Performance and Conclusion

Test Platform
Processor Intel Core i7-7700K
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix H270F Gaming
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 4 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
Graphics Card AMD Radeon R9 290X (Reference)
Storage SanDisk 64 GB SATA 6.0 GB/s SSD
Power Supply SilverStone Strider ST1000-P PSU
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U9S (PWM)
OS Windows 8.1 64-bit

Temperatures

As the Meshify C series feature open front panels for better airflow, I expected the Meshify C - TG to perform very well with thermals, at the expense of higher noise levels. First we look at temperature results compared to a group of recently tested enclosures:

As expected, the Meshify C is among the coolest enclosures tested to date, second only to the Corsair Crystal 460X RGB, which admittedly has the advantage of triple intake fans out of the box, giving it additional positive pressure. I would expect that a similar setup within the Meshify C would put it ahead. But what about noise levels?

Here is where high-airflow cases usually suffer, and as you can see the same two cases at the top of the temps chart occupy the bottom of the noise chart! That 38.4 dBA reading for system idle and CPU load (the Noctua cooler could not be heard over the case fans) seemed high considering the character of the noise, which made the case seem more quiet in the room. The GPU noise, however, was unmistakable - with the famously loud R9 290X reference card in all its glory. I use this outdated GPU for just this reason, actually: providing a worst-case scenario for noise. Just about any aftermarket cooler would be very quiet in this case, and it has the airflow to support non-blower GPUs.

Conclusion

With the Meshify C Fractal Design has created yet another quality option in their lineup of well-built, high-performance enclosures. Its emphasis on airflow does result in higher noise levels (depending on components, of course), but the tradeoff is one that high-airflow cases always have to make. Internally this case is pure Fractal Design - and that's high praise. Expect an easy build with clean results thanks to excellent cable management. On the outside the tempered glass variant of the Meshify C (as reviewed) offers contemporary style and the front panel creates a unique look to help the design stand out. Overall, this case is easy to recommend if airflow is a priority, but other enclosures (including Fractal's Define series) will offer lower noise.

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