Author: Bob Buskirk
- Cases & Cooling
- Tt eSPORTS, Power & Cooling
This year at CES Thermaltake did not have a whole lot of new products, but the new products they did have are really awesome. They showed us some new keyboards from their Tt eSports line, a new gaming mouse, a few new cases, new power supplies, and some storage products. We all know Thermaltake makes great products so let’s see what they have for us in 2011.
The big announcement last year from Thermaltake was the Level 10 chassis. This case was designed is collaboration with BMW and was truly a unique case. The problem with this case is the pricetag of $799, not many people want to shell that much money out for a computer case. Well this year Thermaltake is announcing the Level 10 GT. At first glimpse the Level 10 GT has a great design. This is a revision of the case that is meant to be more affordable ($269 MSRP), but still keep the same styling as the original Level 10. This case has a ton of great features. The first is that there are 5 internal hot-swappable bays, each of these bays can fit 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives. These bays are easily removed by pressing in a button on the side and sliding them out. This case is designed to be a gaming case so there is a pull out headphone holder, which is perfect for LAN parties.
The side panel door easily opens up and is on a hinge. If you lift up on it, it can be removed. There is a large fan on the side panel of the case, it uses the wireless power connection so you don’t have to worry about connecting it to power. Also each of the fans have rotating LED’s and the fan on the side panel has a removable fan filter. If you take the other side panel off the case you can see the cable management built in to the case. Also you can see that the hot-swap bays have built in power connectors so you just need to connect power once and you are good to go. This case really looks awesome, we can’t wait to get one in to review.
The next case we got a chance to to take a look at was the Armor A30. This case was announced back in December, but this was our first chance to take a look at it. This case reminds me a lot of Thermaltake’s LANBOX series of cases. This mATX case is perfect for building a nice LAN gaming machine. Some of the features include support for large graphics cards, support for ATX power supplies, room for 2 2.5-inch hard drives, and USB 3.0 support. Thermaltake is also making a CPU designed specifically for this case so you can get great CPU cooling that will fit in the Armor A30 case. This case is available now.
Seagate’s FreeAgent GoFlex portable hard drives have been a real hit. The drive uses a proprietary connector on the back. Since this drive has been very successful many case companies have outfitted their cases with hot-swappable bays that work with this hard drive, Thermaltake is one such company. Their first case to use this bay is the V9 BlacX Flex. So not only do you get the BlacX docking station on the top of the case you get the GoFlex docking station as well. This case will be available in march.
Thermaltake had one new CPU cooler to show us; the FrioOCK. This new revision of the original Frio cooler is made for overclockers since it supports 240W. It has a 2 fan design that works like a shroud and is easy to remove and install. Other features of the FrioOCK include 6 6mm heatpipes, 2 130mm fans, and a copper base.
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