The Origin of Speed: Origin's Genesis Gaming System

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Introduction and Specifications

Last week, we brought you a preview of newcomer Origin PC's Genesis desktop and announced a system giveaway (details available here).  At that time we noted that "there's a new company joining the ranks of boutique system builders with customization options that could turn the head of even the most die-hard DIY-er. The paint is scarcely dry on the Origin logo—the business opened on November 17th—but the corporation's three founders each spent a decade at Alienware prior to founding Origin. "

Now it's time to investigate the system's actual performance as shipped. With a list price of $4999 as configured, this particular Genesis system is breathing some rarefied air indeed. Our expectations are similarly high; any company marketing a $5000 system has to demonstrate it's got all its bases covered. We were happy with Origin's warranty terms and promise of lifetime support when we previewed the system; let's see if the company's hardware selection and system performance are commensurate with its lifetime support and personalized care.

Origin PC Genesis Desktop Gaming System - As tested, flat black...

Origin PC Genesis Desktop Gaming System
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)

As high as the $4,999 price tag is, our tested configuration is scarcely Origin's affordable model; it's possible to build a system using the company's configurator for less than half that price. The rig we've got is obviously meant as a flagship for the company—let's see if Origin has what it takes to hang with the big dogs.    

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