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The SM8 is actually quite a bit smaller then the SMH10. The design mandate for the STH10/SMH10 was they they could accommodate HPTX boards and 560 radiators. There are very few cases that can do both. The SM8 will be an open compartment, partly because of the smaller amount of space available, but to also allow more flexibility in build layout (our mantra). Plus, it allows another cool feature - which I'll disclose later... wink.gif It is possible to "create" compartments by using horizontal accessory mounts and plate attachments.

I would have thought that it would still be capable of a similar layout with EATX and 480 rad support. As a big fan of the compartmentalized cases (may be slightly biased as an 800D owner, though..) and their cleaner look, I must admit a slight disappointment over that. Either way it will be interesting to see what this "cool feature" might be. Not sure about creating your own compartments, as I doubt it would look quite right.

After thinking about it a bit more, it might not be such a bad thing. It would allow for a lot more creativity and modding potential. Easier to personalize it and truly make it my own, which is kind of hard without really major work on your other cases.
Edited by TripleH2O - 8/4/12 at 10:14am
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I'm really excited for the compartmentalized structure, it would be unique to the MAtx market and exactly what the form factor needs. I anxiously await the first pics.
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I'm really excited for the compartmentalized structure, it would be unique to the MAtx market and exactly what the form factor needs. I anxiously await the first pics.

I may be misunderstanding you, but what he said is that the Merlin cases will not feature the compartmentalized structure. I'm with you on anxiously awaiting the first pics, though biggrin.gif
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It is possible to "create" compartments by using horizontal accessory mounts and plate attachments.

This type of compartmentalization, and not heat zone compartmentalization as the term is usually used. A bit of term ambiguity.
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Ah, that clears that right up, then redface.gif
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Hope you all had a great weekend. It's been a long one for me. but I can finally say that the top level design for Merlin (SM8) is done! biggrin.gif The feature set is locked. It was a bit of a struggle, but I got just about everything I wanted - I'm excited now biggrin.gif Prototyping will begin by the end of the week.thumb.gif
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Ooh, I certainly like the sound of that. Suppose they're ready to ship next week then, right..right....right?! tongue.gif Do you still think pics of the awesomeness are due about mid August? smile.gif
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I'm hoping we can get some pictures up by mid month - I want to see it as much as anyone wink.gif
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Oh heck yes!! Sounds like I'm gonna get some pics as a "back to school" present (14th) biggrin.gif
But that's just the SM8, so the smaller siblings will take some more time?
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I was about to order the STH10 this week, but now I may wait for the Merlin M8 Case. But do I even want to?

I have noted that smaller cases feel more sturdy, but then the Merlin uses thinner metal. So which in everyones opinion will feel the most sturdy?

Second, I was going to order dual 480 rads for my STH10 build, as they are on sale, but will I be able to use both of them in Merlin M8?

And third, will the looks change? or will it look about the same design wise. Still boxy looks? Still as wide? I'm guessing the pull off panels are going to go, too much for a smaller case, but less clips to break. I'd rather it feel like a solid block of case instead of panels that can be removed. I mean, will it be prettier? Will I be regretting the STH10 purchase?

I really like the room of the STH10, but I will only be using dual 480 rads and a EATX board. So on one hand I don't need the STH10, but the SMH10 is a tad too small for my planned dual 480 rads. I want at least dual 360 rads. And the rads need good airflow, same with mobo section, so I can't overcrowd a compartment and hope air can get there. Will Merlin magically fit things better than the SMH10, or should I just get the STH10 now?
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