Mesh Matrix II 940 CS review

Alan Lu
18 Mar 2009
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3GHz AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

Mesh's Matrix II 940 CS is one of three PCs in this month's Labs fitted with a new AMD Phenom II X4 processor.

This top-of-the-range 3GHz 940 Black Edition processor and 4GB of RAM made the 940 CS one of the fastest PCs here in all our application benchmarks. The Black Edition suffix means the multiplier is unlocked, allowing you to overclock the processor simply by increasing the multiplier in the BIOS. This doesn't affect the speed of any other component - which happens when you overclock the external bus speed - so the PC should remain stable even at faster speeds.

The 940 CS wasn't the fastest PC here for gaming, but its Radeon HD 4850 graphics card is still more than powerful enough for playing the latest action-packed 3D games. Despite its powerful performance, the 940 CS is one of the quietest PCs here thanks to its foam-lined noise-dampening case.

Like most of the other £800 PCs in this round-up, the 940 CS comes with a 22in monitor. The Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS has a resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels, which is higher than the 1,680x1,050 resolution of the other 22in monitors here. It's great for watching 1080p high-definition video and for working in multiple windows simultaneously. Colours weren't particularly vibrant, but it's a bright screen with even backlighting.

The 750GB hard disk is the largest here, but if you need even more storage there's room inside the 940 CS's sleek black case for five more disks (but only four spare SATA ports). You can also fit three more optical drives. There are three PCI and two PCI Express x1 slots, but one of the x1 slots is blocked by the graphics card.

Mesh's Matrix II 940 CS is a well-rounded PC with something for everyone. It's fast in Windows and games, has a huge hard disk, comes with a high-resolution monitor and is quiet. Unless you want even faster 3D performance, there's no need to look any further for a great-value £800 PC.

Basic Specifications

ProcessorAMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition
Processor external bus200MHz (1.8GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx15
Processor clock speed3GHz
Processor socketAM2+
Level 1 cache4x 64KB
Level 2 cache2,048KB
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardAsus M3A78
Motherboard chipsetAMD 770
Power consumption standby3W
Power consumption idle137W
Power consumption active250W


USB2 ports (front/rear)3/6
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)2 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports4
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD753LJ
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity750GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm


Graphics card(s)512MB ATI Radeon HD 4850
Graphics/video portsVGA, DVI, TV out


Sound outputs7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsCF, SD, SDHC, MMC, HDMMC, MMCPlus, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Optical drive modelSamsung SH-S223F
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size22 in
Screen modelIiyama ProLite E2208HDS
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Response time5ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA

Other Hardware

KeyboardLogitech Deluxe 660 Cordless Desktop
MouseLogitech RX 650


Software includedCyberLink DVD Suite 5, Microsoft Works 8.5
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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