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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

As already mentioned, a PCI Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer is on hand to take care of audio duties. This is pretty much the ideal sound card for gaming, and the only one to offer EAX5.0 effects in supporting titles.

Complementing the AMD processor and motherboard is an AMD/ATI graphics card (yes, I was expecting a GeForce GTX card too considering this system's name), specifically the award-winning ATI Radeon HD 4870 - one of those hallowed few products to garner a perfect 10/10 TR score. While again it's not the fastest card on the block, it is probably the best value for money one available right now, and is sure to chomp through any game (except Crysis) with ease.

The only niggle with all this hardware is that the Mesh Xtreme GTX300 is a tad on the noisy side, but this is not unusual for gaming machines. Also, it can potentially be alleviated by lowering the fan speeds through the BIOS if you find it too annoying, if you dare venture into such murky realms.

Overall then, I would like to congratulate Mesh on going for a well-balanced system. None of the components are top of the line, but unlike the hideously unbalanced and overpriced Alienware Area 51, the GTX300 covers every base well while remaining affordable at 'only' £1123.98. Especially going for a cheaper CPU but relatively high-end graphics card is a sensible trade-off, as you can see in our benchmarks where the Mesh consistently trounces the Wired2Fire Diablo MaXcore Gaming PC, which is equipped with a far faster processor and only a GeForce GTX 260.

In terms of performance, as I already said it will handle most games with profound ease, as shown by the 65FPS average (and 35FPS minimum) in Call of Duty 4 at 1,920 x 1,200 with four sample antialiasing enabled. The only title to bring this rig to its knees is as usual Crysis. However, if you're willing to play at a lower resolution like 1,440 x 900, you still get a playable DX10 experience with detail set to Very High.

When it comes to software, a very clean Windows installation is enhanced by CyberLink's High Definition Suite, which means you can play Blu-rays out of the box. Microsoft's Works 8.5 is also on hand for light office duties. Warranty, meanwhile, is nothing too special: a standard three-year affair (worth around £17) includes parts and labour for the first year, and just labour for the next two.

So how does the Xtreme GTX300 compare to the competition? As long as you add the £100 upgrade to the 24in Iiyama from the 22in E2207WS (bringing the total to 1223.98), pretty darn well, actually. Sure, the CyberPower Gamer Infinity Crossfire HD gives better performance in games for around £220 less, but has half the hard drive space and no Blu-ray drive, not to mention the lack of speakers and a monitor. And of course thanks to the CrossFire X motherboard and powerful 700W PSU, you can always add a second Radeon 4870 card to take the GTX300's gaming performance to the next level.

Verdict

If you're looking for an all-in desktop PC for gaming and entertainment, you'll be hard-pressed to find a configuration that offers more for the money than the Mesh Xtreme GTX300. As long as you spend another £100 upgrading the 22in Iiyama monitor to a 24in model, this PC is easy to recommend. Even as a standalone system (the extras can be omitted) it's definitely worth considering.

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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