CNET First Look
Maingear Vybe Super StockThe handsome new Maingear Vybe SuperStock offers everything we like to see in a modern gaming PC, and we'd recommend it particularly to those looking for a well-rounded performance computer.
Hi. I'm Rich Brown, Senior Editor for Cnet.com. Today, we're gonna take a look at the Maingear Vybe Super Stock. It's an upper midrange game in PC. Goes for 19.49 for this configuration and overall, we really like the system. It's a fast performer. It's actually a pretty good-looking. It's got a nice sort of soft finish on the case, it's sort of welcoming for the touch. And overall, the server lives up for high expectations for gaming PCs for Maingear. Now looking just at the outside of the cases, pretty straightforward there's a DVD burner here, behind the front door and on the top of the case here, they're just basic set of USB and analog audio ports. Now right back, you can see a full set of connectivity options here. You've got a multiple USB 2.0 inputs, as well as USB 3 which is great to see. There's an old school PS2 mouse and keyboard input, as well as fire wire, it got 7.1 analog audio jacks as well as an SPDIF digital audio output. Down here on the graphics cards, you've got 2 of them as you can see and with those you get 2 DVI outputs per card as well as a single mini HDMI output. It means you can connect pretty much any display you want for this PC. Now, inside the case you'll see it's pretty fully loaded. The liquid cooled overclocked Intel Core i7 2600K chip, as well as a couple of GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics cards. Now these are midranged card but together, the system can play pretty much any game out there in the market at a very high resolution and image quality. Now running at the features, there's 8 Gigs of RAM up here, and there's room to add a couple more sticks if you want. It's also 1 Terabyte hard drive here. Now Terabyte hard drive might not seem like the most exotic feature for a PC this price range. Here on the motherboard though, there is actually a pretty interesting storage feature. Now back down in here is a tiny 20-gigabyte Solid-state hard drive. It's part of Intel Smart Response Technology. Now you can't see that drive in Windows like you normally would. [unk] between a memory and a standard hard drive to recognize files you use most frequently and speed access time. That can approve loading applications, loading levels and games, boot time, there's all kinds of benefit that you can get from this little drive and it's a nice added feature. Other variants in Maingear Vybe line, offer the ability to add that Solid-state drive but you can also opt out of it saving you about 150 bucks. Gamers for example might rather put that $150 towards faster graphics cards. So they like the drive for general purpose computing. We wish Maingear would offer gamers the option to be selected. So overall, we like the system for its case, its performance and its general build quality. We recommend it to any gamer looking for an upper midrange performance PC. We just wish Maingear offer a little of more flexibility in its configurator. So I'm Rich Brown. This is the Maingear Vybe Super Stock.