New Thermaltake enclosure looks like lunch tray

We recently reviewed a Lian Li enclosure with sideways optical drive bays, but this latest specimen is clearly much further up on the weirdness scale. As TR gerbils recently noted in our forums, Thermaltake has been displaying a strange compartmentalized case at CeBit this week. Both Expreview and Hexus have photos from the show floor.

Dubbed the Level 10, the enclosure looks more like something out of an old sci-fi movie than an actual PC case. It houses components like the hard drives, optical drives, and the power supply in individual boxes that poke out of a lateral panel—a bit like a sealed school lunch tray sitting on its side. As far as we can tell, 3.5″ hard drives each get their own individual compartments, and there’s room for six of ’em.

Unfortunately, Hexus says Thermaltake kept the case sealed and didn’t show off the internals. Expect more details and probably an official launch at Computex in early June.

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    • billyconnection
    • 11 years ago

    I like it too!

    Now, whether I can afford it is another question. Would I put it in my house, is another.

    Looks like something from Star Trek. Possibly a piece from a Ferengi Marauder.

    My girlfriend says it looks like a trap for a lot of dust.

    • sluggo
    • 11 years ago

    Parts I like: the top handle
    Parts I don’t: everything under it

    • albundy
    • 11 years ago

    how does it cool the optical/hdd’s? and how does it accommodate SSDs? Farting out ideas to make this thing is funny.

    • Metalianman
    • 11 years ago

    Me Love it!! :D:D:D

    • no51
    • 11 years ago

    I like it.

    • green
    • 11 years ago

    looks awful
    the only place i’d put this is in a server room
    partly to make the room look a little nicer
    but mostly because i don’t go in there too often

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 11 years ago

    Looks like a PS2 on steroids

    • Tamale
    • 11 years ago

    heh.. impractical in almost every manner, but that isn’t keeping me from staring in bewilderment 🙂

    • Xenolith
    • 11 years ago

    I like mine more… §[<http://www.flickr.com/photos/25537037@N07/3024027698/<]§ Not very child safe. Actually not very adult safe either.

    • bronek
    • 11 years ago

    It’s weird. I love it, but I think my wife won’t let me buy it – it will scare the children away. Hey, actually that’s a very good reason to buy!

    • moose17145
    • 11 years ago

    Does anyone else think it looks almost like a Borg Cube from that frist picture on expreview? Gotta admit, with a few modifications this thing would look exactly like a piece of assimilated borg technology! Take those red lights and trim, and make it green instead, throw a few borgish looking tubes on it here and there, and BAM! One Borg themed computer case! A nerds wet dream!

    I think I may have found my next case… if only to mod it into something as nerdy as I just described.

    • ludi
    • 11 years ago

    Tell houston the beagle has landed, because this space ship is a dog.

    • CheetoPet
    • 11 years ago

    I like, looks to be short on ventilation tho. Unless of course the ‘tray’ part is a huge TEC or something. Love to know whats under the covers.

    • Thanato
    • 11 years ago

    I’ve been wanting a case like this, but not exactly like this. I’ve been wanting a case that had compartments for each of the components but I’d want it to be more like a home theater where the parts are stacked separately so you would have have what you need, but could always add more. The PCI slots would have to be external compartments and the motherboard would be smaller than a mini ATX. Hmm maybe USB 3.0 could make it possible….

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      There is a spec for External PCIe, which is what you want to create a “devolved” set of consumer-audio-like components. There’s certainly something to be said for putting the video card into a box with its own power supply and cooling separate from the rest of the system. In fact you could put the optical drive in it as well and the thing could function as a stand-alone media player (with a bit of work to get the GPU to do all the work without any intervention from a CPU — nVidia’s dream)

      §[<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express#PCI_Express_External_Cabling<]§

        • Thanato
        • 11 years ago

        Bypass a cpu, that’s a crazy thought, but I liiike it. I wonder if a x86 license could be bypassed as well for a gpgpu system, say you boot off a x86 shell that only needs a Intel Atom as your cpu once running the gpu’s take over.

          • UberGerbil
          • 11 years ago

          GPUs are /[

    • liquidsquid
    • 11 years ago

    Ugh, I think it looks pretty stinking ugly. Give me a beige box any day.

    However it would be nice if the comp industry took it one step further and the side mounting plate would actually be a back-plane, and the “blocks” would simply plug into it rather than raw circuit boards. In that way, you can upgrade/add CPU blocks, add HDD blocks, GPU blocks… without taking a case apart and rooting through wires. Probably would be really darned expensive.

    • Meadows
    • 11 years ago

    Inquirer Charlie wrote about it earlier, it was in a shortbread. It’s supposed to be a limited edition case, and _[

    • Thresher
    • 11 years ago

    I gotta admit, I really like this. I shouldn’t, but I do.

    • brm001
    • 11 years ago

    This is the first case I’ve ever seen that I would actually save up money to buy–if it’s good. Can’t wait to see the reviews!

    • droopy1592
    • 11 years ago

    I’d pwn it

    Something tells me it will go for a premium though.

    The Lian Li’s $380 retail was just a bit ridiculous, somehow I feel this will be $350 or more.

    • alex666
    • 11 years ago

    Pretty hard to judge until the innards can be viewed (e.g., it looks like you can hot-swap the hdds, but can’t tell for sure from the pictures). For enthusiasts constantly changing their components, it could be a pretty functional case, a covered version of the open bench with possibly better cooling.

    • morphine
    • 11 years ago

    I happen to really like the design, and I tend to hate “sci-fi” looking and windowed cases.

    Nevertheless, even if I didn’t like the looks, I have to admit that the idea itself is brilliant.

    • pdjblum
    • 11 years ago

    Waaaaaay cooooooool. I love my top deck tech stations, but I might try one of these.

    • indeego
    • 11 years ago

    Looks like a blade server met up up with a glob of industrial design.

    I think I’d like in a different colorg{<.<}g

    • FroBozz_Inc
    • 11 years ago

    I think it’s pretty cool looking.

    Very sci-fi/futuristic and funky – I bet it keep things pretty quiet, too.

    Neat idea!

    Looking forward to a TR review.

    • Hattig
    • 11 years ago

    Well if the drive bays clipped off (SATA hotplug) for replacement that would be neat.

    It just looks a little bit too much like “Sci-Fi Movie Set Component #471/A” to me.

    • VaultDweller
    • 11 years ago

    Everywhere I see this posted, people are raving about how awesome it looks.

    Honestly, I don’t get it. I think it’s ugly as hell. Also, I doubt it would be a pleasure to work with, and I doubt it will exactly do much for good cooling and airflow.

    • NeronetFi
    • 11 years ago

    It looks like a slim PS2 on steroids

      • A_Pickle
      • 11 years ago

      My thoughts exactly. 😀

    • Farting Bob
    • 11 years ago

    Wow im not usually into pimping my system, but that case looks fantastic!

    • FubbHead
    • 11 years ago

    A very BIG lunchtray.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    That thing is begging for a Borg mod.

    • Missile Maker
    • 11 years ago

    I like it! Seems like we’re seeing more case innovation that’s also more practical and artistic than in past years. Think this TT has a decided futuristic bent. Love to see someone review it when it comes out.

      • TheBob!
      • 11 years ago

      But why waste your time with this when we could just add more LEDs and Windows?

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