Maingear RUSH SuperStock X99 Review: PC Gaming Like A Boss

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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.

Steam VR Performance Test
Rating System Level Performance Capabillities For VR Applications
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.

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Dual SLI-Performance - Left, Triple-SLI Performance - Right

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.

Performance Summary:

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. 

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And when it came to gaming, the Maingear RUSH SuperStock X99 punched up numbers fit for a Cyber Athlete jacked up on performance-enhancing substances--though we'd never condone such a thing. After all, if you're gaming on a system like this, you've already got the rush and a serious performance edge to boot. In fact, your lesser-endowed competitors may cry foul of a system like this. Just remind them not to hate the playa.

So what's not to like about the Maingear RUSH SuperStock X99, as configured for us here, except perhaps for its heart-stopping price tag, (if budget is at all a concern for you)? In short, not much. In fact, just firing up a system like this will make most hardcore enthusiasts and gamers giddy as a school girl; and yes, the school girls would probably be giddy too. We weren't all that fond of the InWin 909's rear panel IO accessibility or adequate lack thereof, but it's not a showstopper. By all rights, its three USB 3 ports, front panel audio and USB-C port, offered on the bottom left edge of the case, should be enough to accommodate the vast majority of use scenarios out there.

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.

Maingear Rush SS X99 BackSide Glass

The Maingear RUSH SuperStock X99, as configured for us here, is quite literally a performance PC work of art. Hitting the power button and lighting up that iridescent cooling liquid coursing through its veins will turn heads. Dropping the beat down at the ridiculous frame rates it puts up, while you vanquish foes or while immersing yourself in VR worlds, will make your friends green with envy; sort of like Maingear's special RUSH cooling plasma juice.

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. 
hothardware editors choice
  • Killer performance
  • Amazing build quality
  • Meticulous design and craftsmanship
  • Stunning good looks
  • High performance liquid-cooling
  • Top-shelf component selection
  • You have to pay to play at this level
  • High power consumption, comes with the territory
  • Rear panel IO not very accessible

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