- Specs and Packaging
- External Impressions
- Internal Impressions
- Installation hands-on and Conclusion
3x 5.25″ bays with an external 3.5″ bay below it. There’s a small mesh vent on the front panel for front fans to push air in. Despite how it looks on the photo, the front panel is of matte fish but the plastic has a smooth feel (Note: Not with SofTouch finish). 120mm fan is mounted by default on the rear but you get access to install 80mm/92mm fan.
There are couple of holes to route the water-cooling tubes through the case. There are 7x PCI slots with 2x re-usable vented slots (rest needs to be snapped out). One thing that I don’t everytime I get a hands-on with a case can be seen with the mounting of the PCI slots. There’s a security lock hole on the left side panel case and on the rear- incase you want to prevent anyone from opening a case with a small lock. There is a 9-pin D-Sub mount towards the right side of the access hole for the water-cooling tubes (maybe to route fan wires if the Radiator is installed on the outside?) and a cable tie clip to the right of the PSU mount hole.
To avoid the recessed part of the PCI slots which usually lets you secure the PCI slots from the inside is not implemented here. I am not sure if its to cut costs for some other reason- but whatever the reason: you’ll need to balance the PCI installation part a bit on the outside and bit on the inside. Unscrew, remove the metal bracket from the case, then remove PCI cover of the slot(s) you want to use, hold the card with your right hand, put back the securing bracket and screw it back with the left. Its a hassle, especially with more than one card being installed. Even if you want to remove one card: you remove all the screws from the PCI slots.
The left side panel that lets you install 2x 120mm fans is secured using thumbscrews whereas the Plain-Jane right side panel is secured by couple of screws.
Plastic case feets: no surprise there! Vents for PSU (left) and a 120mm fan mount mesh (centre). If you look at both the vents, you will see mountings holes where you can attach/remove dust filters on the bottom that clamps on the case. The vents don’t come with the case- maybe initially it was thought that if they would implement something with bit more add-ons, they could right one in.
Of course, this is more of an assumption.
You can’t really expect a dust filter for such cases with such cost. But if you think about it that’s what one used to say about internal paintjob for cases under $40-$50, same for having more than 1 120mm mounts for the front, top and bottom panel not-too-long-ago. One of the best selling case for its price (NZXT Gamma) was the first case that landed in India was with an internal paintjob and decent enough built quality. The only thing that did prevent some people to buy that case was the exotic looking front panel.
The front panel connectors and buttons are just on top of the bezel. 4x USB 2.0, the usual audio jacks, Power/Activity LED. Power and Reset button. There’s couple of 120mm fan mount mesh on the top panel.
The paintjob is pretty nice but something that is being followed for a long time. Matte black finish. What I did like is the feel of the plastic bezel because it doesn’t feel like a cheap plastic at all.
What’s strange is that there’s no Bitfenix logo at all on the case. The only way you know that this case is called Merc is when you see the rear fans. But if you check out their website’s Bitfenix Alpha/Beta gallery there is a logo on the front bezel. Weird!