Origin PC Chronos Review: A Powerful Small Form Factor Desktop PC For 4K Gaming

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Origin PC Chronos: GTA V And Thief

Grand Theft Auto V
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series has been wildly successful for many years now, offering some of the edgiest story lines, game play tactics and objectives the gaming industry has ever seen. With psychopathic main characters, you are left in the depraved communities of Los Santos and Blaine County, to walk a path few would dare choose in real life, committing nefarious acts, robbing and pillaging to complete your objectives. In short, it's rather entertaining that you're tasked with leaving a virtual world worse off than you found it, consequences be damned. We benchmark GTA V at 1920x1080, 2560x1440, and 3840x2160 at the Very High Quality preset.

Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V

Origin PC Chronos GTA V

The Chronos was among the fastest systems we've ever tested in Grand Theft Auto V all the way up through a 4K resolution. And once again, while these framerates aren't the highest we've ever seen in this benchmark, they are the fastest from any system we've tested with a single graphics card. That will likely change in time—this is the first system we've received with a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti inside—but for now, full bragging rights belong to Origin PC.

Thief
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

Square Enix set the tone for Thief by saying, "Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into the City. In this treacherous place, where the Baron’s Watch spreads a rising tide of fear and oppression, his skills are the only things he can trust. Even the most cautious citizens and their best-guarded possessions are not safe from his reach." The Thief series has been popular for years, not only for its interesting story lines and unique gameplay, but because the games have consistently featured excellent graphics and imagery, and leveraged bleeding graphics edge technology, like AMD's Mantle API, for example.

thief screenshot
Thief

Origin PC Chronos Thief

Rounding things out is Thief, an appropriate name since the Chronos is stealing the show among gaming systems with a single graphics card. Skipping right to 4K, the Chronos averaged nearly 71 fps, which is more than 46 percent faster than the Alienware Aurora R5. It's also nipping at the heels of the Vybe, which costs more and has two GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards inside.

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