The Origin of Speed: Origin's Genesis Gaming System

Test System Configurations


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.

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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
4GB Mushkin DDR3-1600
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
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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