Mainingear Vybe Gaming PC Review: A Ryzen and Radeon Hot Rod

Pre-built gaming PCs have become hugely popular as demand for crypto and chip shortages pushed the prices of graphics cards and other components through the roof. That said, regardless of the current price points of PC components (which now thank goodness goes back to the MSRP), we’ve always seen the value of a quality pre-built for a myriad of reasons, especially when it comes to some of the best names in the business. , such as Falcon Northwest, Origin-Corsair and the local Northeast crew of Mainingear Computers.

You know Maingear, if you read our pages here only occasionally. The company is a widely known and respected OG boutique PC builder based in New Jersey. Over the years, Maingear has put together eye-catching, cutting edge gaming PCs that typically have impeccable build quality with impeccable cable management, fit and finish. A few years ago, we looked at the Vybe, Maingear’s more affordable mid-tower platform, in both a full AMD Ryzen and Radeon configuration, and an Intel 11th Gen configuration with a GeForce GPU. However, Maingear has revamped and refined the Vybe since our reviews in 2019, and now we have significantly more powerful silicon engines onboard to handle gaming workloads and push the pixels.

This is the new for 2022 Maingear Vybe, and it’s squeezed in with the current fastest gaming CPU in the world, AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D, and one of the fastest graphics cards in the chunky and powerful Radeon RX 6950 XT. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is a great gaming rig that is ready for action.

Let’s break down the rest of the specs, build the design and other pertinent details, then we’ll just keep playing and see how she runs…

All-AMD Mainingear Vybe (2022) Specifications & Features

Find AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D on Amazon – under $450

What can we say that hasn’t already been said about a system like this? This is AMD’s mature X570 platform at its best, with a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and a fast and chunky 2 terabyte PCIe 4 SSD from Samsung. What’s missing here, though, might be some of the more recent conveniences of Intel’s latest platforms like Thunderbolt 4 connectivity and Wi-Fi 6E. None of these features are likely to be showstoppers for most gamers, but it does signal how the market is gearing up for AMD’s upcoming Zen 4 platform and all the next-gen IO goodness it brings.

That said, again, if we’re looking for the fastest gaming CPU AMD has to offer right now, and the fastest on the market right now, this machine’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor is it. Throw in a Radeon RX 6950 XT, which is also the fastest graphics card AMD has to offer right now, that packs a punch with a GeForce RTX 3090, along with 64GB of DDR4-3600 memory, and you’re looking at a monster configuration that’s bound to happen. to deliver great gaming performance. But let’s take a look at the rest of the design and flow of this Vybe – or layout, cooling and airflow, more specifically.

Two captive thumbscrews allow removal of the glass side panel from the Vybe

Mainingear’s Vybe chassis is a fairly understated, almost utilitarian design, but with some key features that serve both function and form. For starters, the chassis is made of heavy-rolled aluminum with a plastic faceplate and lower feet that lift it about an inch from the surface the machine stands on. You also get three USB-A ports and a single USB-C port on the front left edge, below the power button, along with discrete 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks. The placement here is excellent on this side where the glass side panel is located, because you want all those nice, powerful PC components and that flawless build on top of your desk for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

You could argue that all those ports and the power button should be on the top, but that would add up to longer wiring for virtually all motherboard designs, for the front panel button, lighting, and IO cables. Side note, you can also hook up that RGB-lit button to a storage activity cable, which wasn’t set up like that for our build, although we’ve built our own Vybe with Mainingear’s DIY kit before and really like that little feature. There is something satisfying about knowing when your data is accessed and it is clearly a good diagnostic tool.

2022 Maingear Vybe Design and build quality – still wonderfully spotless

While our previous custom Vybe build was strapped with Maingear’s excellent Apex Liquid Cooling distribution block and hard-line liquid cooling system, this 2022 Maingear Vybe is built with a more traditional AiO Cooler that appears to be a semi-customized version of the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360 ARGB, with its 360mm radiators, RGB lighting and two-chamber pump.

That 360mm radiator and low-profile twin-chamber pump do a ton of heat dissipation for an AiO cooler, and the rad is mounted on the front of the case, drawing cool air in through the front of the chassis. At first glance you might think there isn’t enough airflow (like a major publication we saw) with the front of the chassis closed, but that would be a false assumption. If you scroll down here you can see the back of the case faceplate and it’s nicely perforated with a grille and vent on the right side.

PowerColor’s Red Devil 6950 XT is a beast with 3 PCIe 8-pin power supplies.

And of course, our rig was laced with red braided conduit to match our all-Red Team AMD build. Other observations here are that unobtrusive cold plate and pump construction, giving you plenty of room to work around the DRAM DIMM slots in this build. As such, our Kingston Fury Renegade RGB 64GB DDR4-3600 kit has plenty of room to breathe with just two of the four slots on the motherboard. The other thing you’ll notice is how absolute beast mode the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 6950 XT is, with its 3-slot design and yes, three 8-pin power connectors. It’s a good thing braided cabling is here to keep things neat and tidy and look great paired with the red lighting we’ve chosen.

Behind the Vybe’s back panel, cable management is just as flawless.

That braided cabling also goes a long way in clearing out the back of the motherboard tray. Here you can see our EVGA SuperNova 850 P6 850 Watt power supply and two 2.5″ drive mounts for SATA SSD storage on the back, if you want some extra bulk expansion for backup and use of the game library. And again, check out the rear ventilation on the front chassis panel. We’d love to see a serviceable filter grill here, but either way, in our opinion this is enough airflow for the 360mm radiators with three fans to breathe in.

Conversely, we really appreciated the thoughtful inclusion of the Vybe’s magnetically attached removable top grill opening. Just take that bad boy off and you can rinse him in water and let him dry, blow out or vacuum.

Mainingear Vybe Software Setup – Exactly the tools you need

The software side of Mainingear’s Vybe is a simple, clean affair with just Windows 11 Home in our case and utilities from the major component manufacturers you need to dial things in to your liking. That’s it – no bloating like we’re used to from Mainingear.

Here we have ASUS’ Aura app for dialing in motherboard lighting, PowerColor’s DevilZone and AMD’s Ryzen Master utility, which is really all you need to get the job done for lighting and system optimization. By the way, since AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D generally doesn’t support overclocking, we didn’t mess with it much. However, you can get a few more MHz out of that RedDevil Radeon RX 6950 XT if you need more speed.

Speaking of which, we see you peeking at that Cinebench run, so let’s get to the benchmarks…

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