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MAINGEAR Vybe Mid-Tower Chassis with APEX ICS Review (Page 3)

Shannon Robb | Jan 2, 2020 at 11:15 am CST - 3 mins, 3 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: MAINGEARModel: VYBEMKVCHASSIS

MAINGEAR Vybe Mid-Tower Chassis

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The front of the Vybe is a blank slate in black with only a MAINGEAR logo in the middle top portion of the front panel. This logo is RGB lit and will either work with an included remote or sync to your motherboard, depending upon your preference.

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The top of the Vybe has a magnetically affixed split metal grate filter covering the top mounting of the chassis. The lip at the rear edge is where you can get leverage to pull it up and off of the chassis. This specific top filter design we have seen before, most recently on the Lancool One Digital from Lian Li. As we dig further in this chassis, you will see the similarities to the Lancool One Digital we covered recently.

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The front panel I/O is on the front panel, but instead of being up top, it is on the lower front panel on the main chassis panel side. This will be great for systems on a desk next to your display. But can become a real pain for those who place their system on the floor or below their desks. The front I/O consists of the following:

  • Power button with integrated LED power ring
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
  • 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  • Separate microphone and headphone 3.5mm jacks

I do like this I/O array although I do wish that the chassis did not waste a USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface as one of the Type-A's still uses a full 20-pin motherboard header. Overall this is still a very stout I/O and offers respectable connectivity compared with many chassis at this price point.

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The main chassis panel is tempered glass, which slides on and off and uses thumbscrews to affix to the rear of the chassis. Inside we spy the Apex ICS in place along with a roll of bubble wrap, which holds the drain line fitting. There are not any airflow openings on this side, which are visible as of yet.

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On the rear of the Vybe, we get another look at the similarities to the Lancool One Digital, and while I am not sure if MAINGEAR used Lian Li directly, they potentially used the same OEM that Lina Li uses. Here we see a pretty standard layout with seven standard expansion slots and two verticals. The vertical bracket for GPU is sold separately and sells for around $45.

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The cable management side of the Vybe we see is a substantial steel panel, which also affixes to the rear of the chassis with thumbscrews. The front panel is ventilated from top to bottom on this side, which feeds air into the front fan area.

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At the bottom of the Vybe, we see four plastic feet with square rubber pads. The feet butt up against the front panel, which hangs just a few mm above the rubber pads, so the chassis from the front appears to flow right to the desk or floor surface it sits upon. The internal 3.5" HDD cage is adjustable via the stepped line of screw openings you see here so you can adjust the cage forwards or backward to fit either longer PSU or radiator and fans below the shroud. The HDD cage can also be removed if you prefer. Lastly, we see the removable and cleanable dust filter over the PSU area.

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Here we have the filter removed, and you can see the elongated fan area to fit various PSU sized while offering clean, cooling airflow from below.

Last updated: Jan 3, 2020 at 06:11 am CST

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Shannon Robb

Shannon started his PC journey around the age of six in 1989. Now till present day, he has established himself in the overclocking world, spending many years pushing the limits of hardware on LN2. Shannon has worked with design and R&D on various components, including PC systems and chassis, to optimize the layout and performance for enthusiasts.

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