Fractal's new advanced
In this review we test the manufacturer's Meshify 2 TG case Fractal Design To know if it is worth investing in a premium computer case, also in 2021
God Fractal Design Received in the last decade mainly positive responses thanks to a significant change in access to computer cases. When at the beginning of the previous decade enclosures began to arrive Fractal Design To the Israeli market, the market seems to have welcomed them happily since access to particularly quiet cases in Scandinavian design or something that was rare to see.
While the Define series has focused on high weight and noise insulation within the chassis, over the years we have seen additional series that are primarily designed for gaming that slightly compromises the noise segment in favor of improved airflow. Series like ARC and beyond Core And Focus for example are the ones that focus on performance Cooling But also relatively low noise levels.
Another series of packages recently launched by Fractal is the Meshify series. A series of enclosures that emphasizes existing and potential ventilation capabilities with an emphasis on the installation capabilities of fans and systems Cooling water. The series is now on Meshify 2, after taking feedback and refining the tools.
The Meshify 2 TG is the newest in the series and was launched late last year. This is a Mid Tower package suitable for computer systems based on ATX and EATX motherboards with a height of up to seven expansion interfaces. The width of the possible motherboards is especially large in this case as you will see. The Meshify 2 comes with a standard side door or with tempered glass. The TG (Tempered Glass) models are the ones that come with glass. Specifically, the case we received is with a glass side door and a black groove. The case is also available in white.
The name Meshify comes mostly from what you see in the image above. This case includes a front part that is actually Network Double. The outer layer has interesting geometric shapes and behind it there is a dust crust. The height of this case is 47.5 centimeters. Its width is 24 centimeters and its depth is 54.2 centimeters. The very fact that the depth of the casing is greater than its height is an indication of the type of contents it is suitable for.
The bottom of the case includes one large filter that is removed from the front of the case for cleaning. We really liked this type of filter in the Define series and we are happy to see it here. There is no need to access the back of the case to clean the filter below the power supply. This case also has four high legs with a rubber bottom to prevent noise and vibrations that may pass from it to the table or floor.
The back of the case shows the area of the interfaces to the motherboard, plus two vertical expansion slots in case a user purchases a kit that extends the interface.PCI-Express And install it in front of the glass window. Personally, we think the function and health of the hardware comes before visibility so we are not fans of installing hardware with tremendous heat emission in front of a glass door.
A 140 mm fan is installed in the back of the case to expel hot air.
Removing the front panel reveals two Fractal Dynamic X2 GP-14 fans. These are quiet fans measuring 140 millimeters. A third fan can potentially be installed. Four 120-millimeter fans can also be installed in the front of the case.
Opening the casing roof reveals an additional removable filter for the upper area. We like filter extraction mechanisms, but here it is not possible to remove the filter without lifting the roof of the case (an operation that requires little force and with plastic parts).
The roof of the chassis also enjoys maximum flexibility in the installation of fans and radiators for cooling water. As with the front of the case, four 120-millimeter fans or three 140-millimeter fans fit on the roof of the Meshify 2 case. However, Fractal recommends using a maximum of three of each type to make room for additional components. Inclusion of a round hole for needs like system filling Cooling Water and big rules for shackles show that Fractal knows the advanced user and his needs.
Meshify 2 TG has one glass door in front of the hardware and an iron door on the other side. The doors are opened by pushing this button in a continuous motion when finally the entire chassis door opens in the same direction. The lower part of the door stands on hinges and cannot be locked there. We think Fractal could have thought of a slightly safer mechanism for opening a glass door, since excessive force would cause the door to fall and break. There is no mechanism that will stop the door from opening up to a certain point and prevent detachment from the case. Therefore, with one hand push the door out and with the other hand make sure that the door does not fly.
The interior space for working in Meshify 2 is huge, especially for standard systems that use air cooling or kits Cooling Standard water. This case is clearly designed for those who like to add hardware. The height of the chassis is relatively standard and is divided into an area of large power supply and storage downstairs, and the motherboard area upstairs using a metal partition.
Officially, this chassis supports ATX and E-ATX motherboard standards with E-ATX limited to a height of only seven expansion interfaces. This means that A-ETX boards with 8 or 9 height expansion interfaces will not be suitable. The E-ATX device is problematic and does not relate to height, so a symbol in its support comes with asterisks. There is a lot of width for motherboards in this case, and there is none Motherboard A standard that will not fit in this dimension.
The part on the right near the front fans serves several purposes. On the one hand, this area is suitable for the installation of systems Cooling Advanced water. Extremely thick radiators can be applied to the front fans, pumps and water tanks of very respectable sizes.
On the other hand, the flat part can be retracted to cover an area where metal trays can be anchored to install a means. storage More.
Although there is a partition between the different areas, the power supply area is ventilated with Network Stylish. There are also holes for moving some of the cables to the bottom area of the motherboard.
The back of the case is full of every good, when here are all the tools needed for arranging cables, installing means storage And connecting fans. The right part below the access hole on the back of the motherboard includes two devices for 2.5-inch drives. The middle part includes attachment aids when there are three cable gripping devices and two large holes for cable passage. The left part includes the row to which hard drive trays can be anchored from the other part of the chassis, along with one vertical tray to which a 2.5 or 3.5 inch drive can be anchored from this side.
A removable plastic panel comes mainly to hide the power supply area. It must be removed before installing the power supply and other components in the lower partition, and can be returned in a day. All this mechanism is made of plastic and all you have to do is pull it out.
Relatively concealed, the top of this side of the chassis includes a fan concentration unit. This unit receives power via a SATA power cable. Up to six fans can be connected to the left side (we will connect the two fronts of the chassis there), and to the left side you can connect three more with a 4-pin connector (it is technically possible to connect additional three-pin connectors there).
This whole unit gets a single 4-pin connector that connects to the motherboard. As a result, all chassis fans can be controlled uniformly with only one connector going to the motherboard, which can be programmatically controlled through dedicated programs or BIOS.
Together with the Meshify 2 TG we received four trays for the installation of hard drives, and at the bottom come three installed removable sockets. Apart from the rail for the top trays, the bottom of the case can also be used for their installation. As a result, the Meshify 2 supports a tremendous potential amount of volume, among the highest you will find in a Mid Tower package with the maximum theoretical capability for15 3.5-inch hard drives 17 Drives SSD Of 2.5 inches.
Fractal's Meshify 2 is a very flexible and modular case, with nothing feeling particularly squeaky or cheap. If we need to lower points on the quality of construction and design, it is mainly for the door that we think should include a safety mechanism for opening.
Assembly and testing on the next page