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

Pre-built gaming PCs have grown significantly in popularity as crypto demand and chip shortages have driven prices for graphics cards and other components skyrocketing. That said, regardless of current PC component prices (now back to MSRP, thank goodness), we’ve always seen the value in quality pre-built for a myriad of reasons, especially when it comes to from some of the best names in the business, such as Falcon Northwest, Origin-Corsair and Maingear Computers’ local Northeast team.

You know Maingear, even if you only read our pages here occasionally. The company is a widely known and respected boutique OG PC builder based in New Jersey. Over the years, Maingear has assembled eye-catching, cutting-edge gaming PCs that generally sport impeccable build quality with impeccable cable management, fit, and finish. A few years ago we took a look at the Vybe, Maingear’s more affordable mid-tower platform, in both an all-AMD Ryzen and Radeon configuration, as well as an 11th Gen Intel configuration with a GeForce GPUs. However, Maingear has revamped and refined the Vybe since our 2019 reviews, and we now have much more powerful silicon motors on board to handle gaming workloads and push pixels.

Introducing the new for 2022 Maingear Vybe, and it’s powered by the current fastest gaming processor on the planet, AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D, and one of the fastest graphics cards in the mighty and powerful Radeon RX 6950 XT. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is a deadly gaming platform ready for action.

Let’s break down the rest of the specs, build design, and other relevant details, then we’ll just push the game and see how it performs…

Specifications and Features All-AMD Maingear Vybe (2022)

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

What to say, which has not already been said about such a system? This is AMD’s mature X570 platform at its best, with a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and Samsung’s fast and fat 2-terabyte PCIe 4 SSD. However, what’s missing here are perhaps some of the newer comforts of Intel’s latest platforms like Thunderbolt 4 connectivity and Wi-Fi 6E. None of these features are likely to be a hit for most gamers, but it shows 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, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU in this machine is the one. Throw in a Radeon RX 6950 XT, which is also the fastest graphics card AMD currently offers, which trades blows with a GeForce RTX 3090, along with 64GB of DDR4-3600 memory, and you’re looking at a monster configuration that’s tied together to deliver great gaming performance. But let’s look at the rest of this Vybe’s design and flow – or layout, cooling and airflow, more specifically.

Two captive thumbscrews allow the glass side panel of the Vybe to be removed

Maingear’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 heavy-gauge rolled aluminum with a plastic faceplate and bottom legs that lift it off the surface the machine is standing on about an inch. You also get three USB-A ports and a single USB-C port on the front left edge below the power button, as well as discrete 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks. Placement is great here on that side where the glass side panel is, because you’ll want all those pretty, powerful PC components and pristine buildup on top of your desk for all to enjoy.

You could argue that all of those ports and the power button should be on top, but that would add up to longer cables for pretty much any motherboard design, for the front panel button, lighting, and IO wires. Side note, you can also connect this RGB lit button to a storage activity wire, which was not configured that way for our build, although we have already built our own Vybe with Maingear’s DIY kit and that we really liked this little feature. There’s something satisfying about knowing when your data is accessed and it’s obviously a good diagnostic tool.

Maingear Vybe 2022 design and build quality – still delightfully pristine

Although our previous Vybe custom version was attached to Maingear’s excellent Apex Liquid Cooling distribution block and hardline liquid cooling system, this Maingear Vybe 2022 is built with a more traditional AiO cooler which appears to be a version semi-custom design of the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360 ARGB, with its 360mm radiators, RGB lighting and dual chamber pump.

This 360mm radiator and low-profile dual-chamber pump result in a ton of heat dissipation for an AiO cooler, and its rad is mounted at the front of the case drawing cool air through the fan. front of the chassis. At first glance, you might think that’s not enough airflow (as one major post we saw did) with the front of the chassis closed, but that would be an incorrect assumption. If you scroll down here you’ll see the back of the case faceplate and it’s nicely perforated with a grille and vent on the right side.

PowerColor’s Red Devil 6950 XT is a beast with 3 x 8-pin PCIe power supplies.

And of course our rig came with a red braided cable jacket to go with our all-Red Team AMD build. Other observations here include that low profile cold plate and pump assembly, which gives you plenty of room to work around the DRAM DIMM slots in this build. As such, our Kingston Fury Renegade RGB 64GB DDR4-3600 Kit has plenty of room to breathe with only two out of four slots occupied on the motherboard. The other thing you’ll notice is how beast-mode the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 6950 XT is, with its 3-slot design and yes, three 8-pin power connectors. Luckily the braided wiring is there to keep things tidy, tight and looking good in coordination with the red lighting we dialed in.

Behind the Vybe’s rear panel, cable management is equally impeccable.

This braided wiring also goes a long way in cleaning up the back of the motherboard tray. Here you can see our 850-watt EVGA SuperNova 850 P6 power supply and two 2.5-inch drive carriers for SATA SSD storage on the back, if you want additional bulk expansion for backup and use of the game library. And again, check the rear side vent on the chassis front panel. We’d like to see a serviceable filter grille here, but regardless, in our opinion, this is enough airflow for the 360mm triple-fan radiators to breathe.

Conversely, we really liked the thoughtful inclusion of the Vybe’s removable, magnetically attached top grille vent. Just pull this bad boy out and you can rinse it with water and let it dry, blow it out, or vacuum it up.

Maingear Vybe Software Setup – Just the Tools You Need

The software side of Maingear’s Vybe is a simple, clean affair with just Windows 11 Home in our case, and utilities from the major component makers you’ll want to dial things in to your liking. That’s it – zero bloat, as we’ve come to expect from Maingear.

Here we have ASUS’ Aura app for dialing in motherboard lighting, PowerColor’s DevilZone, and AMD’s Ryzen Master utility, which is really all you need to do the lighting job. and system optimization. Incidentally, since AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D generally doesn’t support overclocking, we didn’t spoil things much. However, you could get a few extra MHz from this RedDevil Radeon RX 6950 XT if you feel the need for more speed.

Speaking of which, we see you taking a look at this Cinebench run, so let’s get to the benchmarks…

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