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

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
EVGA P55 FTW ATX
4GB Mushkin DDR3-1600
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 SLI
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
EVGA NVIDIA GTX 295
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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I wish I had that kind of money. :P

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Some very impressive numbers from the OriginPC. Though I would have liked to see it matched up against similarly configured system, with similar OS.

And as bad as the dual 5970's are in terms of power consumption, it runs a lot cooler and less noisier than the GTX 295.

The CyberPower Gamer Extreme 3000 still remains a decent system for its price point.

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I'd like to see it up against the Voodoo's Omen Portends $7K Gaming Rig and the Maingear F1X series that just came out.

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This config would kill Maingear's F1X 750:

Processor: Origin's Intel i7-920 (3.8GHz Factory OC)   vs F1X's Intel Core i7 975  (OCed to 3.66GHz)

Memory:     Origin's 6GB Corsair 1600MHz                     vs F1X's 12GB 1333 MHz

Video:         Origin's 2xATI Radeon HD 5970                   vs F1X's Dual AMD ATI Radeon HD 5870 in CrossFire

Power:        Origins 1200 Watt                                            vs F1X's 910 Watt

Both have 80 GB SSD's, Blu-Ray burners, etc, for a $159 cheaper.

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Still, it is nice to see them compete, especially when they are coming out at the same time and have similar price points (maybe not the base F1X, you are right there, about $1k cheaper than the test rig origin set HH up with). Anyways, it is hard to beat when it posts performance like that AND comes with the sick paint jobs that Origin has been showing off.

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I agree with gibbersome the memory bandwidth alone of the 1366 920 as well as the PCI-X bandwidth is basically +30% default versus an 1156 chipset system. Then both are overclocked which has a big draw on a low bandwidth system.

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Wow, some crazy speed there. Crazy prices too, though, but it sounds like Origin would be a very, very good company to work with.

On a side note, why were some of the tests scaled down here? For example Crysis? Why not put everything on high, to see just what exactly it can do?

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Plus, this monster comes with dual 5970's! No config that's been mentioned so far comes close to that.

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Wow. The cable management is SICK. And I love the case design. Too many builders make tacky cases.

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And the airflow in the case looks great as well, I counted 5 fans. Yeah, I love the neuron case exterior, just beautiful.

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