Thermaltake Level 20 RS ARGB

Instead of fitting the PSU in through one of the side panels, the case has a detachable mounting bracket that you first remove and then bolt onto the PSU. However, it can make mounting add-on cards in high-end motherboards a hassle, putting the Level 20 at a disadvantage against slightly less flashy but considerably more affordable PC cases.
The Design: Glass Galore

Thermaltake designed this ATX mid-tower chassis with two 4mm thick tempered-glass windows, which make up by far the largest parts of the left and right side panels. But a vexing PCIe-slot mounting snag mars a chassis already awkwardly straddling the market’s midrange and high end.

Thermaltake’s Level 20 RS ARGB case ($149.99) is yet another entry into the long line of RGB LED chassis that have swarmed the DIY desktop market over the last several years. Thermaltake set the I/O panels back from the edge of the case a bit to help improve this situation, but long USB flash drives and devices such as external hard drives that use thick USB cables will still prove challenging to plug in without pulling the system away from the wall.

Thermaltake Level 20 RS ARGB diagonal right glass panel

You will encounter fewer issues if you set the left side of the case against the wall, as the power and RGB light buttons will still be easy to press and the 3.5mm jacks will not prove problematic unless you are using exceedingly thick audio cables. Mounting the motherboard is easy, and the case is spacious enough to help with cable management; it’s not too difficult to connect important cables such as the sometimes-tricky CPU power cable.

Thermaltake Level 20 RS ARGB PSU mount

Thermaltake also opted to use a new power supply mounting system that I’ve been seeing with increasing regularity over the past year. However, it can make mounting add-on cards in high-end motherboards a hassle, putting the Level 20 at a disadvantage against slightly less flashy but considerably more affordable PC cases.
The Design: Glass Galore

Thermaltake designed this ATX mid-tower chassis with two 4mm thick tempered-glass windows, which make up by far the largest parts of the left and right side panels.

I’m quite fond of this mounting system, as it has many advantages. But I do hope Thermaltake switches the panels if it revises this case. Running between these two sections is an ARGB LED bar that gives you a touch more of that RGB bling some folks love so much.

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Thermaltake Level 20 RS ARGB
Michael Sexton
byMichael Sexton
May 01, 2020
Editor Rating: Good (3.0)

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Thermaltake Level 20 RS ARGB – Thermaltake Level 20 RS ARGB

Pros
Glass panels on both left and right sides
Color RGB LEDs
Twin 200mm ARGB fans up front
Easy-to-use power supply mounting system
Toolless storage mounting systems
Cons
Lack of space over PCIe mounting brackets can make it difficult to install add-on cards
Priced too high for a midrange case solution
Bottom Line
If your motherboard lacks an audio shroud, the Thermaltake Level 20 RS ARGB case should prove smooth sailing to build a blingy PC in. The same is also true for any fans you install into the three 120mm fan brackets attached to the top of the chassis.

Thermaltake Level 20 RS ARGB diagonal glass window

Focusing in a bit more on the top panel, Thermaltake opted to use an uncommon split front I/O configuration for the Level 20 RS ARGB. (Why else buy a case like this, after all?) As it stands, it’s not an exceptionally serious issue, and setting your system just slightly away from any walls will give you full use of both sides of the I/O panel, so I don’t plan to subtract points for this design choice. This is still true, if not worse, on cases with this new mounting system, but usually I find there is enough slack in the cables to slide the PSU back out without disconnecting any, after which you can just connect your additional modular cables and slip the supply back into its niche.

Building a system inside the Thermaltake Level 20 RS ARGB has its ups and downs, but depending on the hardware you select can be a painless experience. The tradeoff, however, is that most of the pretty lights from your system are best viewed from the left side.

The sad thing about this situation is that Thermaltake could have made these problems go away just by swapping the front I/O panels and setting the USB ports on the left side, the side you are much more likely to leave clear for visibillity. This challenge is nonexistent using the Level 20 RS ARGB mounting system.

In my experience, it also makes it easier to add extra cables to modular PSUs later down the line. You won’t get quite as good a view through the front or top panels, which are covered by mesh instead of glass, but will still get a fine view through the mesh of the large ARGB-lit fans mounted on the front of the case. But a vexing PCIe-slot mounting snag mars a chassis already awkwardly straddling the market’s midrange and high end.

Thermaltake’s Level 20 RS ARGB case ($149.99) is yet another entry into the long line of RGB LED chassis that have swarmed the DIY desktop market over the last several years. (The RGB stuff on the chassis works with motherboard control/sync software from Asus, Asrock, MSI, and Gigabyte.)

I have slightly mixed feelings about the split front I/O panel. It makes accessing the ports easy, but if you set the right side of the case against a wall, you will have at least some difficulty in getting at the USB ports. Trying to work cables in and connect them correctly to a PSU that’s already mounted is often difficult due to the limited space.

Focusing in a bit more on the top panel, Thermaltake opted to use an uncommon split front I/O configuration for the Level 20 RS ARGB. (The RGB stuff on the chassis works with motherboard control/sync software from Asus, Asrock, MSI, and Gigabyte.)
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Thermaltake Level 20 RS ARGB left front panel

I have slightly mixed feelings about the split front I/O panel. The other half of the front I/O panel is on the right side and consists of four USB Type-A ports, two of them USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0.
Pros
Glass panels on both left and right sides
Color RGB LEDs
Twin 200mm ARGB fans up front
Easy-to-use power supply mounting system
Toolless storage mounting systems
Cons
Lack of space over PCIe mounting brackets can make it difficult to install add-on cards
Priced too high for a midrange case solution
Bottom Line
If your motherboard lacks an audio shroud, the Thermaltake Level 20 RS ARGB case should prove smooth sailing to build a blingy PC in. Running between these two sections is an ARGB LED bar that gives you a touch more of that RGB bling some folks love so much. Half of the front I/O panel is on the left side of the case and holds the power button, hard drive LED, microphone and headphone jacks, and a button that can alter the LED lights. Half of the front I/O panel is on the left side of the case and holds the power button, hard drive LED, microphone and headphone jacks, and a button that can alter the LED lights. The other half of the front I/O panel is on the right side and consists of four USB Type-A ports, two of them USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0. That’s not to say the Level 20 RS ARGB doesn’t have its own charm, though—with a pair of preinstalled 200mm ARGB front fans and two glass side panels, this case gives you an excellent view of the light show your system will surely be. You won’t get quite as good a view through the front or top panels, which are covered by mesh instead of glass, but will still get a fine view through the mesh of the large ARGB-lit fans mounted on the front of the case. It makes accessing the ports easy, but if you set the right side of the case against a wall, you will have at least some difficulty in getting at the USB ports. (Why else buy a case like this, after all?) As it stands, it’s not an exceptionally serious issue, and setting your system just slightly away from any walls will give you full use of both sides of the I/O panel, so I don’t plan to subtract points for this design choice. The tradeoff, however, is that most of the pretty lights from your system are best viewed from the left side.

The sad thing about this situation is that Thermaltake could have made these problems go away just by swapping the front I/O panels and setting the USB ports on the left side, the side you are much more likely to leave clear for visibillity.

You will encounter fewer issues if you set the left side of the case against the wall, as the power and RGB light buttons will still be easy to press and the 3.5mm jacks will not prove problematic unless you are using exceedingly thick audio cables. After that, the unit slides in through the case from the rear and you simply remount the bracket. Thermaltake set the I/O panels back from the edge of the case a bit to help improve this situation, but long USB flash drives and devices such as external hard drives that use thick USB cables will still prove challenging to plug in without pulling the system away from the wall. Mounting the motherboard is easy, and the case is spacious enough to help with cable management; it’s not too difficult to connect important cables such as the sometimes-tricky CPU power cable. But I do hope Thermaltake switches the panels if it revises this case.
The Level 20 Building Experience

Thermaltake Level 20 RS ARGB inside main compartment

Building a system inside the Thermaltake Level 20 RS ARGB has its ups and downs, but depending on the hardware you select can be a painless experience. The same is also true for any fans you install into the three 120mm fan brackets attached to the top of the chassis. That’s not to say the Level 20 RS ARGB doesn’t have its own charm, though—with a pair of preinstalled 200mm ARGB front fans and two glass side panels, this case gives you an excellent view of the light show your system will surely be. When you insert the PSU into many cases, you are often left trying to hold the power supply in place with one hand while you work to screw in the unit with the other.

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