Pros

  • Triple Titan video cards
  • Extreme performance
  • Excellent case design

Cons

  • Side panel can be difficult to remove
  • Extreme price tag

At A Glance

This incredibly expensive performance desktop packs premium components and water-cools them to deliver benchmark-destroying performance while remaining whisper quiet.

Manufacturer’s Description

Featuring Maingear VRTX (Vertical Exhaust) Cooling Technology, the Shift was the first system to employ a vertical, heat stack design to dissipate heat out the top of the chassis, not the back, harnessing the natural behavior of hot air to rise, and drawing in cool air from the bottom. This promotes cooler running temperatures under load, less work for the system fans which leads to quieter operation, and increases overclocking and performance potential.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.maingear.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7-4770K
Processor speed 4700.0 MHz
Number of Cores 4.0
Display
Included monitor No
Graphics
Graphics Type Discrete
Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan
Number of Graphic Cards included 3.0
Graphics Memory 6.0 GB
Video Memory Type GDDR5
Storage
Drive 1 size 240.0 GB
Drive 1 type Solid-State Drive
Drive 2 size 240.0 GB
Drive 2 type Solid-State Drive
Drive 3 size 240.0 GB
Drive 3 type Solid-State Drive
Drive 4 size 240.0 GB
Drive 4 type Solid-State Drive
Drives included 4.0
Raid type RAID 0
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • Audio - Center/Bass Out (1/8
  • Audio - Microphone In (1/8
  • Audio - Rear Surround Out (1/8
  • DVI (dual link)
  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • Line In 1/8
  • Line Out 1/8
  • PS/2 - Keyboard
  • PS/2 - Mouse
  • SATA 3.0
  • USB 3.0
  • VGA
Wireless connection
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
Memory
Memory size 16384.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Dimensions
Width 8.6 inches
Depth 21.5 inches
Height 8.6 inches
Weight 60.0 pounds
Optical Drive
Included Drives
  • Blu-ray Reader
  • Blu-ray Writer
Storage Media
Memory stick Yes
Compact flash Yes
SD card Yes
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
Case
Chassis style Tower

Performance

Product Type
Subcategory Performance
Overall Rating
Worldbench Score 435.0
Worldbench Version 8.1
Start Up
Start Up 29.7   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMARK 7693.0   score (higher is better)
Web Performance
Peacekeeper 4101.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 5889.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 36.6   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 202.7   seconds (lower is better)
Image Editing - GPU Accelerated 44.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 126.0   seconds (lower is better)
Encoding Audio 155.2   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 20.4   Watt hours
Idle power usage 106.7   Watts
Gaming
3DMark, Ice Storm 164658.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Cloud Gate 35686.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike Extreme 11514.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike 20388.0   score (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 108.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 159.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1024x768 189.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 56.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 63.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Low Quality, 1024x768 93.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 135.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 181.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Low Quality, 1024x768 305.1   Frames per second (higher is better)