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**, 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)|
* Rubber feet add .75" (19mm) to height, optional casters add 2.63" (67mm).
** "E-ATX" motherboards such as the; ASUS RAMPAGE IV EXTREME, ASUS MAXIMUS V FORMULA/THUNDERFX and EVGA Z87 Classified will fit in this case. Please cross reference the motherboard tray size with the motherboard dimensions from the manufacturer.
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 Matte, White Matte and Primer Gray (Primer Gray is not a cosmetic Finish)|| Two Tone
||Standard or Reverse|
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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.
Posted by Unknown on 24th Jul 2013
I ordered mine flat-packed for international shipping. Everything came well protected each in their own high quality plastic bag. Each component group was labelled and well organised. With no prior experience I put this case together in about 45 minutes with nothing but a philips screw driver. I did not have to strong-arm any parts in place, everything fit together perfectly.
Ordering and shipping was exceptional fast; the staff at Caselabs was amazing. I will definitely continue to use these cases from now on!
Posted by Unknown on 20th Jun 2013
Overall the case is very nice but I feel it quickly becomes very overpriced when you have to add on the accessories that's standard in most cases. Not sure why fan mounts for the front aren't included in price of the case since mounting at least one fan on the front is pretty standard nowadays.
Another issue I've been having is both doors sticking when trying to open them. I literally have to use both hands and pull as hard as I can to get the door to open. Kinda disappointing considering how much this case costs.
Other then those few things the case is great. It's very easy to work in and looks amazing. It can accommodate a ton of stuff but it hurts the wallet doing so.
(There is a simple adjustment that can be done to reduce the tension on the door clips. Please contact us at CS@CaseLabs.net for more information - thanks!)
Posted by Christopher C. Simon on 9th Jun 2013
The SM8 is the most modular aluminum case I have owned. Excelling in ingenuity, craftsmanship, workability,durabily, aesthetics, & finish. This is a well polished unit with very little room for improvement. Quality control is definitely a priority at Case Labs.
Keep up the great work!
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