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Mesh Elite GTX260 Power review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Mesh

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Both are quad-core machines, but the Q9400-based Mesh Elite GTX260 Power simply can't keep up with the Core i7-based Eclipse.

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When it comes to sheer desktop performance, the Mesh Elite GTX260 Power isn't as fast as the Eclipse. Both use 2.66GHz quad-core processors, but Mesh has plumped for the tried-and-tested Core 2 Quad Q9400 rather than the more adventurous and up-to-date Core i7 920 favoured by Eclipse.

This results in a considerably lower WorldBench 6 score of 116 points. We'd normally point out that our WorldBench test suite doesn't allow quad-core systems to shine and that, under certain circumstances, the quad-core systems will leave dual-core PCs standing. But these points apply equally to the Eclipse which, unlike the Mesh Elite GTX260 Power, keeps up with (and often beats) the competition with anything we throw at it.

The Mesh Elite GTX260 Power's inclusion of a GTX 260 graphics card is a good choice. These cards offer excellent performance, combined with good value for money. However, the GTX 260 used here is an inferior version of the card found in the Arbico and Palicomp and comes with only 192 shader processors to their 216.

Unfortunately, this means the Mesh Elite GTX260 Power is a slower system overall than any other in this month's chart. It also comes with a smaller 500GB hard drive, but costs the same.

To its credit, the Mesh Elite GTX260 Power is supplied with a Blu-ray drive and a very good Iiyama 22in monitor with dual VGA and DVI connectors. Its high-quality Cooler Master case features subtle blue LED lighting and convenient top-mounted I/O ports. These include a pair of USB connectors along with FireWire, audio and eSATA. The case also provides plenty of drive bays, with disc caddies included.


Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (March 09 issue)

  1. Eclipse Storm i7920n98GTX
  2. Arbico Elite 8260 XL
  3. Palicomp Phoenix E86-22
  4. Mesh Elite GTX260 Power
  5. RL Supplies Modula i8470

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2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR2 RAM
500GB SATA
Asus P5QL Pro
8 x USB 2.0
22in Iiyama Pro Lite E2207WS (0.28mm pixel pitch
1,680x1,050)
896MB PCI Express Asus nVidia GeForce GTX 260 (games scores: Crysis = 56fps
Fear = 199fps)
onboard Realtek ALC1200
2 x Logitech S220
subwoofer
5x BD-ROM
12x/12x/4x/4x/6x/6x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-ROM)
Microsoft Works 8.5
CyberLink Blu-ray software
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 116
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Mesh Elite GTX260 Power is a well built system that’s let down by a slightly inferior graphics card and overshadowed by the newer Core i7 CPU.

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