Origin Genesis Desktop Gaming System Preview

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The System: Origin's Genesis Desktop

 
Origin PC Genesis Desktop Gaming System
System Specifications

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

Motherboard

EVGA X58 Classified

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Memory
6GB Corsair Dominator DDR3
DDR3-1600MHz

Graphics Cards

2x ATI Radeon HD 5970 

CPU Cooling

Koolance High Performance Liquid Cooling

Audio

Onboard

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

Optical Drive
12X Blu-ray Burner

Accessories
Logitech G9X Laser Mouse
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110

Case
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
1 eSATA
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)

Now that you've seen the system specs on paper (and they're pretty darn fine), let's peak inside the case.

   
Origin PC Genesis Desktop Gaming System

The photo on the left shows the Corsair 800D's side window, while the thumbnail on the right details the installed configuration we received. If you look just to the right of the video cards, you'll notice a plastic cover that's been opened. This backplane connects to each of the installed SATA drives in a configuration that vastly simplifies cable clutter.

   

The CPU socket and rear side of the motherboard. Note that the hatch behind the CPU socket allows comfortable access to the heatsink mounting hardware. This accomplishes two things. First, it gives the user room to work, and second, it ensures this feature of the 800D will be accessible to virtually any motherboard from Intel or AMD.

The behind-the-scenes cable routing isn't the most elegant we've ever seen, but there's plenty of room for the clutter behind the motherboard tray and it remains out of sight. 

Origin's Genesis desktop is well-built and the company stands firmly behind its product. In light of its specifications, this system should offer absolute top-end performance—a topic we'll investigate in the final review. Stay tuned to HotHardware for the full scoop just after our CES coverage.

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