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Mesh Matrix II 620 HD review

Kat Orphanides
13 Oct 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
500
inc VAT

A solid PC with a massive hard disk and excellent monitor, but with rather limited upgrade potential and an underpowered graphics card.

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Specifications

2.6GHz AMD Athlon II X4 620, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Mesh's Matrix II 620HD put in a strong performance in our application tests, and is a fine choice unless you want to play games - just flip to the graphs on page 91 and you'll see what we mean.

If you like the look of the Matrix II but do want to play games, you'll need to replace the Radeon 4350 graphics card with something more powerful. There's enough room in the compact (and quiet) mini-tower case for a full-sized graphics card - even one that takes up two slots - but you may need a molex to PCI-E adaptor, as the 300W power supply has no PCI-E power connectors.

This is the first £500 PC we've seen from Mesh with an AMD Athlon II processor, rather than a Phenom. This processor is essentially the same as a Phenom II, but simply has fewer cores and less cache memory. It's still powerful enough for most tasks, though.

There's another reason why the 620 HD misses out an award: there's not much room for upgrades. Both memory slots on the Asus M2N68-AM SE2 motherboard are used to bring the board up to its maximum 4GB of RAM, both SATA ports are in use and there's just one PCI and one PCI-E x1 slot.

It may not have the raw power of some similarly priced PCs, but the Matrix II 620 HD is still a good choice. The excellent 22in Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS monitor has a resolution of 1,920x1,080. This provides outstanding image quality, with bright, even backlighting and wide viewing angles. The 1TB hard disk is also fantastic in a PC at this price, providing all the storage you're likely to need for some time. It also comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit preinstalled, so you won't have the hassle of applying for an upgrade and installing it yourself. Rounding off the system is a comfortable Logitech keyboard and mouse set.

Thanks to the big hard disk and large, high-resolution monitor, this is one of the most usable PCs you can buy for £500. The only weak point is that its graphics card lacks the power required for gaming. However, factoring in expandability, CCL's CCL-CS1009 just edges out Mesh to be our budget PC of choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorAMD Athlon II X4 620
Processor external bus200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx13
Processor clock speed2.6GHz
Processor socketAM3
Level 1 cache4x 128KB
Level 2 cache4x 512KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory4GB
MotherboardAsus M2N68-AM SE2
Motherboard chipsetNvidia GeForce 7025 + nForce 630a
Power consumption standby6W
Power consumption idle72W
Power consumption active127W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsVGA

Internal Expansion

Casemini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports0
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays2

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung HD103UJ
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity1,000GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)512MB ATI Radeon 4350
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

SoundRealtec ALC662 High Definition Audio
Sound outputs5.1 line out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

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

Display

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

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Deluxe 250 Keyboard
MouseLogitech M-UAE96

Software

Software includedMicrosoft Works 8.5, Cyberlink Video Editing Suite
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£500
Detailswww.meshcomputers.com

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