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Pre-built gaming PCs have gained in recognition dramatically, as crypto demand and chip shortages drove graphics playing cards and different element costs by way of the roof. That stated, no matter present PC elements worth factors (which are actually drifting again to MSRP thank goodness), we have at all times seen the worth in a top quality pre-built for a myriad of causes, particularly with regards to a number of the finest names within the enterprise, like Falcon Northwest, Origin-Corsair and the Northeast native crew at Maingear Computers.

You’ll know Maingear, if you happen to learn our pages right here solely sometimes. The firm is a widely-known and revered OG boutique PC builder primarily based in New Jersey. Over the years, Maingear has assembled eye-catching, cutting-edge gaming PCs that usually sport impeccable construct high quality with immaculate cable administration, match and end. A couple of years again we took a take a look at the Vybe, Maingear’s extra inexpensive mid-tower platform, in each an all-AMD Ryzen and Radeon configuration, in addition to an Intel eleventh Gen config with a GeForce GPU. However, Maingear has been revamping and refining the Vybe since our 2019 evaluations, and now we now have considerably extra highly effective silicon engines on board to course of gaming workloads and push the pixels. 

Here’s the brand new for 2022 Maingear Vybe, and it is juiced with the present quickest gaming CPU on the planet, AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D, and one of many quickest graphics playing cards within the beefy and highly effective Radeon RX 6950 XT. Yes, Ladies and Gents, that is one killer gaming rig prepared for motion. 

Let’s break down the remainder of the specs, construct design and different pertinent particulars, then we’ll simply push play and see how she runs… 

All-AMD Maingear Vybe (2022) Specifications And Features

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What can we are saying, that hasn’t already been stated a few system like this? This is AMD’s mature X570 platform at its finest, with a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and a quick and fats 2 terabyte PCIe 4 SSD from Samsung. However, what’s lacking right here maybe are a number of the more moderen creature comforts from Intel’s newest platforms like Thunderbolt 4 connectivity and Wi-Fi 6E. Neither of those options are doubtless showstoppers for many avid gamers, however it does converse to how the market is preparing for AMD’s upcoming Zen 4 platform and all of the next-gen IO goodness it brings.

That stated, once more, if we’re in search of the quickest gaming CPU that AMD has to supply right away, and the quickest available on the market at the moment, this machine’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor is it. Toss in a Radeon RX 6950 XT, which can be the quickest graphics card AMD has to supply at the moment, that trades blows with a GeForce RTX 3090, together with 64GB of DDR4-3600 reminiscence, and also you’re a monster config that is sure to place up some nice gaming efficiency. But let’s take a look at the remainder of this Vybe’s design and movement — or structure, cooling and airflow, extra particularly. 

Two captive thumb screws permit elimination of the Vybe’s glass facet panel
Maingear’s Vybe chassis is a reasonably understated, nearly utilitarian design however with some key options that do service each perform and kind. For starters, the chassis is fabricated from heavy gauge rolled aluminum with a plastic entrance face plate and backside toes that raise it off the floor the machine is on by an inch or so. You additionally get three USB-A ports and a single USB-C port on the entrance left edge, underneath the facility button, together with discrete headphone and microphone 3.5mm jacks. Placement is great right here on this facet where the glass facet panel resides, as you will need all these fairly, highly effective PC elements and that immaculate construct up on prime of your desk for everybody’s viewing pleasure.

One may argue that every one these ports and the facility button ought to be up prime, however that may add to longer wire runs for nearly all motherboard designs, for the entrance panel button, lighting and IO leads. Side notice, you may also hook that RGB illuminated button as much as a storage exercise lead, which wasn’t setup that approach for our construct, although we have constructed our personal Vybe beforehand with Maingear’s DIY package and like that little characteristic very a lot. There’s one thing satisfying about understanding when your knowledge is being accessed and it is clearly diagnostic device.

2022 Maingear Vybe Design And Build Quality – Still Delightfully Immaculate

Though our earlier {custom} Vybe construct was strapped with Maingear’s glorious Apex Liquid Cooling distribution block and hard-line liquid cooling system, this 2022 Maingear Vybe is construct with a extra conventional AiO Cooler that appears to be a semi-custom model of the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360 ARGB, with its 360mm radiators, RGB lighting and twin chamber pump.

That 360mm radiator and low profile twin chamber pump drives a ton of warmth dissipation for an AiO cooler, and its rad is mounted on the entrance of the case pulling cool air in by way of the entrance of the chassis. At first look, you may assume that is not sufficient air movement (as one main publication we noticed did) with the entrance of the chassis closed off, however that may be an incorrect assumption. If you scroll down the web page right here, you will see the again facet of the case’s entrance face plate and it is properly perforated with a grill and vent on the best facet.

PowerColor’s Red Devil 6950 XT is a beast with 3 PCIe 8-pin energy feeds.

And after all our rig was laced with purple braided cable sleeving to go together with our all Red Team AMD construct. Other observations right here embody that low profile chilly plate and pump meeting, which leaves you loads of room to work across the DRAM DIMM slots on this construct. As such, our Kingston Fury Renegade RGB 64GB DDR4-3600 package has loads of room to breath with solely two slots out of 4 occupied on the motherboard. The different factor you will discover is how completely beast-mode the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 6950 XT is, with its 3 slot design and sure, three 8-pin energy connectors. Good factor that braided cabling is right here to hold issues tidy, tight and looking out nice in coordination with the purple lighting we dialed-in.  

Behind the again panel of the Vybe, cable administration is simply as immaculate.

That braided cabling additionally goes a protracted strategy to cleansing up the bottom of the motherboard tray. Here you’ll be able to see our EVGA SuperNova 850 P6 850 Watt energy provide and two 2.5-inch drive mounts for rear-side SATA SSD storage, if you would like some further bulk enlargement for backup and game library use. And once more, try the rear facet venting on the entrance chassis panel. We’d wish to see a serviceable filter grill right here however regardless, in our opinion, that is loads of airflow for the triple-fan 360mm radiators to breathe in. 

Conversely, we very a lot appreciated the considerate inclusion of the Vybe’s magnetically-attached detachable prime grill vent. Just pop that unhealthy boy off and you’ll rinse it in water and let it dry, blow it out or vacuum it. 

Maingear Vybe Software Setup – Just The Tools You Need

The software program facet of Maingear’s Vybe is an easy, clear affair with simply Windows 11 Home in our case, and utilities from the most important element producers that you will need for dialing issues in to your liking. That’s it – zero bloat, as we have come to count on from Maingear.

Here we have ASUS’s Aura app for dialing in motherboard lighting, PowerColor’s DevilZone and AMD’s Ryzen Master utility, which is basically all you should get the job performed for lighting and system optimization. Incidentally, since AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D typically would not assist overclocking, we did not mess with issues a lot. You may get just a few extra MHz out of that RedDevil Radeon RX 6950 XT, nevertheless, if you happen to’re feeling the necessity for extra pace.

Speaking of which, we see you peeping at that Cinebench run, so let’s get to the benchmarks…