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