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Maingear Brings Fermi Power To SHIFT Supercomputer

Maingear Brings Fermi Power To SHIFT Supercomputer

We're sensing a trend here, and Maingear is helping to substantiate our assumptions. Right after NVIDIA announced their new GeForce GTX 470 and 480 GPUs, Maingear has arrived with new high performance gaming PCs that have none other than NVIDIA's Fermi graphics cards in them. Of course, the SHIFT "personal supercomputer" is the first to arrive on the scene, with "a dedicated 3D engine designed from the ground up for DX11 tesselation, 2 times the CUDA cores for raw computing power, a dedicated 3D engine that supports realtime ray tracing for dynamic realism, and enhanced depth of field and image quality." Not bad, yeah?

The machines are up for order now on the company's website.


MAINGEAR High Performance PCs Now Available with NVIDIA GTX 470/480 and 3-way SLI
 
The best gets better with the world’s fastest GPU to create the most visually immersive graphics experience to date

Union, New Jersey – March 26, 2010 – MAINGEAR Computers, award-winning builders of custom computers for PC gamers and enthusiasts, announces immediate configurability of NVIDIA’s latest graphics cards, the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 480 and GTX 470 in the SHIFT everyday supercomputer.

The single fastest GPU in the world, the GTX 480 empowers MAINGEAR's award-winning portfolio of high performance custom computers to deliver gamers, creative professionals, and power hungry PC enthusiasts the best gaming experience possible. With a dedicated 3D engine designed from the ground up for DX11 tesselation, 2 times the CUDA cores for raw computing power, a dedicated 3D engine that supports realtime ray tracing for dynamic realism, and enhanced depth of field and image quality, the new GTX 480 powers the most stunning graphics performance imaginable.

“Our innovative and groundbreaking GeForce GTX 480 GPU raises the bar for enthusiast graphics,” said Drew Henry, general manager for GPU business at NVIDIA. “By incorporating NVIDIA’s latest GPUs into the widely acclaimed and highly decorated SHIFT, gamers and enthusiasty consumers have a ton to be excited about.”

”MAINGEAR’s proud to feature NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 and 480 graphics in our award-winning SHIFT,” said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR Computers.  “This type of GPU technology is what the SHIFT was designed for.  With support for up to three GTX 480 without the need for expensive water-cooling, the SHIFT’s heat-stack vertical design truly shines.  We feel that this is the technology that gamers have been waiting for, and we’re happy to deliver it in a sublime, aesthetically pleasing package.”

Consumers can now purchase MAINGEAR's high performance PCs with the GTX 480 and GTX 470 through their web site at www.maingear.com or order by phone at (888-MAINGEAR).  Each system comes with MAINGEAR’s premium Lifetime Labor and Phone Support with one to three year hardware warranty and is backed by the best in-house support team in the country.

About MAINGEAR
MAINGEAR is the premier high performance systems integrator in North America. MAINGEAR
custom builds gaming, home office, mobile, multimedia, small business and 3D workstation
solutions of the highest quality, which have won them many editors’ choice awards in every major computer publication such as C-Net, [H]ard|OCP, Maximum PC, CPU Magazine, etc. For more information on MAINGEAR, please visit www.maingear.com or call, toll-free,
(888)624-6432.
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This thing is going to be crap. I went to their site and they force you to use the 1kw psu with a 480 SLI. You can not choose the 1.2kw or 1.5kw psu, no matter what. But they will let you load the thing down with all kids of other power hungry stuff. Oh, and they are asking a little over $600 a piece for the 480.

So they are overpricing an already overpriced card by 20% and not letting you add a big enough PSU.

I see lots of problems with this coming for anyone who goes for their top configuration.

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Thanks for the head's up - that's a mistake in our error correction algorithm, I'll fix that right up!

edit: fixed. 

Also, we've burned in, tested, and validated 3-way Fermi in the SHIFT, it's ready to rock.  Oh, and there were 46 GTX 480 SLI systems at the Fermi launch at PAX.  ;)  We know what we're doing.  I just fat-fingered our configurator.

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My problem was not with the three way, since you forced the 1.5kw psu in that config.  My problem was only with the two way and its 1kw psu.  I see you let people use any of the top three now and default to the 1.5kw.  That'll work.

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Right, like I said I fat-fingered the configurator, thanks for letting me know... ;)

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Chris,

Thanks for correcting the issue there and for monitoring the discussion here. By the way, we look forward to testing out this config of the SHIFT in the coming weeks! Stay tuned all!

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Dave, it's a privilege to send one out! Enjoy! BTW, I'm sending out the new manual I promised Joel on monday...

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Slightly off-topic: The dilution of "supercomputer" as a description of this enthusiast machine puts me off a little. I know: I'm probably just an over-sensitive purist when it comes to tech terms. But, that doesn't stop it from striking me as market-speak and disingenuous given the terms typical use in computing circles.

I've programmed on mainframes and mini-computers whose power (at the time) dwarfed desktops, but I'd never say "I've written software for supercomputers", even if it does sound cooler. And, I'd never tell anyone "I own a supercomputer" (at least as one word with no space ) for owning a top of the line PC.

That's the end of that rant.  You kids may resume getting off my lawn now.  :)

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3vil, you crotchety sonofa....... "you kids"... You can call me a kid if you've got my 42 years on this rock beat... and if you do, I'll thank you.

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So where are the intake fans on this case to cool 3 of those Fermi video cards?

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Right below the cards - there's a 180mm fan.  Look at the second picture.

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Have you guys thought about including some sound absorbers? I imagine with three cards running that the inside of the case will sound like a wind tunnel. 

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Yes, we offer AcoustiPack Ultimate sound dampening. We tested it with 3-way and it makes a difference. Honestly, it's not that bad - dual 5970's are also loud.

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ChrisMorley:

Right below the cards - there's a 180mm fan.  Look at the second picture.

 

But isn't the power supply right below that? Or is there a vent that routes to the back of the case, thus avoiding the psu?

 

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The PSU has an exhaust channel to the outside of the chassis - it does not recycle the hot air to the fan above.

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Also, there's a big gap there - the picture angle doesn't do it justice.  And there's a long vent along the side panel to allow for air intake.  There's another 180mm below the HDDs.

It's got fantastic airflow - some buiders can't integrate 3-way the way we're doing it.

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Thanks for your answers.

 

I wasn't worried about the PSU recycling hot air. I was more worried that it might impede airflow if it was too close to the 180mm fan for the graphics cards. But if you say the gap is pretty big and that there is a vent on the side panel, then that will work well. Interesting design for airflow in this case.

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Chris, I have to applaud you on your efforts here.  I must say that for as long as I have been with the forums, I rarely see a representative of a company be so quick with comments, or even give straight up direct answers, or for that matter, see a Chief Technical Officer on these forums.  I welcome you and thank you for your time spent here.

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Well Dave He does say he's 110Years old? Although I am sure you must minus the zero, or if your an optimist you can minus the one.

I am sure he doesn't remember the Cray, or how cool it was the first time you saw "The Last Starfighter" on the big screen. then get blown away by how surrealistically different it was at the time. Now if they see it on Saturday afternoon after watching Ben-10, then make fun of it and think it is totaly cheesy?

I mean "Mainframe", "Mini-computer"? Isn't that just Market speak for people who are trying to sound like they are not speaking Market?

Than again, I am the type to slap a Superman symbol on the side of my computer, just to say I have a Supercomputer :P

What is it they say, Today's supercomputer is tomorrows relic.

On that note, this thing does look like it will be looked upon in a few years as a massive waste of weight and space. It may rock for a few months, but does it really need to be that big, hot and power hungry. I look at some of the computers I had lying around from the Nineties and man where they big, heavy, and powerless, even then they tried to charge you hundreds of dollars for each component. remember when they used to charge for things like a modem and USB adaptors...etc...? It kinda seems to me these companies like to sell you on the bulk of a product, instead of ergonomic design and capability.

Although, I am a minimalist, and I think this case is really cool! Their case designs are very striking, much more aesthetic that that Level10, and definitely more functional. I don't know about Y'all, but when I am gaming or working throughout the night. Last thing I want is a bunch of neon lights and flashing numbers filling up the room. I have a hard time with the receiver/DVD lights being on when I am watching a movie. I really like the way they separated the power supply, and how everything is an ease of use design. Their F1X is probably the most impressive for a mid-size design! To me anyways?

At least they also offer your choice of Nvidia or ATI's. If it has to be Nvidia then, I would like to see how these things perform with two Tesla C2070'sand a C1060 Loaded in there. Now that would be a Supercomputer! :)

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>> I am sure he doesn't remember the Cray, or how cool it was the first time you saw "The Last Starfighter" on the big screen.

Hehe.. my former company actually had a Cray - used to model nuclear explosions, but I never got to code for it. :( And I *did* see the Last Starfighter on the big screen... and P.O.d that they never released the game promised in the credits. :)

Luckily, Dave's got me beat by a year or two!  :p

>> I mean "Mainframe", "Mini-computer"? Isn't that just Market speak for people who are trying to sound like they are not speaking Market?

I hope that's a joke.  :)  Don't make me tell scary campfire stories about converting VAX COBOL accounting apps to RPG/400. :p

 

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3vi1
Well of course it is. I "Test Joke" alot.
That comes from having a Looney sense of humor.
Because on sites like this, you never know when someone puts their age at 110? Whether they are 15 or 50, and just making comments from their moms smartphone account or the family computer, without having to work for it. Posting twenty times on every thread in hopes of getting free stuff, acting like they remember the original "Revenge of the Nerds". Commenting on GPS systems without having their drivers license. Thinking the cold war, was a dispute between countries about global warming! Or knowing what it was like before cell phones and when companies having PCs was a pipe dream, much less one in the home. Or knowing what COBOL was without looking it up on wikipedia Geeked
It sounds like you me and Dave are all in the same age range. That is why I like this site, where we get actual "Peer" reviews!
You were probably at the forefront of computer hardware, when I was still using a pencil to bring Bugs Bunny to life :) Although, I was there at the beginning of the Silicon Graphics/Alias wave that swept through the studios. Essentially, pushing us old farts aside for the kids who can push a button, without knowing what it took to develop that button. They probably also think globalthermonuclear war is something cool, like in Terminator 3, or Starship troopers. :o
So if you remember those days, Then you probably remember who said?  "Shall...WE..Play...A..Game!"
Then what game?
If you do, then I am sure you don't need to answer, lets just see how long it takes the others to look it up on wikipedia Zip it!

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LOL animatortom, you go around saying "I HAVE A SUPERCOMPUTER" then people are like prove it and you wipe out the superman symbol sticker :P lol

Also maybe in a few years or months they will create a better less power consuming gpu with the same specs, its just a matter of time now!

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I must say, aside from the door over the drive bays, that is one of the nicest case designs I've seen. I really love how it's turned 90 deg from what you always see on all the boring cases everywhere.

I don't suppose there's any way I can get just the Shift case from Maingear, is there?

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