I used the Maingear MG-1 for a lot of playing Bethesda star field–who, despite being a power hog, does not No supports ray tracing as well as the latest update of Cyberpunk 2077, which yes. Both held up surprisingly well. After playing with the 3090 Ti on my main desktop, and even with the 4070 laptop GPU in the Razer Blade 14, I expected the 4060 to be a slight step downbut I played both games with minimal problems.
star field However, he was the one who fought the most. With settings on Ultra, at 1080p, I was able to consistently hit 30 frames per second, although the game did start to run a little slowly in busy areas, such as cities. Updates since the game’s release have improved performance a bit, but if you’re hoping to brute force your way through some less optimized games, you’ll at least want to move on to the MG-1 Platinumthat comes with an Nvidia RTX 4070.
While playing Cyberpunk 2077I was able to increase the graphics settings to the highest possible, including using the ray tracing features, which seem incredible—at 1440p (while testing a different display), but the system still struggled to break 50fps. When I switched back to my 1080p monitor, I was able to turn the ray tracing features back on and consistently hit 60fps.
Beyond that, however, the MG-1 is thankfully well tuned. There is almost no bloatware installed. It is mainly Microsoft’s own applications that come with all Windows PCs, such as Office applications.
Customization and repairability
The convenience of pre-built PCs can sometimes come at the expense of upgradeability, but fortunately Maingear has made it pretty easy to swap parts and upgrade components. The side glass panel is secured with two thumbscrews that come off easily. A second panel on the opposite side can be removed to handle cable management under the motherboard.
Almost all of the PC’s contents can be accessed from the main compartment, except for the power supply. It’s stored in a smaller compartment at the base of the tower, with power cables extending from a few holes to reach the motherboard where needed. This is also the space where hard drives will be mounted if you add them during customization. However, if you want to add drives later, you’ll need to get the brackets they mount on, as they don’t come with the PC without a drive.
Of course, it’s worth noting how much you can customize the PC before you even purchase it. Maingear Live 3D Configurator It allows you to swap parts, add upgrades, and change the RGB color to see how it will look with a different aesthetic. You can even upload your custom art for the front panel to preview what it will look like when printed.
The configurator displays your preferences in a 3D viewport that you can orbit and zoom, and it’s surprisingly detailed. By adding an HDD, for example, you’re not only adding the drive and brackets, you’re even adding the cable that goes to the SATA port exactly where it will be when it arrives. You can get more information here about your build than you’ve ever seen from any other PC builder.
The 3D configurator also checks the compatibility of all the parts you’ve chosen, so you can’t accidentally end up building a custom rig that doesn’t work. For example, when I selected the RTX 4090 graphics card, which would require much more power to run, the configurator lit up with bright yellow warnings telling me to choose a more powerful power supply before I could add the PC to my cart.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed using the Maingear MG-1 Silver. It’s worth noting here that you could probably get a similar, more powerful rig for less money if you build it yourself, like I did, but it’s still robust enough to handle some of the more demanding games. Better yet, it’s one of the easiest ways to get a custom gaming rig without having to learn how to build one from scratch. You can choose from a few preset options or choose which parts to upgrade in one easy-to-use interface and it will arrive fully assembled. All you have to do is plug it in and start playing.