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Mesh Matrix II 925 MX review

Mesh Matrix II 925 MX
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 423
inc VAT

Mesh's Matrix II is stunningly quick in Windows and ideal if you do a lot of video or photo editing. Its poor games performance and loud fans detract from it slightly, though.

Specifications

2.8GHz AMD Phenom II X4 925, 4.000000 RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

Mesh Computers

Mesh’s Matrix II 925 MX is a real powerhouse thanks to a 2.8GHz AMD Phenom II X4 925 processor and 4GB of RAM. This combination meant this PC did very well in our application benchmarks. Its overall score of 101 was the best we’ve seen for a PC at this price. The one downside is that the processor fan is quite loud. This can easily be replaced with a quieter fan if you find the noise distracting, though.

The Matrix II 925 MX was less impressive in our game tests. Its integrated Radeon 4200 graphics managed only single-digit scores in our gaming benchmarks. A more powerful PCI Express x16 graphics card can be added to boost performance, but the 300W power supply may not provide enough energy for power-hungry graphics cards as well as other upgrades and may need to be replaced.

Although the Matrix II isn’t brimming with as many internal expansion options as other PCs we’ve seen, there’s space for another optical drive. There are also two 3?in bays, both of which can be used for internal devices such as hard disks or external devices such as a memory card reader or floppy drive. Unlike other PCs we’ve seen, it has enough SATA ports to connect all the devices it has bays for. There are two free RAM slots and a massive 16GB of RAM can be fitted.

There are two PCI slots and a PCI Express x1 slot for accommodating peripherals such as TV tuners or wireless adaptors. There are also coaxial and optical S/PDIF ports for connecting a surround-sound amplifier.

Mesh’s Matrix II 925 MX is a great PC if you need fast application performance on a budget. However, you’ll need to budget more for a dedicated graphics card to replace its weak integrated chip if you want to play games and it’s irritatingly loud, so it’s not perfect.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 925
Processor external bus 200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x14
Processor clock speed 2.8GHz
Processor socket AM3
Level 1 cache 4x 64KB
Level 2 cache 4x 512KB
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC3-10600
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Asus M4A785T-M
Motherboard chipset AMD 785G
Power consumption standby 6W
Power consumption idle 77W
Power consumption active 100W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 2

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD502HJ
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s) 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4200
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

Sound VIA VT1708S
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, coaxial S/PDIF out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards none
Optical drive model TSST SH-S223C
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Screen model N/A
Native resolution N/A
Response time N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard none
Mouse none

Software

Software included CyberLink DVD Suite 5, Microsoft Works 8.5
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £423
Details www.meshcomputers.com

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