Mesh Ryzen Gam­ing PC CS

Most PC users could up their game with this great deal

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‘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

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