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Maingear Shift

Maingear Shift
alaScore 87

15 reviews

Mar, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews of Maingear Shift. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design. The price is also appreciated.

price, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Maingear Shift is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: maximum pc (

Maingear Shift Super Stock Review


How far can you take a Sandy Bridge processor? We've heard that even extreme overclockers seem to hit a wall just beyond 5GHz with Intel's darling new chip. Whatever the limitations, Maingear seems content to take its Shift Super Stock to the brink of...

Two GeForce GTX 590s, two Vertex 3s, and a 5GHz 2600K

Pricey; paint job has a couple of rough spots

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Gordon Mah Ung (

Maingear Shift


It's no secret that Nvidia's GeForce GTX 480 cards are the hottest piece of technology people want to gawk at right now. Hell, we were barely able to obtain one of these coveted babies for our feature on Fermi this month.

Tri-SLI Fermi and 4GHz Gulftown equals pure joy

Loud in gaming; puts out enough heat to cook bacon

What Maingear gives you over the Digital Storm is a pretty good price break. While the HailStorm pushed the $7,800 mark, the Shift eases in below $6,900. That’s quite a savings. Of course, for many folks that’s like getting a $10 million price break on...

May, 2010


Expert review by: Nick Mokey (

Maingear Shift


How do you tell a desktop built by an enthusiast from one pieced together at a boutique shop? Typically, if you strip away a handful of case stickers, the answer is: “You can't.” While big names like Alienware and HP's Voodoo arm can custom-order parts...

Unstoppable performance ; Innovative vertical airflow design ; Solid, attractive and unique case ; White-glove packaging, assembly quality and service ; Reliable despite white-knuckle overclocking

Connecting cables up top can be inconvenient

Maingear’s Shift flips conventional case design on its head with a unique vertical airflow design that enables uncompromising performance.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: CNET (

Maingear Shift


Maingear's Shift is the boutique vendor's new flagship gaming PC. It brings almost everything we expect to find in such a system, from expert craftsmanship to fast overclocking to a case that makes a statement. We found a few minor sticking points,...

Distinctive case design; pristine internal cabling; competitive specs for its price; relatively power efficient, as long as you don't leave it in sleep mode; strong customer service

Adding hard drives is a pain because of drive bay and cable layout; you can achieve similar performance with a less expensive CPU

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Nate Ralph (

The Recession Is Over! Long Live the $7K Gaming Rig


Care to test drive a computer that's (probably) worth more than your car?

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: David Murphy (

Maingear Shift Gaming Desktop PC Desktop Review


Beautiful interior and exterior ; Jaw-dropping performance

Limited PCI upgradability due to tri-CrossFire rig ; Pricey

You might not find a faster (or flashier) system than Maingear's Shift, but that doesn't mean this beautiful monster is perfectly priced for its performance.

Jan, 2010

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: (

Maingear Shift


So why are the I/O ports on the top? Maingear has done something so radical, yet basic that you wonder why anyone else hasn't tried and succeeded. Graphics cards normally pump hot air out the back of gaming systems. Considering the way most...

Speedy on benchmark tests. Intelligent packaging. Intelligent thermal design. Easy-to-upgrade hard drive bays. Uncluttered exposed surfaces. Quiet during normal operations

No eSATA ports. Must open lid with screwdriver to get to ports. Doesn't top every single benchmark test. Graphics cards get loud during 3D gaming

The Maingear Shift both promises and delivers a more mature gaming experience. That's not to say it's solely for Mature-audience games, rather it's the hardcore gamer's PC for when he's older (and wealthier).

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Bill O'Brien (

Maingear Shift


It topped $7,000 in our test configuration, but this over-the-top hyper-PC is a true tech showpiece—and its superior custom case is available even in its $2,199 base model.

Record-shattering performance; uncompromising design, build

Stratospheric pricing in our test configuration; large; heavy

There’s no denying that, in our test config, this system packs more computing muscle than almost anyone needs, and very capable gaming or performance PCs can be had for a whole lot less. But if you’re turned off by the gaudy lights of the average...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: (

Maingear Shift


The Maingear Shift S is a very good gaming computer for those looking to get a computer designed by gamers themselves. This system may not have the best hardware but in the long run, you are still getting plenty of power. We would recommend this...

This system has a large amount of memory and dual graphics cards

You won't find any FAQs or live chat support on Maingear's website

The Shift S's mid-range hardware gives you enough power for current games at a good price.

Consumer review by: Looky_Loo (

"For those with MUCH more wallet than brains..."


There should be a "stupidity" tax on purchase... 

It's slightly less uglier than the Silverstone Raven (RV01) case it's based on

HUGE buyers remorse in 1 to 2 years

Mar, 2010