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I want to order... but can't decide what color. I really like all 3 models (black, gunmetal and white). doh.gif
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I want to order... but can't decide what color. I really like all 3 models (black, gunmetal and white). doh.gif

I know your pain - had the same problem, ending up ordering gunmetal outside with black inside - thought it would be a bit different.

Mark
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Just wondering if you have the glass front panel - would it still be possible to mount fans inside to draw air in through the front vents?

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I'm entry-level user and I see the complexity of CL configurator.
Why we haven't got visual designer?
Or simple visualization - If I check option it should show the picture of option,
or could you at least sign pictures in product galery?

Not clear , could you help with such options, where can I see the pictures for each of them? -

Motherboard Tray Style:
Standard 8 slot,
Standard 8 slot vertical PCIE adapter and riser cable
Vertical 5 slot with single riser cable included
Vretical 5 slot with two riser cables included

Top Cover:
39mm Extended Height Ventilated
120mm Extended Heght Ventilated

Case Bottom:
Large Cut-Out with removable cover plate
Solid Floor with Ground Effect Lighting Mounts (lighting not included)

Front Panel Style:
Ventilated Fron Panel Cover 120.2(240) mount
Ventilated Fron Panel Cover 120.3(360) mount
Ventilated Fron Panel Cover 120.4(480) mount (removes lower 120/140 mount)
...
Flex-Bay(5.25) Front Cover - 120.2(240 mount with Solid Bay Covers)
Flex-Bay(5.25) Front Cover - Ventilated Bay Covers
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Originally Posted by Breslavets View Post

I'm entry-level user and I see the complexity of CL configurator.

 

Had the same issue; my advice? It's called patience.

i) start by going to the site's gallery, select old SMA8 builds, look thoroughly, click the build log URLs, look thoroughly there too.

ii) go to the dedicated chassis thread and use the in-thread searching tool for keywords of interest, ie "distance".

iii) when neither has helped, ask other posters.

 

You could also ask CL reps directly; didn't help much in my case, they never got back to me, but no one's to say it's gonna be the same for you too :)

 

(they are currently planning for a visual revamp btw, they're aware of the issue and working on it)


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Originally Posted by Breslavets View Post

I'm entry-level user and I see the complexity of CL configurator.
Why we haven't got visual designer?
Or simple visualization - If I check option it should show the picture of option,
or could you at least sign pictures in product galery?

Not clear , could you help with such options, where can I see the pictures for each of them? -
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Motherboard Tray Style:
Standard 8 slot,
Standard 8 slot vertical PCIE adapter and riser cable
Vertical 5 slot with single riser cable included
Vretical 5 slot with two riser cables included

Top Cover:
39mm Extended Height Ventilated
120mm Extended Heght Ventilated

Case Bottom:
Large Cut-Out with removable cover plate
Solid Floor with Ground Effect Lighting Mounts (lighting not included)

Front Panel Style:
Ventilated Fron Panel Cover 120.2(240) mount
Ventilated Fron Panel Cover 120.3(360) mount
Ventilated Fron Panel Cover 120.4(480) mount (removes lower 120/140 mount)
...
Flex-Bay(5.25) Front Cover - 120.2(240 mount with Solid Bay Covers)
Flex-Bay(5.25) Front Cover - Ventilated Bay Covers

Here ya go:
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Originally Posted by Kevin_CL View Post

I'll just pop this in here too:

How to order
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Step one. Select case color: Black or Gunmetal. White is only available in limited runs. The order processing period will also be displayed beside the color.

Step two.
Upgrade to Two Tone Internals: Black, Gunmetal, White, Red and Blue. This is used only if you desire a two tone case. It is not required to select, for example, black as the case color and black as the internal color. The following parts are considered "Internals"; Motherboard tray and backplate (not PCIE backplate), Motherboard tray guide rails, Chassis Divider, Reservoir Mount, HDD and SSD Cages (mounted on backside of Chassis Divider) and Cable Management Clamps (mounted on backside of Chassis Divider). We cannot allow substitutions of any type on two tone color schemes. Please see the following images which show black on the exterior, and all other colors on the interior (including black for reference).




Step three. Form Factor: ATX (EATX) or SSI-EEB. Choose the motherboard tray size for your build. The ATX option fits both standard ATX and EATX motherboards with a single processor. Motherboards which are listed as EATX but with two processors will require the SSI-EEB motherboard tray option. When opting for SSI-EEB form factor please note the reservoir mount size is decreased.




Step four. Orientation; Standard or Reverse. The standard orientation is most common, and locates the motherboard so it is visible from the left side of the case with the CPU above the GPUs. A reverse orientation locates the motherboard so it is visible from the the right side of the case. The motherboard tray is also inverted placing the GPUs above the CPU.




Step five. Motherboard Tray Style. Choose between a standard PCIE configuration with 8 PCIE slots, or a vertical PCIE configuration with 5 vertical PCIE slots. The standard 8 slot motherboard tray has a provision for a 2 slot vertical PCIE adapter with included riser cable. The 2 slot vertical PCIE adapter is not compatible while using liquid-cooled video cards, or tall cards, which are plugged directly into the motherboard (in standard slots). There is not enough clearance. The vertical 5 slot option comes with either 1 or 2 riser cables depending on which option is selected.



Step six.
Top Cover; Standard Ventilated, 39mm Extended Height Ventilated or 120mm Extended Height Ventilated. The standard top cover has just over .5" (13mm) of clearance from the top side of the top chassis to the inside of the top cover. The 39mm top cover has 1.5" (39mm) of clearance from the top side of the top chassis to the inside of the top cover. This is a great option if you want to mount fans inside the top leaving a little more room on the inside of the motherboard chamber, or to go "push/pull" with a 55-60mm thick radiator. The 120mm top cover has 4.7" (120mm) of clearance from the top side of the top chassis to the inside of the top cover. This is a great option if you want to mount a radiator under the top cover leaving the entire motherboard chamber open.



Step seven. Motherboard Chamber Floor (mid-chassis): Solid or 120.3 fan holes with 5.25" device relief opening. Either style will work with the RGB Luminous Panel. Either style will also accommodate Flex-Bay fan/radiator mounts passing through the motherboard chamber into the lower chamber. The solid option is best if you are looking for a clean build, and plan on making your own pass-through holes for your specific build. Please understand due to varying requirements from build to build we cannot offer the mid-chassis with pre-drilled holes. We recommend using a step drill bit as they allow large holes to be made with a single bit in a standard sized drill. The 120.3 fan hole/5.25" device relief opening is ideal for the builder that doesn't want to drill their own holes, wants added fan mounts for cooling and/or a relief at the front for 5.25" bay devices such as hot swap drive bays or optical drives. The Bottom Accessory Mounts with Tubing Management is a great add-on for cleaner pass-throughs on the 120.3 fan holes.




Step eight.Case Bottom; Solid Floor with Ground Effects Lighting Mounts or Large Cut-Out with Removable Cover Plate. The Solid Floor with Ground Effects Lighting Mounts is a very sturdy option that better accommodates items being mounted to it (such as pumps). It of course is also included with LED lighting strip mounts which create a more unique look. The mounts allow for lighting up to 19.5" (50cm) long and are recessed. The Large Cut-Out with Removable Cover Plate option is great is you want even more access to the bottom of the case. The cover is made from thinner material so it is not ideal for mounting items to it. If plan on mounting a Pedestal under the case, and do not want to make your own pass-through holes, then the large cut-out option might be a good way to go. It is also worth mentioning that the bottom of the Pedestal and the bottom of the case share the same piece (they are interchangeable).




Step nine. Front Panel Style. There are 4 main types of front panel options; Ventilated, Tempered Glass Window or Flex-Bay Style with ventilated or solid bay covers. Within each of those options can you can select from various fan/radiator mounts. The Ventilated front cover is very clean and minimalist looking. It also makes accessing your fans/filters for cleaning easier than ever before. Please note filters are not included, but we do recommend the Silverstone filters or DEMCiflex. The Window front cover is a great way to give your build a unique look. Do be advised that air flow will be diminished, but some air can be pulled through the openings in the front cover. Like the ventilated front cover, accessing fans for cleaning is also much easier. Both the ventilated and window front cover are included with a 120/140mm fan mount that is best used at the bottom in the lower chamber. When selecting the larger 140.3 and 120.4 front fan/radiator mounts, the 120/140mm fan mount is removed as both cannot be used at once. It is worth mentioning that the 120.3 fan mount fits perfectly within the motherboard chamber which is nine 5.25 bays tall.

Lastly we have the Flex-Bay style front cover. This is our classic front cover that retains all of the of the 5.25 mounting options. There is also a choice for the bay covers to be solid or ventilated for aesthetic purposes or passive cooling (fans cannot be mounted to ventilated bay covers). The Flex-Bay style front cover does not come with the 120/140mm fan mount, but does come with 3 sets of Standard Flex-Bay Device Mounts and 1 set of Short Adjustable Flex-Bay Device Mounts.

The pictures below show each main option with a 120.3 mount. Images of other mounts with these covers can be found in the image gallery on the product page. These fan mounts can be moved up or down within the front panel.




Step ten. Front I/O Style; None, 2 x USB 3.0 and HD Audio or HDMI, USB 3.1 type C, USB 3.0 x 2 and HD Audio. This options allows you to choose what, if any, front I/O connections are desired. The HDMI port uses an extension cables that routes to the back of the case and plugs into the video card. All other cables use internal connections. With the cable management system in this case the cables can be neatly organized as well.




Step eleven. Add a second 140.4 (560) side mount with 120.4 (480) adapter rails. By default the SMA8 A Revision is included with 1 radiator side mount for the lower chamber. It can accommodate 140mm based radiators from 140-560 and 120mm based radiators from 120-480 with the adapter rails installed. This mount would typically be used opposite of the PSU. If you would like to mount an additional radiator on the PSU side then you need a second mount. The maximum radiator sizes we recommend for this area is either a 240 or 280 radiator. It may be possible to fit a 360, but you will need a short PSU and be prepared to work in a very tight space. As a side note, if you would like to take advantage of the front 120/140 fan mount with a 560 radiator then the port end of the radiator must be towards the rear of the case. The PSU support mount in the lower images below can be found here.



Step twelve. Add Motherboard Chamber LED Strip Mounting Kit. We created LED strip mounts for near perfect lighting (LED lighting is not included so feel free to pick the lighting you like best!). This kit consists of 2 vertical mounts that install along the left and right side of the motherboard chamber. They have been made with 2 sets of mounting points for optimal positioning. We recommend using the inside mounting points for the left side mount and the outer mounting points for the right side when using a fan mount in the flex-bay. There is only 1 mounting surface for the light, but the small extra bend blocks the view of the light strip when looking at the case from a front 3/4 perspective (like on your desk). The longer horizontal mount runs along the entire section of the mid-chassis, and has 3 different mounting surfaces for lighting (facing down, 45 degrees upwards and 180 degrees). This light mount can't be used at the same time as the luminous panel, but can instead be used at the top of the motherboard chamber closest to the door. With all of the lighting mounts used at once (including the built in mounts at the top and bottom) the case takes on a beautiful glow.



Step thirteen. Add RGB Luminous Mid-Plate Panel. The RGB Luminous Mid-Plate Panel puts on a very impressive lighting display, and was designed by Charles Harwood of Xforma. The concept for the Luminous Panel involves light uniformly emanating from the panel's top surface, illuminating components of the upper section, and creating dramatic visual contrast against the dark interior of the case. This panel is of very high quality, and was manufactured in Canada by highly skilled craftsmen. The panel is pressure fit in place with a 5cm overhang on the backside so that tubing and pass-through fittings cab be used. It is not recommended that you drill into the panel other than in the overhang. This panel is only available for cases with a standard orientation, uses a 4-pin RGB header, and requires a power source.



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(they are currently planning for a visual revamp btw, they're aware of the issue and working on it)
I'm reading "How to order" guide at the bottom of the SMA8 A Revision page - i'm afraid i'll have more questions....
For example, how to use such option, who need it(gap at the front of PC)?

Step nine. Front Panel Style.
Window with 120.3 mount and lower 120/140 mount
Edited by Breslavets - 12/17/17 at 10:36am
post #488 of 573
Man, was really hoping to see a Merlin revision at the same time... The SMA8 is just too big for my needs, and the Merlin is staring back at me but I'd like the improvements you've added here!

Great work! thumb.gif
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(gap at the front of PC)?

 

If you had the patience i mentioned earlier, you'd have found that one out on your own, but..

 

Assuming you mean what i think you mean? That gap is there for you to fit a vertical radiator in the front (flex-bay) compartment; given sufficient radiator length, without it you'd have interference with the mid-plate. If you don't plan to, you obviously have no need for it.


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Man, was really hoping to see a Merlin revision at the same time... The SMA8 is just too big for my needs, and the Merlin is staring back at me but I'd like the improvements you've added here!

Great work! thumb.gif

There was a certain elegance to the Merlin case. I somewhat regret selling my Merlin in anticipation of the Mercury series (which I’ve yet to purchase). If Merlin had vertical GPUs I would, without hesitation, order it again over the S8S and SMA8-A. I loved the orientation of the PSUs, RADs, and the centered design lines of the case. Plus it was easy to have the bottom serve as an intake, the top as an exhaust, and the front adding positive pressure.
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