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Mesh Matrix II 920 Nero review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £649
inc VAT


2.8GHz AMD Phenom II X4 920, 4.000000 RAM, 20in 1,680×1,050 display, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Mesh Computers

The second of the three Phenom II-equipped £650 PC on test this month is Mesh’s 920 Nero.

Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s one of the fastest PCs in this entire Labs, and is beaten only by the other Phenom II machines: Eclipse’s Andromeda AP92n98GTX and Mesh’s £800 Matrix II 940 CS.

The mini tower case supports only micro-ATX motherboards but is deep enough to accept a full-length PCI-E graphics card, which provides plenty of scope for upgrades. For now, the 1GB ATI Radeon 4670 is a capable graphics card with an HDMI port as well as DVI and VGA connections. It didn’t quite manage 30fps in Call of Duty 4, so it won’t play the latest games at the highest quality settings. However, only Eclipse and PC Nextday’s £650 PCs were significantly better for games.

Like the other PCs in this category, the Nero lacks an eSATA port, although its nine USB ports provide ample scope for attaching external storage drives. There are also six SATA ports, four of which are unused, so there’s plenty of potential to use some of the three free 3?in bays and two free 5?in bays to add more storage or extra optical drives.

A useful card reader occupies one of the 3?in bays, and those who like a tidy desk will appreciate the cordless Logitech mouse and keyboard. The 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium is noteworthy because the motherboard supports 8GB of RAM and there are two free memory slots, so you’re free to take advantage of them.

Although the 20in Iiyama ProLite monitor isn’t the biggest in this group, it has the best image quality and the same 1,680×1,050 resolution, so you won’t have to sacrifice any desktop space. The brightness and contrast are good and the backlight is even.

The Matrix II 920 Nero is an excellent all-round PC. The one-year RTB warranty is a weak area compared with the onsite and collect-and-return cover from PC Nextday and PC Specialist, but the Nero’s specification makes up for it. It’s a deserving award winner.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 920
Processor external bus 200MHz (1.8GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x14
Processor clock speed 2.8GHz
Processor socket AM3
Level 1 cache 4x 128KB
Level 2 cache 4x 512KB
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC2-6400
Maximum memory 8GB
Motherboard Asus M2N68-CM
Motherboard chipset nVidia nForce 560
Power consumption standby 3W
Power consumption idle 134W
Power consumption active 168W


USB2 ports (front/rear) 3/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 2
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 1

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Samsung HD502IJ
Interface SATA/300
Total storage capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 7200rpm


Graphics card(s) 1GB ATI Radeon HD 4670
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DVI, VGA


Sound VT1708 High Definition Audio
Sound outputs 7.1 line out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards CF, SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia, xD
Optical drive model TSST SH-S223F
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 20 in
Screen model Iiyama ProLite E2002WS
Native resolution 1,680×1,050
Response time 5ms
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Logitech Deluxe 650 Cordless
Mouse Logitech Cordless Optical Mouse RX 650


Software included Microsoft Works 8.5, Cyperlink Video Editing Suite
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £649

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