Design & Layout
Maingear did a top-notch job in the interior of this machine. If you’ll note, all of the components match; everything fits into the red, black, and silver color scheme, from the tops of the DIMMs and the graphics cards, to the radiator fans (all four of them) to the SSDs to the motherboard itself. The effect is striking.
The CPU cooler and four of the fans bear the Maingear logo. The cabling is nice and tight considering that there’s simply a lot of it, and most of it is routed behind the motherboard tray and out of sight. Our particular rig included a strip of purple LEDs that light up the interior of the chassis with surprising brightness.
The front of the case houses the power and reset buttons, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and an optical drive that also offers a lone USB port. Most of the front panel pops off to grant you access to two of the radiator fans.
Around back, the ASUS ROG Rampage IV Gene motherboard offers up a PS/2 port, clear CMOS button, optical S/PDIF out, ROG Connect switch, LAN, audio ports, external SATA port, two USB 3.0 ports, and eight USB 2.0 ports (one of which can be used for ROG Connect). Each graphics card sports a single dual-link DVI output and four mini DisplayPorts.
Incidentally, the box that the Maingear Rush comes in is no simple cardboard affair; it has a sturdy construction and has neatly-designed, spongy packaging in case you ever need to send the thing out for a repair.
Finally, we must note that the Maingear Rush ships free of bloatware, which is always nice to see. Ours was a clean Windows 8.1 installation and it flew.
On to the benchmarks to see what this puppy can do.