The Good Strong performance on multithreaded PC games; wireless networking and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 included free.
The Bad A few underwhelming features for its price; less-than-convenient drive cage layout.
The Bottom Line Maingear's Vybe is the first desktop in our lab with AMD's new six-core Phenom II X6 processor. That chip alone can't save this system from tough competition among midranged gaming PCs, but if the Vybe isn't the best all-around PC at this price, it has some impressive gaming chops. Just be prepared to make a few sacrifices along the way.
Editors' note: This review has been updated with new benchmark results and text to account for previously unactivated overclocking settings that the vendor includes at no additional charge.
Maingear's Vybe is the first PC we've seen with AMD's new six-core Phenom II X6 CPU. And though this $1,299 desktop is a relative bargain compared with the $4,999 Intel-based six-core PC we reviewed, the more-affordable AMD chip helps the Vybe only on programs that can use six cores effectively. For programs that aren't as well-threaded, Maingear made a few tweaks to help its case, but other PCs in this price range still offer better performance. Maingear assembled the Vybe with its customary attention to detail, and also threw in a few useful extras to sweeten the pot. We like all of that stuff, and we recommend this system if you have very specific processing or gaming needs that will make use of the Vybe's six cores. For the rest of you, this PC is likely overkill.
Maingear describes the Vybe as the spiritual successor to its Prelude 2 line of midrange gaming desktops. The Vybe's matte-black exterior and case markings echo that of the higher-endwe reviewed earlier this year. Unlike the Shift, the Vybe has a standard motherboard orientation inside the case.
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