Pros

  • Excellent performance in general purpose compute tasks
  • Superb gaming performance for an all-in-one
  • Takes up a lot of desk space; generates a lot of heat

Cons

  • Three massive, external power bricks

At A Glance

You buy a MainGear for gaming and the Alpha 24 games well, but design issues make us question the all-in-one form factor.

Manufacturer’s Description

Gaming on an all in one has always been an exercise in compromise. They use slower graphics processors, or mobile processors that don't have the same horsepower as their desktop, discrete namesake. But we're putting an end to all of that. Now you can get full power, no-compromise performance in an all-in-one that continues MAINGEAR's tradition of upgradeability, performance, and support.

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7-3770K
Processor speed 3500.0 MHz
Display
Display size 24.0 inches
Included monitor All-in-One
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Touchscreen Multitouch
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Graphics
Graphics Type Switchable
Primary Graphics Chipset nVidia GeForce GTX 680
Secondary Graphics Chipset Intel HD Graphics 4000
Number of Graphic Cards included 1.0
Graphics Memory 4.0 GB
Storage
Drive type Solid-State Drive
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • Bluetooth
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
Memory
Memory size 16.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Memory max 32.0 GB
Optical Drive
Included Drives DVD Drive
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Storage Media
SD card Yes
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Other Features
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam

Performance

Product Type
Subcategory All in One
Overall Rating
Worldbench Score 160.0
Worldbench Version 7
Start Up
Start Up 19.8   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMARK 3413.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
File Compression 378.0   seconds (lower is better)
Hard Drive File Operations 84.1   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 152.9   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 127.7   seconds (lower is better)
Encoding Audio 101.8   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 11.0   Watt hours
Idle power usage 71.2   Watts
Gaming
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 87.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1680x1050 90.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1024x768 92.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 96.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1680x1050 97.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 96.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1920x1080 144.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1680x1050 148.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1024x768 161.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1920x1080 178.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1680x1050 184.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1024x768 198.9   Frames per second (higher is better)