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Merlin SM8 480mm rad drop-in compatibility

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Hi,

I am willing to make a build based on the Merlin SM8 with a 480 rad on top and a 360 in the front.

I have read in the review section of Caselab that the EK XE 480 does not fit on top. there is however a remark from caselab which I find intriguing:

[CaseLabs: Thank you for your review. The drop in mount does fit the vast majority of radiators. As you you noted, EK chose to make one longer than is what is typically seen. Unfortunately it's impossible to anticipate every design that may come to market. The radiator will fit with the fans on top.]

I therefore do have a few questions to anyone/caselabs having experience with 480 rads and the merlin SM8:

  • Does fan mounted on top means they would have to be positioned outside of the case ? or above the drop-in plate and below the top of the case ?
  • is there an easy practical way to fit an EK XE 480 ?
  • Would a hardwarelabs SR2 480 fit without modifications?

As an alternative I would consider an XSPC RX 480, which seems a tad less fat (56mm vs 60mm for both the EK & HWlabs)

Thanks in advance for your answers !
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I did some further research:

The XSPC RX 480 seems to be fitting without issues (see build log on youtube)

I have been looking for the dimensions of the 3 candidates for my project:
  • EK XE 480 - 520 x 130 x 60mm (L x W x H)
  • HWlabs SR2 480 - 518mm x 133mm x 60mm (L x W x H)
  • XSPC RX 480 - 130 x 56 x 518.5mm (WxDxH)

After scrutinising the video linked above (with the XSPC RX 480), height (56mm vs 60mm) does not seem an issue (apart from blocking the 5.25" bay), width neither (both 130mm).

I would therefore assume the length of the EK to be the issue. Am I correct? for 1,5mm difference ? or is it related to port placement ?

If so, I am not sure to understand the comments from caselab on the review page quoted in my previous post...

any ideas ?
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