­ier. All this light­ing is con­trolled by a sin­gle but­ton on the top panel IO – you can cy­cle through the case’s own light­ing pat­terns, or with a longer click hand it over to soft­ware con­trol.

Tem­pered glass pan­els are all the rage these days, and Thermaltake’s plonked two on the MT. Not only do you get a tem­pered glass side­panel, which is a ba­si­cally one big, black-lined slab with a metal frame on each side, but the front panel fea­tures a tem­pered glass plate as well. There are sub­tle in­take vents on ei­ther side of this panel, but over­all it re­ally lets the RGB fans shine. There’s cool stuff ev­ery­where – the top panel fea­tures a mag­net­i­cally at­tached mesh fil­ter, while on the non-win­dowed panel there’s a fine se­ries of cutouts pro­tect­ing an­other mag­netic mesh panel.

The MT of­fers ex­cel­lent stock air­flow, enough to keep the case at a pos­i­tive air pres­sure while pow­ered up, and help keep dust out of the sys­tem, and you can put more fans on the top and side­pan­els if you re­ally need them. If you don’t like re­ly­ing on air-cool­ing, there’s room for ra­di­a­tors on the front and side pan­els, up to 360mm and 240mm re­spec­tively.

To help with ca­ble management there’s a shroud cov­er­ing the bot­tom of the case, with a cut out just large enough to show a por­tion of the PSU. This is also where a hid­den drive caddy sits, with room for two 3.5in or 2.5in drives, and there’s a bracket for an­other SSD bracket be­hind the motherboard plate. There’s also an SSD bracket sit­ting on top of the shroud, and both SSD brack­ets are re­mov­able for easy in­stal­la­tion. There’s also a se­ries of hexag­o­nal cutouts in the right-hand side of the motherboard tray, which boosts ei­ther case air­flow or sup­ports the afore­men­tioned 240mm ra­di­a­tor. And it’s quite at­trac­tive, to boot!

About the only crit­i­cism – and I had to reach for it – I could make is that there’s not a huge amount amount of space be­hind the motherboard tray. That’s small beer, re­ally; for the price you’re pay­ing the Level 20 MT ARGB has more than enough go­ing to for it.

CASE $119 | WWW.THERMALTAKE.COM.AU

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