Mesh Ryzen Gaming PC CS
Most PC users could up their game with this great deal
‘Gaming PC’ is a bit of a misnomer, really. You might as well advertise a ‘driving car’ or ‘walking dog’. Any PC that has a processor and graphics card will be suitable for games and everything else. True, if games aren’t your thing, the graphics card is less of a must-have. If you never use any other programs that can make use of it, you could skip it and choose a PC with a processor, such as those from Intel’s Core i3, i5 or i7 series, that has an adequate GPU built in.
In practice, though, there can’t be many of us who don’t at least occasionally play a 3D game, tweak a photo or edit a video, and any program whose system requirements mention Microsoft Directx or Opengl can take advantage of a graphics card to keep everything running smoothly. The Geforce GTX 1050Ti card in this Mesh system is from the groundbreaking range unveiled by Nvidia last year, featuring 4GB of its own memory and a huge amount of processing power at a relatively affordable price. It still doesn’t leave much room for maneouvre in budgeting a £600 PC, so we had expected Mesh to pair with a lesser processor, maybe an Intel i3 or AMD Ryzen 3. Yet here they’ve somehow managed to include a six-core Ryzen 5 1600. That means you should have all the speed you need in non-graphics tasks too.
Our benchmark tests agreed. In photo editing, it produced a solid mid-range score. But when we pushed it harder with video processing and multitasking, those six cores really came into their own, delivering results that until recently we’d never seen from anything below a top-end i7 chip.
Overall, this machine was 50 per cent faster than the quad-core Palicomp i3 Pulsar GT (see Issue 526, page 21), which has the same graphics card. When playing 3D games in Full HD, however, Mesh’s configuration performed similarly to other GTX 1050Ti systems, while Palicomp’s overclocked version of the card pulled it ahead.
We’d have expected some compromise on storage in return for the processor’s high performance, but no: you get both a 1TB hard drive for space and a 120GB SSD for speed. Here we did run into a glitch, because the WD Green SSD in our sample PC showed abnormally low write speeds. Reports online suggest this particular drive has a problem affecting a limited number of units, so we put this down to bad luck. Of course, if yours arrives with problems you’d be entitled to a free replacement. Our read tests found speeds in the expected 463 Mbps range.
Two 3.5in drive bays and one 2.5in are still free, plus a couple of 5.25in spaces, one accessible from the front panel for a DVD or Blu-ray drive. There’s also an M.2 slot for the latest ultra-fast SSDS, three free RAM sockets and one PCI-E x1 slot for accessories such as a Wi-fi card. Gigabit Ethernet, for wired connection to your router, comes as standard. Two of the external sockets are 10Gbps USB 3.1, suitable for more fast storage, and there are plenty more on the back and front (pictured below left).
Despite the ‘Gaming’ moniker, the neat CIT Prism case has been chosen for practicality rather than flashy looks, and overall this is a PC that should satisfy most kinds of user equally.
VERDICT: Unless you don’t need a graphics card, this is the best deal we’ve ever seen for £600, with processor, GPU and storage all impressing ★★★★★ ALTERNATIVE: Cyberpowerer Ultra 3 GTX £599 We had no complaints about this similarlar PC last issue, but its quad-core Ryzen 3 2200G processor is outdone here
Packs a huge amount of processing power at a relatively affordable price