Maingear Vybe Review: Dual GTX 1070s And Kaby Lake Cranked To 5GHz

Maingear Vybe: 3DMark, Heaven & Valley

Futuremark’s graphically intense 3DMark Fire Strike is designed specifically for gaming PCs. It has both Normal and Extreme modes: Normal runs at 1920x1080, while Extreme runs at 2560x1440 and is intended for high end gaming PCs.

Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike
Simulated Gaming Performance

The benchmark uses tessellation, ambient occlusion, volume illumination, and a high quality depth of field filter. We tested the Cybertron CLX Ra on the Extreme preset. 

Maingear Vybe 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

Maingear Vybe 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme FPS

Turning our attention to graphics performance, and in particular Futuremark's 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme benchmark, Maingear's Vybe and Dell's Alienware 51 with three GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards jocky for a third place finish. The Vybe is able to come out ahead in each metric even though it's equipped with two graphics cards instead of three.

In order to outpace the Vybe here, it takes a system with three GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics cards, or two GeForce GTX 1080 cards. That is to be expected and it tells us that the SLI setup in the Vybe is firing on all cylinders without any underlying issues that might hamper performance.

Unigine Heaven and Valley
DirecX11 Gaming Performance

Unigine's Heaven 4.0 is a GPU-intensive benchmark that hammers graphics cards to the limits. It features hardware tessellation with DirectX 11 and focuses solely on the GPU with real-time global illumination, screen space ambient occlusion, volumetric clouds, and adjustable settings. Valley offers a similar evaluation, and like Heaven it can be used both as a benchmark and a stress testing tool.

Unigine Heaven
Unigine Heaven 4.0

Maingear Vybe Unigine Heaven 4.0

Maingear Vybe Unigine Heaven 4.0 FPS

We're limited in the number of multi-graphics card systems with scores in Heaven, though compared to high-end gaming PCs with single graphics cards, the Vybe is twice as fast or more, depending on the GPU. It's also not that far behind Cybertron's CLX Ra with two GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs. While Maingear's Vybe doesn't earn a first place finish here, its close second place finish makes it the clear bang-for-buck choice between it and Cybertron's PC.

Maingear Vybe Valley 1.0

In Valley 1.0 it's another story. The Vybe is able to edge ahead of Cybertron's CLX Ra even though it's at a GPU disadvantage. This benchmark isn't heavily threaded and is somewhat CPU limited, so the Vybe's hefty CPU overclock pushes it into a strong position, because those extra cores in the Cybertron rig aren't helping it much here. This is another strong showing by the Vybe and more proof that overclocking to 5GHz is only helping matters and not being a disruption, as can sometimes be the case when there are stability issues in highly-overclocked rigs.

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