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 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!