*** Case orders have been temporarily suspended while we deal with our current backlog. We hope to reopen them soon. Accessory items are available to order. ***
* This case will arrive flat-packed (unassembled). If you are picking up the case locally you may request to have it assembled prior to pick up
* The Merlin Pedestal design allows them to be mounted on top of or underneath the case. They are stackable as well. When mounting above, the case will need to be taken apart.
Merlin SM8 Case Features:(click the links below for full desrciptions)
- All Aluminum Construction
- The Flex-Bay System
- The Accessory Mounting System
- Removable Motherboard Tray and Tech Station
- Quick Release Exterior
- Integrated Radiator Mounting
- Drop-in Top Radiator Mounting
- Drop-in Side Radiator Mounting (Pedestal Only)
- Mod Friendly Chassis
- Anti-Vandal LED Switches with Sleeved Cables
|Flex-Bays (5.25 bays)||11|
|Motherboard tray size (width x height)||10.75" x 12.5" (273mm x 318mm)|
|Native HDD Locations||2|
|Native SSD Locations||2|
|Total possible HDD locations with extra HDD cages (using additional mounts, purchased separately)||14|
|Total possible SSD locations with extra SSD mounts (using additional mounts, purchased separately)||30|
|PSU Mounting locations||2|
|Optional Front I/O Panel||Yes|
|Compatible Motherboard Form Factors|
|E-ATX (dual CPU)||-|
Exterior (width x depth x height)
(dimensions shown are for the case only. Rubber feet add .75’’ (19mm) to height, optional standard casters add 2.6’’ (67mm) and HD Casters add 3’’ (76mm))
|11.18" x 22.38" x 22.44" (284mm x 568mm x 570mm)|
|Maximum Radiator/Fan clearance above motherboard tray with standard height top cover||115mm|
|Maximum Radiator/Fan clearance below the motherboard tray||115mm|
|Cooling Tower Clearance (air cooler)||180mm|
Note: Exterior dimensions shown are for the case only. Rubber feet add .75’’ (19mm) to height, optional standard casters add 2.6’’ (67mm) and HD Casters add 3’’ (76mm)
** "E-ATX" motherboards such as the ASUS RAMPAGE V EXTREME will fit in this case. E-ATX motherboards such as the Supermicro H8DG6 will not fit in this case. Please cross reference the motherboard tray size with the motherboard dimensions from the manufacturer.
|Case Features and Included Accessories|
|All Aluminum construction||Yes|
|Accessory mounting System||Yes|
|Quick Release Exterior||Yes|
|Flex-Bay 5.25 Device Mounts - Standard (MAC-125)||4 sets|
|Integrated Radiator Mounting (beyond 120.1/140.1)||Yes (optional)|
|Drop-in Top Radiator Mounting||Yes (optional)|
|Slide out motherboard tray with tech station conversion kit||Yes|
|Anti-Vandal style power and reset switches with MDPC-X sleeved cables||Yes|
|Included PSU support mount||Yes|
|Compatible Radiator Sizes (may require additional mounts)|
|120.1 - 120.2 (120 - 240)||Yes|
|140.1 - 140.2 (140 - 280)||Yes|
|Shipping Format: Domestic|
|Shipping Format: International|
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Posted by henry on 9th Jun 2015
Could not compare with others.
Excellent case with plenty of room
Posted by Sven Bovin on 3rd Apr 2015
The Merlin SM8 is not a cheap case, but you do get an excellent case in return. One that you can customize to your hearts content.
Compared to other cases I've used, the interior is very spacious (to the point of me needing an extension cable for my 8pin motherboard power cable!) and there is plenty of room for cable management behind the motherboard tray. The removable motherboard tray makes installing your motherboard very easy: just install it out of the case, then slide in the tray. Even big air coolers fit through the motherboard tray opening in the back of the case: my be quiet! Dark Rock2 had quite a bit of clearance while sliding in the tray.
The flex bay mounting system makes it easy to install an optical drive. The hardest thing was figuring out there are actually left side and right side mounting rails. The drive lines up perfectly with the front of the case.
My only complaint (and a very minor one at that) is that when you use a µATX board (as I'm currently doing), the cables for front panel audio and especially the front panel switches are a tad on the short side for proper routing.
Exceptional quality and simple, yet stylish looks
Posted by Ilia Draznin on 30th Mar 2015
This is the last case you'll ever need to buy. I received the case "flat" (i.e. not assembled) and the packaging was excellent - you don't need to worry about any damage during shipping. The assembly instructions were clear and easy to follow and I enjoyed the entire process. The quality of all the pieces was excellent throughout - not a scratch, or a sharp edge, or a missed spot in sight.
The finished case looks great (if you want the minimalist look), feels extremely sturdy and has plenty of room inside for almost any water cooling setup you could imagine. There are plenty of grommet holes for cable routing, the flex-bay system is very convenient as it makes it extremely easy to rearrange your drives, front intake fans, front rad, or fan controller. I also particularly love the extra space at the back (behind the motherboard) - cable management is a breeze.
Finally, I do have one nitpick with CaseLabs - fan filters. Yes, I know they already technically addressed the issue, but I'll keep harping about it. I think they should reconsider adding fan filters as an add-on component. Fact is, it's very hard to find something that would work well, and look well, with the cases. The DEMCi filters are okay, but they're not perfect. If they were to do something themselves - something with the same high quality, and the look that matches the cases - that stuff would fly off the shelves.
Posted by Dan on 16th Mar 2015
The quality and design are without question faultless.
Theyve clearly thought about every single detail when designing this case and it really shows. just little things like how theve designed i/o so the cables enter cable management and never encroach inside the case.
I ordered this flat packed and everything was just so organised out of the box; beautifully labeled individual separate sealed bags in for me in order to build it myself.
Also, adding spare parts, but not just screws, spare closing mechanisms, its just really evident throughout that theyve spent the time to think of everything in order to deliver a great product.
Communication throughout my customized order process with these guys has been spot on. Im an international buyer and things could not have gone smoother.
There is nothing like it
Posted by Xerxes on 2nd Mar 2015
I have had many cases in my twenty + years in IT and I have never seen anything like this type of case for a home PC. It's the best I have ever had!
Very nice case
Posted by Eric schmidt on 9th Feb 2015
look's great. Hard to beleave this case is this big. This is my first new case in 16 years I'm usually more worried about actual mother boards, CPU and video than cases until lately with the bigger heat sinks and more heat from modern computers these days. So if you want superior quality and a water cooling friendly case, then just buy one of these.
Posted by cooper stahl on 31st Dec 2014
5 5 Stars Are Not Enough
Posted by Roger Moore on 29th Dec 2014
Design and quality are the finest of any case that I have seen. The Lexus of cases....and there is a large gap in quality between this case and all the rest.
Would give more stars if I could
Posted by sociopath on 14th Dec 2014
I read many reviews, looked through build threads and watched many videos before deciding to buy this case. The build quality is insane, options almost endless, expandability unrivaled and in my opinion a beautiful package.
If you want a top quality case, like the style and have the money to spend. Stop thinking about it and just buy the thing. It's not possible to go wrong with anything that has a Caselabs logo on it.
I don't have the room or the funds, but I already want another case just so I can build another PC that I don't need. Now that I think about it, I almost have enough parts to build another system....
Posted by Unknown on 12th Dec 2014
No one makes a better case. Seriously. No one.