MESH Matrix II 920 (Phenom II) PC System

External Appearance & Internals

External Appearance
 
The NZXT HUSH is a massive improvement over the generic and quite tacky looking plastic fronted cases used on the original Matrix series. Both the top and side panels of the case are finished in glossy black paint that gives the case a certain wow factor while also remaining quite durable (yes we accidentally put it to the test!). The front of the case is quite stylish and features a swing-open door that conceals the DVD-RW drive and card reader, while the V-shape cut-out at the bottom of the door gives unobstructed access to the power and reset switches.

MESH Matrix II Base Unit MESH Matrix II Case Door

MESH Matrix II Case Side MESH Matrix II Case Rear

Our only gripe about the choice of case is the total lack of any front-facing USB ports, which makes plugging in devices such as digital camera's and USB flash drives quite a chore. Unfortunately this is further compounded by a limited number of USB ports at the rear that leaves you with only three ports after plugging in the wireless dongle for the keyboard and mouse.

MESH Matrix II System MESH Matrix II Sound System

With the entire system set-up on a desk the silver and black detailing of the speakers and case make the entire system look like it was designed to work together. This is certainly more than can be said for systems from most integrators who often throw a PC together using whatever components work out best on paper.


Internal Layout

Of course there's more to a PC than what it looks like on the outside, and while we already know that a large number of the components on the inside are from well respected brands such as HIS and ASUS, there are still plenty of areas where quality compromising cost cutting can be made. With this in mind, let's have a nose around inside the belly of the beast.

MESH Matrix II Inside MESH Matrix II Sound Proofing

On opening the case the first thing we noticed was the sound dampening material lining both of the side panels and carpeting the floor. This is actually a feature of the NZXT HUSH chassis rather than anything MESH have added themselves, but it's still extremely good to see that such a well featured case has been chosen.

The overall system build is clean and professional with a fair amount of attention being paid to cable routing and bundling, which combined with the two 120mm fans placed at the front and rear, should provide decent airflow through the case.

MESH Matrix II HIS Card MESH Matrix II Akasa Cooler

Bonus points definitely needs to be given to MESH for choosing to use the HIS 4850 IceQ inside the Matrix II. Not only does the card provide an excellent balance of price and performance, but the non-reference cooler is extremely quiet and does a great job of keeping the card cool.

Equally, the ASUS M3A78 Pro motherboard is also worthy of a mention. MESH could have easily cut corners here, saving a few quid by going for a lesser motherboard. Instead they chose a board that provides full 1080p High-Definition output via HDMI, Hybrid Crossfire support and ASUS' Express Gate technology.
 
Unfortunately the DDR2 memory kit used inside the Matrix II seems to be unbranded. This isn't necessarily a bad thing however as the chips used on the modules are manufactured by Samsung, so there is certainly some level of quality there. Just don't expect them to go much higher than their stock speed of DDR2-800 if you're planning on overclocking.

MESH Matrix II PSU MESH Matrix II Hard Disk
 
The installed PSU is a rather generic-looking 550w model manufactured by HEC. In the 3 years of reviewing PSU's here at Overclock3D this is certainly not a brand we've ever come across in the past, but MESH assure us that it has been used in a large number of their previous systems over the years and has always proved to be stable and reliable.

Now let's put these components through their paces in our tests over the next page...
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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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