Originally Posted by Case Labs
The 650D and SM8 are very different cases - it's sort of an apples vs. oranges kind of thing. They serve different audiences. A buyer for one is not likely to be seriously considering the other. The 650D may very well serve your needs, so for you, it might be the best decision- only you can make that call. BTW Amazon will be charging sales tax in the coming months
I get the extreme market you are designing the SM8 for, the guys that want that extra nth degree of performance and flexibility for those always wanting to tweak out just a little more thermal efficacy, run a higher o/c and either maintaining the same acoustic profile or lower it a few more decibels.
Think that is why I keep mentioning the 650D, not so much as competition, but for an improved solution for those already owning a 650D and wanting to push or improve their rigs even further toward that bleeding edge. My current set-up is a perfect example of that type of user, I have a new M5E mobo and 3770K CPU my temps are pretty good for a closed loop and noise is extremely low. Running a simple 4.2GHz/2133MHz o/c and could not be happier. BUT, if I want to run an even more responsive overclock on a regular basis, even a simple level up of 4.4GHz or 4.6 GHz, my low idle temps while working just fly out the window. The solution being a true water loop, but then my chassis will not accommodate the thickness of a radiator needed for low noise/low fan rpm/ low airflow thru the rad. For that I need a larger radiator, a thicker radiator with low FPI around 8 to 10. So from a 240mmX25mm H100 radiator to a 360mm or 480mmX63mm radiator I should be able to maintain or lower my current CPU thermals. Looking around, no other chassis can do this and look so amazing, something I want to have sitting on my desk while I work except the SM8. Expensive, yes, but so is a Ducati, and worth every penny as an upgrade from a 650D, at least to some bleeding edge users.
My current CPU idle temps below @4.2Ghz/2133Mhz Vcore 1.282, speed step and hyper-threading enabled. I hope to improve upon these with the SM8 while increasing the overclock.
The ten dollar ventilated Flex-Bay upgrade from the factory makes the SM8 an instabuy!