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Maingear Shift

Maingear Shift
alaScore 87

13 reviews

Apr, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design. The value for money is also appreciated.

value for money, 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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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...


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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.

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


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

Hassle-free upgrades, Clever case design. Eyeball-rupturing speed on games. Doubles as a media center powerhouse

Confusing orientation makes cable clutter a bigger eyesore than usual. No matter how you slice it, seven thousand smackers is a lot for a PC


Expert review by:

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.

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:

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...

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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.

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"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

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Maingear Shift


For a full size jolt of speed you won't beat the Shift from Maingear.

My Shift came a day ago and it's blazing fast and fully loaded. There is no sound even when the machine is chugging away at a game and video intensive applications

It's very large. Do measure your space before ordering this

Consumer review by:

Maingear Shift


I spent several hours on the phone w Maingear engineers and even visited the shop in Union NJ before buying my Maingear. The guys were knowledgeable, helpful and patient. I called a few times in the first hour I owned the machine and never looked back.

I bought Maingear for service and excellent service is what I got. Sad to say, I only tap the power my Shift for an occasional foray into Photoshop or video editing. I'll need to upgrade my applications before really testing the machine

Large. Inconvenient placement for most I/O ports