18 Months Later: Origin's Genesis Desktop Revisited - HotHardware

18 Months Later: Origin's Genesis Desktop Revisited

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One of the downsides to system reviews is that it's usually impossible to evaluate system reliability or performance over an extended period of time. Since boutique builders typically assemble rigs with a focus on solid warranties or top-level components, not being able to properly grade long-term reliability is an area of product coverage that some of you might find lacking.

Fortunately, we're currently in a position to investigate this sort of question with one particular product and perhaps on a higher level as well. About 18 months ago, we reviewed Origin's then-new Genesis system. The Genesis we looked at was a Core i7-920 overclocked to 3.8GHz with a Koolance water cooling system, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, and a brace of Radeon HD 5970s. In this article we'll discuss how well our original testbed has weathered the past 18 months, how we solved the few problems that arose, and compare its performance today with its previous results and a few newer systems. We're particularly curious to see how well the system's dual Radeon 5970 configuration (4 GPUs total) compares to current solutions. With "just" 1GB of RAM per GPU, it's possible we'll see the cards bottlenecking at ultra-high resolutions—but we honestly don't expect that to be an issue.

The Genesis, as originally tested. Dual Radeon 5970s, 6GB of DDR3-1600, Koolance water cooler, and 1200W PSU

Origin PC Genesis Desktop Gaming System (As Originally Tested)
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)

The Origin Genesis has been evaluated in two distinct ways. For the first nine months, we kept the system on hand as a testbed and used it to generate additional data for various reviews. This allowed us to test the exact same GPU configuration with updated drivers and gave us a high-end overclocking platform for certain motherboard reviews, but it wasn't representative of real-world daily usage.

Beginning in October 2010, we put the Genesis to use as a main system. Since then, it's served as the primary system of yours truly. We've compiled our opinion on the system's longevity this far out as well as our experience with various components. Performance comparisons follow as well.

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"Nice article, I dont think any gamer who owns a system like this has a reason to up upgrade anything else but the SSD. Step up and invest into a 120GB and it will be fine . The Dual 5970's are still a force to be wrecking with. This system was a beast back then and a beast now still. "


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Very good customer service :) Sounds like they know to keep the consumer happy. A happy person will recommend their friends which is good for both parties. The system is still a monster in the benchmarks and it's good to hear how well it has held up over time.

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Really, when you think about it, a Core i7-920 is plenty of horsepower to drive even a pair of 5970s under any game engine and enough CPU juice for any general task. No question this system has life span and then some but agreed, definitely need more room on that boot volume.

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Great idea for the article, I enjoyed it. It was interesting to see the problems you were having with the revodrive and the sound card. I built my first rig so I don't have anything constructive to say about oem's.

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I have not owned any OEM desktop systems personally in quite some time. But it sounds like Origin has it going on from the customer support perspective. I can say I have had both good and bad experiences with the customer service from at least 4 major vendors (Dell, HP, Toshiba, ACER) when it comes to customer support it all depends on the technical representative you get and mostly I was dealing with business support lines.

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My Cyberpower PC i7-870 is still running strong. I did replace the GTX285 with a GTX 570 but not because the 285 was defective. It is still working fine in another system.

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Nice re-review :D, it was a nice read and customer support part was nice also :)

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Great review here guys, glad to see Origin treated you all good as far as customer service goes.

Dave are you still going to be using this rig?

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I'm not running it, Joel is as a test system.

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I swear, there's a secret Cult of Dave around here sometimes. The rest of us exist too! Imagine how poor Marco feels! *grins* 

We'll continue to use the system for as long as it's useful to do so.

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