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*This Case is shipped Flat-Packed as default for all International Orders. If you would like the case shipped Fully Assembled, please contact CS@caselabs.net for a Shipping Quote.
* 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.
* We have TEMPORARILY discontinued the White, Gunmetal, Primer and Two Tone case colors as of July 1, 2015. Custom case colors, as in "custom powder coating", will also continue to be temporally suspended. It is with every intention to bring these colors back, but we do not have an ETA at this time. Of course accessories and replacement parts will still be available for ordering throughout this time
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
|Base Price (US Dollars)||$399.95|
|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|
|Fully Assembled||upon request|
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Simply a work of art.
Posted by Nick Cole on 25th Aug 2015
As a Machinist of 20 plus years, it's obvious the engineering and craftsmanship that is applied to these cases. Tight joints, flawless cosmetic detailing and the powder coat is one of the best I've seen.
Started the X99 build last weekend and hope to post some pics when complete.
Little long on the lead time but I understand over booked production and can sympathize.
Great job guys!!!
It's been worth the wait.
Posted by Eric on 24th Jul 2015
After waiting about two to three months for my case to FINALLY arrive, I was quite impressed with the case overall. However, there are some issues I feel that really do need to be addressed. For buying a customized case on the market two to three months waiting time can be debatable not only to mention the fact I received an email saying it was delayed another two weeks because of orders. I'm not sure how big of a company CaseLabs is but my personal advice for the drastically large waiting time is to have another area for coating and adding paint considdering this. I also feel that this could even help sell more of these amazing cases if this idea would help move orders at a higher/faster pace due to the "breathing and production room" I really do believe that waiting that much time is just flat out ridiculous. This is not to say that I am not pleased with the case, I will get to it's amazing qualities later. One other very very important issue for me was that my case's motherboard stand off holes were NOT drilled well enough and has a strange fit in the back and almost to the point where it is barely even fit-able properly. Keep in mind and note that CaseLabs did and does offer the option to return the case and or case parts that are defective. However after so much waiting time, I decided to just live with it for now. Maybe in the future if it's bothering me that much then I will continue from there but for now it's okay. Another issue I had was the retention clips on my cable sided door. The case arrived to me built luckily. After further preparations for my build, the door took a drastic amount of force to open. Infact, I literally had to use the end of a hammer and a cloth in hopes of not damaging it during opening the door. These clips were not calibrated or configured to an acceptable tension at all. Even with a hammer and cloth, this took a drastic amount of force just to open. My door actually has a noticeable bend because of trying to open it. This issue needs a look at and a good fix. I can see that this would be a factory issue as not all of the clips can be pushed out properly or the fact that it can be left up to the user, but please keep this incident in mind. And last but not least the native storage mounting. This however can be debatable for some users. Mounting and placing my SSD in the case was actually not bad at all, infact I did not have any issues here so good work. However, the hard drive mounting was another story. In my opinion, not very good design and personally I know CaseLabs can do so much better than this. When I mounted my SSD everything went smooth. The hard drive though was just flat out annoying considering the spacing. Cosmetically, these storage options top and bottom mount are great looking. But after getting into it, it became alot of work. The SSDs felt secure in the position they were in, the hard drives however in order to make sure they had the same feel as the SSDs, I ended up taking apart the entire case just for the secure feel. They did include anti vibration mounts, but in order to get the real feel of being secure the mounting access is not something I would approve of and I ask CaseLabs to design something a bit more friendly please. After having this much time you would figure this would be absolutely over powering and even something you could barely dream of, for this I am actually a bit disappointed because of these specified issues. Now for the fun and absolutely perfect grade A+ and infinite more positive comments/opinions! Where do I even begin with something so magnificent?! This case's ability to be so modular is outstanding! This is extremely modder friendly! This case comes apart in all of the right areas so if modders mess up either drilling a hole or just flat out mess up to a point where it's an eye sore, you can easily replace that component without any worries! This also means that you can take individual parts of the case to work on more easily. Something most general case manufacturers miss out on and you would generally have to end up being insanely careful or even having to buy an entire new case. Next up, the paint/coating job. Excellent choice for me was white, although I did have the original idea for going with black, but I can only review my color as that's what my case came with. Extremely satisfying that this finish/coating/work is not a fingerprint magnet even in white! I'm so happy that it's not some kind of plastic gloss weak garbage. This thing reminds me of a fortress a bit because of how... how... honestly I'm running out of words to compliment this kind of work! This isn't some kind of wiggling loose paper structure either. The extra mile/effort for the amount screw holes in the right places to make it that much more sturdy is VERY noticeable and very impressive as well as satisfying to know that this type of work is serious business and should be treated with massive compliments and respect. The list goes on and on even more, the idea to be able to take out the motherboard as a temporary test bench or just to have a look or whatever the user needs to do is good work for those types of people out there. What makes this even better for these types of people is that this method is also very friendly as well. The four screws to secure and release the motherboard tray are spring loaded so you will never have to worry about having those times where you just drop something small then have to find it in the carpet for the next hour. They even go into those small little pieces of detail like that to make the user feel and remember what they bought. It's not every often you can see these kinds of brilliant features all in one place. Very well done in this spot. Oh wait there's even more, for those that want to have a reverse build, it has that too. Not exactly the easiest thing to change, but then again, I don't know very many people at all that do reverse builds where the build is in a "left handed" or "upside down" structure. It's good to know that they offer this for those that need it. Onto Cable management holes, I really don't know what to say. Even if you are filling your system up to the absolute top, these holes are the perfect routes in the right places and everything fits perfectly. Onto front bay, something is just itching to tell me that they can do better with cosmetics and design, but it is outstanding as it is. Probably should have the option to choose whether people want a reset switch or not at the front. But the hard drive activity light fits well here so maybe just have the option to just have the light instead? Either way no big deal. One major thing that I do love about the front idea and design is that it's not just a littering of optical bays. This is also by far one of the most exciting features for me and what else this ties into and is explained later. They were able to successfully get rid of permanent optical bay structure and still provide the solid case structure feel. Most cases usually have the optical bays for structure because the front is just too weak with design. Not to mention these types of things always get in the way of a build especially liquid cooling. CaseLabs was able to conquer this issue entirely and I give them much satisfaction feedback because of this. This absolutely brilliant and ties in with the modular ability well making it even more impressive than it already is. Top of the case, not much to say here. I chose a completely solid top and I have the option to mod that piece later if I want to through in exhaust of cooling of some sort. Thank you for offering this as an option. Same goes for the bottom of the case. On the topic of the bottom of the case however though, I would like to see better options for case feet. If people are to have their power supplies as bottom intake, these feet should be improved quite a bit. And the final panels, the doors. I have seen a bit of hatred towards the door mechanisms, but for me? Honestly being able to take off the door anytime you want the right way, and the fact that it's not some bad panel that just slides in with bad locking screws to make sure it's tight with clamping that you would see on other cases. I love the doors because of the hinges design. When you need to really get into working without taking the case or even the full project apart, you can take the door/doors off easily. Closing the doors was very easy too and not a fuss like other cases that don't have the door like idea. I'm very happy they chose this type of design. On the note of the doors however though, I would be very interested in seeing some kind of other solution than a plastic grip. I'm actually a bit shocked this hasn't been looked at itself and I know there's better solutions out there. Maybe just give it a bit more satisfaction and easier mechanism. And a few notes for the case. This thing is the size of a mini fridge haha, some people say that's good some people say that's bad. It's just noteworthy for buyers. Keep in mind that this was larger than I was expecting, CaseLabs also offers different cases to meet your expectations regardless of the matter even if this isn't your type to work with. For me this case is a bit large for me and if I need to get a different size case in the future I will be choosing something smaller. But I do love how friendly this case is to work with, this probably due to how much space there is. Quite simply overall, I am very glad that I chose CaseLabs. For all of these positive reasons, if I ever need to buy a case again, I'm going with CaseLabs.
[CaseLabs: Thank you for your review Eric. If you are experiencing any difficulty with any parts in the case, please contact our customer service at CS@CaseLabs.net and they will make certain it is corrected.]
Best Case Purchase..Ever
Posted by Warren on 11th Jul 2015
I'd done the research and knew what CaseLabs had to offer but it didn't prepare me for the quality of their workmanship until I opened that box. Even the packing itself must have taken a long time. Case is now built and I'll recommend them to anyone tired of the usual quality us enthusiasts have to put up with.
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
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