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CaseLabs Merlin SM8 Full-Tower Customizable Chassis Review - The Build and Finished Product Continued

CaseLabs Merlin SM8 Full-Tower Customizable Chassis Review
One of the best engineered chassis designs on the market. Have a look at the Merlin SM8 from CaseLabs.
| Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 12, 2013 4:12 am
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: CaseLabs

The Build and Finished Product Continued

 

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You may have to get creative with the fittings as I did here to make all of the connections smooth, but with the reservoir just under this, you are going to want to have the barbs facing the back of the case to make life easy. Little things like this just make life so much easier for builders.

 

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In the back things certainly get more colorful, but there were no issues to discuss. The tray as well as the card, dust cover, and PSU all went in place as they should have and lined up very well.

 

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Behind the tray, I did have a couple of tricks to keep things clean. I used a fan power hub at the bottom to keep fan wiring simple, as well as needing a few 12V to 3-pin fan adapters at the top. I also was able to tuck some wiring under the SSD, and with the holes and tie points, you will be hard pressed to find a place that isn't ready for wiring here.

 

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Since they sent it along, and the fact that I went external with the triple radiator on the top, I went ahead and added the 120mm tall top panel onto the SM8 to cover it all up and look just as good as it did when we started. The XL window offers a great vies, and I didn't have to look at the side of my reservoir either.

 

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One last image of the SM8 before I power it up and see what this chassis is like with all of the equipment running.

 

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One thing this chassis lacks is a bit of case lighting, and I wish I had a few CCFL's to install to help show off the components inside. The anti-vandal switches illuminate, but not all that brightly. To be honest, the brightest light in the build is a tossup between the motherboard boot LEDs or the Swiftech logo on the side of the GPU.

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