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Mesh Nero 9950HD review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £523.45
inc VAT

An amazing PC with stunning performance, huge upgrade potential and a fantastic monitor. The 9950HD is incredible value.


2.6GHz AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Mesh Computers

For its Nero 9950HD, Mesh has upgraded its Best Buy-winning Nero 9850HD to make an even better PC.

The main difference is the slightly faster quad-core 2.6GHz AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition processor. This, combined with 4GB of RAM, stormed through our benchmarking tests, doing particularly well in the processor-intensive video-encoding and multitasking tests.

If you want to squeeze more performance, the Black Edition can be overclocked easily, as its multiplier is unlocked (see the overclocking feature on page 104 for more information). For the more adventurous, the Asus M2N68-VM motherboard supports the newer Phenom II processors and takes up to 8GB of RAM, so there’s plenty of room for upgrading.

A fast processor is no good in a poorly balanced system, but Mesh hasn’t cut any corners with this PC. The 500GB hard disk provides plenty of storage space, and we were impressed with the 22in widescreen Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS monitor. Its high resolution of 1,920×1,080 makes it brilliant for standard Windows use and entertainment alike. Image quality is stunning, and the monitor has even backlighting and colour reproduction. It has a choice of VGA or DVI (HDCP-compliant) inputs.

The onboard GeForce 7050PV graphics are capable of playing 1080p HD video, so if you add a Blu-ray drive later you can watch movies on the E2208HDS. Alternatively, the onboard graphics card’s HDMI output means you could plug the Nero 9950HD directly into an HD TV.

The only slight disappointment is that the graphics card isn’t fast enough to play games. However, fitting a decent graphics card such as Sapphire’s £79 Radeon HD 4770 into the free PCI Express x16 slot is an easy and cost-effective upgrade for anyone interested in games.

Considering the amazing base specification, stunning Windows performance, high-resolution monitor and upgrade potential for the future, we can’t find fault with Mesh’s Nero 9950HD. It’s by far the best-value PC here and wins our Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition
Processor external bus 200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x13
Processor clock speed 2.6GHz
Processor socket AM2+
Level 1 cache 4x 64KB
Level 2 cache 4x 512KB
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC2-6400
Maximum memory 8GB
Motherboard Asus M2N68-VM
Motherboard chipset Nvidia GeForce 7050PV
Power consumption standby 6W
Power consumption idle 88W
Power consumption active 148W


USB2 ports (front/rear) 3/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/1
Wired network ports 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 1
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 7,200rpm


Graphics card(s) Integrated Nvidia GeForce 7050PV
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DVI, VGA


Sound VT1708B High Definition Audio
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards CF, SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia, xD
Optical drive model TSSTcorp SH-S223B
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 22 in
Screen model Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Response time 5ms
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Logitech Internet 350 Keyboard
Mouse Logitech M-UAE96


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

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £523

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