My first professionally-built gaming PC was a Maingear X-Cube, a charming little black box filled with joy and wonder. It looks almost nothing like the younger, sleeker models Maingear's just announced. They have come from the future.
My X-Cube has no glowing window, unless you counted the flickering of the motherboard network port light through the empty 13cm bay in front. It had no water-cooling, but it did have soda-failing. And you could turn it on its side, just like the new model, but it wouldn't look cool. It would just sit there helplessly, making plaintive beeping noises. Ah, here it is.
I take it back. It's almost entirely the same thing.
Is it odd that one of this new case's most attractive features is the ability to turn it so the lighted window is at the top? I always wind up with the window facing away from me on my desk. This one gazes up my nose lovingly, and would serve as an excellent battleground for futuristic action figures.
Here's what's in the new box:
- Processor: Up to Intel Core i7 5960x 3.0GHz/3.5GHZ
- Cooling: Epic 240 CPU cooler (optional)
- Video Card: Up to dual graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 or AMD Radeon R9 290x
- Memory: Up to 32GB Corsair Dominator 2666 MHz Memory
- Hard Drive: 3x 1TB SSD, 3x Mechanical drives
- Network Adapter: Gigabit Ethernet
- WiFi: Up to 802.11b ac, Bluetooth: v4.0
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows® Windows 8.1
- Power Supply: Up to Corsair 1200i
- Dimensions: (W)10" x (H)12.5" x (D)15.5"
- Weight: 20lbs
- MSRP: Starting at $US799
The all-new X-Cube goes on sale today over at Maingear's website, starting at $US799. To celebrate the new look, they have also got an X-Cube Battlebox Edition featuring Nvidia's Geforce Titan Z GPU starting at $US1,499
My original X-Cube has been sitting in a corner of my dining room since we moved into the new place several months back. The plan was to put a new hard drive in it for my sister, but it turns out she doesn't deserve a new hard drive. Maybe I'll fix it up for the kids, so one day we can all reminisce about how much we loved its stupid face.