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Mesh Matrix II 955BE Hush - Mesh Matrix II 955BE Hush

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Summary

Our Score:

8

The Mesh Matrix II 955BE Hush's Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P is a budget AM3 motherboard, using the 770 chipset rather than the higher-end 790 ones, but you can't really tell from its looks. It has a nice blue PCB that goes well with that of the video card and sports a fancy blue heatsink. Features are where it has been curtailed a little, with the main caveat being the lack of CrossFireX - so you're stuck with a single graphics card.

In terms of expansion there are two free PCI slots, three PCI Express x1 ones, four SATA ports and two free memory slots supporting DDR3 of speeds up to 1666Mhz.

The rest of the insides are dominated by an Akasa CPU cooler, whose fan presses down on the installed memory modules - so if you want to replace these generic sticks with DDR3 modules fitted with heat-spreaders you'll have to remove the cooler first. Still, at least the cooler does a good job of keeping the 3.2GHz quad-core processor humming along at just below 50 degrees even under load, and it does so very quietly.

Things get even more interesting when overclocking. As you might know, AMD's Black Edition (BE) CPUs are very overclock-friendly thanks to their unlocked multipliers. Popping into Gigabyte's excellent BIOS, under its MIT (which stands for Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker) you can easily adjust all the overclocking parameters, and raising the multiplier to 18x gave a quick and easy overclock to 3.6GHz with CPU temperature never exceeding 55 degrees and case temperature marginally up from 45 to 47 degrees. We didn't go to town on the overclocking front but these chips are easily capable of running at 3.8GHz and at a push 4GHz with a cooler like the one in this PC.

This excellent-value AMD processor is paired with an AMD ATI Radeon HD 4870 for handling the graphics (i.e. gaming) side of things and as an added bonus, the model Mesh has used here is an HIS - which, as the HIS 4670 IceQ Turbo we reviewed demonstrated, has a reputation for producing quieter cards than the stock-cooled equivalents.

It was quite shocking then to discover that the HIS HD4870 Fan (H487FN512) was actually the noisiest part of the PC by a long stretch! Without it active, the Matrix II 955BE Hush lives up to its name by producing a low, unobtrusive hum. With the card's fan active though, it becomes quite a loud PC. We tried for quite a while to see if we could adjust the fan speed in some way but to no avail.

Martin Daler

August 21, 2009, 12:20 pm

whatever its general merit, this system touts one particular "unique selling point" up front - hush. It fails in this regard. What is Mesh trying to achieve here?

TechVegan

August 21, 2009, 2:34 pm

@Martin Daler:


To be fair, Mesh shows every effort at trying to make this system as quiet as possible without resorting to expensive water-cooling - just the choice of this specific HIS (a company usually known for its silent products) video card was apparently unfortunate.





Also keep in mind that the video card in our PC MAY have been a particularly noisy sample, but even if this is not the case there's always the option of upgrading to a higher model for very little money, which would suit the fast CPU better anyway.

Chocoa

August 21, 2009, 7:24 pm

Well, no matter what you opinion of the pc you have to admire they way Mesh have weathered the market storms over the years. Seeing as my previous supplier Evesham went to the wall like many others have and will in a cut throat market...

Enigma

August 23, 2009, 3:51 pm

WARNING! - WARNING! - WARNING! - WARNING! - WARNING! - WARNING!





Read TR Reader (and on the web forums) comments on their experience as MESH customers – see earlier TR reviews and stories on Mesh Computers. Buy MESH PCs at your peril.





@Chocoa :“...you have to admire they way Mesh have weathered the market storms over the years.” Well there is a sucker born every day or MESH Computers Ltd snaring some unsuspecting sole.





I would only wish MESH PCs upon MESH staff and their families.

John 32

August 26, 2009, 7:03 pm

@ Enigma,


Thanks for a very informative comment, you've brought a lot to the discussion.





If you search any manufacturer you will always find sob/scare/woe stories from upset consumers.





My point is that you have not pur forward a constructive argument, moreover, you sound like an upset child who is just complaining loudly.





As for your response to Chocoa, seems quite vindictive against Mesh.





Basically, either put forward some evidence or a valid point or don't bother posting as you have added nothing.

Enigma

August 27, 2009, 5:33 pm

@John who the hell are you tell TR readers whether they can or can not post comments? I presume of Mesh Computers Ltd?





@John you vitriol suggests you are rattled. After all an intelligent person wouldn't waste time commenting on insignificant comment(s) or be rattled by them.





Also an intelligent person doesn't repeat what can be referred to elsewhere – as I did. A quick Google of “Mesh Computers complaints” soon reveals plenty. Thus I wouldn't be surprised if before long someone doesn't set up a website/forum “MESS Computers Ltd” akin to “NTHell” for the former NTL cable service provider.





To please @John here's something intelligent and useful:





I would suggest those who have an issue with their purchases consider the following:





1.Keep a log (dates/time/names/what was said, etc) of all your dealings right from the first call.


2.Seek advice from Citizens Advice Bureau. Better still contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06


3.See if your credit card company can get you a refund. They have specialist working on such issues.


4.If you have household insurance see if your policy has legal cover. Thus you may be able to get legal advice and/or possibly Legal Representation.


5.Likewise if you are a member of an organisation like a Trade Union check if they provide legal cover and if you can get Legal Representation.


6.Consider WARNING your fellow consumers by sharing your experience.





ACT PROMPTLY.





Company's never seem to learn as these examples show:





"Apple tried to silence owner of exploding iPod with gagging order" (http://technology.timesonline.... – TimesOnline 3rd August 2009;





"'Exploding' iPhones investigated" on BBCi News(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/tec..., 26th August 2009; and





"United Breaks Guitars" on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...





Feel the power of the Consumer @John.

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