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Mesh Matrix II 920 review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Mesh

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

With a brand-new AMD Phenom II processor and excellent 1,080p monitor on the Mesh Matrix II 920's feature list, it represents excellent value for money.

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With a brand-new AMD Phenom II processor and excellent 1,080p monitor on the Mesh Matrix II 920's feature list, it represents excellent value for money.

AMD's processors have rarely been seen in our charts of late, but Mesh has plumped for the company's brand-new Phenom II chip for its Matrix II 920. Sporting twice as many processor cores and running at 2.8GHz, this chip is often a match for Intel's quad-core CPUs. Unfortunately, it isn't up against any quad-core machines, and the Matrix II scored a disappointing 111 points in WorldBench 6.

Quad-core processors only really show their potential on multithreaded applications, which our WorldBench 6 test suite doesn't cater for. One such application is Autodesk 3D Studio Max. In our tests, the Mesh Matrix II 920 was considerably faster when running this application than any of the dual-core systems.

Despite its name, the Phenom II X4 920 lags behind Intel's Core i7 920 chip. But a PC based on AMD's design also costs considerably less to build, leaving the Mesh Matrix II 920 more cash in the pot for other tasty components.

In another first for our charts, the Mesh Matrix II 920 comes with one of the new breed of 16:9 TFT displays from Iiyama. Although this monitor offers the same 22in diagonal we're used to at this price point, it has a native 1,080p screen resolution that allows playback of HD video without any downscaling. Housed in an NXZT hush case, the Matrix II is also pleasantly quiet.

The Mesh Matrix II 920 comes with tool-free drive bays and plenty of free expansion slots are available on the motherboard. While we would have liked to see a Blu-ray drive included to turn this into a true multimedia machine, Mesh has stretched the budget to include a memory-card slot and a set of 5.1-channel speakers from Creative.

Budget PCs chart ranking (April 09 issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Anubis
  2. Arbico CD8850 XL
  3. Mesh Matrix II 920
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity Silent Edition
  5. Zoostorm 64-5300

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Mesh Matrix II 920 Expert Verdict »

2.8GHz AMD Phenom II X4 920
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR2 RAM
500GB SATA
Asus M3A
6 x USB 2.0
22in Iiyama Pro Lite E2208HDS (0.25mm pixel pitch
1,920x1,080)
512MB PCI Express HIS ATI Radeon HD 4850 (games scores: Crysis High = 48fps, Very High = 20fps
Fear = 170fps)
Integrated 7.1 High Definition sound
5 x Creative T6100
subwoofer
22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
Microsoft Works 8.5
CyberLink DVD Suite
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 111
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

AMD CPUs are rare sightings in our charts and, in the case of the Mesh Matrix II 920, its entrance was a good decision. With a less expensive (albeit slower) processor under the hood, Mesh has been able to include some tasty components.

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