When designing cases, Fractal Design is known for its minimalist look and focus on keeping things quiet. The Swedish company has kept both of these things in mind with the launch of its Meshify C case, while indulging in the highly-popular trend of tempered glass.
We originally criticised Fractal Design for opting to use soft plastic instead of tempered glass on its Define C range in our review of the Define C Mini, however the company has since picked up on its popularity, having added the option since. It has continued this aesthetic choice with the unveiling of its new Meshify C, which boasts a full-sized tinted window that displays the black-on-black interior with ATX layout.
Cooling is a priority for the mid-sized tower, with Fractal claiming that its spacious design of the Meshify C allows for seven fan mounts, five storage drives, although only two 3.5” drives can be housed, and multi-radiator liquid cooling options all while retaining “unobstructed airflow.” It allows up to a 360mm radiator to be mounted at the front, 240mm radiator at the top or 120mm radiator on the rear. While the bottom and rear are restricted to one 120mm fan each, users have the option to mount either two 120mm or 140mm at the top and three 120mm or two 140mm at the front. This is topped off by the angular mesh design at the front of the case, allowing air to flow front-to-back without limitation.
Fractal Design has rectified the only other complaint in our previous review and has implemented a power supply shroud that goes as far as to cover the PSU, drive cage and help manage cabling. The case is designed with up to 35mm of space behind the motherboard to direct wiring away from the main body and maintain unrestricted airflow.
While it contains the vibration-dampening rubber grommets that we are used to seeing from Fractal, the case is still likely to emit a slightly higher sound than we are used to from the company, but still aims for a stealth design. This is the unfortunate sacrifice that usually has to be made when opting for aesthetics over silence, although it is entirely possible that the Meshify C is quieter than other tempered glass cases on the market as it is the company's speciality.
Fractal Design’s Meshify C is available for £79.99/€89.99/$89.99 worldwide.
KitGuru Says: Since the Meshify C has picked up on the only two complaints we had about the Define C Mini, it is looking like a real contender in the tempered glass market. Although, without a closer look at the case, it might result in sacrificing noise-dampening for looks. What are your experiences with Fractal Design? Will you be picking up the Meshify C?