The Mesh Platinum Pro is the first full desktop PC we've seen based on Intel's Penryn chipset.

Not really a direct competitor for the AMD Phenom desktop quad-core processor - a Phenom system similar to the Mesh Platinum Pro would cost several hundred less and do far less well in terms of real-world speed benchmarking - the main show here is the Intel Core 2 Extreme X9650.

Combine the Intel's searing pace with 4GB of memory and you’re guaranteed good results – and the Mesh Platinum Pro’s WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of 125 is the best we’ve seen yet.

In all honesty, you could argue that 125 isn’t really that huge a leap forwards – after all, existing chips are pushing towards 120. But as we’ve said of many a high-end processor recently, right now isn’t the best time to see the X9650 being really pushed, and we suspect that there’ll be some more glorious victories ahead for it. For one, we still haven’t been able to test the new chip with realworld software that uses Intel’s SSE4 instructions.

The Mesh Platinum Pro's 24in Iiyama is a whopper of a flat-panel. Not the best in terms of quality, but it does cast quite a spell with its vast gaping picture.

The Mesh Platinum Pro's graphics card, though, is harder to justify. Even the 8800 GT would be better, and given the fantastic CPU, we’re surprised Mesh didn’t go the whole hog and drop in a pair of graphics cards or an 8800 GTX or Ultra.

There can be no such complaints of the wonderful Samsung DVD writer, nor the sizeable 500GB hard drive. Add the flash memory drive and the thumping sound system (pairing the Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme with the Inspire A500 speakers) and you have an excellent overall system.

Mesh Platinum Pro: Specs

  • 3GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme X9650
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 4GB DDR RAM
  • 500GB
  • 24in 1,920 x 1,200 display
  • 512MB ATI Radeon 3870 Graphics Card
  • 20x/20x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM) drive
  • flash memory drive
  • 1-year onsite warranty
  • 3GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme X9650
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 4GB DDR RAM
  • 500GB
  • 24in 1,920 x 1,200 display
  • 512MB ATI Radeon 3870 Graphics Card
  • 20x/20x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM) drive
  • flash memory drive
  • 1-year onsite warranty

OUR VERDICT

Why oh why did Mesh not do better with the graphics card? If you’re looking for a stunning PC for the future (it doesn’t really justify the money on existing software), the Mesh Platinum Pro is almost it, but you really ought to consider setting something aside to boost the graphics system.

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