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Fractal Design Meshify C Build

by BoyScout

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51 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 9, 2017

Date Built

Aug. 1, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.66GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

41.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

74.0° C

Description

Fractal Design sent us over their brand new Meshify C mid tower case to check out ahead of it's launch. Since ASRock was kind enough to also send us their Z270 Taichi ATX motherboard, we selected the Intel i5-7600K, 16 GB of white Corsair Vengeance LPX memory and Gigabte's WINDFORCE OC GTX 1080 to piece together a gaming PC, loosely based on our Excellent Gaming Build Guide.

We've been looking for a reason to check out Cryorig's recently released "Quad Lumi" version of their popular H7 CPU cooler, so we picked it up to add to the Z270 Taichi's subtle RGB lighting to give the case interior a little extra glow. We also wanted to push a bit more air across the system, so we picked up an additional X2 GP-12 fan to match the two already included with the case.

Check out the build video and cable management time lapse to see how it all came together. A big thanks to Fractal Design for sending us the case and ASRock for providing the motherboard to use in this build.

And now, onto some benchmarks.

Benchmark Overall Score Graphics Score Physics Score Combined Score CPU Score
FireStrike (v1.1) 16382 22495 9266 8688 --
FireStrike Extreme (v1.1) 9300 10669 9291 4743 --
FireStrike Ultra (v1.1) 5104 5241 9292 2729 --
Time Spy (v1.1) 6577 7427 -- -- 3992
Benchmark Setting Preset Resolution Average FPS GPU Usage GPU Peak Temp CPU Usage
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Ultra 2560x1440 48 fps 98.8% 70 C 57.4%
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Very High 2560x1440 72 fps 98.1% 70 C 63.2%
Ghost Recon: Wildlands High 2560x1440 83 fps 98.0% 70 C 57.4%

Update: Added an additional picture (last in the list) of the case's front mesh lit up with RGB Lighting. Barry took this build to QuakeCon last month and decided to add a bit of extra lighting for the occasion. He tossed an NZXT Hue+ into one of the hard drive mounts under the PSU shroud, then routed and placed the LED strips behind the edges of the front panel. It installed rather cleanly except at the top corner where you have to go around the power LED area. Turned out well though, lighting up the mesh design -- and helps the build really stand out in a dark BYOC LAN area!

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Hector1908 4 Builds 5 points 3 months ago

Love this case , the air flow must be great in it . Lots of room , tempered glass to see all the beautiful parts and cable management is WOW . This case just came out right ? Have not seen it before . Also mobo looks amazing , great job .

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 5 points 3 months ago

Correct, it was just released today. And yes, definitely lots of good airflow with the open front design.

Glad you enjoyed the build!

mechadago 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Is there a mini C variant?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Yep! It released about a week ago: Define Mini C TG

soykac 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Ahhh I just bought the older Mini C about a month ago. Jealous of this case Q_Q

Wolf88 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

you guys know if the nano s is going to get the TG treatment ?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 3 months ago

We haven't heard anything beyond the Define C and Meshify, but we can hope right along with you!

Wolf88 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Yeah, I have e-mailed them, but haven't heard back. Didn't know if you had some sort of inside information, haha. Gonna order that the millisecond its announced, hopefully.

Build looks great by the way !

billyboy 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Do you know if the front mesh is fine enough to act as a filter?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Definitely -- there's actually a foam filter behind the metal mesh. The front mesh section (which is inset into the front panel plastic bezel) can easily pop out for quick dusting/cleaning. You can see a picture of it on the case's part page. (shown in a couple of the last images)

TheRedFlash1 2 points 3 months ago

That case looks amazing. I especially like the tinted window so that it's harder to see components so that I don't have to spend as much money getting custom sleeved cables or a graphics card with a backplate, but it's just the right amount of tint that LED's still shine through it brilliantly. Thanks for the build, it looks amazing, and now you've convinced me to get the Meshify C. :)

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 3 months ago

The tinted window can definitely be handy for hiding things in shadows, while lighting up focus areas. Glad you found the build helpful and good luck with your build!

AZAZELMILLZ 1 point 2 months ago

yes i agree fractal has done a great job with this case i will be getting one soon for my future build

Rinnux 2 points 3 months ago

Is there any good place to mount an led strip? I've looked closely at the pictures and it looks like it won't work well.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Hmm. We didn't look at adding a strip in this build, but I imagine it just depends on the lighting effect you'd be wanting to achieve. I think you could get an LED strip behind the front panel radiator mounts if you wanted to light up the mesh, but not sure how it would look from the side panel. A short strip placed just inside the top of the case could possibly offer a downward fill-glow. This feels like a good challenge to explore.

Rinnux 2 points 3 months ago

In that case I may just resort to using rgb fans instead. Thanks!

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Great idea -- I think most RGB fans would pop through that side glass panel nicely.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

So it's been a while since you asked, but I thought I'd follow up as Barry took our Meshify C build to QuakeCon at the end of August and decided to add RGB lighting to the system for full effect.

He ended up tossing in a Hue+ (since he wanted to use CAM to control the H7 Quad Lumi's lighting as well) and routed the lighting to the front of the case. (You could also use the motherboard's on-board AURA RGB header with a compatible LED strip.)

Anyway, it actually came out pretty slick -- highlighting the mesh pattern rather dramatically. I've added a picture to the end of the current images to show you how it ended up looking.

Rinnux 1 point 2 months ago

Looks great! I ended up installing 2 Corsair hd140 and 3 hd 120 fans in mine and it looks stunning!!

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Ah, nice -- I bet those fans do look great through the mesh. Do you have a picture or posted a completed build? Would love to see how yours turned out.

XCMills 1 point 2 months ago

Where did you put the strip at exactly?? Buying this case and want to replicate that look. Also where did you store the Hue+??

dreadfulmanny 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

OMG that case is sexy!!! +1

FlyinToasteronie 1 point 3 months ago

How come the CPU usage is lower at Ultra settings of WIldlands than on Very High?

Is it because the GPU was bottlenecking?

But anyways, beautiful case! Fractal really outdid themselves on this one! I would also love to see a mini-ITX variant.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Possibly. It would be interesting to track the different settings that change between the two presets to better narrow down what is going on there, but it happens pretty regularly with BF1 and Wildlands (both relatively CPU intensive games). When certain settings are lowered, it seems to be shift some aspect of the load onto the CPU. You can see similar results in our X299 and Ryzen 5 builds from last month.

Thanks for the feedback -- and glad you enjoyed checking out the new case!

TechyTecher 1 point 3 months ago

Good part choices especially pairing an i5 with a 1080

TechyTecher 2 points 3 months ago

Also, that case tho ;o

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks for the feedback -- and yes.. that case. :)

Battlefield 1 point 3 months ago

Anyone else think it is too dark..the glass? I like more see through.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 3 months ago

That's understandable if you prefer a more clear-though view. It's not as dark as other's we have built in, but it's got a good tinting to it. Good to be aware of to perhaps plan more LED lighting to illuminate components you want to show off on the interior.. The flip side is that the tinting can help hide things as well that perhaps you don't want to see or to soften LED hot spots.

Thanks for the feedback!

Battlefield 1 point 3 months ago

I'm not criticizing your build. I just think Fractal went too dark in its first glass attempt. I have a case that has perfect color depth, and I'm really happy that I went this route. The Fractal case is well designed but for 2017 I feel they are behind competition. They simply took the S model and added glass plus obscure front panel. With that said, they are doing very well in US mkt. I only wish they were more innovative.

ZeusTheGod200 1 point 3 months ago

I recently bought the 400c, but I must admit I like the design more with this case. However, as others have said I don't like how dark the window is.

Lifeofsin 1 point 3 months ago

This or the s340 elite? Can I fit a Corsair 115i 280 mm at the top?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Mmm.. That's a tough call -- both are great cases with their own style.

While the Meshify C can fit two 140mm fans up top, it only has clearance for a 240mm radiator up there. So if you went with the Corsair 115i, you'd need to mount it in the front of the case.

MannyPCs 1 point 3 months ago

That case is just stunning, I really do like this build.

+1

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

This is an impressively clean build in this case! I have the Define R5 and im considering this as a case for the update to my build, how would they compare? obviously less room for drives, but logistically?

Syfer 1 point 3 months ago

Nice build and congrats man! You're the first one to post their Meshify C build on here! Also, I really want this case but I feel like it's too small to fit my 280mm GTX 1070 and a Corsair H100i v2 rad intake at the front all simultaneously.

tkilian12 1 point 3 months ago

I did some math for my own build, and its seems like you should have 285 mm of space left over with a 30 mm front rad.

Zonther 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

How hard is it to get to the foam dust filter to clean it?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

You pull the bottom filter out (it slides out from the front) then just push the front filter out from behind the bottom edge of the case.

ElmoNYC 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I've got the same graphics card but was expecting the Gigabyte sign to light up- i notice it doesnt on your build either but the software seems to indicate it does?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Yeah, the WINDFORCE OC version has a solid side logo, so no LED. I believe the G1 Gaming version has an RGB LED, which we also considered for this build but weren't able to get it at the time.

ElmoNYC 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks- Check out my completed build as I just came up with a cheeky way to give the graphics card and my cabling a little extra visual appeal! Let me know what you think.

Zeusmus 1 point 3 months ago

That is one sexy looking case! I'm planning on building a $600 gaming PC in the coming months (likely late October or early November) and I was initially gonna get the SPEC-Alpha case from Corsair but when I saw this case I immediately fell in love with the simple look it gives and it also has the tempered glass. It just came out a few days ago so I will wait until more people review it but so far I've heard good things! The parts in this build are also great! Love the color of the mobo! It also seems like the i5 paired very well with the 1080! Very well done build!

Stehf 1 point 2 months ago

I really love this case, you guys did a great job with it! I would like to ask a question about it. Im about to embark in a new custom build adventure with a few parts I already own. Those parts being the NZXT X52 and a EVGA hybrid cooled Titan XP.

I would like to put the X52 in the top and the Hybrid cooler in the rear. Would that fit? I know I could fit the X52 in the front, but I simply dont want to. I had it mounted at the front in my S340 but it terribly choked out my gtx1080.

Hope you guys can help me out!

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Sounds like a fun upgrade plan! I honestly don't know off hand for sure, as I don't have a similar GPU setup on hand to test in the case, but what you're proposing seems reasonable. The 120mm EVGA radiator is listed at 119mm wide and there's 125mm of clearance. It doesn't look like you'd have an issue on height either.

Also, according to the case specs, it looks like you're fine mounting a 240mm radiator up top instead of the front so long as the motherboard components don't exceed 40mm in height, so just keep an eye on the top edge of the motherboard when making your selection. That's not something we would currently catch as an issue given a 240mm radiator can be placed without similar restrictions at the front of the case. Did you have a motherboard in mind?

Stehf 1 point 2 months ago

Hi!

Thanks for your reply! That was my main concern, that the 'sticking out' of the egva cooler would pose a clearance issue for the X52.

The motherboard Im probably going with is the z270 m6 from msi to accommodate my 6700k because I can't have a wired connection in my home without drilling some holes in places I don't want to drill holes haha.

Jaw327 1 point 2 months ago

love this case. about to go order one right now. Love the way you guys lit up the mesh, that was one thing I was iffy about. Really like seeing my blue fans in the front. One question I wanted to ask, do you think if I remove the drive cage I could fit a 200mm long PSU (I have a 1000w G2 from EVGA) or should I just get a G3 or some other 175mm length PSU. Thanks. Great build

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

A 200mm PSU might not work out. Fractal puts the 175mm upper limit in their spec sheet, and they note where removing the cage changes other specs, such as for the front radiator options.

Taking a look inside the case, there's a bump above the bottom side pull out vent that you'd end up running into. Difficult to tell for sure by only looking at it, but it looks a bit higher than the "feet" that the PSU sits on, meaning it would probably not allow the PSU to mount straight into that space (if it fit at all).

Jaw327 1 point 2 months ago

yep, all good. I did a little more research on it and just ended up getting a new PSU. Thanks for the reply

skeeler88 1 point 1 month ago

Is there a special "case" or "plate" on the air cooler that gets it to light up with the brand name?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

The H7 Quad Lumi just comes that way. You can get a non-RGB/LED version of the H7 as well, but this one has a USB header that controls the lighting on the fan and top plate.

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