MESH Matrix II 920 (Phenom II) PC System

Introduction

Introduction

MESH ComputersWith an internet full of 'companies' that promise the world yet deliver nothing, to the local shops that lead you to believe that the 3 year old components collecting dust on their shelves are still "the latest thing", picking the right system integrator to build your brand new PC system can be a daunting task. The current state of the world economy certainly doesn't help things either, with integrators and retailers such as ones covered here recently going bust and leaving a lot of customers out in the cold when it comes to future support on their recently purchased systems.

However, one company that seems to have weathered such storms well over the past two decades is MESH Computers. Founded in 1987 and based in London, England; MESH have provided over half a million systems to both the home, education and government markets. Here's what Tony Riccardi, Sales & Marketing Director for MESH had to say in a recent conversation about the company:

"MESH is all about delivering award winning product, with great service, at a competitive price.
If you're not sure how good MESH is at doing this, you'd need to go through the history of the UK PC market
and look at the history of companies like Dan, Elonex, Opus, Time, Carrera, MJN, Tiny, Apricot and Evesham.

MESH has big plans for 2009, including a complete revamp of its existing designs - and the MESH Matrix II
is the first of these.

Among the new suppliers being used by MESH is HIS for advanced ATI graphics solutions. MESH has been testing
the in-game and in-PC performance of various solutions and will be moving multiple SKUs (Single Known Units)
across to HIS during January.

All MESH systems are 'turnkey', in that all you need to do is switch them on - backed by a strong warranty."

With so many years experience under their belts, MESH have naturally become very close partners with both AMD and Intel. So much so that a large majority of all AMD CPU launches from the early K6 chips (K6, K6-2, K6-3) to the  Athlon XP and more recently  Athlon 64's have been performed hand-in-hand with MESH. Therefore it's certainly no surprise that our first encounter with AMD's eagerly awaited Phenom II chip comes in the form of a neatly wrapped MESH system...

MESH Matrix II

And here she is. The first of MESH's 2009 system revamps, imaginatively named the "Matrix II". However unlike the film, buyers are not given the option of the Blue or Red pill, instead red and green are the orders of the day in the form of the AMD Phenom II X4 920 Quad Core AM2+ processor and a HIS (ATI) 4850 IceQ graphics card.

Here's the full system specs (pre-launch) as provided by MESH:

• AMD Phenom II X4 920 Quad Core Processor AM2+
• Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit - English
• NZXT HUSH Silent Brushed Aluminium ATX Midi Tower - Silver + 550W PSU
• ASUS M3A , AMD Socket AM2+ Phenom ATX Mainboard
• 4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM - (2x 2GB)
• 500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive with 16MB Buffer
• Samsung 22x Dual Layer DVD Writer Super Format +R/-R/RW/RAM
• 512MB ATi 4850 Graphics accelerator - DVI, DirectX 10.1 PCI Express 2
• 22" Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS-1 LCD Widescreen Digital & Multi Media TFT Display
• 7.1 High Definition onboard sound card - for 8 Channel Cinema sound
• Creative Labs T6100 - 5.1 Speakers with Subwoofer
• Logitech Cordless Keyboard & Cordless Optical Mouse
• Free Microsoft® Works® 8.5 + Limited Microsoft Office Trial
• Free Cyberlink Video Editing Suite - 7 titles (oem)
• 52-in-1 Multi-format Memory Card Reader (ATX)
• 1 Year Hardware Warranty - Return to Base Parts and Labour (UK Mainland only)

With an expected retail price of £749 including VAT the Matrix II initially looks like quite an attractive proposal. Ready to run straight out of the box, you get a mid-range Creative Labs 5.1 surround sound package, Logitech cordless mouse & keyboard, Iiyama 22" widescreen TFT and a pretty sexy base unit loaded with a 64-Bit Vista operating system along with a few other mediocre software packages.

Now that we've got the formalities out of the way, let's move over to the next page and take a look at the system in more detail...

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08-01-2009, 04:37:52

JN
"AMD's Phenom II hits the streets and we check out one of the first pre-built systems to be based around it from MESH Computers."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...102522268s.jpg

MESH Matrix II 920 (Phenom II) PC System

08-01-2009, 05:25:09

Rastalovich
(FC2 graph didn't push the YoYo stat through for me, it stayed on zero)

Have to be honest, I`m impressed by the cost and gear presented in this package.

I'm not surprized by the AMD offering mind u, as over the last week or so I`ve seen phenom based pre-build pcs popping up in a number of stores - and been shocked at what on the surface looks like real value, I`ve seen 399 for something basic`ish, but hey it still had everything with it. Decent monitor size, pleasant on the eye - and can actually do gaming/work to a more than acceptable level, considering we're talking prebuild status.

Sure, I`d seriously consider point some1 in this direction. Doubly sure I`d probably make an image of the harddrive (or switch it out) and do a fresh, non bumfph install to improve things that little %, but u have the backing of the company should anything go wrong with it.

If MESH are good c/s wize, I`d not hesitate suggesting.

08-01-2009, 05:41:46

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
(FC2 graph didn't push the YoYo stat through for me, it stayed on zero)
Yeah unfortunately neither FC2 or PCMark Vantage were available to us when testing the YOYOTech Spartan a few months ago. The results have still been included just so you can see how the Mesh II will perform in those particular apps

08-01-2009, 06:25:22

FarFarAway
Fantastic system at a great price imo.

Also makes me happy in my pants that it looks like AMD are releasing a great new CPU with some potential

08-01-2009, 07:07:22

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Fantastic system at a great price imo.

Also makes me happy in my pants that it looks like AMD are releasing a great new CPU with some potential
Yeah ditto. I really can't wait to get my hands on a decent AM2 mobo as that chip was just gagging to be overclocked but was being held back by lack of vcore/multi support on the ASUS board.

I think for the first time in a while you can go green without feeling like people on the blue team are having more fun than you are.

08-01-2009, 07:36:05

maz1989
mesh do have pretty good prices overall, but i found their customer service useless >.>

08-01-2009, 08:15:55

monkey7
Wooh 3.5gHz, nice That's going to be a hell of a clocker

Nice review Jim, and I'm looking forward to the phenom 920 with an enthusiast motherboard

08-01-2009, 08:55:05

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='monkey7'
Wooh 3.5gHz, nice That's going to be a hell of a clocker

Nice review Jim, and I'm looking forward to the phenom 920 with an enthusiast motherboard
POSTed at 4.2GHz with no voltage adjustments, just FSB increase too. Not bad considering the last time I tried to overclock a Phenom it almost ended up taking a trip out of the window.

08-01-2009, 12:58:12

chefinal
Price looks great and i am sure they would sell a few of them cause of that fact. As well as the System must be ideal for gaming with a setup it has.

08-01-2009, 13:21:31

zak4994
Right, I'm gonna scream this in my cousin's face since he wants a new pc and was thinking of getting an Alienware.

I really think the performance shouldn't be a 8.5 but a 9.0 minimum at least imo.

Any reason not to scream this in my cousin's face?

08-01-2009, 15:13:16

maz1989
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='zak4994'
Right, I'm gonna scream this in my cousin's face since he wants a new pc and was thinking of getting an Alienware.

I really think the performance shouldn't be a 8.5 but a 9.0 minimum at least imo.

Any reason not to scream this in my cousin's face?
tell him to build a pc himself and it will be even cheaper

08-01-2009, 15:15:22

zak4994
He doesn't like building.

And I'm not gonna build for him either.

Already have too many projects/jobs.

08-01-2009, 15:29:53

GavX
Nice review, you have convinced me to get a Phenom II when I am less poor, I hope you are proud of yourself... there goes another few hundred Nice review, it does seem a great chip for the price and that MESH system seems great value for money even if some parts seem a bit cheapo

08-01-2009, 17:33:47

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='GavX'
Nice review, you have convinced me to get a Phenom II when I am less poor, I hope you are proud of yourself... there goes another few hundred Nice review, it does seem a great chip for the price and that MESH system seems great value for money even if some parts seem a bit cheapo
Cheers dude It's only money - think of the new hardware smell.....mmmmmm *sniiiiif* Phenom II!

09-01-2009, 10:54:18

Jaster
spittle the reason why you shuldnt scream in his face...plus dell, sorry alienware do not warrant the uber high end price...if your intelligent enough to warrant a salary that allows you to spend on alienware your intelligent enough to build yer own system (That rule does not apply to professional athletes)
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