The fortunes of the quad-core processors continue to wax and wane. For now, the fastest dual-core processors have wrested back the advantage. But there are still plenty of reasons to plump for a quad-core system such as the Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA.

Should the promised flood of multicore applications hit the market, having a processor with four cores could prove a welcome performance advantage. In today’s environment, however, the dual-core E6850-powered Arbico 880 GTX is superior. After all, even with 4GB of DDR RAM, the Q6600 processor of the Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA musters only 111 WorldBench 6 real-world speed points – five below the Best Buy Arbico 880 GTX’s score.

Not that the processor is the Arbico 880 GTX’s only advantage. It also boasts a GeForce 8800 GTX graphics card, which puts the Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA’s 320MB 8800 GTS firmly in the shade. Only the excessively priced Ultra is faster than the GTX, while even the fifth-placed Evesham Solar Flame has a 640MB version of the GTS. If you’re looking for games performance, the Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA isn’t for you.

The Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA's Mirai flat-panel doesn’t offer sparkling image reproduction, but it’s an otherwise decent display with loads of screen space. The Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA's 500GB hard drive is good although, for typical users, the amount of hard drive space won’t be a crucial factor – 320GB or 400GB will generally be enough.

The Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA has some features that make it a good multimedia machine. The Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA's sound system is excellent, producing pounding audio that’ll make its presence felt. You also get a TV card and a flash drive – the former is a particularly nice touch that will allow the Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA to cope with the odd stint as a media centre.

Verdict

A good all-rounder, but the Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA lacks the frontline speed needed to beat one Arbico and the price tag to beat the other.

Power PCs chart ranking as of Nov 07 issue


  1. Arbico 880 GTX
  2. Arbico CD-8870GS - last month 1
  3. Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA
  4. Mesh Elite Quad-Express PCA - last month 2
  5. Evesham Solar Flame


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