The Origin of Speed: Origin's Genesis Gaming System - HotHardware

The Origin of Speed: Origin's Genesis Gaming System

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Last week, we brought you a preview of newcomer Origin PC's Genesis desktop and announced a system giveaway (details available here).  At that time we noted that "there's a new company joining the ranks of boutique system builders with customization options that could turn the head of even the most die-hard DIY-er. The paint is scarcely dry on the Origin logo—the business opened on November 17th—but the corporation's three founders each spent a decade at Alienware prior to founding Origin. "

Now it's time to investigate the system's actual performance as shipped. With a list price of $4999 as configured, this particular Genesis system is breathing some rarefied air indeed. Our expectations are similarly high; any company marketing a $5000 system has to demonstrate it's got all its bases covered. We were happy with Origin's warranty terms and promise of lifetime support when we previewed the system; let's see if the company's hardware selection and system performance are commensurate with its lifetime support and personalized care.

Origin PC Genesis Desktop Gaming System - As tested, flat black...

Origin PC Genesis Desktop Gaming System
System Specifications

Intel Core i7-920 2.66GHz (base, 3.8GHz Factory OC)


EVGA X58 Classified

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

6GB Corsair Dominator DDR3

Graphics Cards

2x ATI Radeon HD 5970 

CPU Cooling

Koolance High Performance Liquid Cooling



Hard Drive
Intel 80GB MLC SDD
2x RAID 0 (1TB Western Digital 7200 RPM)

Optical Drive
12X Blu-ray Burner

Logitech G9X Laser Mouse
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110

Corsair Obsidian Series 800D
Width: 9.0" (229mm)
Depth: 24"" (609mm)

Height: 24" (609mm)

Power Supply
1200W ThermalTake Toughpower

Available Expansion Slots
1x PCIe x16

1x PCI

1x PCIe (SATA)

Front Panel I/O Ports

4 USB 2.0
1 FireWire 1394A

1 Headset
1 Mic

Rear Panel I/O Ports
1 PS/2 keyboard

1x SPDIF Input

1 CMOS Reset

8 USB 2.0
2 RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet
1 IEEE 1394A
8-channel audio I/O
1 SPDIF Digital/Optical Output

Warranty and Support

1 year limited parts

(2-3 year options available)

Lifetime free online/phone support

Lifetime free labor

Our review unit, in the flesh
Price: $4,999.00 USD (as tested)

As high as the $4,999 price tag is, our tested configuration is scarcely Origin's affordable model; it's possible to build a system using the company's configurator for less than half that price. The rig we've got is obviously meant as a flagship for the company—let's see if Origin has what it takes to hang with the big dogs.    

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The cable management is more or less the best I've seen and the PC as a whole is incredible!!!

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Yes; as I expected looking over there website as well as there seeming attention to detail in there builds from what I could tell, as a boutique builder Origin is pretty much flawless. As compared to other boutique builders I actually thought there prices for components as well as there awesome support and as a whole package there on the very top of my list. I am somewhat confused though if this is the system for the contest or if these are just systems they build which is what I am thinking. The system for the contest from what I understood had a TWKR CPU. SO as I said I assume this is just a review of a product system. Either way there performance lines and outcomes are just beautiful, and because of this I can tell they are enthusiasts like most users on this forum.

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I guess you get what you pay for with this setup, pure power and undeniable good service. The front page case has to be one of my favorite case artworks ever.

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Yeah; I and of course many if not most on here could build this. However; it is the detail they do there work in as well as the customization that they do, which is beyond what I would do. I could do something like this of course, but it is more difficult for a solo builder. The main point here is that through the detail I see, and the automatic support offered I would trust them That is the biggest factor for me in a PC purchase especially if I am not personally building it. I know I am committed to my PC being solid, and therefore performing as such. When if I buy one similar from Alienware even though it looks custom to a degree it is still cookie cutter if you get my drift. Therefore the attention to detail and every small point on these means I get a system as solid as I would make.

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Very good looking system. That's some crazy wattage draw!

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Crazy draw is almost an understatement... gaming for a few hours would be like running a hair dryer for a few hours! lol

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I guess if you have $4,000 to drop on a PC though you have money for the power bill.

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Very good looking system. That's some crazy wattage draw!

Don't think of it as a computer with a high draw, think of it as a space heater that kicks ass.

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^lol... thats how i think of mine...

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I agree rj there support seems to be phenomenal which is a very large consideration in buying one of these types of systems. Thethe tests. pricing is also very good compared to other boutique builders. One thing specifically is Alienware which is often included when looking at these types of systems in benchmarking. I don't really get that as Alienware is not Alienware any more, but Dells performance department. I would not therefore really classify them as the same type of OEM, and believe both there testing and attention to detail along with several other things invalidate them for the subject of this type of testing.

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