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Mesh XGS PII 955CS review

Kat Orphanides
10 Jul 2009
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
799
inc VAT

We're not sure how Mesh can provide 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard disk and a top-notch processor for only £800, but we're certainly impressed.

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Specifications

3.2GHz AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, 8.000000 RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Mesh's XGS PII 955CS has a 3.2GHz Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition processor, the fastest in AMD's current range, and a huge 8GB of memory.

This combination gives excellent performance at a reasonable price. The Overall score of 112 in our application benchmarks was 12 per cent quicker than our reference PC. Most users won't make full use of all that memory, but those editing HD video will certainly feel the benefits. If you need even more power, the Black Edition processor gives plenty of overclocking options.

The ATI Radeon HD 4770 graphics card helped the 955CS to a high frame rate of 54.8fps in Call of Duty 4 and 25.1fps on the challenging Crysis test. It's easy to boost frame rates in Crysis by reducing the anti-aliasing setting. We've seen more powerful cards in £800 PCs before, but unless you're a serious gamer the HD 4770 is a good choice, which is why it's our current Best Buy.

All this impressive hardware is slotted into Mesh's latest own-brand chassis. The black-and-red case looks rather snazzy, and should please anyone who likes their PC to stand out. Inside, there's a 1TB hard disk for storage, and plenty of room to install extra drives. We liked the convenient USB, eSATA, FireWire and audio ports mounted above the front fascia. It's well built, but although it has vibration-dampening hard disk caddies, there's no other sound-proofing. This makes it a bit noisy when compared to systems with sound-proofed cases such as Mesh's award-winning Matrix II 940CS. It's also power-hungry, consuming 148W when simply idling.

The Asus M4A79 Pro motherboard is well designed, with everything sensibly laid out. With the graphics card in place, only one of the two PCI-E x1 slots is available. However, there are three PCI slots, too, so you shouldn't have any trouble adding expansion cards.

Logitech's Deluxe 660 cordless keyboard and mouse set mean you aren't tied to your PC with cables. They work well enough, but the keyboard feels somewhat spongy. The 22in widescreen Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS monitor is outstanding, with a fast 2ms response time, a 1,920x1,080 resolution and great image quality. Colour saturation wasn't as vivid as we've seen from some screens, but this is an excellent display whether you want to play games, watch HD movies or work with multiple applications.

The XGS PII 955CS is fantastic value. It comes with more processor power and RAM than any similarly priced system we've seen. The ATI Radeon HD 4770's performance isn't powerful enough to excite serious gamers, but it's still quick enough to handle the latest games. The XGS PII 955CS is a great choice for those wanting a really powerful PC. It wins our Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorAMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
Processor external bus200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx16
Processor clock speed3.2GHz
Processor socketAM3
Level 1 cache4x 64KB
Level 2 cache2,048KB
Memory8.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardAsus M4A78 Pro
Motherboard chipsetAMD 780G + ATI SB700
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption idle148W
Power consumption active230W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)1/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)1/0
Wired network ports10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsVGA, DVI, HDMI

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)2 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports3
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays3

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung HD103SI
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity1,000GB
Spindle speed5,400rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)512MB ATI Radeon HD 4770
Graphics/video ports2x DVI, TV-out

Sound

SoundVT1708S High Definition Audio
Sound outputs7.1 line out, stereo line out, optical S/PDIF out, line in, mic in
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelTSST SH-S2223B
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size22 in
Screen modelIiyama ProLite E2208HDS-1
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Response time2ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Deluxe 660 Cordless Keyboard
MouseLogitech Cordless Optical Mouse RX 650

Software

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

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£799
Supplierhttp://www.meshcomputers.com
Detailswww.meshcomputers.com

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