Mainear Turbo: Two-minute review
The Maingear Turbo is without a doubt the best custom gaming PC we’ve ever used, and it’s one we really didn’t want to give back.
The Turbo has amazing style, with tons of different color options and even the ability to paint a custom logo on the PC, thanks to the company’s automotive paint shop.
Even better, if you opt for the APEX custom liquid cooling setup, you’ll get one of the most unique liquid cooling setups on the market, although that option is a very expensive upgrade.
This leads us to probably the only major criticism of Turbo that we have, which is that its best options are also very expensive. Just adding the APEX cooling solution adds $2,050 to the final starting PC price, which is a lot of money for what is essentially an aesthetic choice.
But if you’re looking at a Maingear Turbo, you probably already know this. If you just want to play the best PC games at great frame rates, there are plenty of PCs that will get the job done for less, but they will blend into the background and none of your friends will really notice them.
The Maingear Turbo is made for show, something you can look at while waiting for a match to start and admire the liquid cooling system. In this it stands out better than any small form factor PC we’ve reviewed, and if that’s what you’re after, this is the best gaming PC you’ll find.
Mainear Turbo: Pricing and Availability
- How much does it cost? Starting at $1,899; $5,807 as reviewed.
- When do you leave? It’s available now.
- Where can you get it? Maingear ships across the US. Contact for international shipping.
Mainear Turbo: Main specs
Here they are main turbo configuration sent to for review:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D
Graphics: Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti with water cooling
HIT: 32 GB DDR4
Store: 1 x 1 TB M.2, 1 x 2 TB SSD
ports: 1 x DisplayPort 1.4a, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x USB Type-C, 3 x USB Type-A 3.2, 4 x USB Type-A 1.0, 1 x Wi-Fi 6 antenna, 1 x Ethernet RJ45, 1 x Line -in, 1 x line out, 1 x microphone
Connectivity: WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Weight: Average weight: 35 pounds | 15.87kg
Size (L x H x D): 12.3 x 14.4 x 6.7 inches | 312.42 x 365.76 x 170.18 millimeters
Power: 750 W
Maingear Turbo is available now, starting at $1,899. This will give you an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor, an Nvidia RTX 3050 graphics card, a Maingear Epic 240 AIO Liquid Cooler, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD.
This also doesn’t come with any custom paint or RGB lighting options, so this would be a decidedly less appealing piece. This is also more expensive than many of the best low-end gaming PCs, many of which have similar specs to the Turbo.
Where Turbo really shines is when you start climbing the ladder to some of the more premium options. As reviewed with the specs on the right, the Maingear Turbo is priced at $5,807.
Let this sink in for a minute.
Is this PC worth that kind of price? Absolutely. But with APEX Cooling option for Turbo starting at $3,949, this will be an expensive gaming PC if you really want to equip it. Fortunately, you can equip it and there are plenty of customization options, so your price will vary accordingly. But note that the APEX Cooling option limits you to an RTX 3080 and an RTX 3080 Ti, so the RTX 3080 is a major factor in that price.
One thing to note too is that unlike many custom PC builders, Maingear has options for international shipping (opens in new tab)so while you might have to pay some hefty import fees, you can at least do it, which isn’t something many custom shops offer.
Mainear Turbo: Design
- Gorgeous, small form factor
- Custom automotive paint options (you can even get a custom logo)
- The APEX cooling system is a work of art
The Maingear Turbo is simply the best looking small form factor gaming PC we’ve ever tested.
Everything from the chassis to the acrylic side panel is custom designed, and the APEX cooling system is also custom designed and mounted around your specific PC.
This gives the PC a highly personalized feel, especially if you opt for custom art and paint work, making it a fantastic PC choice for streamers with a recognizable branding.
The port selection on the front of the PC next to the acrylic panel is limited to a pair of USB Type-A ports and a 3.5mm combo jack, and the rear panel only has a single USB Type-C port, so if you have a lot of USB Type-C peripherals, you will ultimately need a hub, which can detract from the aesthetics you were hoping for.
With APEX Cooling, this is also a much heavier PC than you might expect for its size, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise. The radiator on top can get very hot, it should be noted, and while APEX Cooling does the job of keeping the Turbo’s inner workings safe, it’s not using liquid nitrogen or anything, and so all that heat from the heavy duty hardware can push north of 85°C at times.
All that heat is going to bleed off the top of the PC, so if you’re going to get into some intense gaming sessions with this thing, understand that you’ll have a mini heater next to you on your desk.
Mainear Turbo: Performance
- Performance varies by specification
Mainear Turbo Benchmarks
Here’s how the main turbo performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
Cinebench R23 Multi-core: 13,733
3DMark Night Attack: 61,488; Fire Attack: 35,486; Time Spy: 16,787; real port: 12,318
GeekBench 5 (single-core): 1,537; (multi-core): 10,342
PCMark 10 (Home Test): 6,361
Total War: Warhammer III (1080p, Low): 320 fps; (1080p, Ultra): 128 fps
Cyberpunk 2077 (1080p, Low): 221 fps; (1080p, Ultra): 135 fps
Dirt 5 (1080p, Low): 265 fps; (1080p, Ultra): 165 fps
It’s hard to talk about the performance of the Maingear Turbo as a whole, as you have so many different configuration options, from an RTX 3050 to an RX 6800 and RTX 3080 Ti.
The unit we reviewed was the most advanced spec you’d get if you were talking about raw performance rather than aesthetics. That said, in terms of performance, the Turbo is an amazing gaming PC, easily capable of chomping through pretty much any AAA title you can throw at it.
From Cyberpunk 2077 to Hitman 3, ray-tracing or non-ray-tracing (with DLSS enabled, of course), you’ll be able to easily play at 1440p at the highest settings, and you can even mince most games in 4K (although don’t overdo the ray tracing).
Creative workloads also ran great on this PC, thanks to the RTX 3080 Ti. If you go for the RX 6800 you can work with some of AMD’s synergies between the CPU and GPU, but you’ll definitely be dealing with a pure gaming PC at this point.
The AMD RX 6000-series cards suck for creative work compared to the modest RTX 3050. However, if you’re looking for the best workstation for creatives, you’re probably already looking elsewhere, so this shouldn’t be one. problem for you.
Ultimately, you’re buying a gaming PC here, so no matter which options you choose, you’ll get incredible Turbo performance, but if you want the best of the best, you’re going to have to put in some money to make it happen.
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Maingear Turbo: Bulletin
|Value||While it can get incredibly expensive, the Turbo has more affordable options, and so you’re better able to spec a PC that fits your budget, as long as you can afford the entry-level price.||3/5|
|Project||The Turbo is simply beautiful, especially if you opt for the high-end APEX Cooling solution.||5/5|
|acting||Performance varies by spec, but with up to an RTX 3080 Ti and a Ryzen 9 5950X, you can build as powerful a PC as you want.||5/5|