Interior and cooling
When we remove the side panel of the Fractal Design Meshify C we see that the interior is intentionally modest. At the bottom we find a closed compartment that measures 10 cm in height and offers room for the power supply and an HDD-case with room for two 3.5 inch hard drives. The power supply can be mounted with the fan pointing up or down, whichever orientation you prefer. This way you can choose to suck in fresh air from the bottom of the case and directly remove it through the back, or suck air from the inside of the case through the power supply. The bottom of the case also has a removable dust filter.
Aside from the power supply, the HDD-cage is also found in the compartment. You can use the two removable metal cages to mount a 3.5 or 2.5 inch hard drive. The drives have to be screwed in for this; the mounting points for 3.5 inch have vibration damping rubbers. If you so desire you can also remove the tray completely, after which it is possible to mount a single 3.5 inch drive directly on the bottom of the case.
The top compartment is basically one big room, which should allow air to flow without obstruction. The motherboard tray offers room for Mini-ITX, MicroATX and regular ATX motherboards. Note that the tray at the back of the motherboard is slightly forward in order to offer room for cable management at the back of the case. Because of this, motherboards bigger than regular ATX will not fit, but should your ATX-motherboard have (SATA) connectors that point backwards you can easily route these cables to the back of the tray.
Fractal includes two 120 mm fans with the Meshify C, one of which is mounted in the front and the other one at the back. The case also offers enough room for more fans. At the top you can mount two 120 or 140 mm fans or a single 120 or 240 mm radiator. When installing a radiator you do have to bear in mind the height of the motherboard at the top: components there should not exceed a height of 4 cm, because these will obstruct the radiator and / or the mounted fans.
At the front of the case there is room for three 120 mm fans or two 140 mm models. You can also choose to mount a 120, 140, 280 or 320 mm radiator there. In all cases there is a maximum width of 144 mm for the radiator. If you want to mount a 360mm model, the hard drive cage at the bottom of the case also needs to be removed, leaving room for a single 3.5 inch hard drive.
Behind the right side panel we find a removable panel on the back of the motherboard tray which offers room for three 2.5 inch hard drives or SSDs. At the front of the case the motherboard tray is slightly lower, which means that cable management is not a problem. The case comes with three Velcro strips and on the side of the motherboard we find holes for cable management, while there are two more holes at the top of the motherboard; all of these have rubber grommets.