Another PC based on an Intel i7 CPU, the Mesh i7 920 HD uses a 2.66GHz Core i7 920 and the same Asus P6T Deluxe motherboard as the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy.

Our WorldBench tests on the Mesh i7 920 HD were a little disappointing (it scored just 121 points), but this turned out to be due to a particular problem running the Nero 7.0 portion of the benchmark. Increasing the system RAM to 6GB rectified the problem, yielding an overall score of 127.

While 3GB of RAM would be a sensible configuration for an i7-based PC running a 32bit operating system, the Mesh i7 920 HD is a 64bit system, and this RAM allocation seems a little mean. However, DDR3 memory is expensive and upgrading to 6GB would add considerably to the price. Three memory slots are free in case you wish to upgrade.

Another cost-saving measure is the Mesh i7 920 HD's omission of external speakers, leaving you to rely on the flat-panel’s built-in audio. This is less than satisfactory when playing HD movies on the Blu-ray-enabled DVD drive.

The Mesh i7 920 HD's monitor is a stylish-looking 22in Iiyama model that offers decent image quality – although this is a bumper chart for monitors, with all five performing well.

The Mesh i7 920 HD's tidy case comes with a memory-card reader and three front-facing USB ports. But it’s nowhere near as good as the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy's case, which is larger and better equipped for cooling and overclocking.

The supremely fast ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card features dual processors, offering potentially twice the performance of the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy's HD 4870. Not all games can take full advantage of this power, but our tests show significant speed increases, especially at higher resolutions and settings. The Mesh i7 920 HD is the fastest gaming system in the chart.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (Feb 09 issue)

  1. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy
  2. Mesh i7 920 HD
  3. Arbico Elite 8630 Pro
  4. Chillblast Fusion Medusa
  5. Zoostorm 64-6503