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Mesh Xtreme X9450 GTX Pro power desktop PC review

1,099

Manufacturer: Mesh

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Powered by a quad-core processor and a pair of GeForce 9600 GT graphics cards, the Mesh Xtreme X9450 GTX Pro is one of the quickest and most interesting systems we’ve seen.

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Powered by a quad-core processor and a pair of GeForce 9600 GT graphics cards, the Mesh Xtreme X9450 GTX Pro is one of the quickest and most interesting systems we’ve seen.

The Core 2 Quad Q9450 is an entirely different beast to the dual-core chips in rival PCs. In the past, we’ve urged readers to think carefully before moving to four cores, or to wait for software to catch up. But now, for the first time, a quad-core PC is delivering faster gaming scores than the dual-core competition, despite the Mesh Xtreme X9450 GTX Pro having slower clock speeds and graphics cards.

Intel’s latest 45-nanometre quad-core processors are a major improvement on their predecessors and our more demanding games tests highlighted the benefits. The Mesh Xtreme X9450 GTX Pro beat Chillblast's Fusion Thunderbolt in all our Crysis tests, even though the latter is fitted with a pair of 512MB GeForce 8800 GTS graphics cards.

Desktop performance is less inspiring, but a WorldBench 6 score of 114 points is perfectly respectable. And on multithreaded applications such as Adobe Photoshop and 3D Studio, the Mesh Xtreme X9450 GTX Pro was a clear winner.

Build quality is excellent: the Mesh Xtreme X9450 GTX Pro is built into a gently curved and understated metal case, which is robust yet stylish. It even has some tastefully subtle blue interior lighting, while the convenient top-mounted USB ports make it easy to plug in peripherals without having to bend down under the desk.

The Mesh Xtreme X9450 GTX Pro's pair of 500GB hard drives give you a full terabyte (1TB) of storage. You also get a 24in digital display, 5.1-channel speakers and a Blu-ray drive, all for £100 less than any other desktop here.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (August issue)


  1. Chillblast Fusion Thunderbolt
  2. Mesh Xtreme X9450 GTX Pro
  3. Arbico Elite 9870EX
  4. CyberPower Sli KO GT
  5. Dell XPS ONE DSGi E6550

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Mesh Xtreme X9450 GTX Pro Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
4GB DDR RAM
2 x 500GB SATA
Asus P5N-D
7 x USB
24in Iiyama ProLite E2403WS (0.27mm pixel pitch, 1,920x1,200)
2 x 512MB PCI Express Leadtek nVidia GeForce 9600 GT (framerates: Crysis [HQ] 52fps, Fear 203fps)
onboard Realtek ALC883
5 x Creative Inspire A500
subwoofer
5 x BD-ROM
12x/12x/4x/4x/6x/6x/12x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-ROM)
CyberLink BD Solution
PhotoNow
Power2Go 5.0
PowerDirector
PowerDVD
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 114
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Now is an excellent time to consider a quad-core PC, such as the Mesh Xtreme X9450 GTX Pro.

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