MESH RYZEN 7 GAM­ING PC-A

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Large, im­pos­ing and fea­tur­ing a cus­tomis­able built-in light show, the Mesh Ryzen 7 Gam­ing PC-A de­liv­ers stun­ning build qual­ity with strik­ing tem­pered glass pan­els and the lat­est AMD pro­ces­sor tech­nol­ogy in­side.

De­sign

This is an im­pos­ing beast of a PC even be­fore you turn on the power thanks to tem­pered glass side pan­els, which give a clear view of the com­po­nents in­side. Th­ese in­clude the lat­est AMD Ryzen 7 1700X eight-core pro­ces­sor and a pow­er­ful Nvidia GTX 1070 graph­ics card.

The Ther­mal­take View 31 tem­pered glass RGB Edi­tion Mid Tower chas­sis into which the sys­tem is built is a heavy, ex­pen­sivelook­ing case that sits wider than the typ­i­cal mid-tower PC and is fit­ted with glass side pan­els which let you see ev­ery sin­gle in­ter­nal com­po­nent from both sides. It also con­tains a trio of 140mm fans at the front, which can be set to any of 256 avail­able colours which glow through meshed front of the case. An­other set of th­ese same il­lu­mi­nated fans is also fit­ted to the top of the case.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the glass pan­els, Mesh has en­sured that most of the rest of in­ter­nal parts also sup­port RGB il­lu­mi­na­tion: fir­ing up the PC for the first time re­sults in the kind of sen­sory over­load you’d get from turn­ing on a set of Christ­mas lights with­out tak­ing them out of the box. LEDs hit you from all di­rec­tions, grad­u­ally tran­si­tion­ing through a rain­bow of gaudy colours, giv­ing the PC a sec­ond func­tion as a sort of high-tech lava lamp re­place­ment.

Thank­fully, whether th­ese ef­fects ap­pear gar­ish and jar­ring or rather more sub­tly en­gag­ing is en­tirely up to you, as the whole lot can be cus­tomised to your own pref­er­ences un­der soft­ware con­trol. Keep the glass clean of fin­ger­prints and the sys­tem re­ally can look rather im­pres­sive.

On a more prac­ti­cal level, the case’s mod­u­lar de­sign al­lows for a va­ri­ety of in­ter­nal con­fig­u­ra­tions and comes with re­mov­able dust fil­ters, which are es­pe­cially im­por­tant when the PC’s in­ter­nals are con­stantly on show.

Pro­ces­sor

The Ryzen 7 1700X pro­ces­sor sits in the mid­dle of AMD’s Ryzen 7 range and fea­tures eight cores and 16 threads at 3.4GHz, boost­ing to a max­i­mum 3.8GHz for an in­di­vid­ual core. The pro­ces­sor is topped with a tidy-look­ing Cor­sair H60 Hy­dro Se­ries liq­uid cooler and the whole PC is pow­ered by a 650W Cor­sair RM650x PSU.

An Asus AMD AM4 Ryzen PRIME X370 Pro moth­er­board forms the ba­sis for this PC build. This is an ad­vanced moth­er­board with sup­port for both Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFireX dual-graph­ics con­fig­u­ra­tions, en­hanced au­dio hard­ware, 10Gb/s USB 3.1 sup­port and a slew of over­clock­ing and fan con­trol op­tions. Also key to this par­tic­u­lar sys­tem is its sup­port of Aura sync RGB light­ing which can co­or­di­nate the var­i­ous il­lu­mi­nated com­po­nents in the sys­tem

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the glass pan­els, Mesh has en­sured that most of the rest of in­ter­nal parts also sup­port RGB il­lu­mi­na­tion

and place them un­der the con­trol of a sin­gle soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tion of­fer­ing pre­set ef­fects modes and user cus­tomi­sa­tion.

The moth­er­board’s M.2 slot is filled with a 250GB WD Blue SSD, and this is un­for­tu­nately a rather dis­ap­point­ing fea­ture in what is an oth­er­wise im­pres­sive gam­ing PC. Us­ing an M.2 SSD is a great idea as it re­quires no ca­bles and only a tiny amount of space, but a drive based on out-dated SATA tech­nol­ogy rather than a much faster NVMe model is, we feel, rather less than a PC at this price point would de­serve.

A Sam­sung 960 Evo NVMe drive would cost around £50 more, but de­liver far greater per­for­mance. While the cost sav­ing may be worth it to some, it seems a strange one to make as Mesh has in­stalled Win­dows 10 Pro rather than the Home edi­tion, wip­ing out any cost sav­ing made on the SSD and de­liv­er­ing no real ben­e­fit to most gamers. The PC is also sup­plied with a sep­a­rate 1TB hard drive, where many other sys­tems at this price might give you 2TB.

Of course, the GTX 1070 graph­ics card se­lected for this sys­tem is an Asus STRIX ROG model, with match­ing RGB light­ing sup­port, al­though it’s not the fac­tory over­clocked ver­sion.

Per­for­mance

As with all Ryzen 7-based PCs the Mesh Ryzen 7 Gam­ing PC-A comes into its own when per­form­ing many tasks si­mul­ta­ne­ously or ex­ploit­ing the kind of par­al­lel pro­cess­ing al­go­rithms found in work­sta­tion-class soft­ware such as Cinebench R15. Un­for­tu­nately, this doesn’t trans­late into the best gam­ing per­for­mance re­sults, al­though the sys­tem is cer­tainly quite com­pe­tent, you could cer­tainly achieve bet­ter frame rates at this price, es­pe­cially if you’re will­ing to sac­ri­fice some of the, ad­mit­tedly im­pres­sive, cos­metic en­hance­ments of­fered by this PC.

There’s also the re­duced stor­age per­for­mance you get from the SATA SSD which is re­flected in the sys­tem’s rather low PCMark 8 Stor­age score and also has a detri­men­tal ef­fect on the other PCMark scores too. While this has no bear­ing on those all-im­por­tant gam­ing frame rates, it will in­crease load­ing times on larger ti­tles.

The in­cluded GTX 1070 graph­ics card is a good choice, of­fer­ing solid per­for­mance re­sults at high res­o­lu­tions and qual­ity set­tings. But, be­cause it isn’t fac­tory over­clocked, it’s not achiev­ing the very best re­sults we’ve seen from other GTX 1070s. It does, how­ever, come with soft­ware tools to over­clock it your­self, which should en­able you to eke out some ex­tra frames per sec­ond when you need them.

Over­all, then, per­for­mance is good, but it could be bet­ter. If you like this PC we’d sug­gest you con­sider cus­tomis­ing the build slightly to speed it up a bit, es­pe­cially if you don’t need Win­dows 10 Pro.

War­ranty

Mesh of­fers a life­time war­ranty on labour, but parts are only cov­ered for the first two years. For the first year only, a full col­lect and re­turn ser­vice is pro­vided. Much bet­ter war­ranties are avail­able else­where.

Ver­dict

The Mesh Ryzen 7 Gam­ing PC-A is beau­ti­fully built, but ul­ti­mately flawed in its con­fig­u­ra­tion. Let down by a slow SSD and a nonover­clocked graph­ics card, yet com­ing with an un­nec­es­sar­ily ex­pen­sive op­er­at­ing sys­tem, we feel this PC could do much bet­ter with a cou­ple of mi­nor tweaks to the spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

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