In my opinion, the main motivation for building Mini-ITX PCs has always been to outperform current consoles while keeping the system just as small.However best graphics card Also, modern CPUs require large coolers and a lot of air movement, so it’s not a good idea to save thermals.
Enter Lian Li’s spin-off SsupD and its latest Meshroom S case. This is a versatile rectangular case (technically the ITX and full-size he support ATX motherboards). Inside the shell covered with mesh, However Plenty of room for creative and capable ITX builds.
But the Meshroom S’s toughest challenge may be its $160 price tag. This includes a PCIe 4.0 riser cable (or you can get the case without the cable for $120). But the company’s previous (and in some ways very similar) mesh case It retails for just $99, includes a PCIe 3.0 riser cable, and performs nearly identically with many graphics cards and motherboards. Let’s dive into this compact but complicated case and see if he can beat one of the strong competitors. Best Mini-ITX case list.
Specifications of Ssupd Mesh Room S
|motherboard support||mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||9.7 x 6.6 x 14.2 inches|
|GPU max length||13.2 inches|
|CPU cooler height||3 inches|
|internal bay||2x 3.5″ HDD or 7x 2.5″ SSD|
|expansion slot||Small Form Factor GPU: 3|
|Full length GPU: 4|
|Front I/O||2x USB Type A 3.2 Gen 1|
|1x USB Type C 3.2 Gen 2|
|other||1x rear power switch|
|90 degree HDMI cable|
Features of Ssupd Mesh Room S
My first reaction to the Meshroom S was “Wow, that’s a mesh rectangle.” But with all the panels removed, you’ll find that there’s more space inside than you might think. That said, Ssupd seems to have cut some corners when it comes to the structural integrity of the chassis.
The Meshroom S never flexed during the build, but I felt like it could, so I was extra careful. The panels, on the other hand, are solid and fit easily into the frame of the case.
Despite its size, the Meshroom S has a fair amount of space for storage devices. However, installation requires more work than usual. If you want to install one or two SSDs on top of the case, you need to screw in the included brackets. Another option is the bottom of the case, but this means that installing two drives requires that one of the drives be covered by the power supply. Finally, drives can be installed behind the motherboard tray, directly above the GPU. However, given that the case is cramped even with an ITX motherboard, we recommend using an M.2 drive.
As a case of inspiring creativity, SSUPD forgot about cable management. There are few fixing points for cables. The chassis provided good cable management, but you may need to DIY some cable points if planning a custom water loop here.
The Meshroom S design has many similarities to the Meshlicious. The biggest one is support for different layouts.
The Meshroom S’ IO is interesting in that the power button is located on the top back of the case, while the 2x USB 3.1 ports and 1x Type-C Gen 2 port are located on the top front. , it states that the top IO can be removed if you want internal space, perhaps a larger radiator and fan in the front. So removing the port leaves a pretty big hole in the top of the case.
The Ssupd Meshroom S is 9.7 x 6.5 x 14.2 inches (LWH), slightly shorter than the NZXT H1 V2. As I said earlier, there’s quite a bit of room inside (at least for ITX builds), which simplifies the build process as far as SFF builds are concerned. Most things just screw into the frame as they should.
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Cooling with Meshroom S is easy when using this chassis with an ITX motherboard. Focus on ITX bets. Despite its size, the Meshroom S also fits ATX motherboards, but the included riser cable is too short, so you’ll need to purchase a 250mm riser cable. And what I said about the case being quite wide definitely doesn’t apply when trying to fit a full size motherboard here. If so, you should choose an SFX like the one used in this build.
The front of the Meshroom S can accommodate radiators up to 280mm, but requires the installation of separate brackets. You can mount radiators up to 240mm behind the motherboard tray, but be aware that there isn’t much room for the fans to draw air. If you want to use air cooler, you can install a 120mm fan on the top of the case for exhaust air, but it can’t be thicker than 15mm.
With the growing popularity of DIY liquid cooling, SSUPD wanted to make the Meshroom S compatible with PETG tubes and water blocks. However, unless you have the hands of a surgeon and the brains of a carpenter, I don’t think there is any practicality in doing custom his loops in this case. If you’re planning on cooling your graphics card, things get really tight and the radiator he’ll have to mount one behind the motherboard tray.
As with most ITX cases, bulky CPU tower coolers are not welcome. Meshroom S only supports coolers up to 74mm (2.91 inches), so we recommend using AIO. On the other hand, the chassis can accommodate cards up to 13.2 inches long and 4 slots thick, so graphics cards of all sizes can be used.
Our new ITX case test hardware uses an Intel 12th Gen “Alder Lake” 12600K and is cooled by a NZXT Kraken 120 all-in-one liquid cooler. The graphics card is EVGA RTX 3050 XC.
Acoustic results of Ssupd Meshroom S
Our acoustic tests consist of three scenarios. Run the CPU at full load, run the CPU and GPU at full load, and run in optimized mode. The CPU full load test runs the CPU and case fans at maximum speed. For the CPU and GPU full-load acoustic tests, we put the EVGA RTX 3050 XC under load and set the fans at 75% speed. This is because in games the fans never run at 100% and when they do they are too loud.
Optimized mode runs the GPU fan speed at 30% and the CPU and attached case fans at their lowest spinning speed.
Note that this chassis does not include fans, so these tests only run the CPU fan (and the graphics card fan). Again, you can install a fan on top for exhaust. But with all exposed surfaces of the case being mesh, heat build-up inside isn’t much of a problem (especially with this modest piece of hardware).
This is the first Mini-ITX case tested on this platform, so there is no comparison, so there is no chart. Stay tuned for more compact case reviews.
With all meshes, the acoustic results were what I expected. Not too small, not too big. We got 34dB quietness at optimized idle, 41dB with CPU fan running at full speed, and 45dB quietness with CPU fan maxed out and GPU at 75%.
Thermal results of SSUPD Mesh Room S
All case and CPU fan speeds are set to 100% for thermal testing. The Core i5-12600K is set to a 4.3GHz clock of 1.12v across all performance cores to ensure consistent power consumption across test scenarios.
In our temperature test, the CPU stayed cool at 53 degrees Celsius and the GPU reached 67 degrees Celsius. Again, if you have a high-end GPU and CPU, you may want to install an exhaust fan, but in most cases all mesh is It should help a lot.
The Ssupd Meshroom S is a cute ITX chassis, but it feels overdone and plagued with Napoleon complexes. While I’m all for the case’s versatility, I’m offended by the amount of work required to make the Meshroom S a little different than a mesh ITX case.
Also, the company hasn’t solved the main problem with previous cases: when using a full-size graphics card, the video port is at the bottom and not too far away, so the Meshroom S has an L-shaped An HDMI cable is included. from the desk or floor. So if you use that HDMI cable to connect to your monitor or if you have a setup that requires his DisplayPort for VRR you’ll have to source your own angled cable which already costs quite a bit .
That said, the thermal performance was exceptional, and the removable panels made it easy to install the rather modest and compact hardware. Don’t expect the process to be easy.
For $160, I expected a riser cable for an ATX motherboard or at least one fan in the box. The company’s own, his Meshlicious case isn’t very versatile, but it’s only $99 with a PCIe 3.0 riser cable. Unless you’re using something like AMD’s RX 6400 or 6500XT and their x4 interface, that cable will provide plenty of bandwidth most of the time.
If the $160 launch price is maintained, such amount will be transferred to the Cooler Master NR200 or Lianly O11 Miniboth are different cases than the Meshroom S, but they’re good overall, unless you’re obsessed with getting as many meshes as possible in your PC-building life.