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Maingear F131 SLIMaingear's F131 SLI takes it to the high-end PC competition, earning itself an Editors' Choice in the process.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:10 >> Hi, I'm Rich Brown, senior editor for CNET.com. Today we're going to take a look at the Maingear F131 SLI. Now this is an Editor's Choice winning gaming PC. It has pretty much everything a modern gamer would want and it's also really well built. Maingear did a great job of making this a fast, expensive system that really is a showpiece. Aside from the fact that it's blue and pretty clean looking, there's actually not a lot going on in the outside of this system. It's got the standard DVD burner and DVD ROM drive, there's also a media card reader. Inside though is where things get interesting. So Maingear used a nice compartmentalized design for the inside of this system. Nice clean airflow down here with the power supply and the hard drives, as well as the hotter parts, the CPU and the graphics card. There's really no wires visible. It's about as clean as you can expect from the inside of a PC. So even though this is a very high-end system, Maingear didn't use the most expensive parts. It actually took maybe a little higher end mainstream parts and over clocked them to be as fast or faster than the really high-end processors and graphics cards. That means that this system, like other high end PCs we've seen recently, actually has pretty strong bang for the buck. So for the nuts and bolts of this system, what we have is an over clocked Intel quad core CPU, two Nvidia graphics cards in SLI mode, two gigs of memory, there's also room for two more. A fast 10K drive for boot up, a large 7200-RPM drive for storage, as well as 1000-watt power supply. So the result of all this is a system that's exceedingly fast on our benchmarks, but it's also not going to totally destroy your credit rating. So it's actually kind of a smart move. The reason being that Next Gen PC gaming is kind of on the cuff of coming out, but we don't really know what the best graphics card is going to be to play those games on. So Maingear kind of hedged its best to make sure that you have ultra fast performance now and solid performance for the future, although you still may want to make some upgrades down the road, depending on how the whole situation shakes out. Overall, though, because Maingear did such a good job of building this system and specing it out, it's an Editor's Choice winner. So I'm Rich Brown and this the Maingear F131 SLI. ^M00:02:13 [ Music ]