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Mesh Nero 9950HD review

Barry de la Rosa
7 Jul 2009
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
523.45
inc VAT

An amazing PC with stunning performance, huge upgrade potential and a fantastic monitor. The 9950HD is incredible value.

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Specifications

2.6GHz AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

For its Nero 9950HD, Mesh has upgraded its Best Buy-winning Nero 9850HD to make an even better PC.

The main difference is the slightly faster quad-core 2.6GHz AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition processor. This, combined with 4GB of RAM, stormed through our benchmarking tests, doing particularly well in the processor-intensive video-encoding and multitasking tests.

If you want to squeeze more performance, the Black Edition can be overclocked easily, as its multiplier is unlocked (see the overclocking feature on page 104 for more information). For the more adventurous, the Asus M2N68-VM motherboard supports the newer Phenom II processors and takes up to 8GB of RAM, so there's plenty of room for upgrading.

A fast processor is no good in a poorly balanced system, but Mesh hasn't cut any corners with this PC. The 500GB hard disk provides plenty of storage space, and we were impressed with the 22in widescreen Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS monitor. Its high resolution of 1,920x1,080 makes it brilliant for standard Windows use and entertainment alike. Image quality is stunning, and the monitor has even backlighting and colour reproduction. It has a choice of VGA or DVI (HDCP-compliant) inputs.

The onboard GeForce 7050PV graphics are capable of playing 1080p HD video, so if you add a Blu-ray drive later you can watch movies on the E2208HDS. Alternatively, the onboard graphics card's HDMI output means you could plug the Nero 9950HD directly into an HD TV.

The only slight disappointment is that the graphics card isn't fast enough to play games. However, fitting a decent graphics card such as Sapphire's £79 Radeon HD 4770 into the free PCI Express x16 slot is an easy and cost-effective upgrade for anyone interested in games.

Considering the amazing base specification, stunning Windows performance, high-resolution monitor and upgrade potential for the future, we can't find fault with Mesh's Nero 9950HD. It's by far the best-value PC here and wins our Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorAMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition
Processor external bus200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx13
Processor clock speed2.6GHz
Processor socketAM2+
Level 1 cache4x 64KB
Level 2 cache4x 512KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardAsus M2N68-VM
Motherboard chipsetNvidia GeForce 7050PV
Power consumption standby6W
Power consumption idle88W
Power consumption active148W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)3/6
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/1
Wired network ports10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports1
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays1

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung HD502IJ
InterfaceSATA/300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)Integrated Nvidia GeForce 7050PV
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

SoundVT1708B High Definition Audio
Sound outputs7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsCF, SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia, xD
Optical drive modelTSSTcorp SH-S223B
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

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

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Internet 350 Keyboard
MouseLogitech M-UAE96

Software

Software includedMicrosoft Works 8.5, CyberLink Video Editing Suite
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£523
Detailswww.meshcomputers.com

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