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

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Maingear Vybe 2019: Power Consumption And Noise

Before bringing this article to a close, we'd like to cover a couple of final data points—namely, power consumption and noise. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored acoustics 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. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet.

Maingear Vybe 2019 Power Consumption

We measured the load wattage on this system by running a combination of Prime95 and Furmark for an extended period of time and then taking note of peak usage. This gives us an idea of a worst case scenario. In this case, Maingear's Vybe idled at around 70W (with some spiking, as Windows keeps itself busy in the background), and peaked at 420W when stressing both the CPU and GPU under a heavy load.

What this tells us is that the EVGA 750W B3 SuperNova power supply inside the Vybe has plenty of headroom for future upgrades. Even when hammering the CPU and GPU at full throttle, peak power usage doesn't come anywhere near the PSU's 750W rating.

Maingear Vybe Noise Profile

Maingear Vybe Noise Meter

Not only is the Vybe a fast gaming PC, it is also one of the quietest gaming systems we have come across. It's not dead silent, but the soft whir of the fans rarely spin up to obnoxiously loud levels—the only time we heard them kick up to full throttle was, oddly enough, when playing around with some of the settings in the BIOS.

We measured around 41 decibels (dB) with our sound level meter. According to Purdue University, that is about the noise level of a library. Note that we took that measurement when running Prime95 and Furmark. That's right, the CPU and GPU had been running at full load for an extended time, yet the Vybe kept the noise to a minimum. That's impressive, considering the vented top section for noise to escape. It also speaks to the cooling capabilities of both Maingear's Epic 240 Supercoooler and EVGA's GeForce RTX 2080 FTW3 Ultra Gaming graphics card.

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