Maingear F131 Review: A High Performance Gaming PC Masterpiece

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Maingear F131 Power Consumption, Thermals And Acoustics

Before bringing this article to a close, we'd like to cover the power consumption, thermals and noise characteristics of the Maingear F131. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored acoustics, temperatures and tracked how much power our test system was consuming using a power meter.

Total System Power Consumption And Acoustics
Tested at the Outlet
Our goal was to give you an idea of how much power each configuration used while idling and also while under a heavy workload (instances of Prime95 and Furmark loaded concurrently). Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet.

Power Consumption Maingear F131

The Maingear F131 was definitely the most power hungry system under full load, pulling a whopping 970 Watts from its 1200 Watt power supply. However, at idle or under light duty workloads, the Maingear F131 is more tame (even with its copious RGB lighting activated).  

Maingear F131 Acoustic And Thermal Profile

Acoustically, the Maingear F131 also exhibited refined, well-mannered performance... 

Maingear F131 with Noise Meter
shadow of war GPU load test
Middle Earth: Shadow Of War 4K Benchmark Loop - GPU Temps

At 45db, with its tempered glass side panel off and under full benchmark load, the Maingear F131 remains cool, calm and collected. This system is actually very quiet when you consider all the horsepower on board. We honestly expected it to become louder, and though it does push a fair amount of heat out of the top of the system from its massive 420mm radiator, the whole setup remains really well-behaved acoustically.

Thermally, the Maingear F131 inspired confidence as well, with its GTX 1080 Ti GPUs not exceeding about 58ºC max under 95 - 100 percent load, though one was always slightly cooler than the other by a couple of degrees. The F131's Core i9-7960X CPU also remained tepid, peaking at just 68ºC at the top end with both it and the GPUs fully loaded.

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