The Origin of Speed: Origin's Genesis Gaming System

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We tested the Origin PC Genesis system as configured below, using the BIOS settings and drivers Origin shipped to us. Our three comparative systems were chosen to target a wide range of prices and various hardware configurations. This review gives us the opportunity to pit the overclocked 3.8GHz Core i5-750 system we reviewed last month against a similarly-clocked Core i7; we'll also evaluate how much additional oomph a brace of 5970s running in Quadfire CrossfireX mode can deliver over the Alienware ALX's dual 5870's.

For a More Detailed Look At The Origin PC Genesis' Internals
Be Sure To Check Out Our Preview Article

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Performance Comparisons

System 1:

Origin Genesis

Intel Core i7-920 @ 3.8GHz
EVGA X58 SLI Classified
6GB Corsair DDR3-1600
2x ATI Radeon 5970 Crossfire
2TB WD Caviar Black RAID 0
Win 7 Home Premium x64

Price: $4,999 USD

System 2:

Digital Storm i750

Intel Core i5 750 @ 3.8GHz
4GB Mushkin DDR3-1600
1TB WD Caviar Black
Vista Home Premium x64

Price: $ 1896.00 USD

System 3:

Alienware Aurora ALX

Intel Core i7 975 3.33GHz
Alienware X58 MicroATX
6GB Corsair DDR3-1600
ATI Radeon 5870 CrossFire
1TB Seagate HDD RAID 0
Vista Home Premium x64

Price: $ 4,074.00 USD

System 4:
CyberPower Gamer Extreme 3000 

Intel Core i7 860 2.8GHz
Asus P7P55D Delux P55
4GB Kingston DDR3-1600
1.5TB Seagate HDD
Vista Home Premium x64

Price: $ 1,599.00 USD

One difference between the Origin PC and the rest of the systems listed is that the Origin system is the first 64-bit Windows 7 rig we've benchmarked. This discrepancy could impact our comparative testing, but the impossibility of retesting all the systems in question means a break point is required.

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