Mesh Hush i7 980X review

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We were introduced to Intel’s first six-core “Gulftown” processor last month, with the Core i7-980X offering blistering performance and a typically ludicrous Extreme Edition price. Now Mesh has won the race to produce a full review system using the chip, and the resulting Hush i7 980X is as wallet-unfriendly as you’d expect.

It does pack quite a punch, though. The six cores and 32nm die grab the headlines, but the Core i7-980X also offers Hyper-Threading technology to handle a dozen processes simultaneously, and there’s a massive 12MB L3 cache. Turbo Boost has also been enhanced: the i7-980X can dynamically adjust individual cores from the standard 3.33GHz, down as low as 1.6GHz and up to 3.6GHz as required.

Mesh Hush i7 980X

Mesh has paired this monstrous CPU with 6GB of 1,600MHZ DDR3 memory, which together produced stunning levels of raw power. In our 2D application benchmarks, the Hush i7 980X roared to a score of 2.48. That’s the best result we’ve seen from a processor running at its stock speeds, beaten only by overclocked monsters such as Chillblast’s Fusion Mustang with its souped-up Core i7-920.

The Mesh is a powerful gaming machine too. The best match for the CPU would have been a dual-GPU graphics card, but Mesh has opted for an ATI Radeon HD 5870, which is the next best thing. Our High-quality Crysis test was brushed aside with an average framerate of 72fps, and even at Very High settings and a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 it managed 38fps.

The rest of the Hush i7 980X’s internal specification is of suitably high quality. Windows 7 Home Premium comes installed on a 64GB Kingston SSD to boost boot speed and keep core processes running as smoothly as possible. There’s also a 1TB Samsung SpinPoint hard disk for data storage and a Blu-ray reader.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,064
RAM capacity6.00GB
Screen size24.0in


CPU familyIntel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency3.33GHz
CPU overclocked frequencyN/A
Processor socketLGA 1366
HSF (heatsink-fan)Intel stock cooler


MotherboardAsus P6T SE
Motherboard chipsetIntel X58
Conventional PCI slots free2
Conventional PCI slots total2
PCI-E x16 slots free2
PCI-E x16 slots total3
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots free1
PCI-E x1 slots total2
Internal SATA connectors6
Internal SAS connectors1
Internal PATA connectors1
Internal floppy connectors1
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free3
Memory sockets total6

Graphics card

Graphics cardATI Radeon HD 5870
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
Graphics chipsetHIS ATI Radeon HD 5870
Graphics card RAM1.00GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard disk usable capacity931GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Cache size32MB
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity64GB
Hard disk 2 spindle speedN/A
Hard disk 3 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 4 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacityN/A


Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader
Optical disk 2 make and modelN/A
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A


Monitor make and modelIiyama ProLite E2407HDSD
Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
Pixel response time2ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Screen brightness300cd/m2
DVI inputs1
HDMI inputs0
VGA inputs1
DisplayPort inputs0

Additional Peripherals

Speaker typeN/A
Sound cardRealtek HD Audio


ChassisNZXT Hush
Case formatFull tower

Power supply

Power supplyX-Power ATX-700TW
Power supply rating700W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)8
FireWire ports1
eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel memory card readerno

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardLogitech Deluxe 660 Wireless keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodWindows disc

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score2.48
Office application benchmark score2.08
2D graphics application benchmark score2.69
Encoding application benchmark score2.09
Multitasking application benchmark score3.08

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