When selecting a two tone color scheme;
In the order comments please specify which parts of the case are to be which color.
Doors: black Flex-Bay covers: white PCI covers: black
Chassis: white Front cover: black Switch plate: white
Motherboard tray: white Top cover: black
Aluminum Construction: The case is made using heavy gauge all aluminum construction. Unlike some imports using thin aluminum (.040” - 1mm), our cases are made from .090” (2.3mm) for the frame and .063” (1.6mm) for the doors and covers for a case that can stand up to the rigors of large scale water cooling and frequent system tear-downs. Aluminum is much lighter than steel, dissipates heat better, and is easier to mod.
Quick Access: The doors and covers can be removed in seconds to facilitate access and minimize the chance of damaging exterior panels during a build. The doors are on hinges that allow them to easily swing out of the way for quick adjustments. The front and top covers snap on and off – no screws to slow you down or get lost. The “cover over frame” design allows the frame to be modified as needed without affecting the appearance of the completed build.
Slide-Out Motherboard Tray: The entire motherboard tray easily slides out and can be converted into a free standing tech station (with the included parts). Your build can be completely assembled and tested on a table top. No more working inside a cramped case trying to get everything in place. The tray is held in place with four self-retaining thumb screws – nothing to get lost. How many times has a screw rolled off the edge of your desk, never to be seen again?
Reversible: The SM8 can be reversed so the motherboard can be on the right or left hand side of the case, so if your needs change, the case will adapt to the new setting.
Mod Friendly: The SM8 was designed for modders. The case is screwed to together so it can be completely broken down. Each case component will available separately, so feel free to cut, drill and mod without fear of “destroying” the case.
Flex-Bay System: Almost every case on the market today has a fixed structure at the front of the case - maybe four or five 5.25" bays on top, a 3.5" bay below that and HDD cages below that. What if that layout doesn't work for you? We've all seen people who have had to mod their cases (sometimes irreversibly) to fit things like radiators. With our Flex-Bay System, you can design that superstructure to be anything you need, and put things wherever you want and change it as often as you like, within minutes. In that respect, you become the case designer. We have a wide array of Flex-Bay adapters and mounts, so you have complete freedom to design it just the way you need it. click here for pictures and more information on The Flex-Bay System
Accessory Mounting System: If you ever wished that you could put a fan in a particular spot or needed a surface to mount something to, our Accessory Mounting System will make your life much easier. By using the holes around the perimeter of the case, or by using vertical or horizontal accessory mounts, you can place fans, reservoirs, pumps, and more, exactly where you want them (maybe just a flat plate to cover up messy cables). We have a wide variety of plates and fan mounts for almost every need. click here for more pictures and information on The Accessory Mounting System
Drop-in/Side Radiator Mounts: If you have ever mounted a push-pull 480 radiator inside a case, you know what a pain it can be. Our optional drop-in and side mounts (pedestal) let you assemble the whole thing on your desktop and install it as a single assembly into your case.
Size: 22.44"H x 11.18"W x 22.38"D (570mm x 284mm x 568mm)
Form Factor: mATX, ATX, SSI-CEB to 12.38" x 10.75" (315mm x 273mm)
Expansion Slots: 8
Flex-Bays (5.25" bays): 11
Native Drive Support (without using 5.25" bays): [14 using Optional MAC-102 HDD Cages]
Maximum Radiator: 120.4 (480)/140.3 (420)
Radiator Clearance (Top/Bottom): 114mm
Cable Management Clearance: 1.5" (38mm)
Cooling Tower Clearance: 180mm
PSU Mounts: 2
Weight: 20.5 lbs. (9.3kg)
Note: Sizes shown are for the case only. Rubber feet add .75" (19mm) to height, optional casters add 2.63" (67mm).
Please allow 3-5 business days for order processing.
Accessories for the Merlin SM8:
MAC-293 Vertical/Horizontal Accessory Mount: $12.95
MAC-290 Pedestal Assembly (with 3 Flex-Bays in front): $159.95 *
MAC-291 120.4 (480) Radiator Side Mount: $19.95 (Pedestal Only)
MAC-292 140.3 (420) Radiator Side Mount: $19.95 (Pedestal Only)
MAC-288 120.4 (480) Radiator Top Mount (Requires Drop-In Option): $19.95
MAC-289 140.3 (420) Radiator Top Mount (Requires Drop-In Option): $19.95
MAC-xxx HDD Expansion Mount for the Pedestal (12 drives): $39.95 [Late December Availability]
MAC-xxx 140.2 (280) Radiator Flex-Mount: $39.95 [January Availability]
MAC-xxx 140.3 (420) Radiator Flex-Mount: $49.95 [January Availability]
* Note: New Pedestal design allows them to be mounted on top of or underneath the case. They are stackable as well.
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Posted by Ben on 21st May 2013
The best case I've ever owned. Extremely well thought through and of the highest quality. A fantastic housing for my high end water cooling setup. I had a defective reset switch, was handled and replaced very promptly so a positive if reflective of a commitment to customer satisfaction. Expensive but you do get what you pay for here.
Posted by Unknown on 13th May 2013
First time buying this case and it will be what I use from now on. The case is well done from top to bottom. Lot's of work went in to this and you can tell. Thank you very much
Posted by Rich on 3rd May 2013
Brought the SM8 for my first foray into WC-ing; initial impressions exceeded my expectations, build quality is excellent and its innate flexibility is what every decent case should strive for. Its a joy to work on, the removable doors and the fact you can flat pack it and back again with no more than a screw driver is amazing. Its not the cheapest case (especially shipped to Europe) but you get what you pay for some times :)
FedEx managed to damage both doors and the centre divider in transit to the UK but Jim and the chaps @ CL have been fantastic with getting replacements on their way, cant fault their customer service
Posted by Ryan V on 22nd Apr 2013
I have owned this Merlin SM8 case for 3-4 months and am pleased with its build quality and component flexibility. The case sides, top etc are lighter and more flexible than I had imagined. This makes drilling and tapping easier, and thread stripping too. Just use care. This does not interfere with the usability and function of the case, it is adequately strong. Everything "fits" together well and the provided hardware is good quality.
There is obviously lots of room for different water-cooling scenarios.
My only "wish list" item for this case would be compatibility for larger motherboards. There is plenty of space in the case, but the slide out motherboard tray would definitely interfere. I would gladly give up this feature to be able to put in a HPTX motherboard. (conversion kit???)
If you have experience with enterprise grade equipment then you will have some expectation of how this case is put together. This is what a case should be. You spend thousands on components, don't scrimp on the case!
Posted by Michael Frisone on 19th Apr 2013
It's next to impossible to list everything this case does right.
The finish is beautiful and its simple, streamlined look is a welcome change in a market where many cases rely on sharp angles and LED-lit fans to stand out. The SM8 stands out on its own without any gimmicks.
The inside of this case is downright cavernous. It'll easily fit all but the most extreme water-cooling set-ups. The flex bays are also a stroke of genius with their ability to swap parts in and out without any problem.
I also love how you can easily take the case apart with nothing more than a screwdriver in no time. The side panels pop off and everything else is easily removed with a Philips screwdriver. Being able to convert the sliding motherboard tray into a test bench is a great feature.
The cable management options are very good. Having worked in a variety of cases over the years I always appreciate a case that has many cutouts to work with and the SM8 certainly has that.
Yes, it's a pretty expensive case, but as many others before me have stated, it's absolutely worth it. This could very well be the last computer case you'll ever have to buy. I can't recommend it enough.
Posted by Mike Coopman on 7th Apr 2013
Where to start.
First up, the finish on this is second to none. Perfectly finished panels with a good paint coat. The easy of assembly and disassembly. All bolts are equal lenght.
Its not the biggest case in the segment but its certainly one of the widest and most versatile.
You can easily fit a monsta 360 rad in the front in push/pull config and still have room to fit a full pump station and res. And still have room left.
You could fit a 480 60mm thick rad also in push/pull in the bottom OR top. A monsta rad in push or pull would be doable, but not in push/pull. For that you will need to order the Extension top panel OR pedestal.
The removable motherboard tray is such a welcomed feature. It can be used as a standalone Tech station, and its a dream to work with when installing the Mobo and blocks/tech on it. Its simply slides out and back in. Flawless.
Its good to note that the USB headers are finally Fixed, you cant missplace them anymore on the mobo (Thats a good thing).
Every panel is removable. The top, front and side panels are tooless removed. For the inside panels you need a Star-screwdriver. Easy
You can if you want, invert the case, so that the motherboard is viewed from the Right side instead of left. its a 20-30 min work OR you could order it like that. Cpu will then be below the GPU's (nice feature)
The HDD's and SDD's are mounted at the back of the Motherboard tray holder. Wich leaves all the room in the front to fit your best Watercooling equipment you can put in it.
The cable management holes in the case are plenty and well shielded. Very thick edge protectors on it. The cable management at the back of the Motherboard tray holder is good allthou i would opt for more Ziptie threads on the actual Mobo tray. Buts thats nitpicking.
That leaves the price. especially for people who live in the EU or anywhere but the US.
Let me tell you that the Native cost for the case is justified, you get what you pay for. A top of the line full aluminium Purpose build case, Dont settle for less. get this one you wont be dissapointed. The cost that comes with shipping and VAT(Local costums) are what drive up the total cost immensly. Before ordering Check with your countries % based VAT to calculate.
If your looking for a fulltower Purpose build case? Look no further.
Posted by James Carpenter on 28th Mar 2013
You just can't understand the build quality of these cases until you get your hands on one. The materials are top notch, the design was extremely well thought out. Having the doors on hinges is extremely handy too. The fact that the entire case is held together with screws and you can get replacement pieces for all of it means it's a modder's dream come true. If I had anything to complain about it would be all the choices on options you have. They have so many add ons that you can spend days just trying to figure out how you want to customize your case. Their service is also top shelf. They reply to emails promptly and are happy to answer any questions you have. I can't recommend their cases enough.
Posted by Andre on 24th Feb 2013
Compared to other cases its a 5 star case but I cannot give 5 stars because it has one issue that is a problem for me.
Pros: Very high quality, solid and sturdy, good engineering and quality manufacturing. The specs are tight and everything fits perfectly. The look is great. There is lots of room for any components or cooling system you want. I really like the modularity of the case and the ability to put things where you want them. Finally a company that does not make you have 15 3.5" bays. I'm exaggerating but you know what I mean if you buy any of the "main stream" brands.
Con: The case if very wide, but in my opinion they needs to take a 1/2" from the components side and add it to the back where the wiring is hidden. Although is is roomier than most other cases, I think there is more that enough extra space to add the 1/2". I had problems closing the back one all the wiring was in place.
Posted by Jason on 24th Feb 2013
The case is beautiful, both in construction and aesthetics. There is nothing on the market to compare to caselabs, the smile that crept onto my face when i opened the box made my wife jealous. Only thing i would change is slightly taller feet to give the case more lift for a bottom mounted radiator.
Posted by Andrew Bateman on 22nd Feb 2013
Expensive, but it sure is one hell of an investment. Went together in a breeze and was satisfying to build. Defiantly built to last and last it shall.
The boffins at CaseLabs know what they are doing, no plastic or stupid curves...this is how a performance case is meant to be made.
I live in the UK and was very easy to purchase, top marks on customer service. Received well packed with all parts labeled up. This company is certainly going places.
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