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MAINGEAR Vybe Mid-Tower Chassis with APEX ICS Review (Page 8)

Shannon Robb | Jan 2, 2020 at 11:15 am CST - 1 min, 40 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: MAINGEARModel: VYBEMKVCHASSIS

Liquid cooling parts for the build

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When we received this case some time ago, I knew we would need some serious gear to build out this Vybe to its full potential. We worked with Alphacool to assist with the necessary components to build the loop we need. Also, we opted for a few RGB touches to further the aesthetic for the Vybe. Being MAINGEAR's color is red; we also chose crystal red, clear coolant for the final build.

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The CPU block we chose was a satin finish block, which we wanted to illuminate, so Alphacool sent this along, which surrounds the block with RGB LEDs.

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Here is the block with the RGB surround, so now you can see what will be cooling the CPU. I'm sure you have noticed this is only a mock-up, so no mounting hardware is on the block.

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We chose an Alphacool Iceblock for our TITAN Xp which has an acrylic front so you can see the fluid moving through your loop, and would be a fresh aesthetic if you have a vertically mounted GPU. The beautiful thing about this block is it uses several pads to contact critical components to passively sink heat and put the backplate to work, helping to cool the card.

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The radiators we used are ST30 models, which are standard thickness. Alphacool offers 60mm thick radiators, but for the confines of the Vybe, we chose something a bit more on the level with what users would install.

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We chose black fittings for this build to go with the mostly blacked-out theme. These are soft tube compression fittings as we opted for the soft tube to allow for easy parts swapping and maintenance vs. hard tube builds. We may do a hard tube build on this platform at a later date if there is interest, but the time and skill associated with hard tube builds can be tough to justify for most users.

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

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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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