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ORIGIN Gensis Overclocked Quad SLI Gaming PC Review - Dual GTX 690s

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: ORIGIN PC

Specifications and Outside Features

In recent weeks we have been getting a lot of requests for system reviews, but when ORIGIN PC approached us about testing a super-high-end system with dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690s, we were definitely interested.  When we were told to expect a 4.9 GHz Sandy Bridge-E platform to base those Quad SLI GPUs on, we were sold. 

ORIGIN PC has been around since 2009 when several people started the company after leaving Alienware.  While boutique computer builders are still fairly common in today's market, ORIGIN tries to differentiate with ideas like lifetime (yes, lifetime) phone and forum support for your system, lifetime labor for upgrades and services and 72 hours of burn in testing on each machine. 

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The rig we are looking at today falls under the Genesis brand and is the highest end starting point for a custom PC from ORIGIN.  Options for this series include Sandy Bridge-E, Ivy Bridge and even AMD FX processors all with water cooling, multi-GPU configurations and of course, fancy lighting.

Here is a quick overview of the most prominent specs:

  • Corsair 800D chassis
  • Intel Core i7-3930K 6-core Sandy Bridge-E @ 4.9 GHz
  • Intel DX79SR Motherboard
  • Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 4GB cards (Quad SLI)
  • 16GB DDR3-1866 quad-channel memory
  • 1200 watt Corsair AX1200i Power Supply
  • Dual 120GB Corsair Force GT SSDs in RAID 0
  • 1TB Seagate 7200 RPM SATA 6G HDD
  • Custom ORIGIN Cryogenic liquid cooling setup on CPU

Our estimated cost is...$5,750. 

Continue reading our review of the ORIGIN Genesis overclocked Quad SLI gaming system!!

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Some of the more expensive ORIGIN PCs ship in impressive looking and feeling wooden crates as our did and I have to say it certainly gives you a strong first impression.  High quality (and high priced) systems like this definitely need to give the buyer a sense of that quality in the buying process as well as the components and build itself. 

Make sure you have your drill ready when your PC arrives. You won't want to open this with a hand crank screwdriver.

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Removing the system and opening it up you'll find a bit of Instapak that ORIGIN uses to attempt to keep the insides of the system in tact during shipping.  Removal is easy and quick.

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Our system was built with the Corsair 800D and a windowed side panel to give you a glance at all of the expensive hardware inside.  You can show off your white water cooling tubes, dual graphics cards, 1200 watt power supply and even turn on the lights (we'll show you a bit later). 

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This is a chassis we have seen many times before so we won't dive too much into it but you should know that the Corsair 800D remains one of my favorite high end cases on the market.  My personal system at home is build around one before the USB 3.0 internal cabling was added.

On the front of the ORIGIN Genesis is the Blu-ray burner drive, a 40-in-1 memory card reader as well as the reservoir for the water cooled components for the processor.  The window into the 5.25-in bay reservoir will let you monitor the fluid level in case you need to add any of the extra bottle that ORIGIN provides.

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The Corsair 800D has four hot swappable drive bays on the front of it and ORIGIN is using them for the 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive included for storage.

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On the back of the system we find the external connections on the motherboard that give you some details of the features included like 10 total USB ports, four of which are USB 3.0.  Firewire, dual Gigabit Ethernet connections and analog and digital 8-channel audio support round out the config.

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The Corsair AX1200i power supply will have enough power to push all of these components along with our overclocked Sandy Bridge-E processor.  We did recently review the AX1200i so I would encourage you to teach yourself about this impressive PSU. 

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Up top the Corsair's triple 120mm area is occupied by three-quarters of your water cooling radiators which creates a bit more noise that we would like.  We'll discuss that once we head inside the system on the following page...

November 5, 2012 | 04:21 PM - Posted by Humanitarian

WTS: 1xUsed Kidney, average condition - $5751

I'm kinda surprised they never bothered to watercool the VRM's seeing as there's more than enough radiator to. I'd probably even try running the GFX cards on water as well. But yeah, pretty sweet machine and lifetime warranty is a nice touch.

February 26, 2013 | 08:22 AM - Posted by Dwayne (not verified)

Are you aware that your website is coming up with errors in Firefox?

I needed to open IE to finish reading. No biggie,
nevertheless, you might want to take a look at that.
I'm positive it is costing you a number of readers.

my page ... new article

November 5, 2012 | 05:21 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Cables/Wires. That is just so wrong..

November 5, 2012 | 09:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous2 (not verified)

I promise not to complain about the wires when PCPer holds the Origin Genesis Giveaway :^)

November 5, 2012 | 06:35 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The CPU loop is just that to cool the CPU, the fans on the radiator do not cool the chipset, if you want mobo cooling a full chipset water block would take care of that, let the watercooling experts do the review for the watercooling bits.

November 5, 2012 | 06:55 PM - Posted by Wolvenmoon (not verified)

Man, for that price I'd want everything on the mobo+both of the GPUs in the water cooling loop.

November 5, 2012 | 09:42 PM - Posted by Billgatez (not verified)

That top card is probably starving for cool air.

November 6, 2012 | 02:18 AM - Posted by robogeoff (not verified)

I had two GTX 580s that ran too hot stacked on top of each other. How do those 690s do with stock cooling?

Those GTX 690s should probably be in a water loop of their own, but that would add considerable cost to an already extremely overpriced rig.

November 6, 2012 | 11:31 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Great review but your price estimation is way below since I tried to customized the same specs. you have in origin site and when I reached the dual 690 its already 6K in which I still don't have hard drive & memory.

November 6, 2012 | 03:46 PM - Posted by mgripy

Oh my that is sweet, but the cabling on the backside is so bad.

November 6, 2012 | 10:02 PM - Posted by D1RTYD1Z619

I would totally buy this to play Plants vs zombies and Bejeweled at max settings.

November 8, 2012 | 12:34 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Damn dual 690's is so overkill but sooooooooo sexy. I think the price estimation is way too low too there's no way they will only charge 5k for this the thing is a powerhouse. I got a pc from ironsidecomputers.com for a really good price i think they are someone to watch out for.

November 8, 2012 | 09:26 PM - Posted by DMZ (not verified)

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Definition: physically attractive

November 10, 2012 | 10:00 AM - Posted by IAMPROHAHAYOUARENOT (not verified)

Shit, Shit i have better ;)

November 10, 2012 | 04:52 PM - Posted by UarenoobImproahha XD (not verified)

Hahahahahahahaha,nice joke XD

November 13, 2012 | 03:06 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Needs a better mobo. More & faster ram won't let the system or the price down.

November 19, 2012 | 03:33 PM - Posted by tiago almeida (not verified)

here buy 1 this machine in europe?

December 4, 2012 | 07:35 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

WTF did you just say to me?

December 21, 2012 | 08:33 PM - Posted by GregR (not verified)

I have a 3930k that I overclocked myself to 4.6ghz with just the multiplier, no voltage adjustment.

I have a Dell 30 inch ultrasharp monitor at 2560x1600.

I run Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3 and black ops 2 at ultra settings. I have one GTX 690 overclocked (boost speed)to 1225mhz with stock cooling.

The one GTX that I have doesn't even reach its full potential in any of these games. It doesn't even break a sweat.

The review only used one monitor, as do I. I can see two cards if your running three monitors in surround.

But what I don't understand, is when does the second GTX 690 kick in???? How is it even needed if one of them runs games smoothly at ultra settings, without reaching the boost speed????

December 21, 2012 | 08:34 PM - Posted by GregR (not verified)

I have a 3930k that I overclocked myself to 4.6ghz with just the multiplier, no voltage adjustment.

I have a Dell 30 inch ultrasharp monitor at 2560x1600.

I run Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3 and black ops 2 at ultra settings. I have one GTX 690 overclocked (boost speed)to 1225mhz with stock cooling.

The one GTX that I have doesn't even reach its full potential in any of these games. It doesn't even break a sweat.

The review only used one monitor, as do I. I can see two cards if your running three monitors in surround.

But what I don't understand, is when does the second GTX 690 kick in???? How is it even needed if one of them runs games smoothly at ultra settings, without reaching the boost speed????

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