Maingear Vybe Gaming PC Review: A Ryzen And Radeon Hot Rod

Maingear Vybe Gaming PC Review: A Ryzen And Radeon Hot Rod

Prefabricated gaming PCs have gained in popularity dramatically, as crypto demand and chip shortages drove graphics cards and other component prices through the roof. That said, regardless of the current price points for PC components (which now goes back to MSRP, thank goodness), we’ve always seen value in a pre-built quality for a myriad of reasons, especially when it comes to some of the best names in the industry, such as Falcon Northwest, Origin-Corsair and Northeast local crews on Maingear Computers.

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 …

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All-AMD Maingear Vybe (2022) specifications and features

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

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.

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Two thumbscrews allow removal of Vybe’s side panel in glass

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

Although our previously custom Vybe design was attached to Maingear’s excellent Apex Liquid Cooling distribution block and hardline 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 360 mm radiators, RGB lighting and two-chamber pump.

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The 360 ​​mm radiator and low-profile two-chamber pump drive plenty of heat dissipation for an AiO cooler, and its row is mounted on the front of the cabinet and draws cool air in through the front of the chassis. At first glance, you might think that there is not enough airflow (as a large publication we did) with the front of the chassis closed, but that would be a wrong assumption. If you scroll down the page here, you will see the back of the front plate of the cover and it is nicely perforated with a grill and valve on the right side.

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The PowerColors Red Devil 6950 XT is a beast with 3 PCIe 8-pin power supplies.

And of course, our rig was braided with red braided cable sleeve to fit our entire Red Team AMD building. Other observations here include the low-profile cold plate and pump unit, which give you plenty of room to work around the DRAM DIMM slots in this design. As such, our Kingston Fury Renegade RGB 64GB DDR4-3600 set has plenty of room to breathe with just two slots out of four occupied on the motherboard. The other thing you will notice is how absolute animal mode the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 6950 XT is, with its 3 slot design and yes, three 8-pin power connectors. Good that braided cabling is here to keep things neat, tight and look great in coordination with the red lighting we called in.

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Behind the back panel of the Vybe, cable handling is just as flawless.

The braided wiring also goes a long way to cleaning up the back of the motherboard board. Here you can see our EVGA SuperNova 850 P6 850 Watt power supply and two 2.5-inch drive mounts for SATA SSD storage on the back, if you want a little extra bulk expansion for backing up and using game libraries. And again, check out the rear side ventilation on the front chassis panel. We would like to see a usable filter grill here, but anyway, in our opinion, this is plenty of airflow for the triple fan 360 mm radiators to breathe.

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Conversely, we greatly appreciated the thoughtful inclusion of Vybe’s magnetically attached detachable top grill valve. Just take off the bad boy and you can rinse it in water and let it dry, blow it out or vacuum it.

Maingear Vybe software setup – just the tools you need

The software page of Maingears Vybe is a simple, clean affair with only Windows 11 Home in our case, and tools from the major component manufacturers that you want to call things in to your liking. That’s it – zero bloating, as we have begun to expect from Maingear.

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Here we have ASUS ‘Aura app for dialing motherboard lighting, PowerColors DevilZone and AMD’s Ryzen Master tool, 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 does not support overclocking, we did not mess much with things. However, you can get a few more MHz out of the RedDevil Radeon RX 6950 XT, if you feel the need for more speed.

Speaking of which, we see you watching that Cinebench race, so let’s get to the scales …

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