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Small form factor PCs are all the rage these days, and the boutique builders are no exception. Increasingly, companies are looking for ways to push the envelope in terms of what they offer in a compact rig, and to that end Maingear built a liquid-cooled system called the Epic Torq. The system offers closed-loop liquid cooling on both the CPU and GPU. The system runs up to an Intel Core i7-4790K (4/4.4GHz, overclocked up to 5GHz) with either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z (12GB GDDR5) or AMD Radeon R9 295X2 (8GB GDDR5) GPU. It supports up to 16GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-2133 (2x8GB) memory,... Read more...
The level of performance that today's graphics cards can achieve is nothing short of mind boggling, especially as you venture into elite territory. Should you do that, you'll come across AMD's recently announced Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card, a beastly dual-GPU part that isn't intimidated by 4K gaming, and currently the fastest single video card we've ever tested. It's not yet available as a standalone part, though if you're in the market for a new system, boutique builder Maingear has added AMD's flagship pixel pusher to its lineup of desktops. You'll find the Radeon R9 295X2 offered as an option... Read more...
Every time NVIDIA drops a new line of GPUs, all your favorite boutique PC builders refresh their systems with the tasty new components, and today’s debut of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M series of GPUs is no exception, as CyberPowerPC, Maingear, MSI, Razer, and Origin PC all have new machines ready to go. For more on the 800M series GPUs, bang it here. CyberPowerPC loaded up its FANGbook EVO HX7 notebooks with the new goods as well as 4th-gen Intel Core processors. There are four base models in the series, from the HX7-100 to the HX7-400, and they start at $1,499. The base HX7-100 features... Read more...
As Steam Machine announcements rumble in from all the usual suspects, each seems to have a slightly different take. For Maingear’s part, the company is touting its Maingear Spark Steambox PC with AMD components. The Spark Steambox PC is unbelievably tiny at just 4.5 x 4.23 x 2.34 inches (WxDxH) with a chassis that weighs less than a pound. The idea with the extremely SFF machine is that you can more easily incorporate it into any multimedia environment or take it with you to a LAN party--which is a nice change of pace for those who have ever schlepped a 20-pound beast of a gaming rig. The... Read more...
You’re going to want a 4K monitor for this: NVIDIA is shouldering its way further into the gaming PC market with its Battlebox program in which it partners with boutique system builders to develop scorchingly powerful gaming systems. The Battlebox systems are built to play all the newest blockbuster games at high resolutions and with all the settings jacked to the proverbial 11. NVIDIA’s graphics cards will be front and center, of course, and all the systems will feature GeForce GTX 780 or Titan cards 2- or 3-way SLI configurations. NVIDIA’s numerous graphics technologies are... Read more...
Shortly after refreshing its gaming systems, MAINGEAR announced a new line of gaming rigs with the EPIC FORCE and EPIC RUSH. The former has a full tower chassis while the latter is built with a mid tower case, but both bear the workmanship and design of other custom systems we’ve seen recently from MAINGEAR. Both rigs feature EKWB water cooling setups, including a “BiTurbo” pump that purports to keep fluid going even if one of the pumps fails, as many as three radiators (on the FORCE) or two (on the RUSH), and a killer reservoir. MAINGEAR EPIC FORCE The EPIC FORCE, which comes... Read more...
AMD is stepping up its efforts on the CPU front by announcing two new FX-series chips, the FX-9590 and FX-9370. The company claims that the FX-9590 is the world’s first commercially available processor clocked at 5GHz (Max Turbo), and the FX-9370 isn’t far behind at 4.7GHz(Max Turbo). Based on the Piledriver architecture, the 8-core processors are unlocked so gamers can push the already-high CPU clock even further. They also feature AMD Turbo Core 3.0, which is designed to optimize performance across all of the CPU’s cores. MAINGEAR SHIFT with AMD's New 5GHz CPU AMD isn’t... Read more...
Boutique system builder Maingear is banking on there being an audience outside of productivity junkies who can appreciate a high-powered 14-inch laptop. Hence the launch of Maingear's Pulse 14 with not only Haswell inside, but gaming grade discrete graphics courtesy of NVIDIA. Make no mistake, this 14-inch notebook is for users who'd rather play games than hammer out TPS reports. Pricing for the Pulse 14 starts at $1,299, which gets you a "Good" configuration consisting of an Intel Core i7 4702MQ processor, GeForce GTX 760M graphics, 8GB of Corsair DDR3-1600 memory, 500GB Seagate SSHD hybrid storage,... Read more...
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the Haswell headlines dominating the tech scene? Lest anyone forget, AMD still has game, and it just so happens that boutique system builder Maingear is offering the Sunnyvale chip designer's new A-10 6800K APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) in both its Potenza and Vybe line of gaming PCs. Starting with the less expensive of the two, a Maingear Vybe machine configured with an AMD A-10 6800K CPU runs $649 and up. A baseline configuration consists of a Vybe 2012 chassis, MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 motherboard, 8GB of DDR3-2133, AMD Radeon HD 8570D (integrated into the APU)... Read more...
It’s Haswell time in a major way, and the latest custom PC builder to update its entire line with 4th-generation Intel Core (Haswell) processors is MAINGEAR. The company announced that its SHIFT, F131, Potenza, and Vybe desktops in addition to its Nomad 15 and Nomad 17 gaming notebooks will all sport the new Intel chips. MAINGEAR also pushed the latest SHIFT’s selling points by comparing it to previous generations of custom SHIFT rigs. Unsurprisingly, the 2013 version obliterates the 2009 and 2010 version, but MAINGEAR is trying to make a point, which is that for as substantial as the... Read more...
More often than not, boutique system build Maingear is on the ball with new product releases, and today's launch of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 graphics card is no exception. No sooner had NVIDIA announced its new card, Maingear tugged on our ear to let us know it's offering the new part in its lineup of gaming systems, including the popular SHIFT and F131 desktops. Configure a system with a single card or go crazy with a 3-way SLI setup. Either way, Maingear will happily assemble your dream machine around NVIDIA's latest GPU. "Offering the very best performance and experience is important to us and... Read more...
On the list of places to acquire a MAINGEAR gaming rig, here’s a notable addition: all of Microsoft’s retail stores nationwide. Microsoft now offers the MAINGEAR Potenza Super Stock small form factor gaming PC in both its brick-and-mortar locations and through its online store, which is a development notable in part because of the dearth of desktop SKUs therein. Indeed, there are only three other desktops in the Microsoft store. For those close enough to a Microsoft store, you can now saunter over and pick yourself up a system packing impressive specifications. The Microsoft version... Read more...
There’s a lot to love about a mini-ITX gaming PC. Portability is a big draw, of course: carrying your computer through the parking lot to a LAN party is much easier if it happens to be an SFF system. Reclaiming desk space is another reason to go small. And some of us just take a lot of pleasure in knowing that our tiny, unassuming PC will drop a few jaws when it’s game time. With an Intel Core i7 3770 and an MSI GeForce GTX 660 at its heart, Maingear’s mini-ITX Potenza only looks mild-mannered. In fact, Maingear offers the system with up to a Core i7-3770K and a GTX Titan, but... Read more...
There’s a lot to love about a mini-ITX gaming PC. Portability is a big draw, of course: carrying your computer through the parking lot to a LAN party is much easier if it happens to be an SFF system. Reclaiming desk space is another reason to go small. And some of us just take a lot of pleasure in knowing that our tiny, unassuming PC will drop a few jaws when it’s game time. With an Intel Core i7 3770 and an MSI GeForce GTX 660 at its heart, Maingear’s mini-ITX Potenza only looks mild-mannered. In fact, Maingear offers the system with up to a Core i7-3770K and a GTX Titan,... Read more...
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