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Maingear’s Turbo is a steel and glass mini-tower of gaming PC power

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So long as you fork over sufficient money, the Maingear Turbo gaming desktop hosts a tremendous quantity of energy inside its small-form-factor chassis. And although it appears to be like businesslike and industrial from the entrance, the corporate’s Apex liquid-cooling system gives a shocking visible counterpoint that retains high-end parts like an AMD Ryzen 5950X and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 chilled, quiet and working at high pace on your 4K and heavy-duty-simulation gameplay. 

Do not Like

  • No Thunderbolt Three or USB 4 (as a result of AMD)
  • You will in all probability want to make use of the exterior Wi-Fi antennas or wired Ethernet
  • Mini ITX means no open slots

Maingear does not supply any preconfigured fashions of the small-form-factor Turbo, solely of its bigger brother, the Vybe, and incorporates solely AMD CPUs. The bottom configuration of a Turbo runs $1,409 outfitted with an AMD Ryzen 5 3600, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. That is costly for the parts, however not for the scale; only some compact fashions with comparable specs or higher, such because the MSI MPG Trident 3, run below $1,000. Our roughly $5,000 check configuration is not even maxed out — you may bump it as much as an RTX 3090, 64GB RAM and a complete of 14TB of storage for about $7,000. And that does not embrace any of the corporate’s customized paint jobs.

The lighting and design of Maingear’s Apex liquid-cooling system is mesmerizing.


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I would not advocate Maingear for folk within the UK and Australia. There is not any worldwide checkout; you’d have to contact the corporate and get a customized value quote, plus you are chargeable for transport and customs prices. 

Maingear Turbo

Value as reviewed $4,922
Measurement Mini ITX (12.Three x 6.7 x 14.Four in/312 x 170 x 366mm)
Motherboard Asus ROG Strix X570-I Gaming with a PCIe slot for GPU (no empties) and 750w PSU
CPU 3.4GHz AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
Reminiscence 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,600MHz
Graphics 10GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Version
Storage 1TB SSD (1 NVMe slot free), 4TB 7,200 RPM HDD (this configuration is not provided, so value displays a 6TB HDD)
Ports 9 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C (relying upon GPU could have one other USB-C); on GPU Three x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0, on mainboard 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0
Networking 1 x 2.5Gb Ethernet, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (802.11ax)
Working system Home windows 10 Residence (2009/2H20)

On the whole, if you are going to get a system utilizing liquid cooling, I counsel you purchase as if you happen to’re not going to have the ability to improve it. Eradicating liquid cooling to get to the opposite parts is a ache, and likelihood is any new graphics card you set in would require a brand new cooling block. That is to not say it isn’t upgradable, simply that it is a problem and you could not have the ability to do it your self — particularly if it isn’t closed-loop, which can imply you have to drain the coolant as nicely. In a DIY system the place you’ve got chosen and put in it you may discover it just a little simpler, however in a customized construct, caveat emptor.

For a configuration that’ll final you some time, I would go for Maingear’s $3,199 Turbo Stage 3; the most cost effective configuration I would advocate from Maingear can be $2,246, with (amongst different issues) a Ryzen 5 5600X, GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, and Maingear’s lower-end closed-loop liquid-cooling. You possibly can definitely get cheaper fashions, however if you happen to’re involved about value I would look for a bigger chassis, since you’ll get higher parts for the cash if you happen to compromise a bit on fashion. For instance, that very same configuration in Maingear’s bigger Vybe chassis prices solely $1,870.

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The waterblock on the CPU, with the RAM sticks to the appropriate; getting in there to switch the RAM is a nontrivial activity. However fairly!


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Maingear additionally presents a Turbo Professional RTX Studio Version… which is similar factor, simply with not one of the AMD Radeon RX GPU choices or lower-end element selections and with Nvidia’s Studio driver preinstalled, slightly than the Recreation Prepared driver. 

One of many larger tradeoffs for the higher-performing Ryzen processors over Intel‘s, and due to this fact different compact techniques over the Turbo, is the dearth of Thunderbolt 3 (or USB 4) assist of all AMD-based motherboards. This mannequin solely has a single 10Gbps USB-C port, which might get annoying if you happen to’ve obtained numerous exterior SSDs or newer gaming equipment which use USB-C charging (you need to use a USB-A to USB-C cable or dongle). It solely has a pair of USB-A and a combo audio jack on the entrance facet, which is not terribly handy if you wish to join three units (in my case, USB mouse, keyboard and headset or exterior drive) to the entrance.

As a result of it is stuffed with liquid and has a steel-sided chassis, the Turbo is so much heavier than you’d anticipate; it is constructed like brick… speedhouse. The case does vent out sizzling air by way of the highest grill, which might get fairly heat if you happen to’re working full bore for some time. It is easy to take away the highest panel — there is a single thumbscrew — however there is not any detachable filter between it and the highest followers. It stays to be confirmed whether or not a filter is important, however in my dust-overwhelmed residence it would not harm.

The lighting is fairly out the again, too.


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As with most PCs, you may at all times get pace if you happen to’re keen to pay for it, however the Turbo’s top-notch parts stay as much as expectations. In truth, if you happen to’re on the lookout for a inventive energy system — or a system that may deal with each gaming and inventive duties — a quick, high-core-count Ryzen just like the 5900X or 5950X is nearly excellent. For Adobe Lightroom Basic, it simply dealt with import with 1:1 thumbnail technology quicker than virtually some other system I’ve examined. The bottleneck was truly the 32GB RAM slightly than the CPU. They might be overkill for many gaming, so if you wish to avoid wasting cash for all however probably the most CPU-intensive video games, like people who have to calculate behaviors for total battalions, dense sky battles, complicated cities and so forth, the CPU’s a strong place to chop again. 

The Asus ROG Strix X570-I Gaming motherboard has Intel AX200 Wi-Fi built-in, however you may undoubtedly wish to use the equipped screw-on antenna to spice up the sign. That is not unusual for desktops and I’ve had points with the AX200 chipset (which appear to have been fastened in AX201, no less than for cellular chipsets); on this case, it might barely detect my 5GHz sign. I ended up switching mywireless bridge‘s Ethernet connection to the Maingear from my most important system consequently.

I really like the highly effective processing and the scale of the system, however the cooling design is absolutely what places this excessive for me in contrast with a variety of different techniques I’ve used. It is a shut second to my Corsair One Editors’ Alternative (although the parts within the lower-end fashions might stand an replace), particularly for players who like just a little extra visible flash than the Corsair gives.

Geekbench 5 (multicore)

Maingear Turbo (mid 2020)

Maingear Turbo (late 2020)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench 5 (single-core)

Maingear Turbo (mid 2020)

Maingear Turbo (late 2020)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Cinebench R20 CPU (multicore)

Maingear Turbo (mid 2020)

Maingear Turbo (late 2020)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

3DMark Hearth Strike Extremely

Maingear Turbo (mid 2020)

Maingear Turbo (late 2020)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

3DMark Time Spy

Maingear Turbo (mid 2020)

Maingear Turbo (late 2020)

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NOTE: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Shadow of the Tomb Raider gaming check

Maingear Turbo (mid 2020)

Maingear Turbo (late 2020)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency (FPS)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider gaming check (4K)

Maingear Turbo (mid 2020)

Maingear Turbo (late 2020)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency (FPS)

System configurations

Corsair One Professional i200 Microsoft Home windows 10 Professional (1909); 3.3GHz Intel Core i9-10940X; 64GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,667MHz; 11GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti; 2TB SSD
Maingear Turbo (late 2020) Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (2009); 3.8GHz Ryzen 9 3900XT; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,600; 11GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti; 1TB SSD + 4TB HDD
Maingear Turbo (mid 2020) Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (2004); 3.8GHz Ryzen 9 3900XT; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,600; 11GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti; 1TB SSD + 4TB HDD
Origin PC Chronos Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (2004); 3.7GHz Intel Core i9-10900Okay; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,200; 10GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 (EVGA); 1TB SSD + 500GB SSD

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Author

Lori Grunin