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Mesh Matrix II TT review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £519
inc VAT

With a powerful processor, fast graphics and a decent 20in monitor, the Matrix II TT is a great all-round PC.


2.6GHz AMD Phenom X4 9950, 4.000000 RAM, 20in 1,600×900 display, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Mesh Computers

The Mesh Matrix II TT makes a good first impression with its smart, glossy black finish.

USB and audio ports are plainly visible on the front. There’s also blanking plate for an eSATA port, but this isn’t used, and it wouldn’t take much to accidently knock out the flimsy bit of plastic, leaving a small but unsightly hole. It’s a minor gripe, though, and we were pleased with the rest of the system.

The 20in Iiyama ProLite monitor is the most expensive in the group at around £135 if bought separately. It’s also the best, displaying sharp text and realistic colours, and offering wide viewing angles. The 1,600×900 resolution isn’t quite full HD, but at least you can use the DVI interface for a digital connection.

Mesh has opted for a quad-core AMD Phenom X4 9950 processor and 4GB of RAM. As the Black Edition processor has an unlocked multiplier, it’s a good option for those who are looking to overclock. The Matrix’s performance isn’t the best here, but it’s not far off. A possible culprit is the hard disk. It provides a decent 500GB of storage, but has a 5,400rpm spindle speed, which means it’s likely to be slower than 7,200rpm disks.

Everything in the case is neat, and a gigantic Akasa heatsink and fan keeps the processor cool. The heatsink’s fan makes a fair amount of noise, and while it’s not excessively loud, it’s certainly the noisiest of the group.

Fortunately, this niggle is offset by great gaming performance. The Radeon HD 4850 managed 53.5fps in Call of Duty 4 at 1,680×1,050. At the monitor’s native resolution of 1,600×900, this increased to 59.3fps, while at 1,280×720 the demanding Crysis ran at a playable 26.7fps. This makes the Matrix II TT PC suitable for entertainment as well as work.

Although the Logitech 250 keyboard doesn’t have any media short cut buttons, it’s solidly built and feels good to type on. The Matrix comes with the bare minimum of warranty cover, but the value of all the components mean it’s the clear winner here and deserves its Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor AMD Phenom X4 9950
Processor external bus 200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x13
Processor clock speed 2.6GHz
Processor socket AM2+
Level 1 cache 4x 128KB
Level 2 cache 4x 512KB
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC2-6400
Maximum memory 8GB
Motherboard Asustek M2N68-VM
Motherboard chipset Nvidia GeForce 7050PV + nForce 630a
Power consumption standby 5W
Power consumption idle 160W
Power consumption active 228W


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/1
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports VGA, DVI, HDMI

Internal Expansion

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

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Samsung HD502HI
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 5,400rpm


Graphics card(s) 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4850
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, S-video


Sound VIA HD Audio
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards none
Optical drive model TSST SH-S223B
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL DVD-RAM


Viewable size 20 in
Screen model Iiyama ProLite E2008HDS
Native resolution 1,600×900
Response time 5ms
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Logitech Deluxe 250 Keyboard
Mouse Logitech Optical Mouse USB M-UAE96


Software included Cyberlink Video Editing Suite, Microsoft Works 8.5
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £519

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