Unstoppable performance, Innovative vertical airflow design, Solid, attractive and unique case, White-glove packaging, assembly quality and service, Reliable despite white-knuckle overclocking.
The large amount of memory and nice graphics card were nice additions.
TriSLI Fermi and 4GHz Gulftown equals pure joy.
Speedy on benchmark tests. Intelligent packaging. Easy-to-upgrade hard drive bays. Uncluttered exposed surfaces. Quiet during normal operations.
Beautiful interior and exterior.
Eyeball rupturing speed on games. Doubles as a media center powerhouse.
Connecting cables up top can be inconvenient
The lack of a few support features on Maingears site could be improved.
Loud in gaming; puts out enough heat to cook bacon.
No eSATA ports. Must open lid with screwdriver to get to ports. Doesn't top every single benchmark test. Graphics cards get loud during 3D gaming.
Limited PCI upgradability due to triCrossFire rig, Pricey
Confusing orientation makes cable clutter a bigger eyesore than usual. No matter how you slice it, seven thousand smackers is a lot for a PC.
Stratospheric pricing in our test configuration.
By TechSpot on November 10, 2010
Here's the scenario: You're bored one night surfing the Internet and you decide to do a mock build of your dream PC. Whether through your favorite e-tailer or a boutique system builder, you find yourself piecing together the ultimate powerhouse....-
By Bright Side of News on July 05, 2011
The Maingear Shift is by far one of the slickest and best built systems that we have encountered from recent history and we would gladly entrust our friends and family with a system from Maingear. There were admittedly some bumps on the road, but that...-
By Techworld on January 04, 2011
Price isn't a factor in our reviews, and it becomes especially superfluous when reviewing built-to-order systems. But the Super Stock Shift still sits in a precarious position. You'll be hard pressed to match the blisteringly fast data transfer...-
By Digital Trends on December 13, 2010
Maingears Shift flips conventional case design on its head with a unique vertical airflow design that enables uncompromising performance....85
By G4tv.com on July 15, 2010
Video Review: PC gaming means taking video games to the extreme, which means Maingear's Shift Extreme may be the perfect fit. Kevin Pereira and Alison Haislip review this gaming PC with its redesigned case, Intel Hexa-core processor, NVIDIA GTX 480...-
By TopTenREVIEWS on June 01, 2010
If you want a product made by gamers and want to save a little money this may be a good choice for...75
By HotHardware on May 20, 2010
The SHIFT's overclocked CPU and additional cores push it well ahead of even overclocked quad-core 45nm Nehalem systems and put it on equal footing with the Alienware Area-51 we recently tested. The GTX 480s at the heart of the machine may not always...-
By Maximum PC on May 14, 2010
Tri-SLI Fermi and Gulftown will make any boy smile It’s no secret that Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 480 cards are the hottest piece of technology people want to gawk at right now. Hell, we were barely able to obtain one of these coveted babies for...90
By PC Mag on March 11, 2010
The Maingear Shift both promises and delivers a more mature gaming experience. That's not to say it's solely for Mature-audience games, rather it's the hardcore gamer's PC for when he's older (and wealthier). Way too wordy. Just give...90
By Dev Hardware on February 23, 2010
Hardcore gamers who take their hobby seriously and don't mind investing in a high-end gaming desktop should enjoy the Maingear Shift. It is highly customizable when ordering, can be upgraded afterward, and provides excellent performance...-