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Mesh Xtreme GTX300 - Mesh Xtreme GTX300

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Mesh Xtreme GTX300

Summary

Our Score:

8

At the GTX300's back there's an even better selection on offer: six USB ports, another e-SATA and FireWire, a handy PS2 port for a keyboard if your BIOS is having trouble with USB models, and a selection of analogue and digital audio ports made redundant by those on the X-Fi Gamer dedicated soundcard.

The goodness continues on the inside, where CoolerMaster has made installation of a lot of the components tool-free. There are five plastic hard drive caddies which slide in and out smoothly, and five 5.25in optical drive bays with a simple switch for retention. Expansion cards are also held in with plastic clips, which work rather better than those I've come across on many other systems. If you do really want the security of screws though, there are plenty included.

Aside from the glowing fan at the front, there are a further two 120mm fans, one in the removable side panel and one at the back drawing hot air away from the CPU. If that's not enough for you, there are mounts for four more 120mm fans. Mesh has done a good job on the GTX300's insides, with all cables neatly bound together and routed out of the way.

Getting onto components, they're again generally impressive. A CoolerMaster SilentPro modular 700W PSU provides plenty of juice for the various bits, most of which are seated in an ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe 790FX CrossFire X motherboard. Like the very similar Asus M3A32-MVP WiFi-AP Deluxe, there is plenty of copper heatpipe cooling, although there is still a standing fan which I feel Mesh could have left out since the fins it cools are right next to one of the case fans.

For the processor, Mesh has made the somewhat unusual choice of going for an AMD chip (it'd have a hard time fitting an Intel CPU in an AMD board - Ed.). I say unusual because most gaming machines we get in use Intel Core 2 Duo processors, which usually trump Phenoms by a large margin. However, this system uses a Phenom 9950, which is essentially a 9850 Black Edition but a whole 100MHz faster. The 'Black Edition' moniker refers to the fact the CPUs clock multiplier is unlocked, which gives you many more options for overclocking - something that will be made easier by the use of a copper based Akasa AK-876 heatpipe CPU cooler, which gives a nice balance between noise and cooling performance.

So, while the Phenom 9950 might not be the most impressive processor for gaming, you should be able to tweak it a fair amount to bump up its performance. Also, by saving money on the CPU Mesh has been able to keep the rest of the GTX 300s specifications pretty nice for the money.

The CPU is backed by 4GB of good old 800MHz DDR2 RAM, which is plenty for any game or application, and this is complemented by the, fast becoming essential, 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium.

Meanwhile, the generous 1TB storage is provided by the inclusion of a 1Terabyte Samsung SpinPoint hard drive with a 32MB buffer. SpinPoint's not only perform well when it comes to speed, but also offer excellent thermal and noise performance, so again it's a great choice, and with that kind of capacity even the largest game collections should fit.

ilovethemonkeyhead

November 18, 2008, 12:10 pm

half the parts, and the case are already what i've built for myself at home :o





the only problem with the case is that an under the desk placement makes it difficult to use my usb ports because of trhat big bit of retractable wood that comes out with the keyboard, for the mouse to sit on.

Matthew Bunton

November 19, 2008, 6:38 pm

I just hope that people check out the wealth of information available on Mesh's poor customer service before deciding upon purchasing anything from them.





Please don't review too many of their products. I really hope that Trusted Reviews is not going to go the same way as PC Pro did. I stopped using that site as all they considered was the price and Mesh always seem to be at the top of their recommended PC lists regardless of all the negative mail they received about Mesh.

eric 1

December 29, 2008, 3:02 am

i agree with the above comments. 2 years ago I bought a mesh pc based on a PC pro review. The machine was delayed, did not work when it arived. My wife spend days at home waiting for drivers to appear to collect and deliver the machine. Plus countless hours phoning for non existent support. The machine has had constant driver problems and blue screens all the time. Mesh support is non existent and they even refuse to tell you where to bring back machines to be repaired in depsartation i have ended up taking it to PC World to be fixed ( although it has an extended warrantee. The latest, I bought an xbox a to use as a widnows media extender but then found out that as the machine was supplied with windows media 2002 edition and not the updgraded 2005 version, media extender options on the xbox will not work unless I go out and buy an upgrade to windows vista. Mesh is not interetsed in my problems. I will have to simply go out and spend more money on a new machine ( Apple Imac??)

MarkB

January 11, 2009, 4:02 am

Just to add a little bit of balance to these comments here - I've been running a Mesh Computer for the past 2 years now and it hasn't missed a beat. Ordered it off the back of a mag review. As far as I can remember I had no issues ordering the machine, and I've been happily recommending them to my mates ever since...

Incognito

March 7, 2009, 6:27 pm

The irony of the title of this website. Surely every review of a MESH computer should either have significant points deducted for appalling customer service or a dedicated gauge of 1-10 for this area? Although to be fair, MESH don't do customer service so there'd be no point.





I am one of the latest victims who ordered from MESH before finding for every one happy customer, there's 50+ very unhappy customers. I ordered six weeks ago -thankfully on credit card- and it hasn't arrived yet. They took the money (𨂌) immediately and said the ETA was 14 days. There's a 'tracking' system on their website which from the minute you order will state "In Process" - it remains the same to this very day on my order.





I won't bother asking for a refund as I know they won't give it up without a fight - so I'm going to instruct my bank to recover the money for me. Has anybody ever had to do this before? I've never had to deal with such a bad company!

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