Maingear Puts Core i7 In Axess HD Gamer HTPC

Maingear may not be on the same level of recognition as Dell, HP or Alienware, but it's definitely making a name for itself in the enthusiast market. Known for crafting unique, high-end machines that serve an increasingly larger niche of power-hungry PC users, the company is branching out just a bit here with a new machine aimed at living rooms. If you're a multimedia junkie who has been searching high and low for a potent PC to slip underneath your HDTV, look no further.

The Axess HD Gamer combines the power of a full-fledged gaming PC with the usability of a full-fledged HTPC. The machine definitely looks the part of an HTPC, with a slim, low-profile enclosure that's built from aluminum and features an acrylic trim. Maingear designed this one to integrate nicely into your current home theater setup, and if you've been considering ditching your cable or satellite TV and going strictly OTA TV + Hulu, this is the box to do it. Within, you'll find an Intel Core i7 processor, twin NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT graphics card in SLI, full 1080p video and GeForce 3D Vision support, 7.1-channel audio output, a Blu-ray drive, Windows Vista Home Premium, up to 12GB of DDR3 memory and dual 3.5" SATA HDD/SSDs. Of note, it's also the first mainstream machine to ship with the Phantom Lapboard keyboard, which offers up a unique 360-degree rotating design. The rig can be customized to your wishes now starting at $1799. Maingear's full press release is below for reference.

MAINGEAR Unveils Luxury Gaming PC for the Living Room

Axess HD Gamer  combines high performance gaming and media center capabilities in a low profile design

Union, New Jersey – June 18th, 2009 – MAINGEAR Computers, award-winning builders of high performance custom computers for PC gamers and enthusiasts, is proud to announce the Axess HD Gamer, a luxury gaming PC that brings high end gaming to the living room.  Built into a sleek, low profile, aluminum HTPC form factor with an acrylic trim, the Axess HD was designed to integrate seamlessly into any home theater set up with existing A/V components.

The impressive list of hardware for the Axess HD includes a powerful Core i7 processor combined with dual 9800 GT video cards in SLI to deliver a stunningly visual1080p experience.  MAINGEAR also teamed up with NVIDIA to integrate GeForce 3D Vision so that gamers with Mitsubishi DLP’s or Samsung desktop LCDs can experience an unparalleled 3D gaming experience.  MAINGEAR further enhances the luxurious home theater gaming experience by being the first company to offer the Phantom Lapboard, a unique keyboard that liberates users from desktop settings through an innovative 360-degree rotating design.  The Axess HD Gamer also offers cutting edge media center capabilities including 7 channel pre amplified audio, Blu Ray and DVD Movies, Music, Home Videos, HD TV, Internet TV, based on Microsoft® Windows® Vista Home Premium which also provides access to Netflix’s online streaming through the Media Center interface.

”The Axess HD Gamer was conceived to deliver unsurpassed gaming performance fused with advanced media center capabilities all contained within a low profile case, making it the perfect cornerstone for any home theater environment” said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR.  “A lot of the media centers currently on the market don’t specifically address the PC Gamer and we want to give our customers a solution to game from the comfort of the living room without sacrificing quality or performance.”

"We're thrilled that MAINGEAR is providing a Games for Windows solution that complements the wide range of media functionality that Windows Vista Media Center already provides,"  said Megan Both, Snr. Director of OEM Sales at Microsoft.  "This high performance 3D gaming system combined with the advanced functionality of Windows Media Center make the Axess HD Gamer a phenomenal option for the home theater enthusiast as well as the avid gamer."

Gamers can purchase the Axess HD Gamer at MAINGEAR's Web site or order by phone at (888-MAINGEAR).  The base price is $1,799.  Axess HD Gamer comes with MAINGEAR’s standard 14 month warranty and is backed by the best in-house support team in the country.