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Fractal Design Meshify C Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Inside the Meshify C

 

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The front bezel pops off the steel chassis, but we do find that the front I/O panel is connected to it. In the bezel, there is a thin layer of foam for a dust filter, and with the springs to support the mesh cover, you can now see all of the triangular surfaces that run down the panel. In the front of the chassis, we see 120mm fan slots for three fans, and at the top are four slots for a pair of 140mm fans.

 

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Without the tempered glass panel in the way, we can see the open-air design of the interior. In our opinion, this is how all cases should be in some form or another. The top is wide open with room for radiators on all three sides, and the bottom is enclosed with the PSU shroud blocking the view.

 

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The front of the case is where the thickest radiators can go, as we see a lot of depth before we get to the long rubber grommets running down the side of the motherboard tray. Even though there is only one fan installed here, with near 70CFM, many can get by with just the stock pair of fans.

 

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The top of the chassis can have a pair of either 120mm or 140mm fans, but if you plan to water cool here, the radiator must be thin to keep from conflicting with the motherboard. The large honeycomb mesh allows for a sufficient amount of air flow and is you want the best performance; you can leave the dust filter off.

 

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The motherboard tray offers two holes with grommets at the top, the pair to the right we already covered, and fifteen wire tie points. The COU cooler access hole is large but is partially blocked by a removable steel plate, but more on that in a bit.

 

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The PSU shroud has much to offer. At the front is a large panel which can be removed for radiators, or to pass wires from the bottom to the top, but you also need to pull the HDD cage out to use it. Closer to the back of the case, we see a slotted area for the times when the PSU is mounted with the fan on top, and there are three holes near the motherboard tray. We also see that Fractal Design name has been indented into the steel.

 

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The second of the 3-pin powered 120mm preinstalled fans is located on the back of the case. It is height adjustable to line up with air coolers for a bit of added help in removing the bulk of the heat, and we find thumb screws holding in the expansion slot covers.

 

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There are 15mm of room behind the motherboard tray, where the removable plate is set to hold three 2.5" drives. There is a thumb screw on the left to release the plate, and tabs on the right holding it in place. On the left, we see the wires are bundled and under three Velcro straps, where there is 35mm of space. At the bottom, we did find the box with the hardware in it.

 

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Under the large removable panel of the PSU shroud, there is a dual-bay HDD cage. The trays use grommets on the bottom section to isolate 3.5" drives but are also drilled for 2.5" drives. Under the dust filter below the Meshify C, there are four screws which allow the cage to come free from the chassis.

 

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To adequately support the right-side steel panel, the frame had to be raised and rounded over, which means the PSU has to go in from the back. The thumb screws in the PSU mounting plate are captured, and once mounted to the PSU, allows the unit to slide in and rest on the thin rubber pads on the floor.

 

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The wires coming from the Front I/O are quite long, all except for one of them. The power LED, HDD activity LED, power, and reset leads are on the left. The short USB 3.0 cable is in the middle, and the long HD Audio cable is on the right.

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