Maingear Vybe 2019 Review: Fast, Quiet, Clean, And Ready To Ship

Maingear Vybe 2019: ATTO, Cinebench, And GeekBench

We tested Maingear's refreshed Vybe as it shipped from the company to ensure we get the same out-of-box experience as your average gamer, with the latest Windows updates installed. Many variables can affect performance, so our comparisons should serve as a reference point. Our benchmarking kicks off with storage, CPU, and game-scaling tests to get an idea how the Vybe performs in everyday use and how well performance scales across different resolutions. 

ATTO Disk Benchmark
Peak Sequential Storage Throughput

Running ATTO allows us to gauge the speed of the storage drive in the Vybe. The primary storage on this configuration is a 512GB Intel 660p M.2 NVMe solid state drive. Unlike SATA-based SSDs, NVMe drives shuttle data through the PCIe bus for potentially must faster read and write performance. This particular drive is rated to deliver up to 1,800MB/s of sequential reads and writes.

Maingear Vybe ATTO

The performance is consistent with what we have seen from this drive in the past. In ATTO, read speeds peaked at around 1.71GB/s, while writes typically hovered above 900MB/s, peaking at around 923MB/s. For reference, the fastest SATA-based SSDs typically top out at around 580MB/s for reads and writes.

Cinebench R15
3D Rendering On The CPU And GPU

Cinebench tests the CPU and GPU independently and provides a glimpse into the system's throughput. The test is based on Maxon’s Cinema 4D modeling software that’s used in movie production studios. 

Maingear Vybe Cinebench R15

Even though the Vybe lands lower on our graph, these are not bad scores. Far from it --  they are in line with what a Core i9-9900K typically spits out. Each of the systems that come out ahead are running CPUs with more cores and threads, and Cinebench does a really good job of scaling with additional CPU resources.

There's also a newer Cinebench R20 benchmark that only recently became available. Since it's so new, we don't have a big collection of scores to compare against yet, though we were able to run it on a handful of systems.

Maingear Vybe Cinebench R20

In Cinebench R20, the Vybe posted the highest score of the bench. Interestingly, the 8-core/16-thread processor inside the Vybe out muscled the 10-core/20-thread Core i7-6950X in our DIY system. The updated architecture and higher clockspeeds gives the newer CPU an edge.

Geekbench 4
Single and multi-core

Geekbench 4 is a cross-platform benchmark that simulates real world processing workloads in image processing and particle physics scenarios. We tested the HP Obelisk in Geekbench 4’s single and multi-core test workloads. 

Maingear Vybe Geekbench

Here we see the Vybe bumping elbows with an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X system, and coming out ahead of a Threadripper 2920X setup. It's also well above HP's Obelisk with its 8th generation Core i7-8700 processor inside.

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