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MAINGEAR Vybe Mid-Tower Chassis with APEX ICS Review (Page 5)

Shannon Robb | Jan 2, 2020 at 11:15 am CST - 2 mins, 59 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: MAINGEARModel: VYBEMKVCHASSIS

Inside the Vybe Continued

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Here in the rear, we see the same 120mm case fan fitted in the back for exhaust. This one is DC as well and connected to the PWM hub in the cable management area along with the other two fans. Here you can also see the addressable LED strip running vertically in the main chamber. The PWM fan hub in the rear also supports splitting the ARGB signal to up to three devices, which covers the Apex ICS, the vertical strip, and the front MAINGEAR logo.

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Here we get a look where you hide the less savory bits such as bundles of cables and storage. We see two SSD trays below the CPU cutout along with the previously mentioned PWM/RGB controller. There is a bit of space behind the motherboard tray to hide cables. Still, I think the best way to run them is the same way you see it run out of the box, with the bulk of the cables running up the area to the left of the cable management grommets as this area rises more into the main compartment giving more room to hide cables behind the panel.

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Here we take a closer look at the PWM/ARGB hub. The hub has seven total 4-pin headers, which is more than enough to handle a full liquid-cooled build and then some. DC fans can be used here as well, but harnessing it's PWM capabilities would be preferable. There are also three ARGB headers you see here on the right hand side. If you do not get the Apex ICS, you can use this header for another ARGB device, but I would exercise caution as too many LED's attached to an ARGB header can cause strange behavior. The toggle at the top of the controller manually switches the RGB controller between using the IR remote vs. the motherboard input for ARGB control. The controller uses a single SATA power lead to feed everything.

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The HDD cage is the same as we saw in the Lancool One Digital and it uses fasteners to secure HDD's in place. The cage is removable should you not need or want the cage taking up space.

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The PSU area is in the standard location below the PSU shroud in the rear of the chassis. Here we get an inside view of the elongated ventilation to support larger PSU models. There are four rectangular rubberized foam feet which the PSU can rest upon when installed, eliminating potential vibration and damage from metal to metal contact as it sits in the chassis.

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The cable array is what we look at next, and most of the cables are all black. The front panel cables being multi-color is a bit of a surprise as the fit and finish of this chassis has been quite good thus far, but having bright white, green, and red cables going to your motherboard seems like an odd decision in an all-black chassis. This is likely a small oversight, and I hope in the future as MAINGEAR offers different chassis models, this tiny detail is looked after.

The cable array is as follows:

  • 4-pin fan connector (feeds PWM signal to the hub)
  • 3-pin ARGB connector (feeds the triple ARG hub headers)
  • Power, Reset, and Power LED connectors
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 20-pin headers (feeds front panel Type-A ports)
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector (feeds front panel Type-C port)
  • HD Audio connector

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

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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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