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MAINGEAR’s line of gaming desktops are getting a boost in the form of the AMD Radeon HD 7950 and 7970 graphics cards. The SHIFT and F131 series will get the new cards straightaway, and the VYBE line will see it “in the near future”, according to MAINGEAR. We’ve already waxed long about the pros and cons of the 28nm 7970, including its AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, 3GB of DDR5 memory, DVI and mini-display ports (two of each), HDMI port, multi-card support, and the GCN architecture. MAINGEAR systems equipped with the 7950 or 7970 come with lifetime labor and phone support as well as hardware warranty options of one to three years. MAINGEAR SETS THE NO-COMPROMISE... Read more...
Over the last few years, we've seen an increasing number of liquid coolers positioned as high-end alternatives to traditional heatsink+fan combinations. This has been particularly true in the boutique market, where a number of manufacturers now offer liquid coolers in one form or another. Corsair has a full line of liquid coolers; we've reviewed the company's H80 and H100 here and compared them to Intel's own liquid cooling solution as well as an ultra-high end model Maingear sent over. This last entry is specifically designed for integration into the company's systems rather than as an aftermarket purchase, but it's an interesting data point to have in the charts nonetheless. Intel's LGA2011... Read more...
You know a computer case means business when it warrants naming an entire PC line after it, and that's what you have with Maingear's SHIFT chassis. Designed in conjunction with Silverstone, the SHIFT computer case is the centerpiece of not one, but two full blown system configurations featured at Maingear, including the "The SHIFT" (for consumers/enthusiasts) and "The Quantum SHIFT" (workstation). But what if you're not in the market for a brand new system and just want the case? Too bad, so sad, up until now. Maingear tells us there's been so much interest in the standalone chassis that they've decided to offer a limited run of SHIFT computer cases with the EPIC 180 liquid cooler (featured in... Read more...
Over the last few years, we've seen an increasing number of liquid coolers positioned as high-end alternatives to traditional heatsink+fan combinations. This has been particularly true in the boutique market, where a number of manufacturers now offer liquid coolers in one form or another. The kits we're looking at today are a far cry from the water coolers enthusiasts have been building for years. DIY water coolers typically involve separate reservoirs and external pumps. The systems we've tested contain significantly less fluid and use small pumps directly integrated into the cooling block. Integrated all-in-one kits may not offer the theoretical performance of a high-end home-built system,... Read more...
Maingear's got a new rig out today, and more importantly, there's a new 2nd-generation Intel Core i7 chip to go along with it. The company has just updated their SHIFT and F131 desktops with the new 2nd generation Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition processor and the company’s exclusive EPIC Audio Engine. Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Hyper-Threading are both here, as is a 34% improvement in performance at normal clock speeds that can also be overclocked up to 5.2 GHz. This top gaming computer platform is also the first to feature quad-channel memory offering up to 102% memory performance that is more than twice the memory bandwidth of the previous generation. The EPIC Audio Engine leverages... Read more...
Well well well, Origin PC isn’t the only system builder to quickly adopt Intel’s new Core i7-2700k processors; Maingear announced today that it will offer the new chip in its SHIFT and F131 desktops. Buyers can expect the 3.5GHz CPU to be overclocked to over 5GHz, and combined with Maingear’s EPIC liquid cooling, the system should be quiet nonetheless. For $1,228, you can have the F131 with the 2700k inside; the SHIFT model starts at $1,985. MAINGEAR GETS READY TO TAKE OVERLCOCKING TO NEW LIMITS WITH INTEL CORE I7 2700K Kenilworth, New Jersey – October 24, 2011. 12:01 EDT - MAINGEAR, an award-winning PC system builder offering custom desktops, notebooks, workstations and... Read more...
Maingear has just announced an updated line-up of game machines targeted at users on a budget. The newly revamped “VYBE” series of Maingear systems is built around Intel’s current socket 1155 Sandy-Bridge processors and features either P67 or Z68-chipset based motherboards and graphics cards from NVIDIA, although two of the new models are also customizable with options that include hardware higher-end CPUs, hard drives, memory and optical drives, in addition to a choice of custom color scheme. The initial Maingear VYBE line-up consists of “S”, “SE”, and “SS” models. The $949 basic “S” model features and Intel Core i5-2310... Read more...
Updates, updates. Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. The world's full of 'em, and Maingear is giving one of their flagship gaming notebooks yet another burst of power if you're willing to spring for it. The company's new Clutch-15 series notebook can now be ordered with NVIDIA's graphics-switching Optimus technology, boasting a 15.6" display, Core i5 CPU, and a variety of GPU options. There's a GeForce GT 525M with 1GB of GDDR3 memory, as well as a Core i3/i5, 8GB of DDR3 memory and up to a 512GB SSD (or a 500GB Hybrid SSD). So, more power and better battery life. How could you go wrong? It's available now starting at $1029 (without a docking station). MAINGEAR UPDATES ROAD WARRIOR... Read more...
Nothing like a notebook update to get your gears turning when considering an upgrade. Maingear has just announced a fairly major update to their notebook line, and of course, it has to do with NVIDIA's newest GPU selection. The Alt-15, eX-L 15, eX-L 17 and Titan 17 notebooks can now be ordered with GeForce GTX 560M and GeForce GT 555M graphics card options, and they'll also boast wide gamut LED panels supporting 95% NTSC color. The additional boost of the GeForce GT 555M on the Alt-15 and Alt-17, as well as the powerful GeForce GTX 560M on the eX-L 15, eX-L 17, and Titan 17 offer gamers more choices for less money, or so says the company. The MAINGEAR Alt-15 and eX-L 15 will both offer the optional... Read more...
Most powerful? Most amazing? We hear it all the time, but what does it really mean? In the case of Maingear's newest machine, it means that the mega gaming laptop makers of the world have even more competition. The company has just announced that they're launching the "most powerful 17" 3D gaming notebook" on the market, with their machine have a 4.8GHz overclocked CPU (similar to the EON-17S) and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 485M. The upgrades are hitting the eX-L 17 3D, providing 3D Vision support, 2nd-gen Intel Core processors, 2.5GHz - 4.8GHz chipc, 2GB of GDDR5 memory, DirectX 11 support and a 120Hz-enabled 3D panel. It also ships with a built-in 3D emitter, two HDD bays, integrated Bigfoot Networks... Read more...
Earlier in the week, Asetek showcased a prototype GPU cooler that did an excellent job of proving downright impressive. Now, Maingear is looking to do something similar. The company, which is best known for their pre-fab custom PCs, has teamed with CoolIT to engineer cooler, quieter and cheaper cooling systems for their desktops. The solution has a simple name: EPIC. EPIC stands for Enhanced Performance InterCooler, and there will be three different ones -- the SHIFT desktop offers the exclusive EPIC 180, the F131 sports the EPIC 140 and the Vybe gets the EPIC 120. The MAINGEAR EPIC 180 liquid cooling system sports a massive 180mm radiator which offers 20% cooler temperatures than a 120mm radiator,... Read more...
Just in time for spring, HotHardware.com and our friends at MAINGEAR, NVIDIA, Asus, Intel, and Patriot teamed up to put together one heck of monster sweepstakes give-away! This time around we gave you a chance to win an Intel Core i7-2600K-infused, custom MAINGEAR-built gaming rig with 16GB of Patriot DDR3 RAM, an Intel 510 Series SSD, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 graphics cards, and an Asus VG236H 23” 3D Vision ready monitor with an NVIDIA 3D Vision kit included. This machine is by far the most powerful and feature laden we have given away to date! The complete parts list and breakdown for this custom MAINGEAR SHIFT gaming rig are listed below: Chassis: MAINGEAR SHIFT w/ Advanced Vertical... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about the MainGear eX-L 15 gaming notebook with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485 graphics, HTC's Thunderbolt 4G LTE Smartphone, AMD's Radeon HD 6670 and 6570 mainstream graphics cards, and the Corsair SP2500 2.1 channel speaker system... Show Notes: 01:06 - Maingear eX-L 15 Gaming Notebook Review 04:32 - AMD Radeon HD 6670 and 6570 Mainstream GPUs 07:13 - HTC Thunderbolt 4G Android Smartphone Review 13:40 - Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speaker System and HS1A Headset 16:35 - Contest Plug & Hints... Read more...
Many enthusiasts generally prefer to roll their own rigs, but when it comes to notebooks, the notion of building a system from scratch becomes less practical and appealing. We recently had a chance to meet with Maingear and tour the company's build facility, and one thing was immediately apparent: these guys are enthusiasts just like us. So, when Maingear offered to send us what they claim is the fastest 15-inch notebook on the planet, we rounded up our gauntlet of benchmarks and told them to "bring it on." Maingear sent us their revamped eX-L 15 and it's equipped with an Intel Sandy Bridge processor and the fastest mobile graphics chip Nvidia currently offers, the GeForce GTX 485M. Let's see... Read more...
Many enthusiasts generally prefer to roll their own rigs, but when it comes to notebooks, the notion of building a system from scratch becomes less practical and appealing. Things tend to get expensive, your build options aren't as robust as they are with desktops, and working in tight quarters will test your patience. That's where system builders come in, and you have three primary types to choose from: large OEMs like Dell and HP, smaller integrators and resellers that specialize in bang-for-buck setups, and custom gaming boutiques like Maingear, that prefer to push the pedal to the metal in order to differentiate. We recently had a chance to meet with Maingear in person and tour the company's... Read more...
Just in time for spring, HotHardware.com and our friends at MAINGEAR, NVIDIA, Asus, Intel, and Patriot have teamed up to put together one heck of monster sweepstakes give-away! This time around we're giving you a chance to win an Intel Core i7-2600K-infused, custom MAINGEAR-built gaming rig with 16GB of Patriot DDR3 RAM, a, Intel 510 Series SSD, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 graphics cards, and an Asus VG236H 23” 3D Vision ready monitor with an NVIDIA 3D Vision kit included. This machine is by far the most powerful and feature laden we have given away to date! The complete parts list and breakdown for this custom MAINGEAR SHIFT gaming rig are listed below: Chassis: MAINGEAR SHIFT w/... Read more...
Maingear knows a thing or three about building high-end gaming systems, but it's not all fun and games. The boutique system builder also constructs heavy-duty workstations like the Quantum Shift, which Maingear has just updated with Intel's new Xeon Processor E3-1200 family. "The pairing of the new Intel Xeon E3 1200 series processors and the Asus P8B WS motherboard is a perfect addition to the Quantum Shift," said Wallace Santos, CEO and founder of Maingear. "This combo brings excellent performance at a great price giving entry level content creators a great system to get started on." As we noted in our recent coverage of Intel's Xeon E series processors, this is some serious hardware, and it's... Read more...
This week on Two and a Half Geeks, Dave and Marco visit the worldwide headquarters of MainGear Computers for a really cool factory tour and a look at how the company builds its ultra cool SHIFT gaming and other desktop PCs. MainGear is the top sponsor and manufacturer for HotHardware's 3D Killer Gaming Rig Spring Fling Sweepstakes, where you could win one of these awesome systems loaded with parts from other great sponsors which include NVIDIA, Asus, Patriot Memory, Intel and others...... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about the Dell Venue Android smartphone, AMD's new Radeon HD 6790 and 6450 budget graphics cards, Intel's upcoming 10-core Xeon processors for the enterprise and mission-critical applications, the new Intel SSD 320 series solid state drive, and details of our amazing Spring Fling Sweepstakes in which someone can win an absolutely amazing, killer 3D gaming PC built by the folks at Maingear... Show Notes: 00:59 - Dell Venue Android Smartphone Review 03:57 - AMD Radeon HD 6790 Graphics Card, Radeon HD 6450 Quick Take 07:00 - Intel Unveils 10-Core Xeons, Mission-Critical Servers 10:53 - Intel SSD... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about the all new Matrox Parhelia 128MB AGP graphics accelerator, the Dell Inspiron 8200 powered by the hot new Pentium 4 M and GeForce 4 440Go, the Atek Super Mini Optical mouse, the Bitchin Fast 3D 2000 Pro exposed in the latest issue of MaximumPC and details of our contest where you could win a killer gaming system the rips Quake 3 to shreds! Show Notes: 00:42 - Matrox Parhelia 128MB AGP 02:34 - Mobile Gaming At Desktop Speeds 05:01 - Atek Super Mini Optical Mouse 06:31 - Bitchin' Fast 3D 2000 Exposed! 09:12 - HotHardware's Killer 3D Gaming Rig Spring Fling Sweepstakes!... Read more...
If there's one thing you can count on, like clockwork, it's the prescence of new desktop rigs each time AMD or NVIDIA launches a new flagship graphics card. Companies like iBuyPower, Cyber Power, Digital Storm, HP, Dell and Maingear all jump at the chance to get something fresh into their lineups, and the latter is doing so now. The company's highly-prized SHIFT "personal supercomputer" is joined by the F131 desktop in having the option to support NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 590 GPU -- called the "most powerful and quietest DirectX 11 dual graphics card ever built." Should you choose to spend the cash, you can order either of those machines with a GTX 590, boasting dual 512-core GTX 500 Series GPUs,... Read more...
If you thought you'd seen "big, thick and heavy," think again. Maingear has just thrown style and mobility to the wind, but what they threw in was power. Lots and lots of power. The company's new Titan 17 has a perfectly fitting name; it's one of the largest 17" machines we've ever seen, and we think that "desktop replacement" may actually be cutting this monster short. According to Maingear, they designed this to provide people with extreme power on the go, basically putting desktop-level capabilities into a shell that was somewhat more portable. Intel's new high-end CPU (the Core i7 990X Extreme Edition) is packed within, which explains the need for such a massive shell. There's also an NVIDIA... Read more...
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