PC gaming means taking video games to the extreme, which means Maingear's Shift Extreme may be the perfect fit. Kevin Pereira and Alison Haislip review this gaming PC with its redesigned case, Intel Hexa-core processor, NVIDIA GTX 480 video cards and up to 24 GB of RAM, which starts at $2,400.
What You Need To Know
Maingear decided to go with the traditional big black monolith case, which measures about 2' tall and almost 2' deep, but only 9" wide.
It's not the biggest gaming PC we've seen, but it's still big.
In order to cool the computer off more efficiently, they've rotated all the components 90 degrees, which allows the fans to blow hot air out the top and pull in cool air from the bottom.
It's still easy to get in and make modifications.
Even though it's not a configuration we're used to, there's still a lot of room to work.
The six hard drive bays make it easy to swap or add hard drives, since they just slide right out.
One thing that's a little strange is that all the connections are on the top rather than the back, and they're covered by a grate, so they may not be readily accessible.
Like the Falcon Northwest Talon, this computer has dual video cards but also has one of the fastest processors on the market: the Intel Hexa-core.
This was the fastest computer we've tested.
The 3DMark Vantage score was the highest ever in our normal gaming tests, but it just barely beat our second fastest computer.
Of course, it will take on any game with no problem and will be hard to challenge even for the next few years.
It's also very quiet.
Chassis: MAINGEAR SHIFT Chassis with Advanced Vertical Heat Dissipation
Exterior Finish: Brushed Black Aluminum with Acrylic and Matte Black Accents
Power Supply: 1KW Silverstone Strider Modular Industrial Power Supply
Graphics and GPGPU Accelerator: 2x NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 480 3.0GB GDDR5 Total w/ PhysX [ENTHUSIAST]
Motherboard: Asus® P6X58D Premium Supporting SLI/CrossFire, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s