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MESH Matrix II 920 desktop system review
While AMD's Phenom II CPUs will obviously be taking the lion's share of the column inches today, being as it is the focus in terms of actual, new components, we shouldn't forget that this launch also sees the introduction of an entire new platform for AMD, codenamed Dragon. As we saw with the original Phenom launch, the new-look AMD post the acquisition of ATI is all about delivering an entire platform, consisting of CPU, motherboard and graphics solution. While this may not be all that relevant to the enthusiast user looking to build his own system (as they'll always look to mix and match the best components for their needs regardless of which company it originates from), it does offer some obvious advantages to system builders looking to sell complete PCs, both in terms of cost and creating a complete "environment" for the end-user at any given price point or level of performance.
So, with that in mind, today we're looking at complete system built entirely around AMD's new "Dragon" platform, which is made up of a Phenom II CPU, AMD 790GX chipset motherboard, and Radeon HD 4800 series graphics card. This system comes courtesy of MESH, who have combined this "Dragon" system with a 22" monitor, surround sound speaker system and plenty of other components to create what they hope is a compelling all-round desktop PC, all for the sum of just £749 including VAT.
A dragon for just under £750 sounds like a good deal at first glance, but how does it shape up in practice as MESH's Matrix II 920 system? That's exactly what we're here to find out.