Mesh Matrix II 955BE Hush Gaming PC

BIOS and Synthetic Benchmarks

Given that the Matrix II 955BE comes with a retail motherboard, the BIOS is very comprehensive offering a full host of overclocking functions and memory tweaking options. The Gigabyte GA770T-UD3P is a relatively new Socket AM3 motherboard to the market offering a robust solution with respectable 8+2 phase power regulation, 2 ounces copper PCB and the incorporation of the updated SB710 Southbridge which supports Advance Clock Calibration, a fairly redundant feature for Phenom II Quad Cores, but offers the ability to unlock Dual and Tri Core CPU's. For performance purposes, up to DDR3-1666 is supported, an increase from the default DDR3-1333 officially supported by AMD. Overclocking shall be covered towards the end of the review.
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As shown, the system is performing exactly as it should be and based on it’s scores, one would consider it a rather potent gaming machine.
Another set of excellent results in Futuremark’s latest 3D Benchmarking program.
PCMark Vantage
This is Futuremark’s overall system benchmark, which will test aspects of the system which are also in keeping with general purpose usage. This makes it a slightly more sensible benchmark. Again, very predictable results are generated by the Matrix II 955BE.
Cinebench is a CPU intensive benchmark, which renders a photograph with either one of the CPU’s cores or all of them. Once it has finished rendering the photograph, a score is generated. The Phenom II X4 955 performed very well in this test, rendering the photograph in just over a minute in multithreaded mode. While a Core i7 would have finished the benchmark quicker, the result is well within the realms of it’s competing Core 2 Quad Q9x50 processors.
Sisoft Sandra
This result showed the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition performing just behind the Core 2 Quad Q9550 according to SiSoft Sandra’s preloaded CPU data.
This result showed the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition performing between the Core 2 Quad Q9550 and QX9650 processors, an excellent result given the price of the CPU in relation to Intel competition.
Memory bandwith and latency was exactly as expected when compared to preloaded data for DDR3-1333 Memory. No weakness in the hardware was apparent.
The Samsung 750GB 7200RPM Hard Disk Drive performed very well in this test and also indicates that the AMD SB710 Southbridge will not hold back drives of this calibre.  
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19-08-2009, 01:53:27

"Ever considered returning to prebuilt computers? Perhaps one of Mesh's latest offerings may persuade you." - by Mul.

Mesh Matrix II 955BE Hush Gaming PCQuote

19-08-2009, 06:19:14

My answer is definitely 2. However a few things spring to mind about this particular PC (and understand I accept this low price-point means compromises) :

• Gigabyte GA770T-UD3P Socket AM3 Motherboard - Once again a bottom end Gigabyte board used in a Prebuilt.

• HIS Radeon HD 4870 512mb Graphics Card - Very reasonable bang for buck

• Samsung 750GB 7200RPM SATA 3.0GB/s HDD - Only 750GB when 1TB is about a fiver more?

• NZXT Hush Alumium ATX Mid Tower Chassis - Case by Bobs budget cases

• HEC 550W ATX2.0 Power Supply Unit - Stupidly cheap barely adequate PSU as per usual

• 10 x USB Ports (8x Rear / 2x Side) • 8 Channel Realtek ALC888 - Both these features are part of the motherboard so...

Now don't get me wrong. It's a lot of PC at that price-point. But the moment I see a bottom end mobo and PSU combination you know that the manu isn't trying for good value for those of us who build our own because of the terrible pre-built specs available, as the review implies, rather they are trying to woo the "big numbers in PC World" brigade.

So what it's got a Phenom II and reasonable RAM. The HD is smaller than necessary considering the miniscule price differential, the PSU is woeful and leaves no room for upgrades, the case is out of a Fisher Price packet and whilst it is a Logitech kb/mouse combo it's the bottom end one again.

Ok I'll stop. Kudos to MESH for trying and, to the right audience, succeeding at a great price. I just think the review tried too hard to sell it to the home-builders amongst us when none of us would probably choose any of those parts ourselves, and we all know the value of a great mobo/PSU as the foundation for a system.

/curmudgeon mode off.


19-08-2009, 06:38:03

Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Ever considered returning to prebuilt computers?
No, bye.

It is a nice review though, and odd that is costs less than building it yourself, never seen that before.Quote

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