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Maingear Offers A Positive Vybe, Updates Laptops With Nvidia Pascal

Maingear announced a new VR-ready desktop PC as well as updated laptops that now sport Nvidia Pascal (GTX 10-series) graphics options.

Pulse 15, Nomad 17 Updated; Pulse 17 Sits It Out

The updated Nomad 17 and Pulse 15 laptops now feature the latest Nvidia Pascal-based GPUs in the form of GTX 1070 and 1080 options for the Nomad and a GTX 1060 for the Pulse. Curiously, the Pulse 17 still sports a GTX 970M, and the future of the 17-inch Pulse may be in question with its notable absence from the Pascal party.

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The new version of the Nomad 17 is as customizable as ever, with robust configuration options including desktop processors (up to an Intel Core i7-6700K), up to 64GB of memory, and M.2 NVMe SSD RAID options. The Pulse 15 offers power in a thin and light package with a static component list of an Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 16GB of RAM, and the GTX 1060 6GB GPU. Of course, these laptops can also be painted with a selection of finishes or custom colors of your choosing in Maingear’s paint shop.

Catching A Positive Vybe

The Vybe is Maingear’s main attraction. It’s a brand-new desktop model that brings the custom build quality of the company’s pricier configurations to a budget-friendly price point. Stage 1 versions of the Vybe can be configured with H110- or Z170-chipset motherboards with up to an Intel Core i7-6700K and 32GB of DDR4-3000 RAM. Stage 2 offers X99 motherboard options with up to an Intel Core i7-6950X and 64GB of memory. Both offer an array of storage configurations and single-GPU options up to Nvidia Titan X or AMD Radeon Fury X. You can also get dual-GPU configurations up to an Nvidia Titan X or AMD Radeon Fury.

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Maingear doesn’t offer its custom paint treatment with the Vybe, but it does feature customizable lighting in addition to closed-loop liquid cooling options for the CPU (and GPU, if you get a Fury X), custom power supply cable sleeves, and optional overclocking services. This could be considered conservative by Maingear’s standards, but it’s nice to see the custom boutique shop offering a less-expensive VR-ready configuration.

Pricing And Availability

The updated Nomad 17 and Pulse 15 gaming laptops are available now from Maingear’s website, starting at $2,399 and $2,149, respectively. Stage 1 (H110, Z170) versions of the brand-new Vybe start at $999, with Stage 2 (X99) models priced as low as $1,599.

Maingear ProductVybe Stage 1Vybe Stage 2Nomad 17 LaptopPulse 15 Laptop
Processor Options- Intel Core i5-6500- Intel Core i5-6600K- Intel Core i7-6700- Intel Core i7-6700K- Intel Core i7-6800K- Intel Core i7-6850K- Intel Core i7-6900K- Intel Core i7-6950X- Intel Core i5-6500- Intel Core i5-6600K- Intel Core i7-6700- Intel Core i7-6700KIntel Core i7-6700HQ
Motherboard Options- Asus H110M-A- MSI Z170 PC Mate- Asus Z170-A- MSI Z170 Gaming M7- Asus Maximus VIII Hero- Asus Strix X99- MSI X99A XPower Gaming Titanium- Asus Rampage V Edition 10N/AN/A
Memory CapacityUp to 32GB DDR4-3000Up to 64GB DDR4-2800Up to 64 GB16GB
Graphics Options- Up to Nvidia Titan X- Up to Radeon R9 Fury X- Up to Nvidia Titan X- Up to Radeon R9 Fury X- Nvidia GTX 1070- Nvidia GTX 1080Nvidia GTX 1060
Dual GPU Options- Up to Nvidia Titan X- Up to Radeon R9 Fury- Up to Nvidia Titan X- Up to Radeon R9 FuryN/AN/A
Display OptionsN/AN/A- 17.3” 1920 x 1080- 17.3” 3840 x 2160 w/ G-Sync15.6” 1920 x 1080
Storage Options- Up to 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD- Up to 1.2TB PCIe NVMe SSD- Up to 2TB SSD (SATA)- Up to 10TB HDD- Up to 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD- Up to 1.2TB PCIe NVMe SSD- Up to 2TB SSD (SATA)- Up to 10TB HDD- Up to 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD (2 Slots)- Up to 2TB SSD (SATA)- Up to 2TB HDD- Up to 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD- 1TB HDD
NetworkingOnboard (See Motherboard)Onboard (See Motherboard)- Gigabit Ethernet- Killer Wireless AC w/ Bluetooth- Killer E2200 Gigabit Ethernet- Intel Wireless AC 7260 w/ Bluetooth
Starting MSRP$999$1,599$2,399$2,149