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

Maingear Vybe 2019: Far Cry 5, Shadow Of War, And Tomb Raider

We’ve revised our gaming benchmarks recently and don’t yet have a large database of existing systems to compare against. However, we tested Maingear's Vybe at 2560x1440 and 4K UHD resolutions to show its scaling and the gaming capabilities of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 in Middle Earth: Shadow of War, Far Cry 5, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. To flesh things out, we also used our Core i9-9980XE-based graphics test bed for some reference data.

Middle Earth: Shadow Of War Gaming Performance
Glorious Orc-Slaying Vengeance

Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor is a fun and great looking game. We tested the Vybe with the Ultra quality preset at both 2560x1440 and 3840x2560 resolutions.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War
Middle Earth: Shadow of War

Maingear Vybe Shadow of War

Maingear Vybe Shadow of War 4K

At both 1440p and 4K, the Vybe flexed its overclocked GPU (and fast processor) to assert itself ahead of any other system that is also running a GeForce RTX 2080, including both our DIY testbed and the HP Obelisk. You can expect buttery smooth framerates at 1440p, and while Shadow of Mordor may dip below the coveted 60 frames per second mark at 4K, it's still an overall very good gaming experience. You also have the option of dialing back some of the settings at 4K to keep things above 60fps.

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
DirectX 12 Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is the latest installment in the series for heroin Lara Croft, driven with a revamped DX12 game engine. It also supports visual effects like Ambient Occlusion, Depth of Field, Dynamic Foliage, Bloom shaders, Tessellation and more.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Maingear Vybe Shadow of the Tomb Raider 1440p

We have not been running this benchmark very long, though we do have scores from HP's Obelisk to compare against. It's a good reference point, because like the Vybe, it's also powered by a GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card.

The GPU inside the Vybe is overclocked, though, and it also has a more muscular CPU, which can help in games. As such, the Vybe is faster at 4K, averaging 48 fps to the HP system's 40 fps average, and around 12 percent at 1440p.

Maingear Vybe Shadow of the Tomb Raider 4K

We have some additional benchmark data at 4K from our DIY testbed. This gives a broad picture of the performance that is had from a modern system with a GeForce RTX 2080 inside.

Far Cry 5 
The Dunia Engine Lives On
Next up, we’ve got some benchmark scores from Far Cry 5, the latest installment in the storied franchise. Like its predecessors, Far Cry 5 is a fast-action shooter set in an open world environment with lush visuals and high graphics fidelity. The game takes place in a fictional county in Montana, where a cult has taken over control of the area. We tested all of the graphics cards here at multiple resolutions using Ultra Quality settings to see how they handled this recently-released AAA title.

Far Cry 5
Far Cry 5

Mainger Vybe Far Cry 5 1440p

Maingear Vybe Far Cry 5 4K

Maingear's Vybe wraps up our gaming benchmarks with another pair of victories, this time in Far Cry 5 at 1440p and 4K. At the former resolution, the Vybe averages triple-digit frames. The average dips to 59 fps at 4K, which is still very much playable. As with the other gaming benchmarks, we have the visual quality settings cranked up. Dialing some of the eye candy back would push the average framerate to above 60fps.

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