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Mesh Matrix II 925 MX review

Alan Lu
28 Dec 2009
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.

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Specifications

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

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*****
ProcessorAMD Phenom II X4 925
Processor external bus200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx14
Processor clock speed2.8GHz
Processor socketAM3
Level 1 cache4x 64KB
Level 2 cache4x 512KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC3-10600
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardAsus M4A785T-M
Motherboard chipsetAMD 785G
Power consumption standby6W
Power consumption idle77W
Power consumption active100W

Ports

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

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports4
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays2

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD502HJ
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

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

Sound

SoundVIA VT1708S
Sound outputs7.1 line out, coaxial S/PDIF out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelTSST SH-S223C
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Screen modelN/A
Native resolutionN/A
Response timeN/A
Screen inputsN/A

Other Hardware

ModemNo
Keyboardnone
Mousenone

Software

Software includedCyberLink DVD Suite 5, Microsoft Works 8.5
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£423
Detailswww.meshcomputers.com

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