Mainingear Turbo: Two Minute Review
The Mainingear Turbo is hands down the best custom gaming PC we’ve ever used, and it’s one we really didn’t want to give back.
The Turbo has incredible style, with several color options and even the option to have a custom logo painted on the PC, thanks to the company’s auto paint shop.
In fact, if you opt for the APEX custom liquid cooling lineup, you get one of the most unique, flagship liquid cooling options, although this option is a seriously pricey upgrade.
This probably brings us to the only major criticism of the Turbo we have, which is that their very best options are also very expensive. Just adding the APEX cooling solution adds $2,050 to the final starting price of the PC, which is a lot of money for what is essentially an aesthetic choice.
But if you’re looking at a Mainingear Turbo, you probably already know that a little bit. If you just want to play the best PC games at great frame rates, there are plenty of PCs that will do the job for less, but they will fade into the background and none of your friends will ever really notice them.
The Mainingear Turbo is meant to be on display, something you can watch while waiting for a match to start and admire the liquid cooling system doing its thing. In this it excels better than any small form factor PC we’ve ever reviewed, and if that’s what you’re looking for, this is the best gaming PC you’re going to find.
Mainingear Turbo: price and availability
- How much is it? From $1,899; $5,807 as rated.
- When is it out? It is now available.
- Where can you get it? Mainingear ships throughout the US. Contact for international shipping.
Mainingear Turbo: key specs
Here is the main turbo configuration sent to Ditching for review:
PROCESSOR: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D
Graphic: Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti with water cooling
RAM: 32GB DDR4
Storage: 1 x 1TB M.2, 1 x 2TB 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 RJ45 Ethernet, 1 x Line -in, 1 x line out, 1 x microphone
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Weight: Average weight: 35 lbs | 15.87 kg
Dimension (W x H x D): 12.3 x 14.4 x 6.7 in | 312.42 x 365.76 x 170.18mm
The Mainingear Turbo is available now starting at $1,899. This gets you an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor, an Nvidia RTX 3050 graphics card, a Maingear Epic 240 AIO Liquid Cooler, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD.
This also doesn’t come with any of the custom lacquer or RGB lighting options, so this would be a decidedly less noticeable piece. This is also more expensive than many of the best budget gaming PCs, many of which have similar specs to the Turbo.
However, where the Turbo really shines is once you start climbing the ladder to some of the more premium options. As judged with the specs on the right, the Mainingear Turbo costs $5,807.
Let that sink in.
Is this PC worth that price tag? Absolute. But with the APEX Cooling option for the Turbo starting at $3,949 this is going to be an expensive gaming PC if you really want to equip it. Fortunately, you can equip it, and there are many options for customization, so your price will vary accordingly. But keep in mind 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 pricing.
One thing to note is that unlike many custom PC builders, Mainingear does have options for: international shipping (opens in new tab)so while you may have to pay hefty import duties, you can at least do that, which isn’t something many custom stores offer.
Mainingear Turbo: Design
- Beautiful, small form factor
- Custom car paint options (you can even get a custom logo)
- APEX Cooling System is a work of art
The Mainingear 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 assembled around your specific PC build.
This gives the PC a very personal feel, especially if you opt for custom artwork and paintwork, making this a fantastic PC choice for streamers with a recognizable brand.
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’ll eventually need a hub, which could compromise the aesthetic you were hoping for.
With the APEX Cooling, this is also a much heavier PC than you’d expect for its size, but this shouldn’t come as a surprise. The radiator on top can get very hot, and while the APEX cooling does the job of keeping the inside of the Turbo running safely, it doesn’t use liquid nitrogen or anything like that, and so all that heat from the heavy hardware for use can sometimes rise to 85°C.
All that heat will bleed out of the top of the PC, so if you’re going to have intense gaming sessions with this thing, understand that there’s a mini space heater sitting next to you on your desk.
Maingear Turbo: Performance
- Performance varies by specification
Mainingear Turbo Benchmarks
Here’s how the main turbo performed in our series of benchmark tests:
Cinebench R23 Multicore: 13.733
3DMark night raid: 61,488; Fire Attack: 35,486; Time spy: 16,787; Port Royal: 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 because you have so many different configuration options, ranging from an RTX 3050 to an RX 6800 and RTX 3080 Ti.
The device we reviewed was about as high-end spec you’re going to get when it comes to raw performance rather than aesthetics. That said, in terms of performance, the Turbo is an incredible gaming PC, easily chewing through just about any AAA title you can throw at it.
From Cyberpunk 2077 to Hitman 3, ray tracing or no ray tracing (with DLSS on, of course), you can easily get through 1440p gaming on the highest settings and you can even mincemeat most games at 4K (but don’t go too much on the ray tracing).
Creative workloads are also handled very well on this PC, thanks to the RTX 3080 Ti. If you opt for the RX 6800 instead, you may be able to work with some of AMD’s CPU-GPU synergies, but you’ll definitely be dealing with a pure gaming PC at that point.
AMD RX 6000 series cards are worthless for creative work compared to even the humble RTX 3050. However, if you’re looking for the best workstation for creatives, you’re probably already looking elsewhere, so this shouldn’t be a problem for you.
Ultimately, you’re buying a gaming PC here, so whatever options you choose you’ll get great performance out of the Turbo, but if you want the best of the best, you’re going to have to put down some cash to make it happen.
Should I buy a Mainingear Turbo?
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Maingear Turbo: Report Card
|Where the||While it can get incredibly expensive, the Turbo has more affordable options, and so you’d be better off specifying a PC that fits your budget, as long as you can clear the entry fee.||3 / 5|
|Design||The Turbo is simply beautiful, especially if you opt for the more expensive APEX Cooling solution.||5 / 5|
|Performance||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|