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Important Please Read:
* If the two tone option is selected, please specify which parts of the case are to be painted with each color. It is okay to specify the parts for one color with the assumption that the remaining parts are to be the other color.
* 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)
|Size:||22.44"H x 11.18"W x 22.38"D (570mm x 284mm x 568mm)*|
|Radiator Clearance (Top/Bottom)||114mm|
|Cable Clearance Behind The Motherboard||1.5'' (38mm)|
|Form Factor:||mATX, ATX, **E-ATX, SSI-CEB MB tray size; 12.38" x 10.75" (315mm x 273mm)|
|Flex-Bays (5.25" bays):||11|
|Native HDD (3.5'') Capcity:
||2 (14 using Optional MAC-102 HDD Cages)|
|Native SSD (2.5'') Capcity:||2 (30 using Optional MAC-102 HDD Cages and MAC-124 SSD mounts)|
|Maximum Radiator Sizes:||120.4(480) / 140.3(420)|
|Cooling Tower Clearance:||180mm|
|Weight:||20.5 lbs. (9.3kg)|
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 IV EXTREME, ASUS MAXIMUS V FORMULA/THUNDERFX and EVGA Z87 Classified will fit in this case. E-ATX motherboards such as the; Supermicro X7DAE will not fit in this case. Please cross reference the motherboard tray size with the motherboard dimensions from the manufacturer. If the dimensions of the motherboard are within the dimensions of the tray, it will fit.
Standard and Optional Case Features and Accessories:
|Standard Features and Options
|Top cover||Ventilated and Solid|| 31mm Ventilated and 120mm Ventilated
|Motherboard Side Door||Ventilated, Solid and Standard Window Gray or Clear||XL Window Gray or Clear|
|Cable Side Door||Ventilated (not the same ventilation as the MB door) and Solid||NA|
|Integrated top radiator/fan mount
120.4 (480), 140.3 (420) and Solid
|Drop-in top radiator/fan mount
||NA||120.4 (480) 140.3 (420)|
|Integrated bottom radiator/fan mount||120.4 (480), 140.3 (420) and Solid||NA|
|Rear Fan mount
|| 120mm Hex-Mesh and 120mm Fan Hole with 3x 40mm fan holes (40mm fan holes include a cover)
USB 2.0 / Friewire / Audio
USB 3.0 / HD Audio
||3 Triple bay cover and 2 Single Bay Covers - Solid||
3 Triple bay cover and 2 Single bay covers - Ventilated
|Flex-Bay 5.25 bay Mounts
|| 4 sets standard (MAC-125) no substitutions
|MISC Hardware||MB standoffs, Tie Wraps, Exterior Plugs and Grommets, Spare parts||NA|
|Case Color||Black or Primer Gray (Primer Gray is not a cosmetic Finish)|| White, Dark Gray or Two Tone
||Standard or Reverse||NA|
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Posted by B3L13V3R on 15th Mar 2014
People must think these review are from CASELABS employee and owner relatives. I mean, there is NO way that I could write a review without 5 starts for this case. I bought the Matte White / Black interior and WOW... just amazing quality. I almost had more fun assembling the case than I did the system.
It's perfect for custom water loops and there are so many configurations. For example I originally ordered the case as inverted (upside down mobo) and I really wanted that to work, but I just couldnt get past some of the challenges I had with my own gear. So I just flipped it to a traditional layout. I had no idea I could do that until I started looking at it and notices that everything was standard. PERFECT!! Because when I want to rebuild the system and upgrade/change out my rig, I have the option to flip the case again to inverted.... what other cases can do that??!!
I am SUPER stoked with this case... These cases are like thier own little system, an erector set with style and purpose!
Pre-sales service was phenomenal. I got answers on the same day, usually within hours. They had a question for me and it still didn't delay the order.
I only hope they never get too much bigger so that this boutique level of quality and service never gets watered down.
Posted by Unknown on 13th Mar 2014
Great build quality and lots of room and flexibility. I got the geezer paint job- black exterior. White interior ( as you get older, it is harder to see in low light conditions, particularly against a black background).
Posted by B3L13V3R on 26th Dec 2013
...that there is a better case in production from a quality standpoint. Now, many folks are not in love with the industrial look and feel of Caselabs, and I suspect that once they have the resources, they will blow us away with fancier case styles.
But even if they don't, they will a have a legacy UNMACHED by anyone in the case market.
Posted by Antony J on 30th Nov 2013
Caselabs SM8 is a fantastic case. Love the design. Easy to put together. You have many options with this case. For me I bought it specifically for watercooling. Getting that 60mm thick 480 in the top in push/pull sold me straight away. But also having the option with the 360 flex bay option was the icing on the cake. Great case, well worth the international shipping to Australia.
Posted by C. on 2nd Nov 2013
you'll forget about the price seconds after opening the box. every complaint I've had about other cases through the years seems to have been addressed here, specifically:
My only complaint would be the snap-in style top/front panel mounts, several of which were worn/damaged on arrival. they include half a dozen spares and are easily replaceable so its a non-issue for me.
I'd like to see caselab's take on hotswap or rail-type bay mounts as well, but I realize most people will be using rads in the front anyway, so thats probably just a pipedream.
Posted by lozano on 30th Oct 2013
with a case like merlin SM8 it offers a very good chassis, sufficient ventilation and quiet, lots of space and integrations that are more than interesting and above all possibilities. In short, a very good case!
Posted by JD on 23rd Oct 2013
As soon as you open the box you can tell this is it. And then, the more you work with it, the more you see the quality and thoughtful design not found in other cases. I got the white and finish is flawless. The way everything goes together and the versatility of how you arrange it is awesome. I've had several cases that were considered top of the line. This one costs a lot more but it's worth it. This was for a good horsepower, air-cooled build and the size vs. space is a perfect balance. The only ding I can come up with is one door latch that is looser than I would prefer but there were extras included and it's so minor that I haven't even bothered to try doing anything about it. Bottom line; you pay a lot but you get a lot and I consider it a worthwhile investment for quality, appearance, versatility and ease of access. I accidentally ordered the wrong top (so many options) and had to deal with customer service. Couldn't have been a better experience. I could have called but prefer email. Response was quick and all worked out great. Got RMA, returned the wrong part (my fault) and promptly had it exchanged for the right one and in my hands in no time. I started out a bit hesitant based on price but now that it's here and the build is done, I would do it all again. This is probably the last case I buy and no reason to expect that I will ever need another. Has the space and layout options to do whatever I may want to do with it.
Posted by Matthew on 20th Sep 2013
I'm in the middle of building my 1rst water cooled computer (i've been building my own computers for about 15 years) and i was looking to get a case that would have the space to fit rads (1 240x120x60 and 1 360x120x80) and a pump/res that would'nt look too crowded inside. It took me a good while to find what i was looking for. I 1rst heard about CaseLabs by watching the Tiny Tom Logan review of the Magnum M8 case. After watching a couple more vids by him i got to watch the Merlin SM8 review. My search ended there.
I've been a welder/assembler for the past 12 years (specialized in aluminium and stainless steel) so i know about bending,precision and water/laser cutting. The manufacturing quality of the pieces are top notch and because of that its a breeze to put together.
I'd say that this case (and most CaseLabs cases if not all) are not meant for the "average" user, but for the enthusiast customer market its as good as it gets. You're not bothered with half empty drive bays (at best) and the way the hdd/ssd's are setup, it free's alot of space. For anyone looking to get a unique well built case with the space and configurability to do either air or water cooling, this is the case for you!
Only thing i'd change/do would be an optional removable screen filter to help with dust and put a note in the manual to install the hdd drives flush with the top of the mounts before bolting them in the case to have space to plug in the sata power connectors. The ssd's can be plugged in without any problem.
Also, i live in Canada and i've received this case in about 5 work days (if even that). Each piece are individually wrapped in thick plastic so there's little to no chance of scratching (from the shipping/handling anyways).
Not a cheap case but worth every penny!
Posted by Unknown on 14th Sep 2013
Well thought-out design, with no significant weaknesses that I have found.
One good feature -- the case is wider than usual, so the motherboard tray can be tall enough for a 140mm CPU cooler.
Posted by Unknown on 11th Aug 2013
It is pretty impressive. Now..I realize this is said quite often, specially if you see reviews both here and in OCN, but truly, its quite spectacular when you see / feel / work with it in person. It screams quality craftsmanship, and totally worthee of the price tag.
Be forwarned, 7 business days DOES feel like a long time to wait, but it is well worth it. Once it gets to your doorstep it validates the expense.
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