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In addition, the F131 employs MAINGEAR's EPIC 120 closed loop liquid cooling solution. The EPIC 120 features CoolIT's patented micro-fin cold-plate, removing heat from the CPU in an efficient manner, fed by the cold air intake of the F131's side intake, where it doesn't receive the warmer, ambient internal heat. Instead it is fed a constant supply of cooler external air. And there's no fuss with refilling liquid or maintenance of any kind. Just 50,000 hours MTBF of extraordinary performance.

But we didn't stop there when it came to cooling performance. To further the efficiency of our cooling technologies, we introduced our EPIC T1000 phase change metal alloy thermal interface material. The EPIC T1000 was designed to fill any micro-asperities in the CPU lid or cold plate in a way that no traditional paste can, resulting in the lowest resistance heat path of any thermal interface product on the market, delivering higher overclocks and lower temperatures. Learn more about the EPIC T1000

Our original, award winning desktop.

For the first time the F131 features VRTX (Vertical Exhaust) Cooling Technology in the original SHIFT. With a 90 degree rotated design, the all new F131 leverages the heat stack principle to harness the natural behavior of hot air as it rises, drawing in cool air from below. This keeps the new F131 cool and quiet and allows us to integrate powerful components in a smaller space. The result is the same power and performance as the old F131 in a design that is 38% smaller and 56% smaller than the SHIFT, meeting the demands of our customers for a smaller version of the SHIFT without compromise.

The F131 is our original high performance desktop, and we wanted to make sure we got this right. So we canvassed what our customers were purchasing. We took a look at the most powerful F131 configurations our customers were ordering and found that 33% of all F131 designs were loaded up on dual graphics, watercooling, lots of RAM, an SSD drive for their OS, and a mechanical drive or two for data and storage. This plus all lower end configurations that might only have one GPU and/or air cooling comprised most of our F131 customers. So we knew our design target had to satisfy them. And we feel the new F131 more than meets our goal of designing a smaller system without compromising on performance. With today's lower power consumption GPUs and CPUs thanks to 28nm and 22nm lithography, we knew that micro-ATX was logical step for the F131.
All The Best, None Of The Rest.

The new F131 easily supports dual GPUs, the EPIC 120, up to 64GB of RAM (F131 Super Stock [X79] configuration only) and power supplies up to 1000 watts, just like the old F131. And its footprint is much smaller, making it more suitable as a desktop that can sit ON your desk without taking it over. And with its clean, 360 degree aesthetics, it looks good from any side.
integrated awesomeness.

One key area we didn't want to sacrifice on was expandability and included features. And that means motherboards that include features not found in boring, bloated, commodity PCs. Motherboards that integrate as many features and options as possible and don't leave it up to you to add in discrete solutions that can take up valuable expansion room better suited towards GPUs for a more balanced PC experience and power for 3D gaming.

That's why our motherboard choices for the F131 feature some robust support for the newest technologies including:

● High current, fast charging USB ports
● USB 3.0
● Intel Gigabit LAN
● mSATA slots
● Mini PCI-Express for integrated wireless without taking up a full sized slot
● Robust overclocking*
● Premium onboard sound with a shielded design supporting THX TruStudio Pro, EAX 5.0, and more*
● SLI and CrossFire*
● High frequency, low latency DDR3 up to 64GB*

*available on certain motherboard choices


Featuring the very best from Intel and AMD, the F131 always features the latest processing technologies. Choose from Intel's behemoth Core i7 3960X six-core processor with HyperThreading, or their third generation Core i7 3770K with 22nm TriGate 3D transistors. Both feature robust PCI-E 3.0 support for multiple GPUs, and incredibly fast peripheral controllers such as native SATA 6G, USB 3.0, and Gigabit networking. For those looking for the best on a budget, AMD's alternative FX processor is a true eight core powerhouse with native speeds up to 4.2GHz, at a very reasonable price.

pixel tapestry

The heart of a MAINGEAR everyday super computer is the GPU. While the CPU tends to get the spotlight at first blush, those of us who design dream PCs know that a good graphics processor is the key to a mind-blowing PC experience. From 3D graphics (in real 3D with technology like NVIDIA's 3D Vision Surround) to GPU accelerated video transcoding, the highly parallel nature of the GPU is being leveraged more and more by modern operating systems and programs. We proudly feature the very best from NVIDIA and AMD, in multiple configurations, with more than enough intelligent design to keep them cool and quiet. So go ahead, load up on GPU horsepower and crank the settings to 11. Play on a 30" monitor, or three, or in 3D, and experience what truly fluid gameplay is supposed to be like.
all your stuff quickly ACCESSIBLE

With support for up to an SSD OS drive, mSATA caching drive, and three mechanical drives, the F131 offers the latest of every kind of storage technologies. With options for fast, cutting edge SATA 6G hard drives, 10,000rpm mechanical drives, or even inexpensive caching SSDs, the F131 can also be configured with RAID options for speed, data protection, or a combination of both. We offer you limitless ways to customize how you want to store and keep your data.
Premium Memory – Not So Commoditized

At MAINGEAR we believe that anywhere we can increase performance we are creating a force multiplier. Taken together, these force multipliers add up to a custom PC experience that truly exceeds that of the boring, bloated commodity PC so commonly found on the store shelves. So that means that we employ premium memory solutions from the very best in the industry. Corsair is one of those brands, and they offer high frequency, low-latency memory that stands the test of time and delivers performance and reliability in a way that we demand of in our systems.

Large, multi-national computer manufacturers have commoditized the PC market by subsidizing their products with the installation of intrusive, third party software. They are paid to do this. This software bogs down your system and prevents it from running at its highest potential. It also has the tendency to make your system unstable or may conflict with software you wish to install. All MAINGEAR systems eschew these tactics as we believe that YOU are the customer, not a third party software provider. We build purebred PCs designed for performance and reliability, not billboards and advertisments.