MESH Matrix II 920 (Phenom II) PC System

Test Config, Stability & Overclocking

Test Configuration

For the benchmarking stages of  today's review we are going to be placing the Matrix II alongside the recently reviewed YOYOTech Spartan 300. We must stress at this point that this is NOT a head-to-head comparison as the systems are aimed at quite different markets with the Spartan 300 being a base-unit only compared to the all inclusive package of the Matrix II. However, with both systems being based around an HD 4850 graphics card, it will certainly be interesting to see how the rest of the system performs.

As we will be using most of the results from the earlier YOYOTech review the suite of applications and games remains roughly the same. However, for the sake of completeness we will also be including a couple of more up-to-date games to give a better idea of how the Matrix II performs with the very latest releases.

Synthetic CPU & Memory
• Sisoft Sandra XII 2008c
• SuperPI Mod 1.4
• PCMark Vantage x64

Disk I/O Performance
• HD Tune Pro 3.10

3D / Rendering Benchmarks
• Cinebench 10
• 3DMark05
• 3DMark06
• 3DMark Vantage
• POV-Ray 3.6

3D Games
• Crysis
• Unreal Tournament III
• Call of Duty 4
• Far Cry 2

Stability & Overclocking

MESH state that the Matrix II (and indeed all of their systems) are "turnkey", in that all you need to do is turn them on and they simply work straight out of the box. This was certainly the case for the sample system that we received, which gave us absolutely no issues at all on first boot. However, the ability to power-on first time is hardly a great test of stability and for this reason we subjected the Matrix II to an entire day's (12hrs) worth of OCCT and ATITool Artifact Scanning. At the end of the day, the system had pretty much heated the entire office, but impressively it hadn't faltered once.

Stability Passed
Of course, knowing that the Matrix II was fully stable at stock settings left us itching to find out just how much extra performance we could squeeze out of the Phenom II processor before things started to get a little wobbly. Unfortunately the BIOS on the ASUS M3A78 Pro didn't quite seem to get along wih the Phenom II and options such as VCore and CPU Multi had no effect. Never less, by increasing the FSB setting alone and running the memory on a divider this is what we managed to achieve:

CPU-Z Phenom II CPU-Z Phenom II
Interestingly the Phenom II 920 was actually capable of completing POST at 4.2GHz. But without Vcore options at the very least, there was absolutely no chance of making this stable.

Now let's move on to some benchmarks and see how the system performs at its stock speed of 2.8GHz.

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Most Recent Comments

08-01-2009, 05:25:09

(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.Quote

08-01-2009, 05:41:46

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 Quote

08-01-2009, 06:25:22

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 Quote

08-01-2009, 07:07:22

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.Quote

08-01-2009, 07:36:05

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

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