Compared to the competition, the 2.8GHz clock speed of the Mesh Ice7 5870 HD's Intel Core i7 860 CPU seems rather pedestrian. But this quad-core chip is easily fast enough for most users and brings several cost-saving advantages to the table.


Compared to the competition, the 2.8GHz clock speed of the Mesh Ice7 5870 HD's Intel Core i7 860 CPU seems rather pedestrian. But this quad-core chip is easily fast enough for most users and brings several cost-saving advantages to the table, including the ability to use a less expensive motherboard and install memory in pairs rather than threes. Mesh therefore saves money by supplying 4GB of DDR3 RAM rather than the 6GB seen elsewhere.

As a result, there's cash left in the budget to spend elsewhere on the Mesh Ice7 5870 HD's specification. The first area Mesh has put this to good use is graphics, and the Radeon HD 5870 is a formidable DirectX 11.0 card. It delivers excellent performance in our demanding games tests and gives intensive tasks such as video encoding a processing boost.

Also included is a 1.5 terabyte (TB) hard drive and a 64GB solid-state drive (SSD). The SSD significantly improves the Mesh Ice7 5870 HD's startup times and application launches, but can quickly become full. We were unable to install Crysis, Fear and WorldBench 6 on the SSD simultaneously.

Mesh hasn't included speakers with the Ice7 5870 HD, but a Blu-ray drive and full-HD monitor offer the beginnings of an immersive multimedia experience. The display is the excellent Iiyama ProLite E2407HDSD, a 16:9 1920x1080 screen.

Chart ranking (issue 177)

  1. Mesh Ice7 5870 HD
  2. Arbico Elite 9655 HD
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Heaven (April 2010)
  4. Chillblast Fusion Eagle
  5. Eclipse Titan X58 i795R585

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