MESH Matrix II 920 (Phenom II) PC System

Conclusion

Conclusion

Mesh Matrix IIHaving gone over the MESH Matrix II system with a fine toothed comb over the previous few pages, one question remains that neatly brings together our conclusion: What do I get for my £749 of hard earned cash?

First and foremost you get a professionally built PC that features the very latest AMD Phenom II CPU coupled with an excellent HIS 4850 IceQ graphics, large 500GB hard disk, good quality ASUS motherboard and 4GB of RAM all up and running on a 64-Bit version of Windows Vista. You also get a minimal, yet useful collection of pre-installed software. As the results have shown over the previous few pages, this is more than capable of playing the latest games at high resolutions while also performing equally well in our PCMark Vantage, PovRay and Cinebench tests which mimic both general day-to-day usage along with more specialist usages such as 3D Rendering and Encoding.

Externally the Matrix II is far more than just your average base unit. MESH have really gone to town this time around, packaging the system up in a rather sexy looking NZXT HUSH case complete with sound insulated panels. Add to this the highly respectable Creative T6100 5.1 surround setup that provided plenty of 'oomph' for both gaming and movies and the tasty 22" iiyama TFT capable of running at native 1080p resolution. Essentially, you have an entire system that not only integrates together perfectly in its appearance, but also as a home gaming/multimedia/office PC.

From an enthusiasts perspective, one of the biggest bugbears regarding pre-built systems is that they can often be constructed for 'much less' if you're willing to put in the time yourself. However, while there is certainly some truth in this (system builders need to make money too, right?) the £749 price tag is far from excessive considering the screen, keyboard and speaker setup alone totals £250. Additionally the Matrix II just works straight out of the box and with the entire system being backed with a 1 year RTB warranty that even permits you to perform your own hardware upgrades, it's hard to argue that the small difference in cost isn't worth it for the piece of mind.

Of course it'd be rude to end this review without giving a special mention to the Phenom II (Dragon) Platform. Having placed the Phenom II 920 clocked at 2.8GHz against an Intel Dual Core E7200 clocked at 3.5GHz (with much faster memory) it's clear to see that AMD's Dragon package that can take to the field and stand toe-to-toe with Intel's all conquering Conroe technology. Not only did the Phenom II match it with the blue team in almost every benchmark we threw at it, but in some it totally blew it away. This combined with greatly improved overclocking abilities could see AMD return to the hearts of many enthusiasts.


The Good
- Great package that looks and feels like it was designed to work together.
- Gaming performance on-par and often better than a heavily overclocked Intel E7200 based system.
- Well built with exceptionally tidy internal cabling.
- Case, graphics card, motherboard and screen are all top quality components.
- An 'all-round' machine. Doesn't tie itself down to just one task.
- System not totally frigid. Motherboard makes overclocking and tweaking possible.

The Mediocre
- No-name PSU and memory let down the impressive components list. *
- Motherboard could have been Crossfire enabled.*

The Bad
- Zip, nadda.

* MESH have informed us that options will be available to upgrade these components. Please contact MESH's sales team for further information.


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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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