As part of our AMD vs Intel face-off, we decided to start with two AMD Athlon PCs. Both the Titan 5000 and the Cube247 Delphinius ST6 (reviewed here) come armed with the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ processor. This isn't the top of the line FX-62, but it's still an amazingly powerful chip. The Mesh Titan 5000 PPX rings the till at a mere £1,349 which, to our way of reckoning, makes it one of the better priced PCs you're likely to see in the Power category. It also has some very juicy specifications.
When it comes to memory, you really shouldn't be skimping. Today's applications are hungry for RAM – the more you have, the smoother the results. And with a gigabyte-gobbler such as Vista just round the corner, you'll regret cutting down in this area.
The Mesh hits the middle-ground with 2GB of Elixir memory, and this PC went on to produce a satisfactory WorldBench score of 126. This doesn't make it the fastest of PCs – indeed, it's not even as fast as Mesh's earlier attempt at an X2 5000+ system – but it's a very capable machine. Its game frame rates don't start from the high point set by the Delphinius and the Evesham Solar Plus (reviewed here), but they don't go very low either. This is due to the presence of the fantastic GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics card. In essence two chips working as one, this is the most spell-binding card on the market. And it means that the Mesh can produce some frame rates that even compare favourably to the other two PCs. The strong graphics sub-system is finished off by the polished 19in ViewSonic VX922 flat-panel. A top screen.
The Mesh has some very capable audio hardware, with the superlative Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic blending well with the Inspire Speakers. Good software and a solid 300GB hard drive are the finishing touches in this PC.