Mesh Xtreme i7 920 review

£1956
Price when reviewed

Mesh has included a full set of peripherals with this PC, too. The Iiyama PLE2403WS-B1 monitor is a budget model that, nevertheless, provides decent quality. Colour reproduction is impressive, and there’s no potentially distracting backlight bleed. The budget price does mean that there’s no adjustable stand, but the presence of an HDMI port is ideal for entertainment use.

The 5.1 Creative Inspire T6200 speaker set pumps out decent sound, thanks in part to the dedicated sound card. It’s reasonably high quality – although audiophiles will still want specialist equipment – and suitably immersive thanks to the five satellites, although we’d still give the audio advantage to the Chillblast, which also comes with dedicated sound card, as well as slightly better 7.1 speakers.

Our major qualm surrounding the Mesh Xtreme i7 920, though, is the price. At £1,701, it’s almost £400 more expensive than the Fusion Juggernaut, and a massive £635 more than Cyberpower’s current A List champion. There’s undoubtedly a premium to be paid for new technology – and the motherboard, DDR3 RAM and CPU aren’t cheap – but we’d be more understanding if the Xtreme i7 920 included one of the quicker Core i7 parts. As it is, though, this is far too expensive to wholeheartedly recommend, despite the stellar performance – only early adopters need apply.

Warranty

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Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,000
RAM capacity 6.00GB
Screen size 24.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency 2.66GHz
CPU overclocked frequency N/A
Processor socket LGA 1366

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus P6T Deluxe
Motherboard chipset Intel X58 Express
Conventional PCI slots total 2
PCI-E x16 slots free 2
PCI-E x16 slots total 3
PCI-E x1 slots total 1
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 3
Memory sockets total 6

Graphics card

3D performance setting High
Graphics chipset ATI Radeon HD4870 X2
Graphics card RAM 1.95GB

Hard disk

Capacity 1.00TB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM

Drives

Optical drive LG GGC-H20L
Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader

Monitor

Monitor make and model Iiyama PLE2403WS
Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,200
Resolution 1920 x 1200

Additional Peripherals

Speakers Creative Inspire T6200
Speaker type 5.1
Sound card Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Edition

Case

Chassis Cooler Master Dominator 690
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 214 x 525 x 482mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply rating 1,200W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 2

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 10
FireWire ports 2
eSATA ports 2
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Logitech Cordless Desktop

Operating system and software

OS family Windows Vista

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 217W
Peak power consumption 408W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 1.94
Office application benchmark score 1.64
2D graphics application benchmark score 2.12
Encoding application benchmark score 1.64
Multitasking application benchmark score 2.35
3D performance (crysis) low settings 46fps
3D performance setting High

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