Mesh Matrix Fireblade SLI review

£1276
Price when reviewed

We have mixed feelings about the Creative T7900 7.1 speakers, with a booming sub that doesn’t keep to the sub-100kHz frequencies it should. It tends to overpower the weak satellites, leading to constant fiddling with the bass setting to compensate. As such, it’s not a great choice for listening to music, but it certainly helps to add atmosphere in games and movies.

Mesh Matrix Fireblade SLI review

Otherwise, this system is hard to fault. The Athlon 64 3800+ is a powerful chip that will stand its ground, backed up by the 1GB of PC3200 RAM and twin 6600 GTs. Mesh has also considered the future: the spare drive bays and RAM sockets, not to mention the 550W PSU, won’t leave you wanting any time soon. It’s all backed up by a three-year on-site warranty. But the icing on the cake is the SLI-capable Asus nForce4 motherboard; in a year’s time, when you’re bored of having to turn game settings down from ‘stupidly high’ to ‘standard’, you can drop in a couple of GeForce 6800s, which will have dramatically decreased in price. To get all this performance now, with the path made clear for upgrades, £1,499 inc VAT is a steal.

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