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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.

The SHIFT was designed to achieve a delicate balance of aggressive design with intelligent integration of high heat, high performance components, and the realities of size, weight, and cost restrictions that, when violated, merely lead to diminishing returns on your dollar. The result is that the SHIFT eschews gimmicky, finicky, and expensive cooling solutions that suck down hundreds of extra watts of power, create extra heat and noise, and merely make for good press. In other words, the SHIFT isn't a trailer queen, rather a purebred performance PC built for real enthusiasts BY real enthusiasts.
Maximum Vertical Airflow

In order to implement VRTX Cooling Technology, the SHIFT's motherboard has been rotated 90 degrees, allowing for all peripheral connections to be made at the top of the system, rather than the back. In order to protect and conceal these connections, a vented grill is installed at the top as well, which allows for plenty of space to connect multiple unwieldy DVI cables, etc. The finished result is a remarkably clean look – at every angle the SHIFT greets you with clean lines and no ugly wires. Even from the back, the SHIFT looks better than most computers from the front.

The SHIFT has won 18 Editors' Choice Awards in 29 months, including the 2011 CES Design and Innovations award, and it continues to set the standard for design aesthetics, features, and performance. The SHIFT combines the best of both air cooling and closed-loop, maintenance free liquid cooling to achieve its high performance and low noise profile. The GPU chamber is outfitted with a 180mm fan that is able to deliver constant and cool air at 130CFM and no more than 34dB @ 1200rpm. Its vertical heat stock design furthers to exhaust heat through the convection of hot air that is created in the nooks and crannies where traditional fans cannot reach. This hot air naturally rises, escaping the SHIFT through the top grill. Unlike similar looking black boxes, the SHIFT's design avoids turbulence, recycling of hot air through poorly engineered air flow, or negative pressure air chambers.
Enhanced Performance, Innovative Components (EPIC) Exclusively By MAINGEAR EPIC Research Labs

In addition, the SHIFT employs MAINGEAR's exclusive 180mm radiator, the EPIC 180. The world's largest single fan radiator, the EPIC 180's thermal efficiency rivals that of many hand built solutions costing hundreds more. Outfitted a 180mm fan design identical to the one that generously cools the GPUs, the EPIC 180 features CoolIT's patented micro-fin cold-plate, removing heat from the CPU in an efficient manner, and then bringing it down to the cold air intake of the SHIFT's side gills, where it doesn't receive the warmer, ambient internal heat, rather 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
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.

world class processors

Featuring the very best from Intel and AMD, the SHIFT always features the latest processing technologies, in dual (Quantum SHIFT workstations) or single CPU configurations. 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.

With support for up to 12 SSDs or 9 mechanical drives, the SHIFT 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 SHIFT 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 eschews 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.