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Mesh Elite Ice7 920 PCA review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Mesh

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Some PCs should be seen and not heard, and Mesh's Elite Ice7 920 PCA is swamped with sound-damping material that helps to keep everything quiet.

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Some of us don't like our PCs to make a lot of noise, and the whirring fans and rushing air can really make a racket. If you'd rather not be disturbed by such annoyances, look to Mesh's Elite Ice7 920 PCA. Housed in NZXT's Hush case, it's swamped with sound-damping material that helps to keep everything quiet, even when playing a 3D game flat out.

In common with the competition, the Mesh Elite Ice7 920 PCA has an Intel Core i7 920 processor and an ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card under the hood. The resulting WorldBench 6 score of 128 points is quite acceptable, but speed freaks will hunger for just a little more.

The Asus P6T SE motherboard appears three times in our chart. It offers support for CrossFireX technology, which lets you add a second graphics card later. The Mesh Elite Ice7 920 PCA's 700W power supply is adequate for such a feat, and certainly preferable to the 460W model supplied by Arbico. If you really want to push your PC to the max, however, more powerful units are available elsewhere.

The Mesh Elite Ice7 920 PCA is the only PC here to offer just 3GB of RAM, and it doesn't offer standalone speakers. On the plus side, the 22in Iiyama display is an excellent model that supports a full-HD (1,080p) picture. Sadly, it lacks the component that would turn it into a true multimedia machine: a Blu-ray Disc drive.

The Elite offers more disk space than any other PC here, with a pair of 750GB drives in a Raid 0 configuration. While this should give a boost to disk performance, the Mesh Elite Ice7 920 PCA is hampered by having fewer memory chips than its rivals.

Mesh supplies a full package of software, including Microsoft Works 8.5 and CyberLink video-editing and backup software.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (Nov 09 issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Apex
  2. Arbico HD 7090 Pro
  3. Mesh Elite Ice7 920 PCA
  4. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 920-T24-4890
  5. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Hercules

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Mesh Elite Ice7 920 PCA Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core i7 920
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit (free Windows 7 upgrade)
2 x 750GB SATA (Raid 0)
Asus P6T SE motherboard
8 x USB 2.0
X-Power 700W PSU
22in Iiyama E2208HDS-1 (0.25mm pixel pitch
1GB PCI Express HIS ATI Radeon HD 4890 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 65/29fps
Fear = 255fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888/1200
speakers built into monitor
max DVD speeds: 22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
CyberLink DVD suite
Microsoft Works 8.5
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 128
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Mesh's Elite Ice7 920 PCA has some strong points in its favour: it's ultra-quiet, it offers a selection of useful software utilities and CrossFireX technology to add a second graphics card, it boasts the largest storage capacity here, and the 22in display is an excellent screen. But its performance isn't breathtaking, and we'd have liked to have seen a Blu-ray drive added to the specification to turn this machine into a true multimedia PC.

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