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Mesh MatriX6 Xi review

£799 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Mesh

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Mesh MatriX6 Xi PC system runs AMD's latest six-core AMD Phenom II X6 1055T processor.

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The Mesh MatriX6 Xi PC system runs AMD's latest six-core AMD Phenom II X6 1055T processor

AMD processors tend to perform less well in benchmark tests, gigahertz for gigahertz, than similarly clocked Intel chips. And PC Advisor's standard metric for Windows PC performance, WorldBench 6, doesn't always show the benefit of quad-core processors.

Combine those two factors and you may expect a middling result in our WorldBench test – but as it happens, we saw figures that show this system can happily keep up with the fast Intel Core i5 systems that tend to dominate our £501-750 PC chart.

More precisely, those latter systems feature quad-core Intel Core i5 750 chips running at 2.66GHz, and our WorldBench 6 results from them tend to scatter between 130 and 135 points.

The Mesh MatriX6 Xi finished the test with an overall score of 131 points. So it's in the running with machines costing around £50 less, when performing typical tasks with Microsoft Word and Excel, Firefox, WinZip and Adobe Photoshop.

Gaming results were within expectation for a ATI 5770 graphics card coupled to a fast processor. In our 'High' Crysis test (DX10, 1024x768, high-quality rendering, no AA), the Mesh averaged 65 frames per second, falling to 32fps at 'Very High' (1400x960, very high quality rendering, no AA).

For DirectX 11 performance, we returned to the desolate Ukrainian town of Pripyat, in STALKER: Zov Pripyati. Even running at full-HD 1920x1080, this benchmark using Microsoft's new graphics API showed framerates exceeding 70fps for all rendering, excepting the trickier SunShafts scene, which dropped to a still playable 46fps.

In Cinebench trials, which do show more of what you can do with more than two brains on the case, we saw a single-versus-multi result of 4.93x. That is, by comparing the processor rendering speed of one core to all cores, the benchmark's duties were completed almost five times quicker – a fine result.

NEXT: our expert verdict >>

Mesh MatriX6 Xi Expert Verdict »

3.3GHz AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (overclocked from 2.8GHz)
3MB L2 cache
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 RAM
Samsung 500GB SATA 2 HDD
Asus M4A77TD Pro motherboard
22x Toshiba-Samsung DVD±RW DL drive
6 x USB 2.0
3 x eSATA
1 x FireWire 400
Toslink digital out
multi-channel analogue audio out
ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics with 1GB RAM
NZXT Hush case
Hannspree HF237 23in (1920 x 1080) 16:9 LCD monitor
Logitech wired keyboard & mouse
Cyberlink video/photo editing software
1-year return-to-base guarantee
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

It’s difficult to see where the benefits of all those processor cores in the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T will benefit everyday use. Unless you’re running high-end Autodesk 3ds Max or Adobe After Effects you won’t necessarily benefit from hexa-core computing. And if gaming and general performance alone is your master, there are machines in out £750 chart with better turns of speed, extra peripherals like speaker packages and more storage. But if you want hex-core bragging rights and think you can use the power of six, the Mesh MatriX6 Xi is a well-made PC that's worth a look.

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