Items tagged with Maingear

Do you love the color green? How about Razer and MAINGEAR products? Is the R1 | Razer Edition a little bit too big? MAINGEAR has one answer to all of those questions, and it comes to us in the form of the R2 | Razer Edition, a gaming PC that occupies 50% less space than the original, which launched last fall. MAINGEAR's goal with this build wasn't just to make it look good, but to make sure it offered more than the expected performance out of such a small box. Intel's Core i9 processors can be configured with this model, but as of the time of writing, no such SKU is available on MAINGEAR's website. Stock configurations of the R2 begin at $1,099 for an AMD Ryzen build, and $1,199 for an Intel... Read more...
Earlier this week, NVIDIA came out of absolutely nowhere with an announcement of a new top-end TITAN X, following-up to the Pascal-based TITAN X released (also out of nowhere) last summer. This new TITAN X, somewhat confusingly called TITAN Xp, offers more CUDA cores and faster memory than the previous gen Titan X for the same $1,200 USD price tag. It's also of course faster than a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Regardless, if you happened to have been in the market for such a luxury, then this announcement came at just the right time. Based on the TITAN Xp's specs, and what we know of the GeForce 1080 Ti (read our review), it's not hard to gauge how much faster it's going to be over the latest... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast, Dave, Marco, and Paul kick around AMD's Ryzen processors, the forthcoming beastly Naples platform, NVIDIA's killer GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, Maingear's sleek but powerful Vybe gaming PC, Intel's Optane SSD DC P4800X featuring 3D Xpoint memory technology, details of our next awesome giveaway and much more... Show Notes: 01:53 - Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X With 3D Xpoint Memory Debuts Ultra-Low Latency Storage, New Memory Tier12:54 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Review - The Fastest Gaming Graphics Card Yet24:10 - Maingear Vybe Review: Dual GTX 1070s And Kaby Lake Cranked To 5GHz33:30 - AMD Ryzen Review: Ryzen 7 1800X,... Read more...
There has always been a parallel between building and modding performance PCs and tuning muscle cars, both of which revolve around squeezing every ounce of power and speed available out of a careful selection of parts, a practice that Maingear helped spread to a wider audience. Maingear took an obsession enjoyed by a niche crowd of overclockers and modders and turned it into a full-fledged business that's now going on 15 years strong. That is not to say Maingear was the first boutique builder on the block. Far from it. However, it might be the only vendor whose founder, Wallace Santos, actually struggled with the decision to start a business around building high performance PCs or around cars.... Read more...
In case you haven’t already noticed, we’ve been at PAX East 2017, which is being held in Boston. HotHardware already brought you some hands-on coverage of the hot new Nintendo Switch and the new Samsung Notebook Odyssey, but the folks from Maingear had some rather delightful PC gaming goodness on display in the form of the R1 Razer Edition Gaming PC. This particular boutique gaming desktop was painted with a custom automotive finish (in this case, the Lime Green that you’d find on a Dodge Challenger Hellcat) and there are plenty of other custom touches throughout, including the custom liquid cooling system, which has hand-cut polished nickel-plated metal tubing. The R1 Razer... Read more...
We’ve seen some pretty interesting themed gaming PCs over the years, but this has to be one of the most “refreshing” that has come across the news desk in recent memory. Maingear has just announced a partnership with Coca-Cola, and the result is the Rush 1ofONE Coke eSports custom gaming PC. On the outside, the case is painted in Coca-Cola’s iconic red (Maingear says that it is using automotive quality paint) and has the soft drink company’s logo front and center. But perhaps the coolest modification made to the case is the fully functional coolant reservoir, which is shaped exactly like a Coke bottle and incorporates the company’s signature markings. Inside, you’ll also find custom Crystal Hardline... Read more...
Two big names in gaming are coming together for one kickass, Intel-powered gaming rig. Those two companies are Razer and Maingear, and the product of their collaboration is the Maingear R1 Razer Edition gaming desktop. Given the partnership between the two companies, you can see some of the signature design characteristics of each in the R1 Razer Edition. Razer lends its green lighting and minimalistic black exterior design. Maingear’s always exceptional build quality and Origami Wiring is clearly on display. The overall look is very clean, and we’re sure that Slimer would be right at home inside this glowing green gaming case. When it comes to the high-end components that you can load up inside... Read more...
Boutique gaming PC system builders are a flourishing breed these days with new brands popping up on the scene regularly it seems. It's a testament to the fact that PC gaming, and the hardware the fuels it, is not only alive and well but kicking some major butt, especially with the advent of the eSports industry. Maingear has been building high-end rigs in boutique fashion since 2002 and in the process has racked up many awards over the years, including a few here at HotHardware. Today we're taking a look at a refresh of the Maingear RUSH SuperStock, a series of high-end PCs that we haven't looked at here since mid 2014; which seems like an eternity, so let's get to it. The Maingear RUSH... Read more...
In our latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Paul and Marco chat about Maingear's tricked-out, fully-custom, water-cooled Rush Gaming Rig, happening at PAX East, Big Changes At Intel, AMD's Radeon Pro Duo dual-Fiji powered graphics card, Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S and a lot more... Show Notes: 01:43 - AMD Radeon Pro Duo Preview: Dual Fiji Claims 1.3X Radeon R9 295X2 Performance 14:55 - Previewing Maingear's RUSH SuperStock X99: Opulence And The Killer Gaming Rig 26:01 - PAX East 2016: Killer Rigs And VR Dominance Punctuate A Thriving PC Gaming Industry 31:11 - Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Review: A Premium, Ultra-Thin Windows Convertible 39:40 - Intel Guts Future Atom SoC Family... Read more...
When it comes to high performance, over-the-top enthusiast computers, Maingear is a boutique builder that has been designing and manufacturing some of the most stand-out, highly-tuned systems on the market over the years. Hailing from good ol' Kenilworth, a borough of New Jersey, the custom PC shop likens itself to sort of a "Fast n' Loud" of the PC world, only they typically build systems that offer muscle car horsepower and stylings that are anything but loud, actually. They take this exotic, performance-driven theme very seriously, with shop technicians sporting pit crew styled jerseys and a meticulous build area fit for a Ferrari. The company was started back in 2002 but you might want to... Read more...
Maingear has a new high-powered notebook making the rounds today, and it’s called the Pulse 15 Pro. As its names implies, the Pulse 15 Pro has a 15-inch frame, and brings with its an all metal alloy construction to help keep down the weight an exude quality throughout. The Pulse Pro is available in two basic configurations: a gaming notebook or a mobile workstation. In gaming form, the Pulse 15 Pro can be equipped with either a 1080p or 4K UHD display, and comes standard with a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 6700HQ processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M GPU with 6GB GDDR5 memory and 16GB of unbuffered 2133MHz DDR4 memory. For those that want to go the pro route, you’ll be greeted with an Intel Xeon E3-1505M... Read more...
We’ve seen plenty of all-in-one PCs comes across our news desk, but none quite like this latest offering from MAINGEAR. Quite frankly, we don’t typically think of all-in-one PCs as being powerhouse systems, but MAINGEAR obviously doesn’t feel that way. So we present you with the MAINGEAR ALPHA 34, which manages to pack an incredible amount of high-powered hardware into an all-in-one PC aimed at gamers first and foremost. We can’t talk about the ALPHA 34 without first talking about its display — as its name implies, you’re presented with a 34-inch curved display with a wide 3840x1440 screen resolution. As you may have already guess, this isn’t your standard... Read more...
MAINGEAR sure does know how to make an entrance; look no further than its brand new RUSH gaming PC, which the systems integrator says embodies “grown-up” gaming. MAINGEAR piles on the platitudes, proclaiming, “The RUSH is the James Bond of gaming desktops. It is lethal, resourceful and powerful, but elegant, cool and collected.” I’m not so certain that James Bond would enjoy rocking neon accents with his tuxedo, but I digress.  The RUSH features what MAINGEAR calls “unparalleled craftsmanship,” built using 4mm thick brushed aluminum for the exterior and server-grade steel for the inner chassis. But perhaps the most striking feature of the RUSH is its 5mm thick, tinted tempered glass panels... Read more...
"Steamboxes" are a dime a dozen, but MAINGEAR has done well to craft some of the most exquisite, jaw-dropping options. In fact, where its new DRIFT is concerned, the company says that it's not only fully customizable, but also "devastatingly powerful". Perfect! While it's called an "ultra-compact" PC, MAINGEAR hasn't gone out of its way to make the DRIFT as small as possible. Instead, it's aimed to make it small without sacrificing performance. Under the hood of this baby, you can have Intel's top-end Core i7-4790K, as well as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 or AMD's Radeon R9 290X. Like all good Steamboxes, the DRIFT will be available in a configuration with an OS; meaning you don't have to pay for... Read more...
Are you in the market for a seriously powerful graphics card? Are you at least a little bit intrigued if I said you could buy one and get a free PC along with it? It sounds too good to be true, but the wizards at MAINGEAR have made it happen. This past week, the company revealed its X-Cube 'TITAN Z' edition, a PC priced at $1,499, which happens to be the going price for the card itself at retail. Loosely priced out, you'd be spending about $2,200 if you were to build this PC yourself, but not only would you be paying a lot more, you wouldn't have the great MAINGEAR warranty that encompasses the entire build. So, we know that this build comes with an incredible graphics card; how well does the... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's 2.5 Geeks webcast, Andrew, Dave and Marco discuss Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (including "bendgate"), the affordable Dell Inspiron 11 2-in-1 convertible, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards, Intel Broadwell low-power processors, the Maingear Pulse 15 3K gaming laptop, our next giveaway and a whole lot more... Show Notes: 01:09 - New Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Pack Larger Screens and More Powerful SoC 01:15 - The Amazing Bendable iPhone 6 Plus -- Users Report Warping Of Apple's Big Boy 12:14 - Apple Joins Forces With Visa and MasterCard For NFC Powered Mobile Transactions 14:12 - Dell Inspiron 11 3000, A 2-in1 For The... Read more...
We think it's fitting for Maingear to bring 3K resolution gaming to its Pulse line of laptops. Consider that playing games at full HD 1080p (1920x1080) on the desktop is nothing special these days, which is why we're seeing more and more players jump to higher resolution displays, from 2560x1440 (most 27-inch class monitors) on up to the emerging 4K (3840x2160) format. We're finally seeing some innovation again in the monitor market, yet laptop displays were stuck in a state of comatose for a while. Not anymore. On paper, the Pulse 15 is a potent machine armed with an Intel Core i7 4710HQ mobile processor, 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M graphics with Optimus technology, and... Read more...
We think it's fitting for Maingear to bring 3K resolution gaming to its aptly named Pulse line of laptops. Consider that playing games at full HD 1080p (1920x1080) on the desktop is nothing special these days, which is why we're seeing more and more players jump to higher resolution displays, from 2560x1440 (most 27-inch class monitors) on up to the emerging 4K (3840x2160) format. We're finally seeing some innovation again in the monitor market, yet laptop displays were stuck in a state of comatose for a while. Not anymore. Maingear has given its Pulse 15 -- and the gaming laptop segment in general -- some much needed CPR by introducing a 3K IPS (In-Plane Switching) wide-view screen display into... Read more...
When we reviewed the Maingear Epic Rush a few months ago, we found its performance jaw-dropping, and thus we expected the same out of its sibling, the Maingear Rush. However, these are different systems with different configurations on board. For instance, they have different CPUs--the Rush we're testing today has a newer, more powerful GPU configuration, and Maingear approached storage on the two quite differently as well. What both systems definitely do share is high performance and impeccable build quality. The Maingear Rush is a top-shelf system with killer components; there are no compromises here, and no concern for the final bill either... Maingear Rush Review With Radeon R9 295X2 CrossFire... Read more...
When we reviewed the Maingear Epic Rush a few months ago, we found its performance jaw-dropping, and thus we expected the same out of its sibling, the Maingear Rush. However, these are different systems with different configurations on board. For instance, they have different CPUs--the Rush we're testing today has a newer, more powerful GPU configuration, and Maingear approached storage on the two quite differently as well. What both systems definitely do share is high performance and impeccable build quality. The Maingear Rush is a top-shelf system with killer components; there are no compromises here, and no concern for the final bill either. Is $8,393 a lot for a computer?... Read more...
Small form factor PCs are all the rage these days, and the boutique builders are no exception. Increasingly, companies are looking for ways to push the envelope in terms of what they offer in a compact rig, and to that end Maingear built a liquid-cooled system called the Epic Torq. The system offers closed-loop liquid cooling on both the CPU and GPU. The system runs up to an Intel Core i7-4790K (4/4.4GHz, overclocked up to 5GHz) with either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z (12GB GDDR5) or AMD Radeon R9 295X2 (8GB GDDR5) GPU. It supports up to 16GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-2133 (2x8GB) memory, up to three internal storage drives (up to 1TB SSD and 4TB HDD), and onboard Gigabit Ethernet... Read more...
The level of performance that today's graphics cards can achieve is nothing short of mind boggling, especially as you venture into elite territory. Should you do that, you'll come across AMD's recently announced Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card, a beastly dual-GPU part that isn't intimidated by 4K gaming, and currently the fastest single video card we've ever tested. It's not yet available as a standalone part, though if you're in the market for a new system, boutique builder Maingear has added AMD's flagship pixel pusher to its lineup of desktops. You'll find the Radeon R9 295X2 offered as an option in several of Maingear's models, including the SHIFT, which can fit a single card configuration.... Read more...
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