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Mesh Ice 5 750 CS review

Kat Orphanides
13 Oct 2009
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
800
inc VAT

Although a touch noisy, the Ice 5 is an excellent all-rounder, with great performance and a top-class monitor.

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Specifications

2.66GHz Intel Core i5-750, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

We're used to seeing Mesh undercut its rivals at a particular price point, and the Ice 5 750 CS does it again.

While rivals struggle to fit a Core i5 processor and motherboard into their budget, Mesh appears to have no problems, matching competitors' specifications inside its tower case, and beating them outside when it comes to peripherals.

The bundled Iiyama E2208HDS monitor and wireless keyboard and mouse are superb. Some may prefer to switch to a wired Logitech set when ordering, but we're sure no-one will want to change the monitor. Not only does it look stylish, but it has excellent image quality, with impressive brightness and colour reproduction. You'll want to spend a little extra on a DVI cable, as there's only a VGA cable in the box, a common trait across all the PCs here.

Mesh's latest tower case is relatively inoffensive, although the red lights that flash in Standby mode are a potential annoyance. It's good to see USB, FireWire and eSATA ports on the front, plus a wide array of interfaces at the rear of the Asus motherboard. Please note, though, that the FireWire port isn't connected as the motherboard doesn't have a FireWire controller. If you want to use the FireWire port, you'll need to buy a PCI or PCI Express expansion card. The only other absentee is coaxial S/PDIF, but this isn't likely to bother many people.

The inside of the case is neat, although the snake of power supply cables may hinder the installation of extra optical drives. Transverse hard disk trays make it simple to add more, but the 1TB disk shouldn't fill up too quickly.

It's good to see front and rear 120mm fans, plus a third in the power supply, and all three are quiet. The only noisy component is the fan on the HIS Radeon 4890 graphics card, which makes a din even when idle. The large grille in the side panel does nothing to damp the noise.

The card put in a sterling performance, which makes up for the racket - it achieved over 75fps in Call of Duty 4 and a whisker under 40fps in Crysis. Needless to say, the Core i5 750 processor performed very well.

If there's any criticism of the Ice 5, it's the one-year return-to-base warranty. However, since Mesh's rivals provide the same, the 750 CS gets to the winning post first and walks away with a Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorIntel Core i5-750
Processor external bus133MHz (2,400MHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Processor multiplierx24
Processor clock speed2.66GHz
Processor socketLGA1156
Level 1 cache4x 64KB
Level 2 cache4x 256KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC3-10600
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardAsus P7P55D
Motherboard chipsetIntel P55
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption idle99W
Power consumption active215W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/8
Firewire ports (front/rear)1/1
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/1
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)2 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports3
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays3

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung HD103SI
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity1,000GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)1GB ATI Radeon HD 4890
Graphics/video ports2x DVI, TV-out

Sound

SoundVia VT1828S
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 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 660 Cordless Keyboard
MouseLogitech Cordless Optical Mouse RX 650

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£800
Detailswww.meshcomputers.com

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