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Mesh Matrix II TT review

Will Stapley
21 Sep 2009
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
519
inc VAT

With a powerful processor, fast graphics and a decent 20in monitor, the Matrix II TT is a great all-round PC.

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Specifications

2.6GHz AMD Phenom X4 9950, 4.000000 RAM, 20in 1,600x900 display, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

The Mesh Matrix II TT makes a good first impression with its smart, glossy black finish.

USB and audio ports are plainly visible on the front. There's also blanking plate for an eSATA port, but this isn't used, and it wouldn't take much to accidently knock out the flimsy bit of plastic, leaving a small but unsightly hole. It's a minor gripe, though, and we were pleased with the rest of the system.

The 20in Iiyama ProLite monitor is the most expensive in the group at around £135 if bought separately. It's also the best, displaying sharp text and realistic colours, and offering wide viewing angles. The 1,600x900 resolution isn't quite full HD, but at least you can use the DVI interface for a digital connection.

Mesh has opted for a quad-core AMD Phenom X4 9950 processor and 4GB of RAM. As the Black Edition processor has an unlocked multiplier, it's a good option for those who are looking to overclock. The Matrix's performance isn't the best here, but it's not far off. A possible culprit is the hard disk. It provides a decent 500GB of storage, but has a 5,400rpm spindle speed, which means it's likely to be slower than 7,200rpm disks.

Everything in the case is neat, and a gigantic Akasa heatsink and fan keeps the processor cool. The heatsink's fan makes a fair amount of noise, and while it's not excessively loud, it's certainly the noisiest of the group.

Fortunately, this niggle is offset by great gaming performance. The Radeon HD 4850 managed 53.5fps in Call of Duty 4 at 1,680x1,050. At the monitor's native resolution of 1,600x900, this increased to 59.3fps, while at 1,280x720 the demanding Crysis ran at a playable 26.7fps. This makes the Matrix II TT PC suitable for entertainment as well as work.

Although the Logitech 250 keyboard doesn't have any media short cut buttons, it's solidly built and feels good to type on. The Matrix comes with the bare minimum of warranty cover, but the value of all the components mean it's the clear winner here and deserves its Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorAMD Phenom X4 9950
Processor external bus200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx13
Processor clock speed2.6GHz
Processor socketAM2+
Level 1 cache4x 128KB
Level 2 cache4x 512KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardAsustek M2N68-VM
Motherboard chipsetNvidia GeForce 7050PV + nForce 630a
Power consumption standby5W
Power consumption idle160W
Power consumption active228W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/1
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsVGA, DVI, HDMI

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports1
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays2

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung HD502HI
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed5,400rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)512MB ATI Radeon HD 4850
Graphics/video ports2x DVI, S-video

Sound

SoundVIA HD Audio
Sound outputs7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelTSST SH-S223B
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL DVD-RAM

Display

Viewable size20 in
Screen modelIiyama ProLite E2008HDS
Native resolution1,600x900
Response time5ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Deluxe 250 Keyboard
MouseLogitech Optical Mouse USB M-UAE96

Software

Software includedCyberlink Video Editing Suite, Microsoft Works 8.5
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£519
Detailswww.meshcomputers.com

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