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With Valve set to make a huge move in the gaming industry with their living-room form-factor PCs set to replace game consoles in 2015, other companies are raising the bar as far as PC gaming goes on the desktop line to offer gamers even more bang for their buck. Ultimately, whether you want a PC that looks like a console or one that is about as powerful as a bulldozer, a lot of companies are stepping forward to give you a ton of choice and Maingear is one of them.
If you've been struggling to decide whether you want to buy a home console a Steam Machine or a high-end gaming rig, Maingear kind of makes the choice a little easier for those of you looking for something with a heck of a lot of horsepower under the hood.
The company announced today that their latest rig to join the family is the top-of-the-line Maingear Force, which sports an 8-core 5960X Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition CPU. Just for reference, this CPU absolutely destroys the Jaguar APUs in the PS4 and Xbox One, offering 45% more power than the highest-end Intel quadcore CPU. In simple terms, even if you combined both the PS4 and Xbox One together they wouldn't be powerful enough to touch a fraction of the processing power of the Maingear Force.
This system also houses the ability to utilize 4 channel DDR4-2133 RAM. This is extremely fast RAM, I might add, enabling gamers have the ability to open, close, maximize and minimize at the speed of a blink of an eye. The system was also configured to enable RAM enthusiasts to overclock the system for maximum performance. However, I'm here to tell you right now that there is no game on the market that would even require you to overclock DDR4-2133 RAM... just saying.
The Maingear also has Superstock cooling with chrome blocks to keep all the components cool. You don't have to worry about (theoretically) your power supply, motherboard, CPU, hard drive or graphics controller overheating. The system is supposedly designed to keep the system running quiet and breezy.
One of the more important aspects of the system is the ability to house multiple graphics cards. Some systems out there have a great airflow design and offer users a nice compact design for storing components, but then they sometimes run into the issue of lacking room for SLI or Crossfire graphics card options. For high-end enthusiasts, a case that doesn't offer multiple GPUs is like a cardinal sin.
Thankfully, Maingear did make it known that the system offers users the ability to house up to four GPUs simultaneously from either AMD or Nvidia. You can also utilize up to six hard drives at once or alternatively replace them with 12 solid state drives.
Gamers will also be able to keep up to 64GB of RAM in the system, so future-proofing is more like overkill in this case.
Laura Crone, the Intel Vice President and General Manager of the PC Client Group, stated that...
“MAINGEARs update to the FORCE and other desktops with the new 8-core Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processors, drives home the point that you can have it all and achieve top notch liquid cooled performance without skipping a beat.”
All while reading through the specs the only thing I could think of was “This probably costs more than the average car.”
So what is the price? Well, I'll put to you this way... monthly payments start as low as $97 a month. You can learn more by paying a visit to the official Maingear website