Meshify S2 is a fractal design case. So what are the plus aspects of Meshify S2? Here is the Meshify S2 Review.
Fractal Design is relaunching its performance model. The Meshify S2 should not only offer the strengths of its predecessor but also be even more versatile and at the same time offer the latest fractal design features. Does that make it the optimal Meshify S2 case?
With Meshify C, Fractal Design has developed massively in 2017. It was the first newly developed fractal design model to offer a glass side panel. Above all, it has been trimmed with its mesh front for maximum cooling performance – very different from the popular Fractal Design Define models, which are primarily supposed to be quiet.
With the Meshify S2, a new Meshify appears – one that has been significantly further developed. The newcomer is getting bigger, more versatile, and more modern. It is not without reason that the following S2 is reminiscent of the Define S2. Because the interior of the Meshify S2 comes from this silent model. Externally, however, it remains a mesh case with a strikingly shaped mesh front. Accordingly, it promises high cooling performance. This is done by three 140 mm fans ex-works. A total of nine fan slots are available. Alternatively, it is possible to mount a maximum of a 420 mm radiator in the lid and a 360 mm radiator behind the front.
The Meshify S2 not only offers more options than Meshify C – but it also costs significantly more. While the first Meshify model came onto the market with an MSRP of 89.99 euros, Fractal Design calls for at least 147.99 euros for the Meshify S2. And for this, you only get the standard version with a closed side panel. The versions with a glass side panel (Meshify S2 Black – Dark TG, Meshify S2 Black – TG, and Meshify S2 White – TG) should cost 154.99 euros. Because of the relationship with the Define S2, the pricing makes sense. Because this Define model also cost 154.99 euros at launch. In the meantime, the retail price of this model has leveled out at around 20 euros below the RRP.
Even the accessories are very reminiscent of the Define S2. The Meshify S2 is not only delivered with instructions and assembly material (neatly sorted in resealable bags) but also with cable ties, cleaning cloth, S-ATA power extension cables, and two brackets for a reservoir.
From the front, the Meshify S2 looks extremely similar to Meshify C. The specially shaped mesh panel has a high recognition value. Despite the same design, both cases have very different formats. While the Meshify C was still a relatively compact ATX case with 217 x 440 x 395 mm (W x H x D), the 233 x 465 x 538 mm (W x H x D) Meshify S2 has grown significantly. Above all, it protrudes a lot more into the depth and has almost the same format as the also strikingly long Define S2 (233 x 465 x 543 mm).
The mesh front should of course not only provide a different look than the Define model but above all also provide a higher cooling capacity. Behind the metal, the grille is a nylon filter that is supposed to catch dust. Fractal Design states that the Meshify 2‘s nylon filters reduce airflow significantly less than plastic filters.
Mesh and dust filters can be pushed forwards from below and removed with a little feeling. The cleaning of the dust filter is thus uncomplicated. Two Dynamic X2 GP-14s emerge behind the front. They practically cover the top two-thirds of the case and work at a maximum of 1,000 rpm. If necessary, the lower fan space can also be equipped with a 140 or 120 mm fan.
Compared to the Define S2, the Meshify S2 has no two USB 2.0 ports. The I / O panel can still convince with USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C interface, and two audio jacks. The remaining part of the lid is taken up by another mesh element with a nylon dust filter. Unlike the front mesh, the lid mesh is smooth.
The lid mesh is simply released on the back wall at the push of a button. A removable fan or radiator screen appears underneath. It takes three 120 or 140 mm fans or a maximum of 360 or 420 mm radiators. A Fillport recess (25.4 mm / 1-inch diameter) can also be used.
Not only the lid mesh but also both side parts can be detached from the back if necessary. The knurled screws actually only serve as a transport lock. Otherwise, you can do without them, as both side parts stay in place by themselves. Fractal Design speaks of the “push-to-lock mechanism”.
A third 140 mm fan, also of the Dynamic X2 GP-14 type, sits on the rear wall. Two vertical expansion card slots should not be missing either. A riser cable is not included but is offered by Fractal Design as an optional accessory (Flex VRC-25).
The shiny silver feet are typical of Fractal Design. In between sits the large floor dust filter, which is simply pulled out for cleaning.
The interior was practically taken over directly from the Define S2. The Meshify S2 also uses the Fractal Design “Open Layout”, a modular two-chamber structure.
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The expansion cards are simply attached with knurled screws. Air openings in the power supply cover ensure that passively cooled power supplies can also be installed without hesitation.
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The considerable depth of the case leaves a lot of space between the front and the mainboard. A large part of the power supply cover can be removed, which then enables the installation of front radiators (maximum 360 or 280 mm) with a large overall height. Fractal Design plans to install a tube expansion tank on the empty surface of the mainboard tray.
Fractal Design has consistently hidden the five drive slots behind the mainboard tray ex-works. Three of the drive slots can be used for both 3.5 and 2.5-inch drives. Both drive formats are mounted with Phillips screws. 3.5-inch HDDs can be decoupled with rubber rings. Two pure 2.5-inch drive carriers are available for this. Alternatively, these two drive carriers can also be visibly mounted on the power supply cover.
The power supply is not pushed into the Meshify S2 from the side but the rear. It can also be screwed to the removable power supply cover.
The case does not have its own fan control, but it still has the Nexus + Smart Hub ready. This allows up to three PWM fans and up to six 3-pin fans to be controlled via a PWM signal from the mainboard.
Our ATX test system once again makes it particularly clear how deep the Meshify S2 is. It is actually too big for an air-cooled ATX system. In return, water cooling users can benefit from the generous space available.
It actually seems obvious to compare the new Meshify S2 with the Meshify C. Both cases look very similar from the front, but they are designed very differently. Therefore, it makes more sense to simply view the Meshify S2 as a mesh alternative to the closely related Define S2. Because the differences between the two housings are minor: The Meshify S2 is simply given a different front and loses the sound insulation, the second, closed cover element, and the two USB 2.0 ports of the Define S2.
Despite the minimally simpler equipment, the cost point remains the same. The Meshify S2 with a glass side panel also has an RRP of 154.99 euros. For a midi tower made of steel, this is a handsome prince, but the Meshify S2 also boasts considerable usage options. High tower coolers and long high-end graphics cards (with an optional riser cable also mounted vertically) can easily be accommodated in the modern interior. Also, the Meshify S2 is quite water-cooling-friendly and not only offers plenty of space for radiators but also enough space for a pump and larger terms and conditions. The three pre-assembled 140 mm fans provide a considerable cooling capacity right from the factory. The direct comparison with the Define S2 is particularly instructive. Because the Meshify S2 can actually significantly increase the cooling performance and is even one of the best cooling cases in the test field. The open front also allows the noise level to rise measurably, but the pleasantly quiet operation is possible at reduced fan speed.