Mesh Titan GT Pro review

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While the dearest computers will always have an aspirational appeal, the more modest end of the market can be just as fascinating. A year ago, for instance, you wouldn’t have put money on a 3.16GHz processor, 9000-series graphics card and 750GB of storage space being available for a mere £575.

Mesh Titan GT Pro review

How times have changed, though. The Mesh Titan GT Pro serves up a tempting core specification that serves to highlight the inevitable drop in component prices: Intel’s Core 2 Duo E8500 – which also boasts a 6MB L2 cache and 1,333MHz FSB – sits alongside an Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT graphics card, 750GB hard disk, 4GB of RAM. Mesh has also included a 22in TFT.

Accordingly, the Titan GT Pro lived up to its name by delivering some impressive benchmark scores. An overall 2D score of 1.82 indicates that even the most demanding of applications won’t phase it, and lightning-quick results in our graphics and multi-tasking tests indicate where the Mesh’s strengths lie.

These results look even better when the Mesh is lined up against rival systems. The Eclipse Zenith i82n98GTX, with its Core 2 Duo E8200 processor, could only manage 1.4 in the same tests. The Titan GT Pro is even quicker than systems which are significantly more expensive – the PC Specialist Apollo Q8200 GTX+ could also only manage 1.4. The Mesh is also quicker than all but one machine in our recent Do-It-All PC Labs test, in which the cheapest system cost £680.

There’s a modest amount of gaming potential, too, thanks to the GeForce 9600 GT graphics card. Our Low and Medium benchmarks didn’t trouble the GPU, but our High-quality Crysis test proved too much – the Mesh only managed a juddering 19fps. It’s a sign, perhaps, that the 9600 GT is getting a bit long in the tooth – ATI’s Radeon HD 4850 or HD 4830 cards, for instance, both cost little extra cash but provide better performance.

Elsewhere, the specification is extremely capable. Intel’s P43 chipset is a relatively modern part that undoubtedly contributes to the decent benchmark score, and 64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium means that every bit of the 4GB of RAM can be used effectively. The 750GB hard disk guarantees plenty of storage, too.

All of this is wrapped in a familiar Mesh chassis. The slightly bland looks and uninspiring build quality are the signs of the Titan GT Pro’s reduced budget, but it’s a functional case that offers a reasonable amount of upgrade potential. Three PCI slots and a PCI-Express 1x slot are available, as are several 5.25in and 3.5in hard disk bays – ideal for extra storage or a Blu-ray drive should you want to expand later on. The only thing really lacking is a spare PCI-Express 16x slot that could be used for a second graphics card.

The neat cabling inside the system and frugal use of components – the reasonably small graphics card and low-profile Intel cooler take up little room – mean that tinkering with your PC is relatively easy, too. It’s also worth noting that the Mesh is a quiet machine – the barely audible hum increased to a slight whirr when we pushed the CPU, but it certainly wasn’t intrusive enough to prove a distraction.

As befitting the Mesh’s budget status, the range of peripherals is more modest than some of the components. While the 22in Hanns.G Hi221D TFT provides plenty of desktop space – certainly more than the 19in panel included with the rival Eclipse system – it doesn’t offer great quality. While it’s decent enough for working and surfing the web, the pale colour reproduction and poor contrast mean that it’s not the best for watching movies or playing games. You don’t get any separate speakers, although there is a mediocre integrated set on the TFT.


Warranty1 year(s) return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity750
RAM capacity4.00GB
Screen size22.0in


CPU familyIntel Core 2 Duo
CPU nominal frequency3.16GHz
CPU overclocked frequencyN/A
Processor socketLGA 775
HSF (heatsink-fan)Intel low profile cooler


MotherboardAsus P5QL Pro
Motherboard chipsetIntel P43
Conventional PCI slots free3
PCI-E x16 slots free0
PCI-E x16 slots total0
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
Internal SATA connectors6
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR2

Graphics card

Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingHigh
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce 9600 GT
Graphics card RAM512MB
DVI-I outputs2
Number of graphics cardsN/A

Hard disk

Internal disk interfaceSATA
Hard disk 2 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speedN/A
Hard disk 2 cache sizeN/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 disk 2 make and modelN/A
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A


Monitor make and modelHanns.G Hi221D
Resolution screen horizontal1,680
Resolution screen vertical1,050
Resolution1680 x 1050

Additional Peripherals

Sound cardRealtek HD audio


Case formatMidi tower
Dimensions180 x 430 x 380mm (WDH)

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)9

Front ports

Front panel USB ports3
Front panel FireWire ports1
Front panel memory card readeryes

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows Vista

Noise and power

Idle power consumption98W
Peak power consumption167W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score1.82
Office application benchmark score1.81
2D graphics application benchmark score1.95
Encoding application benchmark score1.51
Multitasking application benchmark score2.02
3D performance (crysis) low settings19fps
3D performance settingHigh

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