Maingear Rush Review With Radeon R9 295X2 CrossFire

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When we reviewed the Maingear Epic Rush a few months ago, we found its performance jaw-dropping, and thus we expected the same out of its sibling, the Maingear Rush. However, these are different systems with different configurations on board. For instance, they have different CPUs--the Rush we're testing today has a newer, more powerful GPU configuration, and Maingear approached storage on the two quite differently as well.

What both systems definitely do share is high performance and impeccable build quality. The Maingear Rush is a top-shelf system with killer components; there are no compromises here, and no concern for the final bill either.

Is $8,393 a lot for a computer? You betcha. But rigs like these aren’t about price; they’re about what sort of dream machine you can come up with when price is no object and you want nothing but the best.

Maingear Rush
Specifications & Features

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Power Supply:

Intel Core i7 4960X Six-core 3.6GHz/4.0GHz Turbo 15MB L3 Cache w/ HyperThreading
2x AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB GDDR5 [advanced closed-loop water cooling system]
Asus Rampage IV Gene
16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-2133 1.65V (4x4GB)
2x 500GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD (w/TRIM, 540MB/s sequential reads) in RAID 0
Corsair Obsidion 350D with Window and dual 140mm Corsair Fans
Rosso Scuderia - Glossy Finish Featuring Glasurit Paints
White LED Light Strip
8X DVD Dual Layer Burner
7.1 Channel High Definition Surround Sound Supporting S/DIF Optical Out
1600 Watt LEPA G Series G1600-MA
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
Processor Cooling: MAINGEAR EPIC 120 Supercooler
MAINGEAR EPIC T1000 Engineered Phase Change Thermal Interface Material
MAINGEAR Redline Overclocking Service
Lifetime Angelic Service Labor and Phone Support with 3 Year Comprehensive Warranty
$8,393 (as configured) 

The Rush rocks a six-core Intel Core i7-4960X (3.6GHz/4GHz Turbo) that Maingear paired with dual AMD Radeon R9 295X2 dual-GPU graphics cards (8GB GDDR5), all of which is liquid cooled. Note that because the Radeon R9 295X2 is actually two GPUs on one card, we effectively have a quad-AMD Crossfire GPU setup running here. There’s 16GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-2133 (4x4GB) RAM, an 8x DVD dual layer burner, and 7.1-channel HD audio, and the motherboard of choice is an ASUS ROG Rampage IV Gene.

We noted back in our Maingear Epic Rush review that you could double your SSD storage for around $442 instead of rolling with that system’s 500GB RAID 0 SSD plus 4TB HDD setup, and that’s exactly what we have here with the Maingear Rush. This system we tested has two 500GB Samsung SSDs in RAID 0 for 1TB of total capacity.

The Rush has a 1600 Watt LEPA G Series G1600-MA PSU and enjoys Maingear’s Redline factory overclock for an extra performance boost--that is, beyond what these incredible specs already deliver.

This rig ships with a plethora of accessories. For starters, there’s a large black plastic case binder that holds all of your documentation including a system user manual, manuals for various components, the motherboard manual, a doorknob hanger, and the motherboard driver and Windows 8.1 installation discs. Additionally, there’s a large Maingear mouse pad a sack of goodies that includes a number of screws, a ROG USB cable, a fistful of SATA cables, an SLI bridge that you won’t be needing, and numerous supplemental cables for the PSU.

Maingear's warranty is as solid as the system is pretty and includes "Lifetime Angelic Service Labor and Phone Support" along with a 3-year comprehensive warranty.

Let’s dig in to the design of this beautiful machine.

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AdamSchiff 5 months ago

How much did this unit cost though?

AllenJun 5 months ago

Its on the first page of this article.

infinityzen1 5 months ago

about $8.5k

JefferyPruett 5 months ago

Its Almost Over 9000 :P! Great Review Seth And Marco :). I Wonder with this configuration I could use any chassis in the market hmm...Because I fear highly of overheating lol

Kvantum 5 months ago

$8400 and still only 16 GB of RAM? And no BluRay drive? Live a little, you cheapskates! :D

AllenJun 5 months ago

I actually didn't recognize it was the 350D at first. Usually they are not painted and have no drive in the front.

The fan set up is odd, don't you think? It is exhausting out the front and back, while the top is pulling in air. Maingear's flagship PC was designed to have hot hair exhaust out the top, which makes sense as heat rises. This goes against that idea. As long as it works...

FabianSchweiger 5 months ago

hmm its looking nice but the price is a bit too high for this stuff :>.

the review is awesome

ThomasTaege 5 months ago

Radeon on though? EVGA's Nvidia cards are the best quality :)

MADSKILLZ412 4 months ago

I agree to a certain extent. But the Nvidia competitor to this card is the GTX Titan Z at $2999 while this card is $1500. It has also been proved that this card outperforms the Titan Z in a majority of games. Not hating on Nvidia, as I personally own an EVGA Gtx 780 ti, but it would be much smarter to go with the Radeon R9 295x's

shadowphaxe 5 months ago

This is the kind of machine I want to build. I might switch the Radeon cards with Nvidia though Anyone else notice the cards being weighed down a bit? Just shows how monstrous they really are.

Dave_HH 5 months ago

Maingear makes killer gaming rigs for sure.

MADSKILLZ412 4 months ago

This is as high-end as it gets as of now. I dream of having the money to afford something like this every night. *Cries*

NielVillacote 4 months ago

The power consumption of 730 watts seems too low, other reviews of this card in quadfire hits 1200+ on the wall.

ThomasTaege 4 months ago

It's a quality system, I'm just an evga Nvidia fanboy :)

altshep123 4 months ago

Those GPU's looked CRAMMED in there : ) Like Kvantum said, only 16GB of RAM? Seems low for such an expensive build. Probably ran out of room!

MADSKILLZ412 4 months ago

This is complete overkill if you are using it for gaming. If someone buys this PC they are probably using it as both a gaming PC and a workstation... Or they are just incredibly rich.

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