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Curious to see that SM5, are all of the merlin cases scheduled for prototyping mid month, or is it only the SM8? And can you spill the guts on whether the SM5 is a tower or cube design? smile.gif
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I guess I'll wait ugh.
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The Magnum STH10 and the Merlin SM8 cases are vastly different. The STH10 has heavier construction and can easily handle multiple 480's. The SM8 will handle one 480 plus a 240/360 and a large PSU. Others can join in, but I think the consensus is that the STH10 is quite "solid".
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what size boards will the SM8 be able to take, I know that the HPTX is reserved for the Magnum series. But will the SM8 be able to take EATX?
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Technically, the SM8 "officially" supports boards up to 12.00" x 10.75" which fits about 99% of the "EATX" motherboards. Because of the way the MB is mounted in the SM8, it is possible to get a true EATX (12" x 13") if you're willing to let the board hang over the mounting plate.
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Merlin Update:

SM5 Specs (subject to change):

Approx Size: 19.04"H x 11.18"W x 18.92"D (484mm x 284mm x 481mm)

Form Factor: mATX

No of Flex-Bays (5.25" bays) : 10

Native drive support (without using 5.25" bays):

2 HDD (3.50") 2 SSD's may be mounted in each

Max Radiator: 120.3

PSU Mounts: 2

SM8 Specs (subject to change):

Approx Size: 22.44"H x 11.18"W x 22.38"D (570mm x 284mm x 568mm)

Form Factor: ATX/EATX (12.00" x 10.75")

No of Flex-Bays (5.25" bays) : 11

Native drive support (without using 5.25" bays):

2 HDD (3.50")
2 SSD (2.50")

Max Radiator: 120.4

PSU Mounts: 2


ST10 Specs (subject to change):

Approx Size: 28.44"H x 11.18"W x 22.38"D (722mm x 284mm x 481mm)

Form Factor: XL-ATX

No of Flex-Bays (5.25" bays) : 15

Native drive support (without using 5.25" bays):

2 HDD (3.50")
2 SSD (2.50")

Max Radiator: 120.4

PSU Mounts: 2
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Hmmm, I'm going to guess that I will like the STH10 more. I like heavy thick metal, I want the room for two big rads, and I like the blank areas for art and mods. I paint with acrylics.

But then I get the sense that the Merlin is special. I could see some special features just swaying me away from the STH10. So conflicted.

Question, I am a noob at modding, buying my first dremel and water cooling my first rig. I have build plenty of air cooled systems though. I want a USA company that is willing to offer me replacement panels separately should I mess it the hell up. I don't want to buy an expensive case like a Lian Li only to find that repalcement parts from the factory is like pulling teeth. Are you that company? Can I count on replacement parts?

Question 2.0, if I get the primer grey, can I just paint and clear coat with standard art acrylics? That would be bad ass. I want to paint the entire case with a mural. Will the Merlin be offered in primer grey? Can I paint on black, so it will look nice until I do? I mean what is the advantage for primer grey. To be honest, even after years of art college in the 90s, I never painted on anything but bristol board and canvas and such. I can't really remember using primer, but I would see it in the store all the time. Most likely cus I never painted on metal, but I know some art guys do in fact buy metal sheets, prime it up, and paint away.

Question 3.0, What pics are you expecting by mid Aug? Only the M8 or the ST10 too? I don't want to lose the 120.4 rads, so no M5 for me.

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All of the parts in our cases are available separately - they wouldn't be very "mod friendly" if they weren't smile.gif Merlin will be available in the same colors as the Magnum cases. The primer finish is pretty nonreactive to other paints/finishes, so painting over it should not be a problem. The biggest advantage Merlin has over the STH10 is that it's smaller (a big deal for a lot of people) and it will cost less (pricing hasn't been announced yet).
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So if one were to paint art acrylics over it, black would be a bad choice? I kind of want my cake and eat it too, but it sounds like the primer grey is the one to get for my project.
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The black (and white) has a texture finish that may not be what you want. The primer is smooth and will not show through the upper coat.
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