You will know Maingear even if you only read our pages here occasionally. The company is a well-known and respected OG boutique PC manufacturer based in New Jersey. Over the years, Maingear has assembled eye-catching, cutting-edge gaming PCs that typically boast impeccable build quality with impeccable cable routing, fit, and finish. A few years ago we looked at the Vybe, Maingear’s more affordable mid-tower platform, in both an all-AMD Ryzen and Radeon configuration and an 11th Gen Intel configuration with a GeForce GPU. However, Maingear has reworked and refined the Vybe since our 2019 reviews, and now we have significantly more powerful silicon engines on board to handle gaming workloads and push the pixels.
Here is the new Maingear Vybe for 2022, equipped with the currently fastest gaming CPU in the world, AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D, and one of the fastest graphics cards in the beefy and powerful Radeon RX 6950 XT. Yes ladies and gentlemen, this is a killer gaming rig ready to go.
Let’s break down the rest of the specs, build design, and other pertinent details, then let’s just press play and see how it goes…
All-AMD Maingear Vybe (2022) specs and features
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What can we say that has not already been said about such a system? This is AMD’s mature X570 platform at its finest, with a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and a fast and fat 2TB PCIe 4 SSD from Samsung. What’s missing here, however, are perhaps some of the newer conveniences of Intel’s latest platforms, like Thunderbolt 4 connectivity and Wi-Fi 6E. None of these features are likely to be showstoppers for most gamers, but they do speak to how the market is preparing for AMD’s upcoming Zen 4 platform and all the next-gen IO benefits it brings.
However, if we’re looking for the fastest gaming CPU AMD currently has to offer and the fastest on the market, this machine’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor ticks all the right boxes. Add in a Radeon RX 6950 XT, which is also the fastest graphics card AMD currently has to offer trading blows with a GeForce RTX 3090, along with 64GB of DDR4-3600 memory and you’re looking at a monster configuration that’s bound is to achieve great gaming performance. But let’s look at the rest of this Vybe’s design and flow – or more specifically, its layout, cooling and airflow.
Maingear’s Vybe chassis is a fairly understated, almost utilitarian design, but with a few key features that serve both function and form. For starters, the chassis is thick rolled aluminum with a plastic front faceplate and bottom feet that raise it about an inch off the surface the machine sits on. You also get three USB-A ports and a single USB-C port on the left front edge below the power button, as well as discrete 3.5mm jacks for headphones and microphone. Placement is excellent here on this side where the glass side panel is as you want all those nice powerful PC components and that immaculate build on your desk for everyone’s viewing pleasure.
One could argue that all of those ports and the power button should be on top, but that would result in longer cable runs for virtually all motherboard designs, for the front panel button, lighting, and IO lines. As a side note, you can also connect this RGB backlit button to a memory activity line, which wasn’t set up that way for our build, although we’ve previously built our own Vybe using Maingear’s DIY kit and really like this little feature. It’s satisfying to know when your data is being accessed, and it’s obviously a good diagnostic tool.
2022 Maingear Vybe design and build quality – still delightfully flawless
Conversely, we appreciated the Vybe’s thoughtful inclusion of the Vybe’s magnetically attached, removable top grill opening. Just take the bad boy off and you can rinse with water and let dry, blow out or vacuum.
Maingear Vybe software setup – all the tools you need
Speaking of which, we see you peeping on this Cinebench run, so let’s get to the benchmarks…