Wallace Santos, the founder and CEO of MAINGEAR, says he comes into the office every day driven by the knowledge that many in the industry refer to his products as being among the best in gaming PCs. As a result, speed — particularly read/write speed — is one of the top criteria he looks for when sourcing storage for his high-end, custom-build PCs.
“My customers are coming to MAINGEAR because of two things: craftsmanship and performance. They want the bleeding edge of everything,” explains Santos. “They know the ins and outs of what they want since a lot of these customers actually built their own systems in the past.”
Today, they’re looking for systems that can handle the rigors of high-end, graphic-intensive multiplayer games. In addition, many of MAINGEAR’s customers have become content producers as well, streaming and recording video of their gameplay. Both use cases mean that systems must be stable, fast and reliable.
“We’ve got customers firing up a game that’s very demanding, and then they’re recording that game and livestreaming the game on Twitch,” Santos said. “So now their SSD drive is constantly getting pinged. Think of it like your own brain if you had 10 employees asking you to do things for them all at once. It’s the same idea with the gaming application and an SSD drive. You have your game recording, you’re broadcasting, and the actual game application is running. The last thing you want is for that SSD to be a bottleneck.”
In addition, MAINGEAR’s component choices are very public, since the company interacts with thousands of people in live-build video streams. Every one of their component choices is dissected and discussed extensively online. There’s no room for subpar, average or even above-average SSDs. MAINGEAR needs the best options available for its discerning customer base.
Finally, form factor, noise, heat and power efficiency must be taken into consideration. MAINGEAR’s custom-built cases are streamlined to bring the performance and cooling of a full-sized desktop to a compact chassis — without compromise. This means any SSD drive must be compatible and able to handle the higher temperatures and smaller, more aesthetically pleasing cases that make up MAINGEAR’s product line.