Just Delivered: MAINGEAR SHIFT with 3x Radeon HD 7970 Cards!

Subject: Graphics Cards, Systems | April 7, 2012 - 06:16 PM |
Tagged: shift, maingear, just delivered, HD 7970, 7970

Just Delivered is a section of PC Perspective where we share some of the goodies that pass through our labs that may or may not see a review, but are pretty cool none the less.

While we get sent complete system builds from time to time, it's pretty rare when they actually impress me.  Because we review and work with the best harware in the business on a daily basis, something unique really has to be there for us to really be wowed.  Today we were playing with a custom built MAINGEAR SHIFT machine that did just that.

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The SHIFT is the company's flagship product line that starts out with an $1800+ price tag, so you know you are getting top of the line components.  Our test system includes a Core i7-3960X Sandy Bridge-E processor as well as a trio of Radeon HD 7970 cards from AMD.  That's right, three.

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The internals are lit by a white LED and the black/red color pattern of the graphics cards is continued with the inclusion of matching Corsair DDR3 memory to the tune of 16GB and the MAINGEAR EPIC 180 self-containted water cooler.

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Corsair's AX1200 watt power supply is included in the build and it is necessary!  During our testing so far we found the PC could draw as much as 1050 watts from the wall while running 3DMark11.

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Another exclusive feature for the MAINGEAR systems is the EPIC Audio system that adds studio quality audio headphone output and microphone input.  The licensed Aphex technology is touted by the company as being really impressive and I am looking forward to giving it a try this week.

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With our time with the SHIFT so far, the build quality has been impressive, the lack of crapware on the system is a welcome change and the performance is simply astounding as we expected with a SNB-E CPU and triple HD 7970s in CrossFireX.  

Expect more very soon!

April 7, 2012 | 07:12 PM - Posted by PapaDragon

Holy Cow!! That's a beast of a system. Can't wait for the full detailed review.

April 7, 2012 | 08:29 PM - Posted by JSL

The system almost seems tainted by using those cheap silverstone 3.5" plastic 'hot swap' caddy's

check and see if there's six of these at the back of em.

April 8, 2012 | 03:36 PM - Posted by Gotmilk

With a base price of 1,800.00 I wonder how much the build is with three 7970s.

April 10, 2012 | 01:03 AM - Posted by JmactheAttack (not verified)

I'm betting somewhere in the $3500 ballpark. To put it real terms, more than the amount of money you spend on gas in a year..... and yet I still want it!

April 8, 2012 | 04:16 PM - Posted by tellis006

Sorry but another typo under the first picture," so you know you should be getting the top of the line components" I believe it should of said. Love the computer sure beats the helll out of my 990X which is not even a year and a half old yet, still a baby in human years in processor years its middle-aged- partier.

April 17, 2012 | 04:18 PM - Posted by Anonymous Coward (not verified)

I see Maingear went all out and kept the reference air coolers on the 7970s. Gotta give customers their value, after all, what did the author of the article say?

"with an $1800+ price tag, so you know you are getting top of the line components"

Nice to know that a $100 water block per gpu was too much.

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