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Mesh Ice 5 750 CS review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £800
inc VAT

Although a touch noisy, the Ice 5 is an excellent all-rounder, with great performance and a top-class monitor.


2.66GHz Intel Core i5-750, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Mesh Computers

We’re used to seeing Mesh undercut its rivals at a particular price point, and the Ice 5 750 CS does it again.

While rivals struggle to fit a Core i5 processor and motherboard into their budget, Mesh appears to have no problems, matching competitors’ specifications inside its tower case, and beating them outside when it comes to peripherals.

The bundled Iiyama E2208HDS monitor and wireless keyboard and mouse are superb. Some may prefer to switch to a wired Logitech set when ordering, but we’re sure no-one will want to change the monitor. Not only does it look stylish, but it has excellent image quality, with impressive brightness and colour reproduction. You’ll want to spend a little extra on a DVI cable, as there’s only a VGA cable in the box, a common trait across all the PCs here.

Mesh’s latest tower case is relatively inoffensive, although the red lights that flash in Standby mode are a potential annoyance. It’s good to see USB, FireWire and eSATA ports on the front, plus a wide array of interfaces at the rear of the Asus motherboard. Please note, though, that the FireWire port isn’t connected as the motherboard doesn’t have a FireWire controller. If you want to use the FireWire port, you’ll need to buy a PCI or PCI Express expansion card. The only other absentee is coaxial S/PDIF, but this isn’t likely to bother many people.

The inside of the case is neat, although the snake of power supply cables may hinder the installation of extra optical drives. Transverse hard disk trays make it simple to add more, but the 1TB disk shouldn’t fill up too quickly.

It’s good to see front and rear 120mm fans, plus a third in the power supply, and all three are quiet. The only noisy component is the fan on the HIS Radeon 4890 graphics card, which makes a din even when idle. The large grille in the side panel does nothing to damp the noise.

The card put in a sterling performance, which makes up for the racket – it achieved over 75fps in Call of Duty 4 and a whisker under 40fps in Crysis. Needless to say, the Core i5 750 processor performed very well.

If there’s any criticism of the Ice 5, it’s the one-year return-to-base warranty. However, since Mesh’s rivals provide the same, the 750 CS gets to the winning post first and walks away with a Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i5-750
Processor external bus 133MHz (2,400MHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Processor multiplier x24
Processor clock speed 2.66GHz
Processor socket LGA1156
Level 1 cache 4x 64KB
Level 2 cache 4x 256KB
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC3-10600
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Asus P7P55D
Motherboard chipset Intel P55
Power consumption standby 4W
Power consumption idle 99W
Power consumption active 215W


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/8
Firewire ports (front/rear) 1/1
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/1
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 2 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 3
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 3

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Samsung HD103SI
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 1,000GB
Spindle speed 7,200rpm


Graphics card(s) 1GB ATI Radeon HD 4890
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, TV-out


Sound Via VT1828S
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, stereo out, mic in
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


Viewable size 22 in
Screen model Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Response time 2ms
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Logitech Deluxe 660 Cordless Keyboard
Mouse Logitech Cordless Optical Mouse RX 650


Software included Microsoft Works 8.5, Cyberlink Video Editing Suite
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £800

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