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Maingear Unleashes EPIC Desktop Cooling Solutions

Maingear Unleashes EPIC Desktop Cooling Solutions

Earlier in the week, Asetek showcased a prototype GPU cooler that did an excellent job of proving downright impressive. Now, Maingear is looking to do something similar. The company, which is best known for their pre-fab custom PCs, has teamed with CoolIT to engineer cooler, quieter and cheaper cooling systems for their desktops. The solution has a simple name: EPIC. EPIC stands for Enhanced Performance InterCooler, and there will be three different ones -- the SHIFT desktop offers the exclusive EPIC 180, the F131 sports the EPIC 140 and the Vybe gets the EPIC 120.

The MAINGEAR EPIC 180 liquid cooling system sports a massive 180mm radiator which offers 20% cooler temperatures than a 120mm radiator, and the best part may possibly be this: customers that have this cooling solution will also be happy to hear it has a closed loop circuit design which requires no maintenance, so they don’t have to check on it for liquid at all. Ever. All three solutions are available now, and if you're spending a load on a custom gaming rig, it's probably worth it to spring for a decent cooling solution.

MAINGEAR HAILS THE NEW EPIC COOLING SYSTEM: OVERCLOCKING DONE RIGHT

MAINGEAR unleashes their EPIC liquid cooling solutions on all desktops which offer up to 20% cooler temperatures and is maintenance free.

Kenilworth, New Jersey – April 26, 2011 - MAINGEAR, an award-winning custom PC builder offering custom desktops, custom notebooks, pc workstations and media centers, is announcing the release of their exclusive MAINGEAR EPIC (Enhanced Performance InterCooler) liquid cooling solutions by CoolIT for their entire desktop lineup.

In tradition with their legacy of innovation and design, MAINGEAR has collaborated with CoolIT to design the EPIC line of CPU cooling systems, which are the first of their kind in existence.  The MAINGEAR EPIC cooling solution provides a distinct advantage in all the problem areas of existing CPU cooling units: performance, loudness, and durability.

Key features are highlighted below:

Higher Performance

The MAINGEAR EPIC 180 liquid cooling system sports a massive 180mm radiator which offers 20% cooler temperatures than a 120mm radiator. It outperforms all high end air coolers on the market today and goes toe to toe with hand built liquid cooling solutions.

The thermal resistance of the EPIC 180 is an incredible 0.075 degrees C/W (Celsius per watt), which means even an extremely overclocked CPU will have the heat dissipation needed to keep it cool and stable. The MAINGEAR EPIC 180 will outperform 120mm solutions increasing up to 20% performance while maintaining a fan speed of less than 1000 rpm.

Forward Thinking Design

The EPIC 180 liquid cooling system not only keeps the MAINGEAR SHIFT much cooler, but the streamlined design also shows the engineering and innovative thought process behind it. The copper material on the surface utilizes a patented cold plate with Microfin technology that allows maximum heat transfer between the CPU and the cooling system.

Affordable and Maintenance Free

Not only does the new EPIC cooling system outperform most hand built liquid cooling units out in the market today, the MAINGEAR EPIC 180 is also much more affordable, delivering greater results for less money.

Customers that have this cooling solution will also be happy to hear it has a closed loop circuit design which requires no maintenance, so they don’t have to check on it for liquid at all. Ever.

“The EPIC 180 is the most aggressive cooling system we've ever built and we were delighted to work with the MAINGEAR team to create a custom built system that delivers the ultimate in silent cooling.”  Said Geoff Lyon, President and CEO of CoolIT Systems Inc. “MAINGEAR has been fearless in its no-holds-barred approach to building the fastest PC's in the world and it's our privilege to be an exclusive part of their product strategy.”

“The EPIC liquid cooling series that we are offering on our desktops is our testament to constantly innovate and develop ways to make faster, quieter and better products.” Said Wallace Santos, Founder and CEO of MAINGEAR. “Working with CoolIT was a perfect partnership where we were able to combine the best of engineering, functionality and design.”

The SHIFT custom pc will have the option of selecting the EPIC 180, while the F131 gaming pc will sport the EPIC 140 (available soon) and the Vybe will have the EPIC 120 cooling solutions respectively. The EPIC 180 and 120 are available today. All MAINGEAR EPIC liquid cooling systems are incredibility silent at idle, whisper quiet under load, and allow MAINGEAR custom built computers to be overclocked even more than ever. 
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MAINGEAR once again pushes design and performance.  The dedication they have is making them a force to reckoned with in the Gaming PC industry.  I am still surprised to just recently hearing about them; shows how much I need to stay current with the tech game.

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Props to Maingear for bringing this CoolIT prototype to life, though I'm still waiting for that 92mm closed-loop CPU cooler to be released so I can cool my CPU efficiently.

I'm guessing this particular cooling system will be in the winner's systems maybe?

 

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Maingear is rocking it again. I wonder if they will start selling their cooling solutions :P

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it's most unlikely for any builder / modder to be able to exactly match the performance level of the Maingear rigs the custom parts manufactured for them the secret"  in house modifications ,secret TIM blend, tweaking multis clocks and the sweetspot of V ,the 'intensive in house 'shake and bake'  & rolling it all up with proof in a binder.Don't think we are going to be able to get the customized hardware or the secrets without owning a rig. Might be able to come 'somewhat close' with some info in posts around here lately by modding,tweaking, and clocking with what's avail.

some might say close but no cigar.

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I agree rrplay there are a lot of other things that they do which effect the performance of there machines. But it would be nice to get my hands on some of there custom parts such as their Shift case or these coolers.

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Water cooling is becoming more and more mainstream.

The term exotic can no longer be used to described it.

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ThunderBird:
Water cooling is becoming more and more mainstream.

The Corsair H50 was released way before Maingear's solution, and I remember seeing it in retail.

That in my opinion is the day that water cooling became mainstream.

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Yeah, we didn't pioneer the closed-loop, maintenance free cooler - we just released the best one.  ;)

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The closed loops systems out now are quite nice, But I still enjoy my custom loop

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Of course custom loops are better if you know what your doing, but if you one that doesn't know what is in your computer this is the best option to go. Now Maingear should ship me one for free... lol

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Yup, you guys are right, custom loops are the only way to beat this thing.  Our approach was to create a solution that mirrors the performance of all but the more extreme custom loops, but would also be closed loop, maintenance free, and something we were comfortable shipping across the country.  So yes, a well-built custom loop will outperform it, but it will cost several hundred dollars more, and you'll have to use larger/multiple radiators to do it.

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ChrisMorley:
Our approach was to create a solution that mirrors the performance of all but the more extreme custom loops, but would also be closed loop,

any chance of sharing a bit  more of the 'solution' and in house Maingear Magic with us ?

just had to ask

 

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I can give you some thermal resistance numbers, sure:

Thermal resistance of the MAINGEAR EPIC 180 with single 180mm fan @ 1030rpm: .072 C/W

Thermal resistance of Asetek 570LC Push/Pull 120mm @ 2000rpm: .095 C/W

Thermal resistance of CoolIT ECO II with 240mm rad with QUAD fans in push/pull @ 2000rpm:  .083 C/W 

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CMorley:

I can give you some thermal resistance numbers, sure:

Thermal resistance of the MAINGEAR EPIC 180 with single 180mm fan @ 1030rpm: .072 C/W

Thermal resistance of Asetek 570LC Push/Pull 120mm @ 2000rpm: .095 C/W

Thermal resistance of CoolIT ECO II with 240mm rad with QUAD fans in push/pull @ 2000rpm:  .083 C/W 

 

Oh hey CMorley thank you Yes

Much appreciated for you to share this with us.

While you are here can you shed a bit more of some of the thermals or other info regarding the shake n bake burn in  that Maingear includes in the binder for an customer. maybe some idea of the data represented and signed by the tech that built the rig ?

hope that's not too much to ask

thank you

 

 

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Have you guys ever messed with a shroud on your push pull configuration? Every review of the h50 or h70 I read says that a ~40mm shroud lowers temps quite a bit and is worth the investment.

 

Also thanks for joining in on the discussions! It's nice to have a maingear tech officer to answer questions about their products.

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are the hoses flexable more thin the h50/h70

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