As this monitor is supplied with the system we limited the resolutions that we tested with to 1,280 x 1,024 and the native resolution. As this is the first time we’ve run our new suite of tests on a PC and SYSmark failed to run it’s not possible make any direct comparisons save for 3DMark 05 and PCMark 05. In the former, the Mesh at 1,280 x 1,024 with 4x FSAA and 8x AF achieved 8,868, whereas the four and a half-grand Alienware Aurora 7500, stuffed with an FX-60 and two 7800 GTX 512 cards hit 11,563. Of course the other advantage of the Alienware was that it was much quieter, even though it used the same motherboard, in no small part due to its massive case, but then again it does cost around £4,206.09, which is officially insane.
The Logitech keyboard and mouse supplied are both wireless, which is helps declutter the desktop, but I still wouldn’t trust a wireless mouse for a gaming, especially as this isn’t one of Logitech’s faster response time laser mice.
As you would expect from the components the Mesh performs very well in our test suite delivering around 60fps in Counter-Strike: Source at the display’s native resolution with FSAA and AF enabled, 105fps average in Quake 4 and a decent 50.4fps in the demanding Call of Duty 2. However, I think the choice of an FX-60 makes no sense in this system. The only reason to supply one over an X2 is that it’s easily overclockable but that doesn’t tally with the bog standard RAM and the stock heatsink. The 200MHz stock advantage over a 4800+ hardly seems worth the extra cost, especially considering that the FX-60 costs over £700 inc VAT (!) at retail.
The killer for me though is simply the noise. I am fortunate enough to have a SLI 7800 GT system at home, and it’s noisy but its still quieter than this Mesh. If I spent over £2,000 on a PC I wouldn’t be happy with this much noise. This is espeically true if you’re just using Windows and not using the speakers or headphones. Using the Asus SLI Premium motherboard and fitting a quieter CPU cooler would have been great improvments, and going for a cheaper CPU would have more than paid for it.
Mesh has filled this system with great components and the performance is there, but the balance isn’t right in places. The FX-60 is a misguided choice considering the choice of memory, graphics cards and display and it’s also too noisy to live with on a day to day basis.