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Mesh Slayer Xtreme Gamer review

Kat Orphanides
13 Oct 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
1,200
inc VAT

This great Core i7 PC has masses of upgrade potential and a great monitor. It's expensive, though, and there's no Blu-ray drive.

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Specifications

2.66GHz Intel Core i7-920, 6.000000 RAM, 24in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Anyone who buys Mesh's Slayer Xtreme Gamer had better make sure they have room for the huge tower case.

It measures a whopping 470mm tall and 520mm deep. At least it keeps the noise down to a low-pitched hum thanks to its huge case fans and a heavy-duty CPU cooler.

There's lots of space inside; all the internal cables are neatly routed without obstructing any of the components or slots. The Asus PT6 SE motherboard has a pair of PCI-E x16 slots, one of which is used. This means you can fit an additional graphics card to go with the Radeon HD 4890 in CrossFire mode. There are two free PCI slots but only one PCI-E x1 slot, which is blocked by the graphics card. This means that any extra PCI-E cards will have to go into the spare PCI-E x16 slot, assuming you don't want dual graphics cards. Given the power of the 4890, you probably won't need to.

Performance was excellent. The 6GB of DDR3 RAM should serve you well into the future. We also like the fact that Mesh has installed two hard disks. The first, used for the operating system, is a 64GB solid-state disk. The second, a 1TB hard disk, is left empty for your documents and media. This setup means you can upgrade or reformat your operating system without affecting your personal files.

Mesh includes a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium, so you won't have to go to the trouble of upgrading from Vista. The choice of a 24in Iiyama ProLite E2407HDS monitor is a good one - its image is bright, vivid and sharp. It's a shame there's no Blu-ray drive, though, as the monitor's full HD resolution would make it good for HD movies. The Razer Arctosa keyboard is great for both gaming and typing, with responsive, low-profile keys. We like the Razer Diamondback 3G mouse, too.

While not the fastest PC we've seen, there's great potential if you want to overclock it yourself. However, it's £120 more expensive than RL Supplies' Modula Enduro, which has a two-year warranty and a Blu-ray drive.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Core i7-920
Processor external bus133MHz (2,400MHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Processor multiplierx20
Processor clock speed2.66GHz
Processor socketLGA1366
Level 1 cache4x 32KB
Level 2 cache4x 256KB
Memory6.000000
Memory typePC3-10600
Maximum memory24GB
MotherboardAsus PT6 SE
Motherboard chipsetIntel X58
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption idle134W
Power consumption active242W

Ports

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

Internal Expansion

Casetower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports4
Free memory slots3
Free 3.5in drive bays6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung PB22J, Samsung HD103UJ
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity1,064GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

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

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC1200
Sound outputs7.1 line out, coaxial S/PDIF out, optical S/PDIF 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 size24 in
Screen modelIiyama ProLite E2407HDS
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Response time5ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA, HDMI

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardRazer Arctosa
MouseRazer Diamondback 3G Mouse

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£1,200
Detailswww.meshcomputers.com

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