While Mesh’s Pulse 24 may lag behind the chart leaders on performance, it has a unique selling point: a 24in display.

Although running at 3GHz, the Mesh Pulse 24's chip is based on the older Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 processor, which leaves its WorldBench real-world speed score rather left behind by the systems fitted with more recent CPUs.

Gaming performance suffers too. While rivals go for one or even two GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB cards, the Mesh Pulse 24 depends on the slower GeForce 8800 GT.

But the 24in Iiyama display gives you impressive screen size and image resolution. It’s fitted with both video graphics array (VGA) and high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) connections, which means it can double up as a display for high-definition hardware and games consoles. The added resolution, however, places further strain on the Mesh Pulse 24's graphics card.

The Mesh Pulse 24's audio is impressive, provided by a set of Creative Inspire A500 5.1 speakers and the Creative Labs X-Fi Xtreme Gamer card.

Power PCs chart ranking (May issue)

  1. Arbico CD8500 PRO
  2. Chillblast Fusion Anaconda
  3. Eclipse Platinum i84n88GTS-SLI
  4. Mesh Pulse 24
  5. Chillblast Apollo