Image Credit: Bethesda
Forgot password
Enter the email address you used when you joined and we'll send you instructions to reset your password.
If you used Apple or Google to create your account, this process will create a password for your existing account.
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Reset password instructions sent. If you have an account with us, you will receive an email within a few minutes.
Something went wrong. Try again or contact support if the problem persists.
When enthusiasts think high-end, they think about MAINGEAR computers -- and with the F131, the company is setting out to redefine that perception again.

MAINGEAR Seeks Perfection With the F131 Gaming Desktop

When enthusiasts think high-end, they think about MAINGEAR computers -- and with the F131, the company is setting out to redefine that perception again.
This article is over 6 years old and may contain outdated information

If you’re a desktop PC enthusiast, you’re always looking for the next big thing in boutique PC gaming — and that next piece of gear or build so beyond high-end it’s silly. You know luxury gaming’s not only about performance but also about bells, whistles, and looks. 

Recommended Videos

Marketed to the elite gamer and indulgent enthusiast, MAINGEAR PC today announced the F131 gaming desktop at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. Packed into a thin case that resembles a console in some regards, the F131 houses a custom cooling system and, depending on the build you choose, some of the best (and most expensive) parts on the planet. 

The launch of our new F131 desktop sets a new benchmark in gaming desktops. While most manufacturers add liquid cooling to a system as an afterthought, the new F131 and APEX where [sic] designed together to provide unparalleled performance.

— Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR

Including options for dual SLI graphics cards, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, multiple HDD and SDD configurations, and much more, the F131 “can crush anything you throw at it,” according to MAINGEAR. If you visit the F131 build page, you’ll find various pre-builds and custom variations that range from $1,785 to $4,775 and beyond. 

But one of the main draws of the F131 isn’t necessarily its customizability but, presumably, its APEX ICS integrated cooling system. And as any PC gamer knows, cooling is one of the most important things to get right about any build. Made in concert with Bitspower, the F131’s APEX ICS cooling system features “failsafe dual pumps, pressure regulated parallel cooling, flow-rate and temperature sensing, and a high capacity reservoir”, according to MAINGEAR. The company also says that the F131 rig features both soft tube and hard tube cooling.  

Additionally, the F131’s slim case lets you fully customize the outside of the rig with custom artwork uploaded to the MAINGEAR website, or choose from the company’s pre-developed designs. Featuring the advanced MARC II painting process, there appear to be nearly countless customization options for the F131. 

Here are the base features per MAINGEAR’s CES press release:

  • New exclusive in-house designed chassis
  • Premium materials with steel core and Japanese brushed aluminium exterior
  • Tinted tempered glass side panel
  • Slim mATX form factor
  • Full controllable RGB interior and logo lighting
  • Available with the latest Intel and AMD CPUs, up to the 18-core 7980XE
  • Available with up to 2x NVIDIA Titan V graphics cards
  • Up to 64GB of high speed DDR4 memory
  • Options for high speed NVMe SSDs
  • Exclusive APEX ICS – Integrate Cooling System
  • Up to 420mm of radiator coverage
  • Options for closed-loop or custom open-loop liquid cooling
  • Options for MAINGEAR’s True Automotive Paint Finishes with new 2018 colors, including new Spectrum Chameleon Finishes
  • Options for MAINGEAR new MARC II full coverage custom artwork 
  • Lifetime US-based support

You can learn more and start your build on the F131 custom desktops page

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on the MAINGEAR F131 gaming desktop as it develops. 

GameSkinny is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
Image of Jonathan Moore
Jonathan Moore
Jonathan Moore is the Editor-in-Chief of GameSkinny and has been writing about games since 2010. With over 1,200 published articles, he's written about almost every genre, from city builders and ARPGs to third-person shooters and sports titles. While patiently awaiting anything Dino Crisis, he consumes all things Star Wars. He has a BFA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Creative Writing focused on games writing and narrative design. He's previously been a newspaper copy editor, ad writer, and book editor. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, watching football, and walking his three dogs. He lives on Earth and believes in aliens, thanks to Fox Mulder.