Fractal Design Meshify C
PC Case (Mid-Tower)
Remember the time when PC cases came in one boring rectangular style and industrial grey colour? Dark times to be sure. Fast-forward to today and it’s kind of hard to imagine a PC case without a transparent side-panel, fans everywhere, and some form of fancy LED lighting. And in the year 2018, a side-panel that’s also made of tempered glass.
Even in a market that is now overly saturated, with each new case offering light shows and insane cooling capabilities to grab your attention, the Meshify C from Fractal Design stands out. And not because it ticks any of the above, but for the simple reason that it, well, keeps things simple. And forward thinking - with great airflow and modular design.
Plus, it just looks incredibly cool.
When it comes to the world of PC hardware, deciding on a case involves a first step that is essentially judging a book by its cover. As it’s something that will sit on a desk, be taken on the road, or featured in the background of a YouTube video where you’re discussing the effect that loot boxes are having on the games we play. Aesthetics matter. Big league. The minimal look of the Meshify C’s Scandinavian design is reminiscent of the world found in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Angular, minimal, functional. Gorgeous.
The black diamonds on the hard-mesh front grab your attention before quickly disappearing into a stealth-like haze of angular awesomeness. Shift your glance to the side and the tinted tempered glass panel means that the all-black design looks great, and any RGB lighting found on a motherboard, cooling, fan, or GPU, is visible. But not, overly so. Add in smart cable management and stuff like cables from the unseen power supply are kept hidden from view.
Of course, you may not be all that interested in looks. From a design perspective the Meshify C is designed with airflow in mind. And from that perspective it offers impressive cooling support for such a small and compact case. We’re talking multiple fans, radiators, and the ability to include all manner of water cooling.
- Motherboard: ATX, mATX, ITX
- Power Supply: ATX
- 3.5" or 2.5" Drive Capacity: 2
- Dedicated 2.5" Drive Capacity: 3
- Total Fan Mounts: 7
- Front Fans: 3x 120 or 2x 140 1x Dynamic X2 GP-12 included
- Top Fans: 2x 120/140
- Rear Fans: 1x 120 1x Dynamic X2 GP-12 included
- Bottom Fan: 1x 120
- Front Radiator: 120/240/360mm 140/280mm
- Top Radiator: 120/240mm (max component height on motherboard 40mm)
- Rear Radiator: 120mm (max width 125mm)
- GPU Limit: Max 315mm with front fan mounted
- Left Side Panel: Tempered Glass
- Case Dimensions: 395 x 212 x 440mm
- Weight: 6.5 kg
In terms of materials in addition to the tempered glass of the side panel you get a mixture of steel and plastic (found on the top and supporting the front mesh). For the price-point this mixture is to be expected but from a build quality standpoint the Meshify C is exceptionally good. Coming equipped with two near-silent Fractal fans, to make the most out of the Meshify C’s cooling you’d would probably want to invest in a decent liquid cooling solution for the CPU.
Real-estate inside a mid-tower case is always a bit of a concern, so thankfully the Meshify C adopts the separate power supply container and cable tray approach with the ability to include at least 2 to 3 additional hard drives without the need for a drastic redesign of your build/cooling setup. As with most mid-tower cases with open cooling design, adding a front radiator will limit the number of drives you’ll be able to comfortably install. But that’s something that we’ve always seen as a bit of a luxury as opposed to a necessity.
Plug and Play
Setting everything up in the Meshify C is a breeze, as is managing cables throughout the process. And from a cooling perspective when you add in a CPU cooler and leave everything else to the airflow created by the included front and back fans, performance is impressive. Which means the need for additional fans for most setups isn’t really a requirement.
Overall, it’s hard to look past the Meshify C as a solid choice for any new build. The sleek minimal design isn’t merely there to make you want to fire up Deus Ex, it serves as the focal point for a design that it all about maximising airflow. Great value for money, and even better performance make this a winner from Fractal Design.