Mesh Matrix Eclipse Pro review

£850
Price when reviewed

From the specs, you’ll see that Mesh’s Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard is loaded with features. Panrix uses the same board, and on it you’ll find two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, two SATA RAID controllers and FireWire.

Also, the 19in ViewSonic VX924 is a decent TFT. Viewing angles aren’t perfect, but it has good dynamic range and is able to show subtle changes in colour near black and near white. And importantly, it passed our response-time tests with no problems.

The 256MB XFX GeForce 7600 GT graphics card doesn’t trouble the leaders in the 3D stakes, but it only failed to return playable frame rates at the highest settings with Call of Duty 2 and Far Cry. Like the Evesham, its 7600 GT is noisy when playing games, but this is a noisy PC in general, hitting 45dBA when idle from the side. Still, at least the 7600 GT makes the move to SLI an affordable proposition.

In the 2D charts, the Eclipse Pro managed 1.11 overall, thanks to a 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+. This is more than enough power for gaming and other demanding tasks such as video encoding.

The wireless keyboard and mouse reduce cable clutter and the mouse recharges in a convenient cradle. Speakers are an eight-piece set – Creative’s Inspire T7900. They create an impressive soundstage for gaming, although audiophiles won’t appreciate the limited mid-range response.

The Matrix is big on 2D power, but it’s the noisiest here and too poor in 3D to collect an award. With a decent screen and an affordable graphics card, it’s another candidate for an affordable SLI upgrade, but the Evesham remains a better choice.

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