Maingear Vybe Super Stock
A new desktop platform for gamers
We know that many of our readers are avid gamers, so this review is aimed directly at them. Before conducting tests on the Maingear Vybe Syper stock gaming desktop we consulted specialized sites to see what they had to say about this new device launched earlier this year. According to them, the product has the best performance in its category in a well-built body. Then there were other users who said that certain games encountered problems when image quality and resolution were set at the highest levels. Well, of course that would happen, what did they expect? So, to keep this story short, here’s our review.
SSD hard drive
The Maingear Vybe Super Stock oozes with elegance, attention to detail and solid body where design is concerned. In fact these three attributes are what the line is famous for with gamers. When looking closely at the gadget we saw that its biggest advantage lay in the fact that it could easily fit a liquid cooling rig and 2 graphics cards inside. The product has the following measurements: 15″ x 8.25″ x 19.25″, so it’s not your typical gaming tower overlooking all others from its height. The motherboard of the Vybe Super Stock offers support for wireless networking, has built-in Bluetooth, larger fan at the rear and bigger power supply. The hard drive is made of either 250GB Intel SSD (1TB 7.200rpm Samsung) or 120GB SSD. The latter option didn’t mean that the device gave a worse performance, on the contrary.
AMD Radeon HD 6950
As for graphics card, the gaming desktop we’re reviewing here offers two upper-midrange AMD Radeon HD 6950; during our testing sessions this meant that the Maingear outperformed the Origin model. The 4.8GHz Intel Core i7 2600K (overclocked) processor which delivered good speeds for home apps and the typical consumer who uses them.
Even though we noted how small the body of the Vybe Super Stock is, we were impressed to see that it had more upgrade room that we’d hoped for. Here’s what it contained: 1 free PCI slot between 2 3D cards, 2 free 2.5″ drive bays, 2 free 1 x PCI Express slots, 1 free 3.5″ hard-drive bay and free room to use when wanting to add 2 memory sticks.
8GB of RAM memory
The memory part was made of 8GB which could be expanded to 16GB. If you wonder about the operating system, we’ll tell you that it’s Windows 7 Home Premium (the 64-bit version).
As a gaming system, the gadget featured on this page didn’t handle maximum-quality DirectX 11 gaming as well as we hoped; but it could nonetheless play Metro 2033, for example, quite well without losing from its good image quality.
There are many ports, inputs and so on on this gaming desktop: 8 USB 2.0, FireWire, 3 USB 3.0, 7.1 analog, eSATA, HDMI and many more.
You’d think that such a gadget would draw a lot of power. And there certainly are many that do that. But the Maingear Vybe Super Stock came on 2nd place when we tested it. The warranty is one year for labor; you also have phone support if you ever experience troubles with the system. Another great thing is that buyers get free two-way repair shipping for the first month of owning the desktop.
Suffice to say that the Maingear Vybe Super Stock is a good performer when you want to play games of almost any kind.
|Desktop Type: Gaming|
|Data storage Capacity (as Tested) 1000 GB|
|Processor Speed 4.8 GHz|
|Processor Family Intel Core i7|
|Processor Name Intel Core i7-2600K|
|Graphics Card nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Dual SLI|
|RAM 8 GB|
|Available Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium|
|Primary camera Optical Drive DVD+/-RW (Plus Minus)|