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Boutique system builder Maingear was quick to pounce on Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics card, giving gamers an affordable GPU upgrade path that offers respectable performance without an obscene price tag. The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is purportedly 1.5 times faster than the previous generation GTX 560 Ti and twice as power efficient. "Nvidia's Kepler architecture is more than robust; it's the creation of a standard," says Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of Maingear. "With the debut of TXAA across the Kepler family, gamers will find a noticeable improvement in graphics for the latest games, and I feel that our customers should be able to experience that without breaking the bank." Maingear... Read more...
Notebook makers aren't the only ones trying to cram big performance parts into little form factors. Desktop system builders are attempting the same thing, and if you require proof, all the evidence you need is packed inside Maingear's Potenza Super Stock (SS) gaming PC. Built around the mini-ITX form factor, the Potenza SS is a small form factor (SFF) system that rises above the moderate expectations of what a comparatively itty-bitty PC can truly deliver. As it turns out, a mini-ITX rig can pack quite the payload. It starts with an Intel Ivy Bridge foundation, and Maingear bumped up the default processor option to an unlocked Core i7 3770K chip. Maingear then goosed the CPU past its stock 3.5GHz... Read more...
Notebook makers aren't the only ones trying to cram big performance parts into little form factors. Desktop system builders are attempting the same thing, and if you require proof, all the evidence you need is packed inside Maingear's Potenza Super Stock (SS) gaming PC. Built around the mini-ITX form factor, the Potenza SS is a small form factor (SFF) system that rises above moderate expectations of what a comparatively itty-bitty PC can truly deliver. As it turns out, a mini-ITX rig can pack quite the payload. It starts with an Intel Ivy Bridge foundation, and Maingear bumped up the default processor option to an unlocked Core i7 3770K chip. Maingear then goosed the CPU past its stock 3.5GHz... Read more...
One advantage brick-and-mortar stores have over ordering online is the ability to serve up instant gratification. You walk into a store, grab what you need, plunk down your credit card, and the item is yours to take home. Online sellers haven't found a way to trump brick-and-mortar outfits in that regard, but Maingear has certainly lessened the gap with its Quickship line, which now includes the company's Vybe 15 notebook. Buyers can select from four different configurations (Good, Better, Best, and Ultimate) ranging in price from $1,099 to $1,999 and each one is ready to ship in a short period of time following order confirmation. "The new Maingear VYBE 15 offers the best of mobile technology... Read more...
There's no need to shed a tear over the discontinuation of Dell's Alienware M11x, the pint-sized gaming laptop that will never get to cross Intel's Ivy Bridge. If you're a fan of such small form factor gaming laptops, you'll be happy to know there are options at your disposable, one of those being Maingear's Pulse 11 with 3rd Generation Intel Core processor options and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics with 2GB of GDDR3 video memory. “The Maingear Pulse 11 offers it all; the best of a desktop in a ultraportable form factor," said Wallace Santos, CEO and co-founder of Maingear. "With the power of the latest 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 and i5 Mobile processors, dedicated discrete GPU and high... Read more...
If you haven’t yet read our coverage of NVIDIA’s insane GeForce GTX 690 graphics card, go do it now. Seriously. The thing is a monster, essentially a pair of SLI’d 680s in one package. It has 3,072 CUDA cores, 915MHz/1019MHz base/boost clock, 6008MHz memory clock, 4GB total GDDR5, and a smokin’ hot aluminum and magnesium body. And now, you can configure a number of custom PCs with the GTX 690, as Origin PC, CyberpowerPC, and MAINGEAR have all let us know that the card is available on some of their systems. CybwerPowerPC offers the GTX 690 in its Fang III, Zeus, Gamer Xtreme, and Gamer Ultra series’, with prices starting as low as $1,799. On the highest end, the Zeus... Read more...
Every system builder that wants to stay in business is rolling out new rigs built around Intel's awesome Ivy Bridge architecture, but Maingear's taking it one step further by using Ivy Bridge as a launching pad for its vertical heat desktops in smaller form factors. This is something Maingear was already doing with its Shift desktops, and now the same VRTX Cooling Technology is being applied to its F131 (micro ATX) and all new Potenza (mini ATX) systems as well. "We are very excited and offer the option for our customers to select a Maingear desktop with heat dissipation solution in three different chassis size and performance levels," said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of Maingear. "The new... Read more...
Gamers on the go were saddened to learn that Dell plans to discontinue the Alienware M11x, a potent gaming laptop about the size of a netbook but much, much more powerful. Well, wipe away those tears because small size gaming laptops still have a pulse. More specifically, Maingear is getting ready to launch the Pulse 11, an 11.6-inch gaming laptop built around Intel's newfangled Ivy Bridge platform. Engadget managed to get the inside track on the Pulse 11, which was confirmed by Maingear's CTO and VP of Marketing, Chris Morley, on Facebook. "Pulse is short for Pulse Rifle, which killed aliens in Ridley Scott's franchise. Yes, that was on purpose," Morley explains. The pint-sized laptop will feature... Read more...
MAINGEAR’s updated Quantum SHIFT4K workstation is built for creative types who need as much firepower as possible under the hood and features 8-core Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, up to twelve SSDs or nine HDDs, and four eSATA ports. For cooling, users can opt for the MAINGEAR EPIC 180 X2 closed-loop liquid cooling solution that promises 50,000 hours of performance and the ability to dissipate 900W of heat. The price tag starts at $8,499, but if you’re a current Mac Pro user, you can knock a few hundred bucks off the top; MAINGEAR is offering a 10% rebate to entice you to switch platforms. MAINGEAR’S ALL-NEW QUANTUM SHIFT 4K WORKSTATION OFFERS ROBUST... Read more...
Intel's mobile Ivy Bridge chipset has arrived, and it should come as no surprise that boutique system builder Maingear is ready to make a run at the new platform. Three of Maingear's popular notebook lines have been upgraded to support Intel's 3rd generation Core processors, including the 15.6-inch ALT and 15.6-inch and 17-inch eX-L series, all of which also boast refined designs and new screen options. Working our way from the bottom, the ALT 15 is a hybrid notebook with a 15.6-inch display and either a 1366x768 screen resolution or a Full HD 1920x1080 panel. These can be configured with up to an Intel Core i7 2860QM processor, up to 16GB of DDR3-1333/1600 memory, up to a 600GB solid state drive... Read more...
Desktop replacement systems aren't for everyone. They're typically, big, heavy, and comparatively short on battery life, making them the polar opposites of Ultrabooks and other thin and light systems that last for hours on end. So why would anyone want one? For the sheer power, of course! Desktop replacement systems are big and bulky because they pack so much cutting edge hardware underneath the hood, and if you lug one to a LAN party, you're almost assured of having one of the fastest -- if not the fastest -- systems around. Only a handful of companies dabble in these types of notebooks, and Maingear is one of them. Their take on the desktop replacement category is the Titan 17, a monster laptop... Read more...
There's no question Maingear knows how to put together a high-octane gaming system, and if you need proof, check out our recent review of the company's fully loaded SHIFT Super Stock X79. Technology moves fast though, and luckily so does Maingear, which has already begun incorporating NVIDIA's brand spanking new GeForce GTX 680 (aka, Kepler) graphics cards into its SHIFT, F131, and X-Cube systems, and will soon be offering it in the Vybe. Heck, Maingear will even shove three of them in there, provided you have the coin and a serious need for speed. "The Ultimate PC deserves the Ultimate GPU, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 built in our desktops offer the best gaming experience that is the quietest... Read more...
One of Merriam-Webster's definitions for the word obscene is "so excessive as to be offensive." By that definition, Maingear sent us an obscenely spec'd SHIFT Super Stock X79 system packed to the hilt with so much decadent hardware that even the one percenters would feel guilty owning it, right up until the moment they pushed the power button and remembered exactly why it's so fun to be filthy rich. As configured, this thing costs $7,570, and that's after deducting $100 as part of Maingear's 'Spring Savings' promotion and before tacking on another $100 or so for shipping. It's not a configuration most of us will ever own -- it's more than half the price of a 5-door Kia Rio, for crying out loud... Read more...
One of Merriam-Webster's definitions for the word obscene is "so excessive as to be offensive." By that definition, Maingear sent us an obscenely spec'd SHIFT Super Stock X79 system packed to the hilt with so much decadent hardware that even the one percenters would feel guilty owning it, right up until the moment they pushed the power button and remembered exactly why it's so fun to be filthy rich. As configured, this thing costs $7,570, and that's after deducting $100 as part of Maingear's 'Spring Savings' promotion and before tacking on another $100 or so for shipping. It's not a configuration most of us will ever own -- it's more than half the price of a 5-door Kia Rio, for crying out loud... Read more...
Maingear specializes in high-performance desktops from a boutique perspective, and as you'll see in an upcoming review of a SHIFT Super Stock X79 system we have on tap, these guys know how to build some wicked fast systems. They also know how to spot a popular market trend and roll with it, as the company is doing with its freshly unveiled Solo 21 All-in-One (AIO) system. "With more consumers looking for a full-size desktop computer without the hassle of wires and other connections, the Maingear Solo 21 All-in-One provides the freedom of space while still offering the latest technology," Maingear explains. "Following their trend of fully customizable products, the Maingear Solo 21 is the first... Read more...
When Maingear computers first stepped out with their high-end SHIFT line of gaming and workstation PCs, we took note and were genuinely impressed; a bit of rarefied air if you will.  It wasn't so much the component selection that stood out, but it was the excellent build quality and the SHIFT's 90-degree rotated layout that caused our double-take, and ultimately put Maingear on the map as a major player in the space... Maingear's products may not be the low price watermark, but they definitely set the high quality bar up a notch or three. Recently, Maingear announced that they'd be offering a DIY SHIFT chassis and cooling system kit for a limited time, to folks that might want to try their... Read more...
Alright, we'll come right out and gush a little bit. Our cynical, sometimes overly-critical opinions can occasionally be tempered by momentary flashes of greatness. We see a lot of high-end (and low-end) gear around here, so after a while, you can't stop your eyeballs from glossing over and a yawn from escaping from the cranium. However, when Maingear computers first stepped out with their high-end SHIFT line of gaming and workstation PCs, we took note and were genuinely impressed; a bit of rarefied air if you will.  It wasn't so much the component selection that stood out, but it was the excellent build quality and the SHIFT's 90-degree rotated layout... Read more...
It's been a long time since we saw much innovation in thermal interface materials. Back ten years ago, when OEMs tended to use pads made from camel hair, companies like Arctic Silver burst on the scene with compounds that offered significantly improved performance compared to stock solutions. As CPU TDPs increased and die sizes shrank, manufacturers began offering better thermal pastes by default and the buzz generally quieted down. Claims that adding diamond dust improves thermals, for example, are based on remarkably poor physics and exploiting a margin of error. Today, Maingear has launched what they claim is a genuine advance over existing thermal pastes. The Epic T1000 kit uses a PCMA (phase... Read more...
It’s HD 7770 and HD 7750 day here on the Internet, and MAINGEAR turned out to celebrate by offering the AMD Radeon HD 7700 series graphics cards in its systems. The HD 7770 occupies two slots and features 1GB DDR5 memory and a 1GHz core clock with DVI, HMDI, and two mini-DisplayPorts, while the single-slot HD 7750 has the same memory and ports but with a core clock of 800Mhz and one fewer DisplayPort. For now, the cards are available in the SHIFT and F131 systems, although MAINGEAR says it’s coming next year for the VYBE and EPIC products. MAINGEAR ADDS AMD RADEON HD 7700 SERIES GRAPHICS ON DESKTOPS TO OFFER REMARKABLE PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE Kenilworth,... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss the MainGear SHIFT do-it-yourself case kit and the recently released Intel SSD 520 series solid state drive built on SandForce controller technology. The guys also discuss the used game debate and game devs locking down DLC content for new game buyers only, and ask the question, “Should next-gen consoles be upgradeable?” Finally, Dave hints at an upcoming contest and a whole lot more! Show Notes: 00:50 - Maingear Shift DIY Sneak Peek 06:12 - Intel SSD 520 Series Solid State Drive Review 10:14 - The Other Side Of The Used Games Debate: Gamestop Manager Responds 10:15 - Outrage... Read more...
MAINGEAR has given its TITAN 17 Notebook a little facelift as well as some new parts under the hood. It now sports an Intel Core i7 3930K or 3960X Extreme Edition, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M (with SLI support) or Quadro 5010M, and a full-size backlit keyboard and numpad. Other specs include up to 32GB of DDR3 system memory, up to three HDDs or SSDs with RAID support, and an optical drive option. It also has a slew of I/O ports including HMDI, DVI-D, and DisplayPort; two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and a FireWire port; and S/PDIF, RJ-45 LAN, and eSATA. The TITAN 17 starts at $3,499 and is available now for pre-order with free shipping. The machine comes with Jagged Alliance: Back in Action... Read more...
The PC building gurus at Maingear wasted no time in jumping on the official release of AMD's new Radeon HD 7950 graphics cards (see our official review here), which are now offered on Maingear's line of desktop PCs. And if you really want to get wild, you can combine the new offering with Maingear's EPIC 180 liquid cooling solution and EPIC Audio Engine for what the company claims is a one of a kind gaming experience. "High performance PC users looking for a no-compromise solution need to look no further than a Maingear system equipped with our custom EPIC solutions and an AMD Radeon HD 7900 series graphics card," said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of Maingear. We'll forgive Maingear for the... Read more...
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