Maingear unveils enthusiast-oriented SHIFT desktop PC

By on November 2, 2009, 1:23 PM
Maingear has unveiled the SHIFT desktop PC, which is aimed at the high-end enthusiast market. Referring to the SHIFT as an "everyday supercomputer," the company says it will "reshape the current landscape of high performance computing" -- a bold claim if I ever saw one.

Externally, the SHIFT shows a clean-cut aluminum chassis, which lacks the excessive lighting of other gaming systems. Inside is a vertical airflow system that vents air through the top of the case, and the system can be based on Intel's P55 or X58 platforms.
General hardware includes Intel's Core i7 processor, your choice of Nvidia or ATI graphics (over a dozen configurations), 3GB to 12GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 6 HDDs or 8 SSDs, a liquid cooling system, optional Blu-ray and plenty of other options, like the ability to have your system factory-overclocked.

The base P55 configuration starts at $2,199 and the X58 rig costs $400 more. Out of sheer curiosity, I maxed out the X58 system at just under 19 grand before shipping.




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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

LOL...19 grand? I'll buy two.

Colonel Lance said:

Yeah, if anyone is willing to spend 19 grand on a computer more power too them.

Personally I'd rather buy a car.

freedomthinker said:

Mm... once again i would love to have this to replace my freakin 5 year old desktop . But seriously 19 grand ? I can't make up my mind if thats good or bad ,both have pluses .

Eddie_42 Eddie_42 said:

I have to say the top side placement of all the wires would be weird. and in some situations difficult. I myself have the tower in a small cubie in my desk. Big 120 intake on the front, 140 in the back. I could see this style case just not being suitable for some folks (but that is probably the case with anything)

As far as components, for the base $2.2k, this system is quite pricey. A Geforce 250 (512mb GDDR3), quad core 2.8GHz, 750GB HDD WD Caviar, Win7 Home Premium 64-bit, 4gb Kingston Hyper X ram, and a 750W PSU. No monitor, keyboard, mouse, or other peripherals, just the tower.

Would most people after a high end PC likely purchase all the components and build anyhow? I would.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I don't see the deal in here, way expensive to what you can arm by yourself with some pretty equal configuration.

nomasteryoda said:

Holy pocketbook busters Batman! That thing looks so sweet, but what a price, but I would have to get the X58 configuration. I know I could use this thing to run my Mythtv setup would it be quiet enough for the den? Then again, it does have large fans is liquid cooled and has the fastest processor on the planet.

I would have to dual boot it with Linux to have the proper install of XBMC, Boxee and Hulu desktop and would put a BenQ MP512ST short throw projector on it for a great high-def display. Throw in a wireless pad, a couple of nun-chucks, a bluetooth chip and just think of what kind of awesome games this would play!!

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Let me rephrase, this computer as a high end it indeed looks like something sweet, to say it will reshape... I mean... they just putted together the best there is out there (of course...) but, how will they reshape the extreme-user high end-enthusiast market? What's new in here? A unique cooling system that will allow to uber-clock the computer as is?

I repeat, it is indeed an awesome piece of hardware atop another awesome piece of hardware, but how it reshapes things?

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Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

Colonel Lance said:

Personally I'd rather buy a car.

But for someone who already has a nice car, why not? :-) If you have the money...

I haven't crunched the numbers, the but they are obviously charging tons of money for the convenience of having this put together for you. For example. The i7 975 is $990 MORE expensive than the i7 925, when in reality, the 975 can be had for about the same price as the difference. That means there is a $250-$300 or so markup on just the CPU if you opt in for the highest performing one.

That's quite a premium to pay for the "convenience" of not having to put it together yourself or paying someone else far less to do it for you.

lynxon said:

So for a mere 19 thousand dollars I can buy a computer that'll play Crysis maxed out 20 times? Neato

kaonis92 said:

Good deal! Everyone should get one xD

LxTrix said:

That is definitely a high end machine, i wonder though if you can find more bang for your buck for that much.

JieMan JieMan said:

Its nice to see some good hardware for the not so savy consumer , but to call the people buying this "enthusiasts" is a long shot... A true enthusiast would much rather build there own ..

BlindObject said:

I'm pretty sure you can get more bang for the buck, this to me looks like a wild version of alienware, but meh, with that money I'd get something like a car. But that thing does look like it would eat Crysis, twice.

MBK MBK said:

Rick said:

Colonel Lance said:

Personally I'd rather buy a car.

That's quite a premium to pay for the "convenience" of not having to put it together yourself or paying someone else far less to do it for you.

There is always a massive markup when buying a pre-built rig.

This does seem like the quite a beast of a machine. I wont be buying anything in this price range any time soon, but a man can dream..

elkhin said:

much expensive, i'll be gear up the inside of PC not the outside, like old saying "don't judge the book by it's cover" meaning if the outside is look old but the inside is like having a F1 engine, lol...

skitzo_zac skitzo_zac, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Meh, just another pre-built, way to expensive, enthusiast computer.

On the other hand I really like the look of the case. I was pretty interested when SilverStone brought out the Raven series with vertical airflow systems. But this case looks nicer than the Ravens IMO, I would be interested in getting just the case if possible.

IvanAwfulitch IvanAwfulitch said:

skitzo_zac said:

Meh, just another pre-built, way to expensive, enthusiast computer.

On the other hand I really like the look of the case. I was pretty interested when SilverStone brought out the Raven series with vertical airflow systems. But this case looks nicer than the Ravens IMO, I would be interested in getting just the case if possible.

I'm going to second the sympathies toward the case. It's a really sweet looking design. Given the chance, I might buy one, but only at a reasonable price.

As many have already said, it'd be far cheaper to just go to newegg and build one of these for far cheaper and just build it yourself. It's really not all that hard to learn contrary to popular belief. A couple of weeks of asking good questions on a forum got me the know-how to do it myself. And if I can do it, anyone can. To all of you out there that are dreaming of this kind of thing? Try it! Just wear gloves and then read the labels on the cables and on the motherboard/component. Plug it in and go. It's not very difficult. I'd even go so far as to say that the idea that it's difficult to learn this is a complete myth.

As for the idea of selling a pre-built high end rig like this? It has always been just that. An idea. It's a good idea, but it's not cost-effective. Clearly. 19 grand is a tuition payment at a very Ivy league school. Several years tuition at a lower end school. Or a half-decent car. A multi-thousand dollar computer? Gimme a break. If you're rolling in cash and you've paid off your house, then by all means. Most of us have yet to find a job.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

Whoa! 19 grand o.0 no way! It will be outdated in 5 years anyway, plus, you can build your own pc and get a better deal. (if you know how) This computer is prob for rich kids who just want the high performace pre-made w/o the worry of anything else. Do you really need maxed out performace anyway? What are you trying to run...10 human brains trying to predict the future?

ken777 said:

Looks really cool, but it seems like the target market for these systems (along with Alienware and Voodoo) is the same market that also builds their own PCs. It would be interesting to get some stats on just many "ethusiast" systems are actually sold each year. Can't imagine that it would be too many.

InsaneVr6 said:

Honestly, I am against any prebuilt computers. Something about them just bothers me because they are way too overpriced.

When it comes down to it, your hardware can only perform to the limitations of the OS. You don't need 19k to make a computer powerful.

Have to agree with a few other posters that the case is very nice. The firs thing I saw when I looked at the article was the case so I thought a new one came out.

ElShotte ElShotte said:

Overkill....

The Best Configuration Mac Pro you can build on the Apple Website costs $16,136.

Configuration:

Two 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon

32GB (8x4GB) RAM

Mac Pro RAID Card

Four 1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drives

4x NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512MB

Two Apple Cinema HD Displays (30" flat panel)

Magic Mouse, Wireless Keyboard.

I'll take the Mac Pro over that SHIFT any damn day... 32 Gb of RAM? Nucking Futs.

guyfred26 said:

This is very good if you have the money to afford one.

Or you can just bulit your own PC and pick the specs that you want with less the price. But to those who have the money and need a supercomputer at home this is for them.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

ElShotte said:

Overkill....

The Best Configuration Mac Pro you can build on the Apple Website costs $16,136.

But overkill is defined as a $16K Mac Pro, isn't it?

Even if you take that Mac on 'roids, load Windows 7, (does 7 support dual CPU's, or do you need Server 2008 for that?) you still end up with a sub-par gaming rig next to this triple CrossFire Radeon 5870 HD beast with 3x 30" displays and the Intel Extreme CPU. It is the definition of excess.

You can take either system and get a pimped computer under $8K. But I'd still build my own - I just kind of wish I could get that case to start the build form.

Shalimar said:

nice try.. but stupidly over priced = looser

it's that simple now esp given the current lack of "extra cash" for most people.

ElShotte ElShotte said:

I was just sayin... if I had unlimited funds I'd simply rather get the Mac Pro... But then again, I kind of like building my own just as well, and way cheaper. 8K would in fact get you a nice beastly machine easily, personally, I would rather spend half the money now and have some spare change to upgrade in the future, keep the system lifetime going.

Timonius Timonius said:

If only I HAD 19 grand...

Puiu Puiu said:

I still think it's best to build your own PC. It's much cheaper that way.

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Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

does 7 support dual CPU's, or do you need Server 2008 for that?
That's a good question. It obviously supports multiple cores, but I do remember reading (on a Mac forum of all places) that Windows 7 Home is still single CPU only.

Despite any artificial limitations, Windows 7 architecture is quoted as supporting up to 256 CPUs... for what it is worth.

Razerblade said:

Wow! 19K! Why would someone spend this much on a computer! I dont see how this can be much better than a computer that costs about an 8th of the price!

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Just the right PC for this time of recession. Though I'm pretty sure there'd be people who buy it.

I like that it doesn't have any lights, and the design is certainly interesting.

waterytowers said:

I know someone that built his own rig similar to this for about $15kAUS about six months ago. He went the extra mile and built his own case as well. The case alone was 30kg. It had a combination of water cooling and 8 silent fans. The short cut he took was only buying 4 vertex SSD drives in a raid configuration instead of intel SSD drives. The reason for the madness of building a machine worth so much was it is a hobby. I suppose everyone needs a hobby and all hobbies cost money.

jazboy said:

19 Grand my god.. I can't even think to spent that much on desktop. But it could be ultimate dream pc if any one give me gift. I went to their site and tried to configure the desktop. While configuring i really felt good because lot of option to choose. I guess they have given all the best option to build a ultimate pc which money can buy. but definitely i can't buy this. 19K is more than half of my yearly salary.

But definitely it has become my dream pc with 3 display screen he he..

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I managed to max it to $20,790 which includes 8 SSDs... seriously, how much of a percentage gain would that be in the real world over a decent self-build?

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

Overkill....

The Best Configuration Mac Pro you can build on the Apple Website costs $16,136.

Configuration:

Two 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon

32GB (8x4GB) RAM

Mac Pro RAID Card

Four 1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drives

4x NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512MB

Two Apple Cinema HD Displays (30" flat panel)

Magic Mouse, Wireless Keyboard.

I'll take the Mac Pro over that SHIFT any damn day....

Have fun playing a game of Photoshop CS4 really fast with that.

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

i like the way it looks and it has some great parts but id rather build my rig at least i would know i put it together.

JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

If the machine was able to last playing the current games for a long, long time it wouldn't be that big of a deal to spend 3,000 or 4,000 on a PC. Even with the crazy $19,000 PC, it's going to be outdated in a year and there will be much better hardware out. I generally go for one generation of hardware behind to save money and usually get 80% or more of the performance of the cutting edge. Seems like a better way to spend the money knowing how quickly the prices drop and the tech moves forward.

aceofspaids222 said:

Who really has the money to buy one of these? Personally if was going to waste this much money on a PC I would build it myself so I can get whatever I want in it.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

It's companies like this that give PC gaming a bad rap as being uber expensive. I could build an equivalent PC to the base configuration for about $600-700 including a fresh Windows install. Heck, I only spent $1,460 for my complete rig.

Xclio A380PLUS case

Apevia 700W PSU

Core i7 920

EVGA X58 SLI LE

Patriot triple channel 6GB DDR3

Western Digital 1TB HDD

XFX GeForce GTX 260

Samsung CD/DVD burner with lightscribe

Samsung 26" ToC HDTV monitor

Phillips amBX 2.1 complete sound system

Razer Lycosa keyboard

The tower itself was only $960.

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