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Mesh Elite 3570K-W8CS review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 786
inc VAT

Even though it doesn’t have an unlocked processor, this is still a powerful, well-built PC with an excellent monitor

Specifications

3.8GHz Intel Core i5-3570K, 8GB RAM, 23.6in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 8

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You’re in luck if you want to supplement the existing 2TB hard disk and DVD-RW drive, as there are six unused 3 1/2in bays – two of them externally facing – and three empty 5 1/4in drive bays. The motherboard has two SATA3 ports and four SATA2 ports – currently only one of each is in use. Two of the motherboard’s four memory slots are occupied by a 4GB DDR3 module running at 1,600MHz. There are two USB ports on the front panel, plus the usual 3.5mm mic and headphone ports. The back of the motherboard provides four USB2 ports, two USB3 ports, a PS/2 port, Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1 analogue audio outputs.

Mesh Elite 3570K-W8CS

The Hanns.G HL249 monitor is a 23.6in widescreen LCD display with a matte finish, so doesn’t struggle with overhead light sources like a reflective panel. Its even lighting and lack of reflections are easy on the eyes but we were disappointed by its poor viewing angles and slight reddish tint. The keyboard and mouse – a Logitech wireless set – feel lightweight and made of cheap plastic but work well enough. The keyboard tends to rattle as you type, so we’d recommend upgrading to a smarter model in the future.

For your £800, the Elite 3570K-W8CS gives you a powerful processor that still has potential for further overclocking if you’re prepared to add a third-party CPU cooler. Its Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics card is also seriously quick. However, it doesn’t have a Blu-ray drive and its monitor is a bit disappointing compared to those we’ve seen with other, similarly priced systems. We prefer the Chillblast Fusion Blaze, which has similar graphics performance, a better monitor and higher-specification optical drive.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i5-3570K
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x38
Processor clock speed 3.8GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard MSI Z77A-G43
Motherboard chipset Intel Z77

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/8
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 3

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate Barracuda (ST2000DM001-9YN164)
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 2,000GB

Graphics

Graphics card(s) 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, 1x mini HDMI, 1x DisplayPort

Sound

Sound Realtek ALC892
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size 23.6 in
Screen model Hanns.G HL249
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Keyboard Logitech K260
Mouse Logitech M210

Software

Software included none
Operating system Windows 8
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB (three years labour, two years parts, three months free collect & return)
Price £786
Details www.meshcomputers.com

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