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Mesh Evolution GTX PCA review

£750 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Mesh

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Mesh has taken the bold step of ignoring Intel’s super-fast Sandy Bridge processor family, plumping instead for an older and cheaper Core i5-760 Quad. Consequently, its Evolution GTX PCA is the slowest PC here by some margin.

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Mesh has taken the bold step of ignoring Intel’s super-fast Sandy Bridge processor family, plumping instead for an older and cheaper Core i5-760 Quad. Consequently, its Evolution GTX PCA is the slowest PC here by some margin.

Mesh has taken the bold step of ignoring Intel’s super-fast Sandy Bridge processor family, plumping instead for an older and cheaper Core i5-760 Quad. Consequently, its Evolution GTX PCA is the slowest PC here by some margin.

As our benchmark results show, the older 2.8GHz processor is no match for the Core i5-2400. A few months ago, the Mesh Evolution GTX PCA's WorldBench score of 140 points would have been considered fast; it now looks almost slow. And because it’s based on a different CPU socket, future upgrades will be limited.

A standard 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 1TB hard drive are provided, along with a 550W power supply. The Mesh Evolution GTX PCA desktop PC's Thermaltake V3 system case sports a stylish black paint job inside and out, and has plenty of room for cooling in addition to the supplied front and rear fans.

Graphics are provided by an ATI Radeon HD 6850. Installed in four of the five PCs here, the Mesh Evolution GTX PCA is more able to keep up with the competition in our gaming tests than our application benchmarks.

A number of software programs are preinstalled, most notably a CyberLink multimedia suite. A generous three-year warranty is also offered with the Mesh Evolution GTX PCA desktop PC.

Budget desktop PCs: chart ranking

  1. Palicomp Phoenix i5 Solar Flare
  2. Arbico i5-2568 Pro HD
  3. Chillblast Fusion Event
  4. Dino PC Elmisaur 2400
  5. Mesh Evolution GTX PCA

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Mesh Evolution GTX PCA Expert Verdict »

2.8GHz Intel Core i5-760 Quad
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
10 x USB 2.0
Asus P7H55-M motherboard
550W HEC PSU
24in Iiyama ProLite E2410HDS (0.27mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6850 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 71/34fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 137/70)
onboard sound
2 x Creative Inspire A220 speakers and subwoofer
22x/22x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL)
CyberLink suite
three-year Gold warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 140
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Had this well-put-together PC been submitted two months ago, it would have fared better. The Mesh Evolution GTX PCA’s performance is strong for an Intel Core i5-760–based system, but it’s unable to compete with systems using Sandy Bridge processors.

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