Fractal Design Meshify C Review 8

Fractal Design Meshify C Review


Value & Conclusion

  • The Fractal Design Meshify C has an MSRP of $89.99 US dollars (excl. taxes) and 89.99 euros (incl. taxes).
  • Compact size for a full ATX chassis
  • Excellent construction quality
  • Excellent engineering quality
  • Dust filters everywhere
  • Magnetic dust filter on top
  • Two retail-grade 120 mm fans included
  • Can hold up to a 240 mm radiator in the ceiling
  • Can hold a 360 mm or 280 mm radiator in front
  • Velcro for easy cable management
  • Excellent cable-routing possibilities
  • Easy PSU-installation procedure
  • Space for up to five hard drives
  • Metal hard-drive trays
  • Black USB 3.0 ports
  • 140 mm fan in front would have been great
  • 175 mm for the PSU may not be enough for high-end units
  • Using a 360 mm radiator alongside the HDD cage in front will reduce PSU space considerably
  • I/O a bit basic
  • 2.5" drive tray covers CPU cooler's opening
  • Lacks mounting possibilities for reservoir or pumps
The Fractal Design Meshify C manages to deliver the same excellent construction quality we have come to expect from the company's Define line-up. Sturdy materials coupled with excellent engineering and a functional approach mean the Meshify C is worthy of being a part of the family.

Thanks to the lack of drive bays in front, Fractal Design has shortened the chassis considerably, which is probably the first thing you will notice when unpacking it. This has been achieved by simplifying the interior a bit and removing various mounting possibilities for a reservoir or pumps, which are present in the Define S. It is clear that the C version is intended for users with AIO liquid cooling units first and foremost, but it should also allow those comfortable enough to do a bit of tinkering to use traditional liquid-cooling loops instead.

Even though the Meshify C is rather compact, you may still install up to five storage drives, a long GPU, and a potent and large air cooler. Only the PSU bay is a bit restrictive, but only in extreme scenarios where users want to install a 360 mm radiator into the front, all while using the dual tray hard-drive cage, especially if you are looking to use a modular PSU. However, most users won't ever come across this issue as there is also the possibility to install a 240 mm radiator in the ceiling. That is the exact size of most high-end AIO units, leaving the front clear and untouched for traditional fans to be employed instead.

Talking about fans, while other brands sometimes offer three or more cooling units, Fractal Design has chosen to only include two, having opted for quality over quantity. Considering the price of the Meshify C, two is exactly how many cooling units we were expecting.

There are a few differences present in the Meshify C that are worth mentioning. Firstly, Fractal Design has done away with the white elements within the chassis, which makes for a lack of color that was usually reserved for their entry level cases or additional editions. The design is also refreshingly different and looks pretty sexy with the metal mesh front. Lastly, but probably most importantly: the Meshify C is considerably more expensive than the Define C was at launch, which is a bit weird. As it adds a glass panel, one may consider the 10-15 dollar price premium as justifiable, but in turn, Fractal Design has done away with the white elements, sound dampening, extra-solid top cover, and separation of I/O from the front panel. Overall, the Meshify C should cost the exact same as the Define C in my humble opinion.

Regardless, the chassis is still a great and solid choice with updated looks, two retail-grade fans, and excellent quality and compatibility. You can essentially consider the Meshify C a much sexier version of the Define C.
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