Mesh's R&D 960 power desktop PC stands out from the group not by its performance, but by its choice of components and peripherals.

Also based on the 3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950 processor, Mesh's R&D 960 power desktop PC stands out from the group not by its performance, but by its choice of components and peripherals.

Its Thermaltake V6 system case is well ventilated, with both a large 200mm top-mounted fan and a huge Akasa processor cooler visible through the side panel. At the top of the Mesh R&D 960 power desktop PC's case is a SATA dock, which lets you slot in a bare internal 2.5/3.5in drive mechanism as you would a USB drive.

Inside the Mesh R&D 960 power desktop PC, we find the same motherboard used by Chillblast and Eclipse. It supports up to three graphics cards, 6Gbps SATA and USB 3.0. You also get 6GB of DDR3 RAM, a 700W power supply and one terabyte (TB) of storage, which will be ample for most users. Should you need more, both Eclipse and DinoPC offer 2TB drives as standard.

Like DinoPC, Mesh has selected an nVidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics card in place of the chart-favourite Radeon HD 6870. nVidia’s card delivered a similar level of performance in our tests with the Mesh R&D 960 power desktop PC, but it couldn’t quite keep up with the fastest ATI machine. This card offers useful features, however, such as the ability to play games in 3D when paired with a special monitor and glasses.

The 24in Iiyama monitor isn’t compatible with nVidia’s 3D Vision technology, but it does offer three inputs, including HDMI, and it can display full-HD video from the Mesh R&D 960 power desktop PC's Blu-ray combo drive. Unfortunately, you’ll have to supply your own speakers.

Power desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Raven
  2. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 960-24 BLU
  3. Mesh R&D 960
  4. DinoPC Fermisaur 870
  5. Eclipse Supernova Crossfire i795r687

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