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Mesh Matrix A10 7850K – CS review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £500
inc VAT

A great processor and good-quality monitor make this one of the best PCs you can get for £500


3.7GHz AMD A10-7850K, 8GB RAM, 22in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 8.1

The Mesh Matrix A10 7850K – CS is packing the most powerful of AMD’s new Kaveri processors, the quad-core A10-7850K. Running at 3.7GHz, it’s the most capable of the range in terms of both raw processor power and 3D graphics performance.

Mesh Matrix A10 7850K – CS

In our application benchmarks, the Matrix A10 managed an excellent overall score of 72 which, although not quite the best score we’ve seen from this processor, puts the Matrix A10 firmly at the more powerful end of the budget PC market. The on-chip GPU’s performance was also good, with a frame rate of 55.3fps in Dirt Showdown at a resolution of 1,280×720, 4x AA and High quality. It wasn’t quick enough to play our 1,920×1,080 Ultra quality test smoothly, but if you want to take advantage of the supplied monitor’s native resolution in games, you’ll be pleased to know that dropping Showdown’s quality settings to High was enough to bring the frame rate up to a smooth average of 35fps. Even the minimum frame rate in this test was still a playable 29.4fps.

The PC’s interior looks a little cramped at first glance, but there’s around 340mm of depth to play with if you want to fit a large graphics card at a later date, although it’s nearer 300mm if you also want to fit a front fan. The drive cages, which provide two 5 1/4in bays, an external 3 1/2in bay and two internal 3 1/2in bays, are a little bulky and you have to unplug the PC’s hard disk to get at the RAM, but we had no major difficulty in accessing any of the other components. The system is fitted with a single rear fan, but most of the PC’s noise comes from the generic 500W PSU, the fan of which emits a high-pitched whine. Fortunately, the case’s side panel, although heavily perforated, does a fair job of cutting this noise out.

Mesh Matrix A10 7850K – CS

The MSI A78M-E35 motherboard is compact, with only two memory slots, both of which are populated by 4GB modules of 1,600MHz DDR3 RAM. This makes upgrading a little more complicated than we’d like: if you want more memory in the future, you’re likely to have to buy a new set of two 8GB modules. As well as a PCI-E x16 slot for a possible future graphics card upgrade, the PC has a PCI slot and a PCI-E x1 slot. Note, though, that the PCI-E x1 slot will be blocked by most graphics cards if you populate the x16 slot. The motherboard supports AMD Dual Graphics to link the on-chip GPU with a compatible graphics card for extra performance.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor AMD A10-7850K
Processor external bus 100MHz (HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x37
Processor clock speed 3.7GHz
Processor socket FM2+
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard MSI A78M-E35
Motherboard chipset AMD A78


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
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) 1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 2

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate Barracuda (ST1000DM003-1CH162)
Interface SATA3


Graphics card(s) integrated AMD Radeon R7
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DVI, VGA


Sound Realtek ALC887
Sound outputs 5.1 line out, headphone, microphone
Speakers none

Removable Drives

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


Viewable size 22 in
Screen model Iiyama ProLite E2278HSD
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Keyboard Logitech K120
Mouse Logitech B110


Operating system Windows 8.1
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB (two years parts, three years labour)
Price £500

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