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Mesh Ice7 860 DX Fire review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Mesh

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Noticeably faster than Arbico’s fourth-placed HD8650 Pro and edging just ahead of our Best Buy Chillblast, the Ice7 860 DX Fire from Mesh is the fastest of three systems based around the Intel Core i7 860.

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Noticeably faster than Arbico's fourth-placed HD8650 Pro and edging just ahead of our Best Buy Chillblast, the Ice7 860 DX Fire from Mesh is the fastest of three systems based around the Intel Core i7 860.

We've seen systems based on this processor do very well against pricier Core i7 960-powered machines in the past, and this is no exception. The Mesh Ice7 860 DX Fire achieved a staggering 142 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test, with its powerful processor no doubt aided by its Raid 0 hard-drive configuration.

Such setups can offer a boost in performance for disk tasks, but a greater risk of data loss. For this reason, many systems stripe two drives and offer a third for data backups. The DX Fire offers just two 500GB drives. There are other methods of backup, of course.

Whereas every other vendor has plumped for HD 5850 graphics, Mesh supplies a pair of HD 5770 cards with the Ice7 860 DX Fire. Our tests saw this combination turn in results largely on a par with a single HD 5850, although performance will vary depending on the game you are playing. In particular, some titles show a marked advantage when using a CrossFireX setup.

Dual-graphics setups consume more power and take up an extra slot on the motherboard, however. Using a single HD 5850 would perhaps have been a better idea, costing around the same amount and delivering similar performance, but adding more features and letting you add a second card cost at your leisure.

A good-quality 22in Iiyama full-HD monitor is supplied, although it looks a little small when compared to the competition. No speakers are included, so you'll need to make do with those built into the Mesh Ice7 860 DX Fire's display.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (issue 178)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Goliath
  2. CyberPower Infinity Hercules XT
  3. Eclipse Evolution i792R585
  4. Arbico i7 HD8650 Pro
  5. Mesh Ice7 860 DX Fire

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Mesh Ice7 860 DX Fire Expert Verdict »
2.8GHz Intel Core i7 860
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR3 RAM
2 x 500GB SATA (Raid 0 configuration)
Asus P7P55D LE motherboard
10 x USB 2.0
700W X-Power PSU
22in Iiyama E2208HDS (0.25mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
2 x 1GB PCI Express ATI Radeon HD 5770 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 67/36fps
Fear = 306fps)
onboard sound
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)
Microsoft Works 8.5
CyberLink suite
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 142
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Offering good value for money, the Mesh Ice7 860 DX Fire offers plenty of performance, a full-HD monitor and a dual-graphics card setup.

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