Maingear's Pulse too little, too late
Maingear's power-efficient Pulse gaming PC can't keep up with the competition.
We finally posted
Our power testing found that the Pulse is indeed energy efficient. It actually consumed less power than HP's Firebird, and offers faster performance both in games and in standard applications. When the $2,100 Firebird 803 came out in February, however, its performance kept pace with standard desktops, outgunning both a $1,500
Unfortunately for the $1,300 Pulse, Asus introduced a highly competitive
We don't think all is lost for the Pulse. Its default $799 configuration, for example, looks awfully promising as a small home media box (a Blu-ray drive at this price would be nice, though). And our hope is that as AMD, Intel, and Nvidia keep revving their various components, we'll see power efficiency gains with less of a performance hit. As that gap narrows, the Pulse and systems like it will have a stronger argument.
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