MAINGEAR Vybe Mid-Tower Chassis with APEX ICS Review (Page 7)

| Jan 2, 2020 at 11:15 am CST
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: MAINGEARModel: VYBEMKVCHASSIS

Case Build & Finished Product


The front of the Vybe looks unchanged when assembled as the system is not powered up, so the logo is not illuminated. The front of the chassis seems quite subdued, simple, and clean. But, the glass panel lets you know this is a gaming/showcase build, and not a business rig.

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Here is the built standard rig, but you may notice some parts have changed here to accommodate the liquid cooling planned for this build. We chose a higher-end build for this review due to we wanted to be able to put the fire to this liquid cooling. We decided to go with the Maximus XI Extreme, which is EATX, and slotted into the chassis just fine, and seated in the board is a 9900K, and the GPU is an NVIDIA TITAN Xp Collectors Edition. The 9900K is notoriously toasty, so it should be a good representation of the difference between an AIO cooled rig and custom liquid cooling. The RAM, you will notice we did indeed run into issues as we could not run our Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB DIMMS due to not enough clearance. We opted for our backup RGB DIMMs Geil Super Luce, which are about 8mm shorter, and even they were pressed by the radiator, but it was light enough pressure that I was comfortable doing it.

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The rear of the build looks relatively standard, with all of the significant gaps now filled in with the I/O for GPU, motherboard, and PSU. We did not have the riser unit for the MAINGEAR vertical GPU mounting, so we had to opt for standard mounting for both the standard build along with the liquid-cooled build.

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Here you can see that the Vybe offers plenty of places to route cables. I did opt to use the preinstalled Velcro straps, which held the wires just fine, had I used zip ties, however, it would have been a bit tighter but overall using the Velcro does the job.

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Here we have the stealth blacked out build in its finished state. Not powered on, you can see the outline of components due to the lightly smoked glass.

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Switching the system on and everything comes to life. The power button seems to stick to purple color while the front panel logo and internal RGB strip have a fully addressable aesthetic, which helps the system come to life.

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Here we have a side view so you can see the inside directly and the illumination.

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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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