You will know Maingear, even if you only read our pages here from time to time. 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, groundbreaking gaming PCs that typically have impeccable build quality with impeccable cable management, fit and finish. A few years ago, we took a look at Vybe, Maingear’s less expensive mid-tower platform, in both an AMD Ryzen and Radeon configuration, as well as an Intel 11th Gen configuration with a GeForce GPU. However, Maingear has renewed and refined Vybe since our 2019 evaluations, and now we have significantly more powerful silicon engines on board to process game workloads and squeeze the pixels.
Here’s the new 2022 Maingear Vybe, and it’s full of the current fastest gaming CPU on the planet, AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D, and one of the fastest graphics cards in the powerful and powerful Radeon RX 6950 XT. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is a great game rig ready for action.
Let’s break down the rest of the specifications, build designs and other relevant details, then we just click on games and see how she runs …
All-AMD Maingear Vybe (2022) specifications and features
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What can we say that has not 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 bold 2 terabyte PCIe 4 SSD from Samsung. What is missing here, however, are perhaps some of the newer creature comforts from Intel’s latest platforms such as the Thunderbolt 4 connection and Wi-Fi 6E. None of these features are likely to be showstoppers for most gamers, but it does talk about how the market is getting ready for AMD’s upcoming Zen 4 platform and all the next generation IO goodness it brings.
That said, again, if we’m looking for the fastest gaming CPU that AMD has to offer right now, and the fastest on the market at the moment, 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 at the moment, swapping strokes with a GeForce RTX 3090, along with 64GB of DDR4-3600 memory, and you’re looking at a monster configuration that’s bound to provide good gaming performance. But let’s look at the rest of this Vybe’s design and flow – or layout, cooling and airflow, more specifically.
Maingear’s Vybe chassis is a fairly discreet, almost utilitarian design, but with some key features that provide service both function and form. First, the chassis is made of heavily rolled aluminum with a plastic front plate and bottom feet that lift it from the surface the machine is on by an inch or so. You also get three USB-A ports and a single USB-C port on the front left edge, below the power button, along with discreet 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks. The location is excellent here on this page where the side panel in glass is located, since you want all the beautiful, powerful PC components and the immaculate structure on top of the desktop for everyone’s viewing pleasure.
It can be argued that all of these ports and the power button should be on top, but it will add longer wires for virtually any motherboard designer, for the front panel button, lighting and IO wires. Side note, you can also connect the RGB-lit button to a storage activity cord, which was not set up that way for our building, although we have built our own Vybe previously with Maingear’s DIY set and like the small feature very much. There is something satisfying about knowing when your data will be opened, and it’s obviously a good diagnostic tool.
2022 Maingear Vybe design and build quality – still wonderfully immaculate
Speaking of which, we see you watching that Cinebench race, so let’s get to the scales …