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

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Maingear Vybe: GTA V & Thief

Grand Theft Auto V
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series has been wildly successful for many years now, offering some of the edgiest story lines, game play tactics and objectives the gaming industry has ever seen. With psychopathic main characters, you are left in the depraved communities of Los Santos and Blaine County, to walk a path few would dare choose in real life, committing nefarious acts, robbing and pillaging to complete your objectives. In short, it's rather entertaining that you're tasked with leaving a virtual world worse off than you found it, consequences be damned. We benchmark GTA V at 1920x1080, 2560x1440, and 3840x2160 at the Very High Quality preset.

Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V

Maingear Vybe Grand Theft Auto V

This is another instance where the Vybe scores an improbably victory over the Cybertron CLX Ra, coming out ahead at 1920x1080 and 2560x1440. And once again, we think the high bandwidth SLI bridge, newer drivers, and high-CPU overclock played a role. The framerates at 1920x1080 and 2560x1440 are virtually the same, which suggests that the CPU might be a bottleneck, and the Vybe's 5GHz overclock pays dividends. GTA V favors clockspeed over core count, which explains why the Vybe with its quad-core CPU clocked at 5GHz skips ahead of the Cybertron CLX Ra with its 10-core processor clocked at 3GHz to 3.5GHz.

Thief
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

Square Enix set the tone for Thief by saying, "Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into the City. In this treacherous place, where the Baron’s Watch spreads a rising tide of fear and oppression, his skills are the only things he can trust. Even the most cautious citizens and their best-guarded possessions are not safe from his reach." The Thief series has been popular for years, not only for its interesting story lines and unique gameplay, but because the games have consistently featured excellent graphics and imagery, and leveraged bleeding graphics edge technology, like AMD's Mantle API, for example.

thief screenshot
Thief

Maingear Vybe Thief

We closed things out with Thief, and once again the Vybe showed it's a serious gaming PC that can handle games at 4K. With the resolution set at 3840x2160 and the eye candy jacked up, the Vybe averaged over 73 fps, and only dipped to 57 fps when scenes were overly busy.

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