Maingear ePhex

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ElderJefferson

Incredible rig with awesome benchmarks, but for the same price I could take my family of 4 on a top-of-the-line 1-week cruise to the Bahamas, and still have enough money left over to purchase a 2004 Honda Accord with under 75,000 miles.

 Just saying

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zeringue

Wonder what the machine would cost after six months or a year?  Thank god for all of you early adopters and big money people who pay these costs.  With your help and money, it drives down the costs of the lesser parts.

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Wolfgang

You could never get the detail and resolution on a console that you get from a high-end PC...and it doesn't stop there, there's much more you can do with a PC...Hell, Crysis never made it to consoles! It just demands powerful hardware that consoles don't have

 

For the record, I own a an Xbox 360 and PS3, besides my PC's...

 

PD-Well Crytek will release an engine that will be for all platforms so, guess you'll see some kind of Crysis on a console after all, but not the original game though!

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gendoikari1

For example, the PS3 has the 3.2 GHz Cell processor (1 core+6 coprocessors) and a graphics card equivalent to, if I remember, a GeForce 7800. 

Compare that to the Maingear. 

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FunkySquirrel

Suddenly, that top end "Dream Machine" you guys did this year doesn't look all that dreamy, does it?

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nekollx

 and i seem ot recall this being reviewed MONTHS ago in print...

Which has always been my point, how can it be a "Dream Machine" when botique maciens beat it before the magazine changes covers?

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foamcup

They should have named it the ePeen.

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xXGearheadXx

got it....now for the rest of my ???s 

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nekollx

 the price is always mention in print, maybe this is how they are encouraging print grabs, to see prices....

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xXGearheadXx

That rig is slick.  But despite the fact that it's the fastest rig ever tested by MaxPC, there's a lot of areas that concern me. 

First are the temps.  It's mostly koolance parts, which are great despite the naysayers, I use the same cpu340 on my cpu and their gpu coolers are great...But  there's two skinny rads on that box cooling 3 gpus and one cpu.  The bulk of the cooling is handled by the 240 rad on the top, and it looks like its sucking hot air from inside the case.(did I mention thats a skinny rad)  The other rad looks like it's on the inside of the mid intake, with the fan covering most of the intake...neither are the most efficient methods of cooling.  (that rad on the mid intake is skinny as all getout too)  I only bring this up because my rig is very similar and it's still a bit warm(an i7 920 d0 at 4.0gh@1.25v...low 40s idle, high 60s/low 70s under prime) despite a MUCH better cooling system.  What RPM do those fans run at? 

 The VRM and NB/SB temps under the stock cooler would concern me a bit too...they've got to be hot under passive cooling with stock sinks.   

The usage of the PC P&C 1200 is good, but not great.  As the reviewer mentions, it's loud.  I wouldn't go so far as to compare it to a jet takeoff but a microwave oven is fair.  Are there not PSUs that can get in the PC P&Cs ballpark(in terms of quality/consistency) that run with less noise?  Mine sits in a box in my closet until I really need it for tri-sli if that ever happens.  My MUCH more quiet silencer 910 runs my rig for the time being.  While noise isn't that bothersome while gaming, it's a pain when you're doing more mundane tasks, a lot more than you'd think if your rig is quiet. 

Price.  They mention a 5000 dollar difference between that rigs in its ballpark they've tested?!??!  what does it cost? 8-10K??? More???  

 Despite its shortcomings, its still an awesome rig...as evidence by its benches...even if you can build better yourself for less $$$, and lots of time.  

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big_montana

You know what would be nice to see in a review again? The price!!! You used to give us pricing information, but I have not seen that in one of your reviews in ages, even though you mention the price as negative. What is preventing oyu from listin git, since oyu already mentiong it as being 5k less than the Polywell system but still the exact figure would be nice.

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Toady00

It did say "$8k" when talking about the paint job blemishes.

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roepower

Wonder how much modding had to be done to the soundcard? I've got almost the same setup and am aware that that soundcard doesn't fit up in that top slot without modification of the northbridge heatsink... Plus i've heard rumors about it being really tough to get 12 GB of ram to run at that speed? Either way a very stellar rig!!!

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