First I want to thank the Case Labs team for supplying a BH8 to Overclock.net for reviewing. We really appreciate the opportunity!
From the product specs, we can see straight away this case was planned from the ground up and aims to please watercoolers, while keeping a compact footprint. It's the same volume as the In Win 805, but in a cube, which makes it feel much smaller! This case from specifications, could accomodate up to four double radiators, but realistically, three would be easier and two would be minimum. Total GPU lenght of 357mm without a front fan and 332mm with a fan, makes sure you can put ALL the GPUs in this case.
As far as the packaging goes, Case Labs nails this, from the Case Labs tape, to the 10 mil polyethylene bags, you're sure to get the Case Labs smell. The windows keep their paper film to protect the plexi. Bags of all included hardware is identified and well packaged too.
The front of the case has ventilation for the front fan mount from the chosen configuration (120.2 or 140.2). I opted for the 140.2 to see how far I can push this case with a build. The front features two USB 3.0 ports, HD audio and an illuminated LED power switch.
Also, to the right of the I/O ports, we can find a sole 5.25" bay, this will be great for fan and pump controllers like the Aquero. We can see the Case Labs badge on the top right hand corner, blends well with the case.
SFrom the rear, we see a 120mm fan spot, I wish it would've been 120/140, but it should still fit all users. The top of the expansion slots are ventilated, which will exhaust hot GPU air pushed by the front fans. The bottom features room for two 80mm fans for added storage ventilation. The PSU can be mounted in both positions, which should please all users. 8 expansion slots can be found, this means, if you want to put four full sized GPUs in this case, you can (render box anyone?).
Interior, Drop-ins and Motherboard Tray
I choose the option of have two drop in mounts, even though my configuration has a top plexi. This is just to show the versatility of the case. Both mounts are reversible, they're made to accomodate two 120mm or 140mm fans, offset from the front of back, to be able to accept radiators too. I also choose the SSI EEB motherboard tray to see what kind of options it offers for such boards. The tray though, does neatly accept smaller EATX or ATX boards and has passthroughs for them. The tray has two top and bottom cutouts for various cables.
Bottom of the Case
The bottom portion of the case with its factory configuration, has room for two 2.5"
drives and three 3.5" drives. The from power switch is sleeved with MDPC-X premium sleeving and has black cables to stay out of sight. The 3.5" rack sits on a grill that can accept two 120mm fans, or a 240mm radiator if one choses not to use that racking.
Content, feet and screws!
The case feet are small bumper style rubber feet that attach to the under side of the case. If one gets creative, he could even mount them elsewhere for a different configuration.
(wait, what?) As for the rest of the content, as stated at the beginning, it'S all in seperate bags, sorted per screw type or hardware set. They also include long and short 5.25" drive brackets for either longer 5.25" devices like DVD drives or shorter like fan controllers.
For a MSRP of $249.95 USD, this case is a definite buy if you're looking into the cube, compact and high end cases. It checks all the boxes, all of them, on top of that, you get top of line customer service.
This case is an easy 5/5 stars.
Be sure to check back here soon for my build in this case.