Origin Genesis Midtower 2011 Desktop PC Review

Sun, Dec 25, 2011

Hardware Reviews

Origin Genesis Midtower 2011 Desktop PC Review

Overview

Origin was the first to incorporate the Intel Core i7 2600K processor into a gaming system and overclock it from 3.4 GHz to an astounding 5.0 GHz. Coupled with customized cases and state-of-the-art liquid cooling technology, a battle-ready gaming system is born. With years of expertise in building systems, the company released its latest player in the $2000 PC market, the Origin Genesis Midtower 2011 Desktop PC.

Specifications

The Origin Genesis Midtower 2011 Desktop PC features the following components:

  • Intel Core i7 2600K 4.7 GHz processor
  • 4GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
  • NVDIA GeForce GTX 570 video card
  • 1TB 7200 rpm hard drive
  • Origin’s proprietary liquid cooling system
  • 750 watt power supply

Special Features

  • Quality Custom Casing. Origin offers excellent casings from Lian Li, Silverstone, and Corsair. In addition, they also accept custom casing designs.
  • Proprietary Cooling System. Origin utilizes its own liquid cooling system with the Origin FROSTBYTE 120 and Origin CRYOGENIC Custom liquid cooling solutions. An Asetek 120 mm radiator complements the liquid cooling system to maintain stable CPU temperature.
  • Origin Overclock Guarantee. Origin was the first to overclock the Intel Core i7 2600K up to 5.0 GHz. Origin technicians are trained to overclock CPUs and keep it stable for consistent and reliable performance.

Pros

There is plenty of room for expansion on this gaming system: one (1) HDD bay, two (2) 5.25 inch drive bays, two (2) DIMM slots, two (2) PCI x8 slots, and one (1) PCI x16 slot. There is a third PCI x16 slot but an internal USB card is in the way. Installing a second video card is possible but a certain amount of rearranging would be required. However, heating issues would be more likely to occur.

In terms of connectivity, the front panel of the casing provides the following: microphone and headphone jacks, a card reader with USB port, an eSATA port, and two USB 3.0 ports. Meanwhile, the back portion has eight USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Bluetooth receiver, dual gigabit Ethernet port, PS/2 mouse-keyboard combo port, 7.1 surround sound ports, and two eSATA ports. In addition, the video card provides a mini-HDMI port and two DVI ports.

Game testing on the Origin Genesis Midtower 2011 Desktop PC shows modest results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (32 fps), Call of Duty 4 (81 fps), Call of Pripyat (32 fps), and Just Cause 2 (24 fps).

Cons

One component which was obviously lacking on the base model was a Blu-Ray player, considering that most gaming systems in the same price range has one.

The Verdict

It is a common fact that Origins is founded by people from Alienware who left after the Dell acquisition. On a positive note, their expertise in creating a powerful yet reliable system is evidently showing in the Genesis. The combination of customizable hardware components, a proprietary liquid cooling system, a team of overclocking experts, an impressive custom artwork department, and dedicated customer and technical support, is definitely hard to beat in the gaming system market.

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