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Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Mesh

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA uses many of the same components as the other desktop PCs in this chart, yet it struggles to keep up with the competition.

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Externally, Mesh’s Xtreme GTX260 PCA looks identical to the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Ultimate DDR3. Both use Coolermaster’s Dominator 690 chassis, with its capacious tool-free drive bays and excellent airflow. Its top-mounted USB, FireWire, eSATA and audio ports are especially convenient as you’re more than likely to place a case this big on the floor.

The Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA houses the fastest dual-core processor available, the E8600, but performance is disappointing. Scoring only 118 points in WorldBench 6, this computer was slower than the E8500-based CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Ultimate DDR3.

The Asus motherboard is the same as that found in Chillblast's Fusion Photon, but it comes with half the RAM. This board lacks dual-graphics support, so you’ll need to replace the card rather than add another if you require more gaming speed. The Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA scored slightly higher than the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Ultimate DDR3 in our Crysis gaming tests, its GTX 260 outperforming the latter’s Radeon HD 4870.

The Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA also comes with a Blu-ray drive and a decent 22in monitor – the Iiyama ProLite E2207WS is a bright flat-panel with an impressive contrast ratio.

No add-in sound card is provided, nor are there any standalone speakers. However, the Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA does have a full terabyte of storage.


Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (January issue)

  1. Arbico Elite 8626GTX
  2. Zoostorm 64-6406
  3. Chillblast Fusion Photon
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Ultimate DDR3
  5. Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA


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Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA Expert Verdict »

3.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8600
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR2 RAM
1TB SATA
Asus P5K SE
8 x USB 2.0
22in Iiyama ProLite E2207WS (0.28mm pixel pitch
1,680x1,050)
896MB PCI Express EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 260 (games scores: Crysis = 64fps
Fear = 216fps)
onboard Realtek ALC 883
speakers built into flat-panel
6x BD-ROM
3x HD DVD
16x/16x/4x/4x/6x/8x/5x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
Microsoft Works
CyberLink video editing suite
three-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 118
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA looks good, but it can’t compete with the chart-toppers on performance. It’s also let down by a lack of speakers and expansion options.

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