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Mesh Matrix II 925 HD review

Kat Orphanides
13 Oct 2009
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
650
inc VAT

It's not the most powerful PC here, but its well-rounded specification makes it a versatile PC for the whole family.

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Specifications

2.8GHz AMD Phenom II X4 925, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Mesh's Matrix II 925 HD isn't the fastest PC £650 can buy, but it's a well-rounded system.

The lack of processing power comes from the choice of a 2.8GHz Phenom II X4 925, which can't compete with the Intel Core i5 processors in similarly priced PCs. However, Mesh has realised that few people need the power of a Core i5, and has instead used the money saved to install a few more useful components.

One is the huge 1TB hard disk, which should cater for all your storage needs. Next is the great 22in Iiyama E2208HDS monitor. It's one of our favourite budget monitors, with accurate if slightly pale colours that retain their intensity from most viewing angles. Its full HD resolution is a perfect match for the Matrix II's Blu-ray drive for watching HD movies. It's easy to connect surround-sound speakers, too. The Radeon HD 4850 graphics card lacks the power to satisfy serious gamers, but is beefy enough to play the latest games at reasonable quality levels. The comfortable keyboard and mouse are reliable wired models from Logitech.

The Matrix's compact microATX case reduces fan noise to a soft hum. It doesn't take up much space, either. There isn't much room for upgrades, but the Asus M2N68-VM motherboard provides just about everything you'll need, including eight-channel audio and an eSATA port. The only notable omission is FireWire. The graphics card blocks the only PCI-E x1 slot, but doesn't get in the way of the SATA ports. Cables are all neatly routed and there are two free PCI slots. The motherboard has two free memory slots, which can be used to upgrade from 4GB to a total of 8GB of RAM.

Unless you really need the extra grunt of a Core i5 processor, this is a great buy for £650. It even comes with 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium installed. The Matrix II 925 HD wins our Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorAMD Phenom II X4 925
Processor external bus200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx14
Processor clock speed2.8GHz
Processor socketAM3
Level 1 cache4x 128KB
Level 2 cache4x 512KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardAsus M2N68-VM
Motherboard chipsetNvidia GeForce 7050/nForce 630a
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption idle92W
Power consumption active207W

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

Casemini PC
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 HD103UJ
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity1,000GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)1GB ATI Radeon HD 4850
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

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

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelHL-DT-ST CH08LS10
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL BD-ROM

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£650
Detailswww.meshcomputers.com

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