Nice Range of Customization Options
Maingear has definitely come up with a different and unique design for a small desktop system. In terms of performance, it certainly is one of the more powerful available if you are willing to pay for the various upgrades. For gaming, even the base configuration is acceptable for 1920x1080. The design does have a couple drawbacks to it.
Compact and stealthy, Fast performance
In a way, Maingear's Potenza is a technology metaphor, offering more performance than yesterday's systems while leaving a smaller footprint. As technology marches on to smaller, more powerful pastures, Maingear made sure the desktop didn't get left behind.
Strong gaming performance
Ignore the side panel. Maingear has an outstanding deal in this high-end F131 gaming desktop, which is one of the fastest PCs we've seen all year. We recommend this system without hesitation to serious PC gamers and those interested in a high-performance, high-value computer.
Fast and Spacious Hard Drive
January has proven to be a busy month in the PC Gaming sector. With the official release of Sandy Bridge processors, computer manufacturers are launching refreshed models daily. The Maingear F131 (Stock) is the latest desktop computer in my series of custom gaming PC reviews. This gaming desktop offers value-based components, but the price isn't too economical. A few upgrades are recommended to transform the Maingear F131 (Stock model) into a gaming powerhouse, but it comes at an expense.
Maingear's F131 is an impressive machine from several perspectives. It looks great, its performance is excellent, and the interior layout is good for a system of this size.
The only question remaining is value. Our review unit rings up at $3,277 on Maingear's website. This includes a $249 charge for the Fusion Blue paint. Remove that and you're down to $3,028. To our surprise, a Maingear Shift configured with similar components rings up at $3,732. That's a serious difference.
Incredible CPU and GPU performance
There's no way to argue with the performance of the Shift. It's not unusual for a new desktop to outperform the ones we have previously reviewed. Hardware is constantly progressing, so each new system is likely to be quicker than the ones before.
The Shift, however, completely blows away previous systems in numerous benchmarks. The trio of brand new Radeons is certainly part of the reason for its edge, but the Intel Core i7-3960X is also part of the story.
Most up-to-date small-form-factor gaming PC
Falcon Northwest's FragBox might be the best known small-form-factor gaming PC, but Maingear's X-Cube is currently the most up-to-date. With the latest of everything, if you want a gaming desktop for on-the-road fragging, look no further.
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