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Maingear F131

Maingear F131
alaScore 88

20 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design. There are some negative views about the reliability and value for money.

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value for money, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Maingear F131 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Maingear F131

 

Hoo-hoo! That's an exact recreation of the noise we made when opening the box containing Maingear's F131 desktop rig. But “rig” might be too generic a description for the bright-blue machine; “behemoth” seems more appropriate. For in every...

Still, when you’re running with a frame rate in the hundreds on some of today’s most punishing games, we doubt that fan noise will be much of a concern. You’re certainly getting what you pay for with the F131. With just a wee bit of additional...

EDITORS' CHOICE

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Maingear F131

 

Every boutique computer company offers its god-tower, a massively powerful computer on the cutting edge in personal computing performance. Origin has its Genesis, Falcon Northwest has the Mach V and Maingear has the Shift. The towers come with complex...

Attractive and unique exterior ; Reasonably useful interior layout ; Excellent performance ; Amazing bang-for-the-buck

Exterior plastics could be better ; Most ports are a pain to access ; Loud fan noise sounds at load

As it stands, the F131 is an incredible performer and a great value that is brought down a couple notches by some minor, yet noticeable, flaws.

Editor's Choice!

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Maingear F131 (Core i7 3770K, May 2012)

 

Maingear tries hard to differentiate itself from other boutique PC makers. The new-look Maingear F131 is the latest example, featuring a stunning new case design from Silverstone. It also helps that this $2,999 configuration has the best single monitor...

The Maingear F131 comes in an attractive, surprisingly roomy chassis, and it posted some of the fastest gaming performance to grace CNET Labs.

The $3,000 price tag puts this desktop out of reach for all but the most enthusiastic PC gamers.

If you're in the market for a $3,000 gaming PC, the attractive, blazing fast Maingear F131 should be first on your list.

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Maingear F131 Super Stock

 

Acoustic-dampening panels keep things quiet ; Readily accessible internal bays

Plain, boring case

Maingear's F131 Super Stock clambers to the top of our mainstream chart in a hard-fought battle.

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Maingear F131

 

The Maingear F131 hits the upper limits of the mainstream PC category, in both performance and cost. But you get quite a lot of bang for your buck, as the F131 delivers much of the muscle and flexibility of beefier machines, at a respectable price of...

User-friendly chassis ; Chart-topping performance

Dual-core processor may be an Achilles' heel

Offering a strong overclock and a readily accessible chassis, Maingear's F131 clambers to the top of the mainstream PC chart.

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Maingear F131 Desktop Review

 

Super expandable ; Liquid-cooled

Only one front USB port

The F131 gaming PC uses AMD's latest technology and provides room for tweaks and upgrades as your needs increase.

Editor's Choice!

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Maingear F131 Super Stock

 

So the combination of an overclocked quad-core processor and dual high-end/mainstream graphics cards gives you a $2,300 hardcore rig that can play with the $4,000-$6,000 desktops: that's a lot to like. The F131 certainly trounces our previous...

Massively overclocked processor. Very good gaming performance. Plenty of internal expansion room, particularly hard drives

You may need a little fiddling with the internal SATA cage. Only one-year warranty. Small C: drive

The Maingear F131 Super Stock is an overclocked beast for the game grid. It has stratospheric performance, but better yet it doesn't have a stratospheric price tag.

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MAINGEAR F131 P55 SLI Custom Gaming PC

 

We've gotten our hands on an over-clocked SLI gaming rig. Join us as we put the pedal down on the MAINGEAR F131.

Update: We have become aware of a discrepancy in our VGA focused synthetic and gaming test results in this review and as such we have temporarily pulled these benchmark results offline to investigate the anomalies of these test results.

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Maingear F131

 

The Core i7-based Maingear F131 is one of the fastest systems we've ever tested, but you'll have to pay for that speed.

Outstanding performance; lots of features, expandability options

Some lower-priced Core i7 desktops offer nearly equivalent performance

We're not sure that even the most die-hard gamers will think the F131's two or three extra frames per second are worth an extra two or three thousand dollars. They'd undoubtedly appreciate the rigorous attention to build quality, the careful selection...

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Maingear F131

 

Unless the Maingear F131 is massively upgraded during the building process before purchasing, it really doesn't deserve to be called a gaming computer. Users can find most of these features on a less expensive PC. Without some serious upgrades, the...

The F131 has 1TB of storage, which is more than many gaming computers offer standard

The case looks like a PC you would see in an office and the tower doesn't include a liquid cooling system

If you don't customize the F131, you'll end up with a disappointing gaming computer.

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Product Specifications

The award winning F131 amazes with its record setting speed and stability. Each one is carefully constructed of the finest components to date. This all aluminum chassis is sturdy in construction and features exclusive styling you can't get anywhere else. F131uses sound absorbent padding on the doors and trim to seal sound in making this system one of the quietest systems that has been ever produced.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/8MB
Per Processor Size:2MB/8MB

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Maingear
Model:F131/F131 SLI
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Maingear

Mainboard

Chipset Type:NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI/NVIDIA nForce4 SLI
Data Bus Speed:1000MHz/1066MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Black

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Read Speed:48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW)
Type:DVD
Write Speed:48x (CD) / 16x (DVD

Optical Storage (2nd)

Read Speed:40x (CD) / 16x (DVD)

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.4GHz
Installed Qty:1
Manufacturer:AMD/Intel
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Processor Number:4800+/Q6600
Type:Athlon 64 X2/Core 2 Quad

RAM

Installed Size:1GB/2GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM/DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type:IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150/Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type:None/Standard

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:250GB/448GB
Recommended Use:Home use
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX/NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT
Interface Type:PCI Express x16
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