F131

by Maingear

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F131 Super Stock

by Maingear

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7600U-UR308

by Acer

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Predator AG3620-UR12

by Acer

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Pros
  • User-friendly chassis
  • Chart-topping performance
  • Acoustic-dampening panels keep things quiet
  • Readily accessible internal bays
  • Easy to use, built-in gesture controls
  • Full-sounding audio from built-in speakers
  • Mobile components deliver less performance than other desktop PCs
  • Powerful CPU
  • 32GB of memory
  • Slide-out drive tray with SATA connections
Cons
  • Dual-core processor may be an Achilles' heel
  • Plain, boring case
  • Flimsy kickstand for the weight of the system
  • Weak video card
  • Just one x16 PCIe slot
  • Relatively poor gaming performance
At A Glance

Offering a strong overclock and a readily accessible chassis, Maingear’s F131 clambers to the top of the mainstream PC chart.

Maingear’s F131 Super Stock clambers to the top of our mainstream chart in a hard-fought battle.

The Aspire 7600U is a mesmerizing machine, but its mobile processor means less-than-impressive performance.

The Predator just isn't as ferocious as Acer would like us to think it is.

Specs

Processor

Processor speed 3.2  MHz 3.3  MHz 2500.0  MHz 3400.0  MHz
Processor type   Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5-3210M Intel Core i7 3770
Cache size   6.144  KB    
Processor count   1    

General Information

UPC Code 610373710217   886541733689 886541924292

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces eSATA Bluetooth|DVI (dual link)|FireWire Port (front)|HDMI|USB - Universal Serial Bus (front)|USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x8)|USB - Universal Serial Bus 3.0|eSATA HDMI|Line In 1/8|Line Out 1/8|USB 2.0|USB 3.0 Audio - Microphone In (1/8|Audio - Rear Surround Out (1/8|Audio - Side Surround Out (1/8|Bluetooth|DVI (dual link)|DisplayPort|USB 2.0|USB 3.0
SDXC Card or Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)   1.0    
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)   1.0    
SD/MMC Card   1.0    
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC)   Yes    
Ethernet Type   Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)|Wireless Ethernet - 540 Mbps IEEE802.11n   10/100/1000 Mbps

Memory

Memory size 4096.0  MB 8192.0  MB 8192.0  MB 32768.0  MB
Memory type DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3
Memory speed   1600.0  MHz   1600.0  MHz

Power

Power Supply Wattage 750.0  watts 660.0  watts    

Storage Media

Memory stick Memory Stick Memory Stick Memory Stick Memory Stick
Compact flash Yes Yes Yes Yes
SD card Yes Yes Yes Yes
XD picture card   1    

Case

Chassis style Tower (Midsize) Tower (Full)    

Graphics

Graphics Type   Discrete Discrete Discrete
Secondary Graphics Chipset   Nvidia GeForce    
Number of Graphic Cards included   2.0    
Video Bus   PCI Express-SLI    
Primary Graphics Chipset     nVidia Geforce GT 640M AMD Radeon HD 8760
Graphics Memory     2.0  GB 2.0  GB

Storage

Drive size   1250.0  GB    
Hard Drive Speed   7200.0  RPM    
Other storage   CompactFlash|Memory Stick|SD Card|SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card|SDXC Card|xD-Picture Card    
Drive type   Hard Disk Drive|Solid-State Drive    
Drives included     1.0 2.0
Drive 1 size       16.0  GB
Drive 1 type       Solid-State Drive
Drive 2 size       2000.0  GB
Drive 2 type       Hard Disk Drive

Expansion slots

Number of PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots   2.0    
Number of PCI-Express x16 slots   2.0    
Number of PCI-Express x8 slots   2.0    
Number of PCI-Express x1 slots   3.0    
Open PCI Express X1 Slots   3.0    

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Speed   30.0    
Included Drives       DVD Drive

Included Software

Operating System   Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   Microsoft Windows 8 Pro

Display

Included monitor     All-in-One  
Display size     27.0  inches  
Display type     Glossy LCD with LED Backlight  
Touchscreen     Multitouch  
Resolution     1920 x 1080  pixels  

Other Features

Devices     Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam|Wireless Keyboard  

Performance

Overall Rating

WorldBench 6 Score

152.0 215.0    
Worldbench Score

    51.0 227.0
Worldbench Version

    8 8.1

Office Productivity

Web Browsing

seconds (lower is better)

145.0 107.0    
Office Suite Use

seconds (lower is better)

327.0 291.0    
File Compression

seconds (lower is better)

126.0 109.0    
PCMARK

score (higher is better)

    907.0 2819.0

Content Creation

Image Editing

seconds (lower is better)

293.0 192.0 365.2 181.5
GPU Graphics Rendering

seconds (lower is better)

284.0 247.0    
CPU Graphics Rendering

seconds (lower is better)

267.0 143.0    
Video Encoding

seconds (lower is better)

184.0 107.0 212.5 248.5
DVD Burning

seconds (lower is better)

273.0 119.0    
Video Editing

seconds (lower is better)

151.0 131.0    
Encoding Audio

seconds (lower is better)

    255.4 198.8
Image Editing - GPU Accelerated

seconds (lower is better)

      66.3

Gaming

Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1024x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

190.2 336.9    
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1680x1050

Frames per second (higher is better)

186.7 334.2    
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1920x1200

Frames per second (higher is better)

183.9 332.3    
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 2560x1600

Frames per second (higher is better)

172.0 291.0    
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1024x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

127.0 208.7    
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1680x1050

Frames per second (higher is better)

126.9 207.3    
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1920x1200

Frames per second (higher is better)

125.7 214.3    
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 2560x1600

Frames per second (higher is better)

120.3 199.8    
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

  152.3    
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1680x1050

Frames per second (higher is better)

  108.8    
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1920x1200

Frames per second (higher is better)

  93.6    
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 2560x1600

Frames per second (higher is better)

  64.1    
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

  198.3    
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1680x1050

Frames per second (higher is better)

  164.1    
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1920x1200

Frames per second (higher is better)

  147.8    
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 2560x1600

Frames per second (higher is better)

  107.2    
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

  168.9    
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1680x1050

Frames per second (higher is better)

  113.4    
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1920x1200

Frames per second (higher is better)

  99.2    
Dirt 2, High Quality, 2560x1600

Frames per second (higher is better)

  64.7    
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

  221.5    
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1680x1050

Frames per second (higher is better)

  214.5    
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1920x1200

Frames per second (higher is better)

  195.1    
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 2560x1600

Frames per second (higher is better)

  122.1    
Dirt 2, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600

Frames per second (higher is better)

  57.0    
Far Cry 2, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600

Frames per second (higher is better)

  59.8    
3DMark 11, 1280x720 Performance

score (higher is better)

    1845.0  
3DMark 11, 1920x1080 Extreme

score (higher is better)

    593.0  
Civilization V, Leader Benchmark, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

    27.1  
Civilization V, Leader Benchmark, High Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

    35.4  
Civilization V, Leader Benchmark, Low Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

    571.0  
Civilization V, Late Game View, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

    14.3 28.2
Civilization V, Late Game View, High Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

    16.2  
Civilization V, Late Game View, Low Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

    30.6  
Dirt Showdown, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

    13.9 31.6
Dirt Showdown, High Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

    35.4  
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

    71.6  
3DMark, Ice Storm

score (higher is better)

      85632.0
3DMark, Cloud Gate

score (higher is better)

      12995.0
3DMark, Firestrike Extreme

score (higher is better)

      1187.0
3DMark, Firestrike

score (higher is better)

      2402.0
Civilization V, Late Game View, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600

Frames per second (higher is better)

      18.5
Civilization V, Late Game View, Low Quality, 1024x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

      102.5
Dirt Showdown, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600

Frames per second (higher is better)

      20.3
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1024x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

      203.7
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600

Frames per second (higher is better)

      3.2
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

      6.0
Crysis 3, Low Quality, 1024x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

      60.5

Multitasking

World Bench 6 Multitasking

  122.0    

Start Up

Start Up

seconds (lower is better)

    23.3 18.5

Web Performance

Peacekeeper

score (higher is better)

    2430.0 2995.0

Storage Performance

PCMark 7 Storage Test

seconds (lower is better)

    1376.0 2642.0
File Compression

seconds (lower is better)

    175.9 48.2

Power Usage

Working power usage

Watt hours

    8.3 9.2
Idle power usage

Watts

    34.8 33.8

Product Type

Subcategory

      Performance