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Fractal Design Meshify 2 Review: A High-TDP Workstations Wonder

Let your PC breathe in 2021

Fractal Design Meshify 2
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We are using the following system for our case test bed:

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Fractal Design Meshify 2

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For assembling our test system, motherboard slotted right into place with very little fuss. The central standoff acts as an anchor for the motherboard to hold it in place during assembly, holding it in place vertically even with the Noctua CPU cooler installed. The GPU also dropped in with ease.

To install the power supply, you need to first remove a faceplate that you install onto the power supply, and then you slide the unit in from the back of the chassis. This makes for a very easy installation, and our oversized Corsair HX750i power supply slotted into place with ease.

Cable Management

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Ask me what I think of the cable management features of the Meshify 2, and I’ll tell you they’re excellent. Along the main alley there are three cable guides with Velcro straps to keep stuff in place, and on the right side there are another two straps to guide the EPS CPU power connectors. There is plenty of space behind the motherboard tray for guiding cables, and if you chuck the partition over to the other side of the chassis to make way for an array of hard drives, you’ll also end up with easy access to all their connectors. The only nitpick I had about the system is that it can be a little difficult to press the cables into their guides and fasten them when the cable count goes up. But overall, it’s a solid system, which when used as intended leads to a very tidy end result.

A small standout feature was that cable access to the lower part of the motherboard wasn’t obstructed by the power supply, unlike many other cases; there was even a rubber grommet where the chassis cables connect, which resulted in a very clean look.

Fractal Design Meshify 2

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Build Complete

Fractal Design Meshify 2

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Of course, this is a much simpler build than what this chassis is capable of, designed to streamline my process of thermally testing cases rather than utilizing the case to its fullest potential. But nevertheless, it shows that with the Meshify 2, even if you only start off with a simple straight-forward system, offers a great building experience.

But if you’re only intending on building a system like this and not using the full watercooling space or the storage configuration, the Meshify 2 is the definition overkill. This really is a case for power users, and simple ATX gaming systems might be better off with smaller and cheaper cases, unless you want the room for expansion.

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  • Makaveli
    What is the difference between the Meshify 2 vs Meshify S2?

    edit
    Think I found my answer "Meshify 2 is essentially the excellent Define 7 "

    So it just an updated Define 7 case.
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  • gman68
    EDIT: Oops. I totally swung and missed. Didn't realize this is actually a review of the Meshify 2 and not the S2. My bad.

    I have the Meshify S2 and the hard drive mounting is very different than the unit reviewed here. Viewing the models on the fractal design web site, you have either a revised version of the S2 that isn't updated on their web site, or you have a Meshify 2. The S2 that I have, and pictured on the web site does allow for 8 hard drives, It has 3 brackets for mounting drives on the backside of the case and that is all. It is a fabulous case.
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  • Makaveli
    I'm also on the Meshify S2 as you can see in my sig and love the case. The only thing i like about this is what they did on the front panel but for me I never take that off enough for it to matter to me. Front panel comes off 1 a year when I clean. All the changes made for hard drives also don't matter for me.

    And I agree on the Current Meshify S2 you can install 2 m2 drives on motherboard, 4 SSD's using the back mount and front mount then you still have the 3 mounting brackets on the backside of the case for 3 more drives so that is 9 drives total.

    I've moved bulk storage out of my Desktop PC's and have an 8 TB NAS so the days of stuffing a bunch of hard drives in my case are gone.

    This review covers some good comparisons.

    ICt_F9hMXk4View: https://youtu.be/ICt_F9hMXk4
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  • neojack
    can't go wrong with this form factor. about same class as the Lian LI LanCool 2.

    the only thing missing in this modern form factor is one 5. 1/4 slot. could be sideways. or even a slot for a laptop's sized optical drive.

    i still have a preference for the LanCool 2 because of the discreet side intakes for the GPU.
    reviewers only test the default configuration, and not with all fan slots populated.
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  • Makaveli
    neojack said:
    can't go wrong with this form factor. about same class as the Lian LI LanCool 2.

    the only thing missing in this modern form factor is one 5. 1/4 slot. could be sideways. or even a slot for a laptop's sized optical drive.

    i still have a preference for the LanCool 2 because of the discreet side intakes for the GPU.
    reviewers only test the default configuration, and not with all fan slots populated.

    Who still uses optical media in 2020 :P
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  • neojack
    people like me who borrow dvd's and bluerays at the library.
    very usefull when you have kids.

    Also lots of educational PC games for kids are on optical media.
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  • Makaveli
    neojack said:
    people like me who borrow dvd's and bluerays at the library.
    very usefull when you have kids.

    Also lots of educational PC games for kids are on optical media.

    Don't the kids just scratch and destroy the disc in time?
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  • Mr5oh
    My main gaming PC still has an optical drive. I still use it regularly actually too. I'm still surprised at how many few HTPC cases have optical drives too. All my media PCs have optical drives for playing movies.
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  • Linus-Tech_Evans
    Anyone have a link to it for amazon. How much is it?
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  • nofanneeded
    For people who are missing out great PC cases just because they want optical drive bay.

    Use external DVD/Blueray drive.

    First , it portable can be used with notebooks , all PCs you have .

    and second : it is port powered . does not even need external adapter.
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