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Thermaltake Level 20 VT Review – The “Pocket Rocket” Among the Cases?!

System Construction in Thermaltake Level 20 VT

Now we come to system installation. As hardware we use a Intel Xeon 1230v3 on a Gigabyte H87M-D3H with 16GB RAM. The Xeon is represented by a LC-Power Cosmo Cool LC-CC-120 cooled. A GTX 1060 6GB from Gigabyte AORUS is responsible for the image output. The power supply is done by the non-modular Berlin Pro RGB 650W with RGB fan. In order to enhance the cabling optically a little bit, single sleeved cable extensions from Phanteks.

Before the installation of all components can begin, it is recommended that all side panels, the radiator strips and the front panel are dismantled first. Then you have almost unrestricted access to the interior.

The power supply unit is mounted in the lower chamber. So that the PSU doesn’t just hang on the four screws on the back, Thermaltake also supplies a plug-in mounting frame. Here the instructions are a bit inaccurate and you had to experiment a bit to find the right mounting position.

Otherwise, the installation of all components ran smoothly. The Level 20 VT offers space for 350 mm long graphics cards and 185 mm high CPU coolers. Nothing stands in the way of the installation of current high-end components. But also representatives from the water cooling sector should have their joy with this Cube. Thus, up to three 240 mm radiators can be installed simultaneously in the interior.

After the installation and the subsequent wiring, however, we were still somewhat dissatisfied with the overall result. Due to the missing cable openings and the large free area behind the front fan, the cables could only be hidden insufficiently. This makes the interior look a little messy.

But if you leave out the cable extensions and put one or two cables under the motherboard, the overall result can be seen from all sides. The flat ribbon cables of the power supply were definitely an advantage here.

The installation of the data carriers is well solved. All trays and the HDD cage are modular and can be completely removed if required. The plastic frames are mounted in the HDD cage with built-in rubber rings for decoupling. These frames support the tool-free mounting of 3.5″ data carriers or the screwing of 2.5″ SSDs. The trays on the right side of the housing each support a 2.5″ device. Due to the one-sided screw connection, however, the installed data carrier wobbles back and forth a bit.

As with every review, the temperature test should of course not be missed. For this purpose, Prime95 and Furmark were run at a room temperature of 20 °C for 15 minutes and the CPUID HWMonitor was then used to determine the temperature of the processor and graphics card. The test was carried out in four different scenarios and shown in the following table.

Fan speed
Temperature
CPU: 100%.
Housing fan front: 100%
CPU: 76 °C
GPU: 70 °C
CPU: 100%.
Case fan front: 100%.
Case fan rear: 100%
CPU: 71 °C
GPU: 70 °C
without front panel
CPU: 100%.
Housing fan front: 100%
CPU: 68 °C
GPU: 68 °C
without front panel
CPU: 100%.
Case fan front: 100%.
Case fan rear: 100%
CPU: 66 °C
GPU: 65 °C

The test shows that the front panel has a negative effect at least with regard to the CPU temperatures and noticeably reduces the airflow. In addition, you can see that a rear fan installed later noticeably reduces the temperatures in the CPU area when the front panel is attached. If you are thinking about purchasing level 20 VT, then you should add at least one more fan to your shopping cart. But this cube case is still not an airflow miracle.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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