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Maingear SHIFT

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Overall 9
8.5

Maingear Shift Super Stock X79 Review

Digitaltrends
20 March 2012
  • Conclusion: There’s no way to argue with the performance of the Shift. It’s not unusual for a new desktop to outperform the ones we have previously reviewed. Hardware is constantly progressing, so each new system is likely to be quicker than the ones before.
  • Pros: Attractive enclosure, Surprisingly quiet, Incredible CPU and GPU performance, 3-year hardware warranty with lifetime support
  • Cons: Enclosure is less intuitive than it looks, Ports are difficult to access, Expensive
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Overall 10
10

Maingear Shift Super Stock Review

maximum pc
6 June 2011
  • Summary: Especially when you consider that the CPU is the bargain burner Core i7-2600K. Much of the price comes from the GPUs—a $1,500 commodity. But the paint job, a $650 option, is also to blame. This is all academic, though. If you’re the kind of person that can even consider buying a custom-built, tuned-to-the-max gaming rig, you’re probably not the kind of person to quibble too much over price.
  • Pros: Two GeForce GTX 590s, two Vertex 3s, and a 5GHz 2600K!
  • Cons: Pricey; paint job has a couple of rough spots.
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

ComputerShopper
18 May 2011
  • Excerpt: Thanks to the help of an expertly overclocked Intel "Sandy Bridge" CPU and a smart choice of components, the Shift Super Stock brings bleeding-edge performance a fair bit closer to affordability.
  • Pros: Benchmark-busting graphics and gaming speed, Priced significantly below previous extreme gaming machines
  • Cons: Quad-core CPU, while impressively overclocked, can't match Intel's six-core chip in multi-core-optimized applications
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Overall 9
9.0

Maingear Shift Super Stock: Beauty and Brawn Don't Come Cheap

PC World
31 December 2010
  • Excerpt: Maingear's Shift has sat at the upper end of the Performance desktop category for nearly a year, besting the latest and greatest that competitors had...
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Overall 9
9.0

Maingear Shift

maximum pc
14 May 2010
  • Summary: While the HailStorm pushed the $7,800 mark, the Shift eases in below $6,900. That’s quite a savings. Of course, for many folks that’s like getting a $10 million price break on a $60 million Gulfstream G550 jet—you still can’t afford it. But for those folks who can, the Maingear Shift is a pretty sweet deal.
  • Pros: Tri-SLI Fermi and 4GHz Gulftown equals pure joy.
  • Cons: Loud in gaming; puts out enough heat to cook bacon.
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Overall 9
9.0

Maingear Shift: Great Design, a 4GHz CPU, and 3 Graphics Cards Don't Come Cheap

PC World
11 January 2010
  • Excerpt: For its $7000 asking price (as of February 1, 2010), one would expect the Maingear Shift power PC to give you a backrub and wash your car while it...
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

ComputerShopper
3 November 2009
  • Excerpt: It topped $7,000 in our test configuration, but this over-the-top hyper-PC is a true tech showpiece—and its superior custom case is available even in its $2,199 base model.
  • Pros: Record-shattering performance, Uncompromising design, build
  • Cons: Stratospheric pricing in our test configuration, Large, Heavy
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