Externally, Mesh’s Xtreme GTX260 PCA looks identical to the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Ultimate DDR3. Both use Coolermaster’s Dominator 690 chassis, with its capacious tool-free drive bays and excellent airflow. Its top-mounted USB, FireWire, eSATA and audio ports are especially convenient as you’re more than likely to place a case this big on the floor.

The Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA houses the fastest dual-core processor available, the E8600, but performance is disappointing. Scoring only 118 points in WorldBench 6, this computer was slower than the E8500-based CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Ultimate DDR3.

The Asus motherboard is the same as that found in Chillblast's Fusion Photon, but it comes with half the RAM. This board lacks dual-graphics support, so you’ll need to replace the card rather than add another if you require more gaming speed. The Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA scored slightly higher than the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Ultimate DDR3 in our Crysis gaming tests, its GTX 260 outperforming the latter’s Radeon HD 4870.

The Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA also comes with a Blu-ray drive and a decent 22in monitor – the Iiyama ProLite E2207WS is a bright flat-panel with an impressive contrast ratio.

No add-in sound card is provided, nor are there any standalone speakers. However, the Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA does have a full terabyte of storage.


Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (January issue)

  1. Arbico Elite 8626GTX
  2. Zoostorm 64-6406
  3. Chillblast Fusion Photon
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Ultimate DDR3
  5. Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA