18 Months Later: Origin's Genesis Desktop Revisited
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
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.