It's supposed to be common knowledge that all-in-one (AIO) desktop systems are ill equipped for heavy duty gaming, but if that's the case, good luck explaining Maingear's new Alpha 24 Super Stock. The Alpha 24 SS is truly the alpha of AIO systems, or at least it can be when going all-out during the configuration stage with large size solid state drive (SSD) storage and even an Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 graphics card.
In less than a month, Microsoft will release its next generation operating system, Windows 8, to the general public, and we suspect OEMs will take advantage of the touch-friendly interface by introducing new all-in-one (AIO) desktop models. Getting a head start is boutique system builder Maingear, which today announced a redesigned version of its Solo 21 AIO with a fresh new look and upgraded internals.
Boutique system builder Maingear has announced a new 15-inch gaming notebook. Available in four different prosaically named pre-configured flavors, the Vybe 15 is the company’s maiden “quick ship mobile solution,” which means that all orders will be shipped out to customers within 24-48 hours of being confirmed. But we know that you are more interested in the Vybe 15’s specs more than anything else, so just hit the jump for a look inside Maingear’s latest notebook.
Low-cost PC manufacturers may be nervous about the touchscreen-friendly nature of Windows 8, but top-notch boutique PC builders ain't sweating Intel's Ivy Bridge launch. Over the weekend, a bevy of the biggest boutique names out there announced that the third-gen Core procs are now gracing the internals of several desktop offerings. Maingear even went so far as to roll out a whole new PC and announced a redesigned case for one of its best known builds.
Most notebooks that are capable of pulling off a true frag fest on the run are portable in name only, being heavy-duty 15- to 17-inch monsters with battery lives briefer than butterfly's lives. To make mobile matters worse, Alienware recently announced that its M11x is being put out to pasture. Fear not, traveling gamers: all is not lost. Maingear is, well, gearing up a new 11-inch gaming notebook of its own, the Pulse.
When we reviewed the Maingear Titan 17 last year, we noted that the high-end gaming laptop crushed 3D benchmarks and wallets alike. Maingear just announced a couple of new updates to the notebook that help to keep up both of those proud traditions: moving forward, buyers have the option of adding Nvidia GTX 675M mobile graphics cards and an Nvidia 3D Vision display (or both!) to the portable powerhouse.
All-in-one PCs aren't known for their upgradability, but then again, all-in-one PCs haven't been built by boutique computer builder Maingear -- until now, that is. Today, the company announced it was spreading its proverbial wings with the Solo 21, which Maingear claims is the first AIO to sport an SSD caching solution out of the box.
It hasn't even been a full month since we ran our massive thermal paste roundup in which we tested 17 premium tubes of goo to find out if your choice of paste makes a lick of difference (it does), and wouldn't you know it, there's a brand new thermal paste that enters the fray today. It's from Maingear, the boutique system builder based in New Jersey, and it's supposedly up to three times better than the best silver-filled greases.
Following AMD's official unveiling of its Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition and 7750 graphics cards, boutique system builder Maingear announced it already has stock on hand is offering the chip maker's new Cape Verde graphics cards as options in its Shift and F131 gaming desktops. Maingear also plans to shove the mainstream parts into its Vybe desktop "in the near future."
Notebooks built around Intel's X79 Express chipset are starting to trickle out in pre-order form, including Maingear's refreshed Titan 17. Actually, it wouldn't be right to call this a notebook. The Titan 17 is a full-fledged desktop replacement that can be configured with an Intel Core i7 3960X six-core processor and two Nvidia GeForce GTX 580M graphics cards in SLI.