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Mesh XGS 965BE review

Barry de la Rosa
21 Jul 2010
Mesh XGS 965BE
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
700
inc VAT

A fast processor, Full HD display and plenty of room for expansion make the XGS 965BE seem a decent choice, but Eclipse's Fusion A925R575 offers even more for the same price

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Specifications

3.4GHz AMD Phenom II X4 965, 4GB RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

With an imposing Thermaltake tower case and a 22in Full HD monitor, the Mesh XGS 965BE looks like it means business. Powered by an AMD Phenom II X4 965 processor, it fared well in our benchmarks, scoring 109 overall. It's also one of the first PCs we've seen with USB3 ports so you can attach fast external hard disks.

The Asus VH222T monitor is a 22in display with a 1,920x1,080 resolution. Image quality was good, although colours were slightly over-saturated, even at the default settings. Asus's image controls are heavy-handed and - as with most monitors these days - it's best to leave dynamic contrast turned off. You'll appreciate the amount of desktop space it affords, however, and it's an excellent choice considering the budget.

Oddly, Mesh has installed a low-end Radeon graphics card. The HD5450 may support DirectX 11 but it doesn't have the power to run the latest 3D games, managing a paltry 12fps in our Call of Duty 4 test. It's powerful enough to play back HD content however, and applications that support GPU acceleration, such as the latest version of Photoshop, will benefit from a slight boost in performance. In fact, with its quad-core processor and 4GB of RAM, the XGS 965BE is well suited to image and video processing, and the 500GB hard disk provides plenty of room for multimedia files.

Mesh XGS 965BE

If you wanted to add more storage, there are ample free drive bays and SATA headers inside the case, plus two USB3 ports and an eSATA port. The latter is rather pointless, unless you already own a disk with an eSATA interface, as USB3 drives are noticeably faster. The USB3 ports will also accept USB2 disks and peripherals, which is a good thing as there are only six USB2 ports.

The Logitech keyboard and mouse set is adequate. The keyboard has enough feedback but it's narrower than normal so the page navigation keys have been squashed into two columns. The mouse is comfortable, and its batteries give it some weight, but the scroll wheel feels loose and it lacks any buttons on the side.

The XGS 965BE is powerful enough for most tasks and has a decent monitor; however, Eclipse's Fusion A925R575 has a faster graphics card, a larger display and a bigger hard disk for the same price. Mesh offers a better warranty than Eclipse (three years' RTB as opposed to just one year), so bear this in mind if peace of mind is a bigger priority than the hardware specifications.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorAMD Phenom II X4 965
Processor external bus200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx17
Processor clock speed3.4GHz
Processor socketAM3
Level 1 cache4x 128KB
Level 2 cache4x 512KB
Memory4
Memory typeDDR3
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardAsus M4A77T/USB3
Motherboard chipsetAMD 770

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)1/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other ports2x USB 3.0

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)2 (2)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports3
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)ATI Radeon HD 5450
Graphics/video portsVGA, DVI, HDMI

Sound

SoundVIA HD Audio
Sound outputs5.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

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

Display

Viewable size22 in
Screen modelAsus VH222T
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Response time5ms
Screen inputsVGA, DVI

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Cordless Desktop EX 100
MouseLogitech Cordless Optical Mouse

Software

Software includedMicrosoft Office 2010 Starter, Cyberlink DVD Suite v5
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantythree years RTB (three months collect and return)
Price£700
Detailswww.meshcomputers.com

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