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Summary

Our Score

8/10

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With its range of high quality components a PC such as this should deliver stunning benchmark results and I can’t deny that I was very impressed with the numbers produced by this Mesh. The Matrix64 3700+ Pro scored 196 in SYSmark 2004 which makes this the fastest PC we have ever tested.

Graphics performance was equally impressive, with a 3DMark03 score of 10,023; this is the first PC that we have ever looked at to break the 10,000 mark. You will however notice that the graphics score is missing from the PCMark 2004 graphs, but this seems to be an issue with PCMark not recognising the graphics card properly. Similarly high scores are seen across the board in all of the other 3D benchmarks and if you’re an avid gamer you’ll be very happy with the Mesh Matrix64 3700+ Pro.

The Athlon 64 3700+ shows that there is definitely some life left in the Socket 754 platform, even if this is the last CPU to make use of it. Looking at the SYSmark 2004 score, the Matrix64 3700+ Pro managed to beat the 3800+ and the FX-53 we looked at a few days ago, but these where tested on a pre-production motherboard with an IDE hard drive and a different graphics card, all of which will have an impact on the SYSmark score. But it’s also worth remembering that the 3700+ is clocked slightly faster than both those chips.

It is great to see that the new ATI Radeon X800 Pro cards are finally staring to filter through into the retail channel and that the performance is as good as our initial testing of the reference card showed. Of course the latest generation of graphics cards thrive on a fast CPU, so it’s not surprising that this Mesh produced great 3D results.

Mesh has put together a well built system with a plethora of features that showcases the latest Athlon 64 processor and ATI graphics card. It is however quite pricey, but for anyone looking for an extremely fast PC with top notch graphics, this could be the one to go for.

Verdict

The Mesh Matrix64 3700+ Pro offers cutting edge hardware, great performance and a correspondingly high price tag. But even though it’s expensive, you’d be hard pushed to find a faster system for the money.

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