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Mesh Matrix A10 7850K – CS review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £500
inc VAT

A great processor and good-quality monitor make this one of the best PCs you can get for £500


3.7GHz AMD A10-7850K, 8GB RAM, 22in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 8.1


There are six SATA3 ports, four of them vacant, one connected to a 1TB hard disk and the other plugged into the system’s DVD-RW drive. The motherboard has a USB3 header, which is hooked up to one of the two ports on the front panel. The other is connected to a standard USB header. The motherboard’s back panel has six USB ports, two of which are USB3, as well as PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports. There are three 3.5mm stereo outputs which can be configured for 5.1 analogue surround sound and three graphics outputs: HDMI, DVI and VGA.

Mesh Matrix A10 7850K – CS

The PC comes with an Iiyama ProLite E2278HSD monitor, which is a 22in matt LCD screen with DVI and VGA inputs. Its matt finish means it suffers less than glossy displays from reflections from overhead light sources, but the disadvantage can be that matt displays often have somewhat less vivid colour than their glossy counterparts. Fortunately, the E2278HSD is pleasing to the eye and did well in our contrast test, with our calibration device reporting a contrast ratio of 942:1 with a deep black level of 0.23cd/m2. We also ran colour tests, which reported that the monitor was accurately reproducing 91% of the sRGB colour gamut: excellent for a display supplied with a low-cost system.

The PC’s keyboard and mouse are a standard Logitech MK120 set: cheap but comfortable to use and sturdy enough to be a reasonable long-term choice for a family computer. The Mesh Matrix A10 7850K – CS comes very close to being our new favourite £500 PC, with an excellent processor capable of good performance in both our gaming and application benchmarks. However, it’s pipped to the post by the Palicomp AMD Kaveri Evolution, which has greater upgrade potential and a larger monitor.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor AMD A10-7850K
Processor external bus 100MHz (HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x37
Processor clock speed 3.7GHz
Processor socket FM2+
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard MSI A78M-E35
Motherboard chipset AMD A78


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 2

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate Barracuda (ST1000DM003-1CH162)
Interface SATA3


Graphics card(s) integrated AMD Radeon R7
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DVI, VGA


Sound Realtek ALC887
Sound outputs 5.1 line out, headphone, microphone
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 22 in
Screen model Iiyama ProLite E2278HSD
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Keyboard Logitech K120
Mouse Logitech B110


Operating system Windows 8.1
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB (two years parts, three years labour)
Price £500

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