The BitFenix Merc Alpha is supplied in a fairly sturdy box, with the back showing the differences between the Alpha and Beta versions.
After taking the product out of the box we were not surprised to find it was packaged with 2 Styrofoam blocks and the case itself wrapped in a plastic cover.
The BitFenix Merc Alpha Chassis looks very much like several other BitFenix cases on the market as well as several by other manufacturers. There is an obvious lack of the white BitFenix logo on the front of the case with our review sample. They do however include several logo stickers.
The only real difference between the Alpha and Beta versions is that the Alpha has the extra panel cooling, and as such you can mount an extra two 120mm fans, giving you potentially 8 cooling fans.
While one side of the case has two 120mm fans, the other side has nothing, not even an indentation to aid removal, due to the pivot design of the sides. The back of the case has another 120mm fan, as well as several holes for water cooling, switches and various other extras. The back of the case also has a neat PCI lock which only requires one screw to be undone to remove all of the PCI slot covers or PCI expansion cards.
BitFenix also include a quick installation guide, lots of thumbscrews and also a PSU mount bracket. They have also included extra long screws for you to use when installing fans at the front of the case.