RUSH SuperStock X99 VR Performance And Conclusion
Before wrapping things up, since VR is all the rage these days, we thought it made sense to put the RUSH through the SteamVR Performance Test. We actually ran the test with both dual-GPU SLI and the factory configured triple-SLI setup with its liquid-cooled GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards.
The SteamVR test measures system level performance and rendering power over a two minute run of Valve's Aperture Robot Repair VR demo. Its target rendering frame rate is 90 frames per second and the test also checks for whether maximum visual quality settings can be run at this frame rate. From there it gives you a score and a scale noting whether your system is VR ready, capable or not ready. The tool can also help you determine where your system bottlenecks are and whether you're GPU or CPU-bound, or perhaps both.
Steam VR Performance Test
Rating System Level Performance Capabillities For VR Applications
As you can see, there isn't much difference, as far as the SteamVR test is concerned, between two-card or three-card GeForce GTX 980 Ti performance for the Maingear RUSH. Both configurations peg the SteamVR test with a Very High Score with only the slightest nod going to the tri-SLI setup.
Summarizing the Maingear RUSH SuperStock X99's performance couldn't be any more straight-forward. Quite simply this is the fastest desktop PC we've ever tested, boutique-built, mass production-built or otherwise. With its heavy factory overclocks and robust liquid cooling solution, the RUSH blew out every benchmark test we threw at it with ease. Side note: Maingear is currently qualifying GeForce GTX 1080 cards now, so this system will likely only get faster.
However, just about everything else in this build, from its best of class component configuration, to its absolutely tricked out cooling system with dual pumps, dual radiators and crystal hardline tubing, just exudes quality, decadence, style and raw power.
If money is no object, the configuration we tested can be yours for the princely sum of just $9892. However, you can get into a RUSH system starting as low as $1799 and save that kidney. Yes, capable DIY builders could build something with similar performance for less but it would take countless hours of design, planning and measuring to configure a cooling solution like the RUSH has. And then of course there's the aspect of warranty and unlimited lifetime support that comes standard with a pre-built boutique system like Maingear offers. There's a thriving market for custom-built, high performance desktop systems like the RUSH SuperStock X99. And Maingear just showed us, and you, how to score and Editor's Choice with one as well.