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Well I don't have anything built in it yet, but I must say I'm LOVING this M8! There are little things I don't like, but I'll get to those later. smile.gif It cost me a bundle, $750CDN with taxes and shipping, but it was money well spent!! Enough babble, onto the pics!

It has packing materials!


And wings!!


And rad mounts!


And accessories!


And space!


And more space!


But it looks small compared to this monster. How the hell am I ever going to mount this pig!


Not to mention these monsters!


The bottom Monsta was painful, as the caster mounting bolts interfered with it. I used an XSPC foam radiator gasket to assist.


Better shot of the interference on the opposite side.


All in all, I love it. If I had to make an suggestions to Case Labs, I would suggest the following:

1) the 360/120mm mounts on the bottom, motherboard side, have specific screw holes, where the top ones have slits, so you can alter the position of your rads slightly. I'd make them all slits, as those things offer flexibility that comes in handy!
2) I got the USB 3.0 ports with mine. I don't understand why, but all 4 are USB 3.0, so you have 2 cables coming from each pair of ports. Every motherboard I know only has ONE connection for those, so I'm going to have to leave one of them dangling and useless in the case. I would have preferred one pair of USB3 ports with motherboard cable, and the other 2 be USB2.0 headers, with a proper 2.0 motherboard connector. Sure would be nice to be able to use those 2 extra USB ports though! That's bugging the hell out of me!
3) Fix the interference with the caster bolts and bottom rad mounts. For this much cash, with a case this well designed, I feel like this is a minor oversight, but an oversight nonetheless.

All in all, Siskel and eBart give it two thumbs WAY up! thumb.gifthumb.gif
Edited by Bart - 5/22/13 at 4:47pm
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Thanks Bart! thumb.gif My ASUS board has two 3.0 headers, but I agree, it's not common - not yet anyway. We get those units from Silverstone and I'm not sure what they were thinking... They don't have a suitable "mixed" panel.

The M8 isn't really designed to mount radiators directly to the bottom of the case (top is ok) for the very reasons you cited. We recommend running a bank of fans underneath.

Happy building! biggrin.gif
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I never considered just mounting fans underneath. I am such a noob, DOH!!
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2) I got the USB 3.0 ports with mine. I don't understand why, but all 4 are USB 3.0, so you have 2 cables coming from each pair of ports. Every motherboard I know only has ONE connection for those, so I'm going to have to leave one of them dangling and useless in the case. I would have preferred one pair of USB3 ports with motherboard cable, and the other 2 be USB2.0 headers, with a proper 2.0 motherboard connector. Sure would be nice to be able to use those 2 extra USB ports though! That's bugging the hell out of me!

My Asrock board has two 3.0 headers.
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Rub it in guys, rub it in! biggrin.gif My poor Rampage IV Gene only has the one.
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glad you're enjoying the case. Been eyeing the m8 for a while now, just trying to justify the shipping costs which amount to over a 1/3 the value of the case. The shipping always gets you i guess.tongue.gif

by the way, what res do you have there? and whats the molex connector coming out of it?

looking at it again, it looks like a extra long aquacomputer res.
Edited by NAVY MAN - 5/23/13 at 11:12am
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glad you're enjoying the case. Been eyeing the m8 for a while now, just trying to justify the shipping costs which amount to over a 1/3 the value of the case. The shipping always gets you i guess.tongue.gif

by the way, what res do you have there? and whats the molex connector coming out of it?

looking at it again, it looks like a extra long aquacomputer res.
Correct sir, it's the 880ml Aqualis tube res. The molex connector is for the XSPC LEDs I plugged into it as a test.
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glad you're enjoying the case. Been eyeing the m8 for a while now, just trying to justify the shipping costs which amount to over a 1/3 the value of the case. The shipping always gets you i guess.tongue.gif

by the way, what res do you have there? and whats the molex connector coming out of it?

looking at it again, it looks like a extra long aquacomputer res.

a $400 case with $133 shipping in the USA ? your info says you're in MI

I don't think so. My ST10 cost $435 and cost $32 to ship to the midcoast = KS. That's less than 8% !!
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Yeah I'm Canadian, so the socialist Nazi government gets a premium. biggrin.gif I paid about $130 for shipping via FedEx.
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a $400 case with $133 shipping in the USA ? your info says you're in MI

I don't think so. My ST10 cost $435 and cost $32 to ship to the midcoast = KS. That's less than 8% !!

This is odd, when I first checked shipping - it was giving me an estimate of around 134$ with usps priority mail. I just rechecked and the pricing is a more reasonable 48$ with fedex ground. Weird that there was no fedex option when I initially checked.
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