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First I want to thank the Case Labs team for supplying a BH8 to Overclock.net for reviewing. We really appreciate the opportunity!



Product Specifications



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.

Packaging






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.

Exterior Front





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.


Exterior Rear




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.


Conclusion

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.


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Save your money and get the: Thermaltake CA-1D5-00S1WN-00 Black SPCC Micro ATX Computer Case Standard PS2 PSU (optional) Power Supply only $65.00
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2F84EA2140



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Save your money and get the: Thermaltake CA-1D5-00S1WN-00 Black SPCC Micro ATX Computer Case Standard PS2 PSU (optional) Power Supply only $65.00
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2F84EA2140




Bh8 supports bigger mobo and up to 4x240 rads.

Quality compared to thermaltake is astronomical
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Nice review, I'm on the fence about getting rid of my S8S for this case. I just like the overall shape and height of this case. I might just throw my case on the marketplace and see if anyone with a BH8 wants to do a straight up trade case for case.
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Originally Posted by CasperGS View Post

Save your money and get the: Thermaltake CA-1D5-00S1WN-00 Black SPCC Micro ATX Computer Case Standard PS2 PSU (optional) Power Supply only $65.00
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2F84EA2140




That's like telling someone in the market for a Bentley to buy a Honda because it's a quarter of the price and can still fit 4 people.

I'm waiting for some hardware to make the build so stay tuned smile.gif
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Looks good, I always enjoy a cube case. But I'm reminded over and over again of the Cooler Master HAF XB. The only real differences between the two are the drop-in rads, reorganized bottom section (but with all of the exact same stuff, but in different quantities), the styling obviously, and one more expansion slot, even though the XB still fits EATX boards. Not trying to dock CaseLabs here, but they're strikingly similar, and the CM has been around for four or five years.
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That's all i could think when I saw this: Cooler Master called. They want their HAF xB design back. Except, Caselabs doesn't have:
  • The convenient frontside SATA docks CM added. I have my secondary drive and a multiple memory stick reader in my bays
  • Toolless removal of side panels for testbench design
  • Carry handles

I do like the option for the top mounted rads though.


Since I still like CM for this matchup, I'll enumerate the ways I would improve MY beloved HAF xB in Caselabs offering.
  • More comfortable fit for E-ATX and full sized 280mm rad.
  • Extend the power supply bracket to accommodate larger supplies.
  • More headroom for both a tower cooler and a top-side fan. (originally, i had to locate a very slim fan to fit with my CM Hyper 212 EVO)
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I absolutely love this case, I just picked up the BH2 as well and it is amazing. The quality and craftsmanship is unmatched with any other case I have purchased over the years. I only had 2 gripes with the case.

One is I got the gunmetal grey and did a red and black build in it but the damn power LED is the brightest blue light on the planet. Kills me that they dont offer a red LED as even an aftermarket part. frown.gif

Two is that for a case of this price and quality why are the windows acrylic instead of tempered glass? The acrylic scratches so easily its unavoidable. The third day I had the case i used a swifer duster to clean the dust off the panels and it is now covered in light scratches just from moving the swifer gently over the surface to collect the dust... But that is a gripe i have had with all plastic windows on cases since i stared building.
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You should check performance pcs, they probably have a vandal switch with a red LED.

Just checked, they have 10 or so versions http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalogsearch/result/?led_color=1403&q=Vandal+switch

Don't forget the ocn discount code, think it's OCN55 or something, it'll be in some thread here on ocn.
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You should check performance pcs, they probably have a vandal switch with a red LED.

Just checked, they have 10 or so versions http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalogsearch/result/?led_color=1403&q=Vandal+switch

Don't forget the ocn discount code, think it's OCN55 or something, it'll be in some thread here on ocn.

Cant believe I missed that... I even ordered mt BH2 from them since they had it in stock. I really wish I knew about the discount code then frown.gif It was still worth every penny tho.
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