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Mesh Elite 3770K CS review

Kat Orphanides
26 Aug 2012
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
999
inc VAT

Although this is a well-made PC with a fantastic processor and some great components, the graphics card could do with a bit more power

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Specifications

4.6GHz Intel Core i7-3770K, 8GB RAM, 23.6in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The Mesh Elite 3770K CS has one of the best cases we’ve seen from an OEM recently. One of Cooler Master’s Silencio range, the case has sound-deadening pads on its side panels so that the PC only emits a low hum when operating. This is further aided by the liquid cooling system. The drive bays don’t have dampening screws, which you’d normally expect from a sound-insulated case, but we didn’t have any trouble with rattling hard disks. The entire system is very neatly laid out.

Mesh Elite 3770K CS

The system disk is a 120GB SSD, so you get fast boot times and enough space to install programs. For data, there’s a 2TB HDD. There are currently three 31/2in drive bays in the system, but Mesh ships the PC with an optional second drive cage with space for three more. Two of the installed bays are occupied by a memory card reader and the 2TB drive. The SSD is installed at the base of the case. There are also three 51/4in drive bays, one of which houses a DVD-RW drive.

Both the optical drive and the card reader are located behind a front flap. The reader provides an extra USB port and support for formats such as MicroSD, CompactFlash II and mobile phone SIMs. The latter is particularly useful if you want to use SIM-reading software to make quick and easy backups of your phone’s SIM. Below are two USB ports, the usual 3.5mm audio ports and a second SD card reader. One of the USB ports is USB3, but it only works via a pass-through wire to one of the rear USB ports.

Mesh Elite 3770K CS

The Asus P8Z77-V LX motherboard is a familiar budget board with six SATA ports. Three are in use here, including both the SATA3 ports. The motherboard also has three PCI slots and two PCI-E x1 slots, but one of these is blocked by the graphics card and the other is occupied by an 802.11n Wi-Fi card. There’s a spare PCI-E x16 slot, though. It actually runs at x4 and can handle any x1 or x4 card. Two of the motherboard’s four memory slots are occupied by 1,600MHz 4GB memory modules. 8GB of RAM is plenty for all but the most demanding of multimedia applications, but there’s space to add more.

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