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

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: ORIGIN PC

Internals and Components

Taking the door off the 800D happens with a simple button push and reveals all the goodies inside.

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Obviously the biggest draw here is going to be the pair if GeForce GTX 690s but the power supply and liquid cooling configuration are definitely pretty to look at.  In this shot you can see the 800D's compartmentalization and separation of the main components section from the power supply. 

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To the right you'll see the storage bays hidden behind the fans that ORIGIN has installed to keep them nice and cool. 

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Man, aren't those GPUs just dead sexy?  Any time you can get $2000+ of graphics technology in your PC you, and anyone that gets to gaze upon it, should be impressed.  The GeForce GTX 690 4GB card that NVIDIA released back in May (you can check out our initial review) is still the fastest graphics card on the planet and gets that mark by combining a pair of Kepler-based GK104 GPUs.  This ORIGIN Genesis has TWO of those cards. 

ORIGIN did decide to use the nice looking sleeved power cables that add a little tweak to the style.  I would have preferred them use a non-Intel branded SLI connection even though I am sure that is the one that comes with the X79 motherboard.

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The processor is being cooled via the custom Cryogenic system built on mostly Koolance components.  The liquid cooling tubing is substantial and the white color is one of several that is optional.  After a few years of using nothing but the self-contained maintenance free units it is nice to see some of the custom units once again.

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Most of the water cooling power of the Koolance configuration is seen at the top of the 800D chassis in the form of a 360mm radiator and a 120mm radiator on the rear of the case.  All of the radiators are double sided with 120mm fans as well so you will see eight total fans on the 480mm of total radiator. 

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This angle shows the 16GB of Corsair DDR3 Vengeance memory as well as an important area for the noise levels here.

The VRM of the Intel DX79SR motherboard partially located RIGHT THERE under the DX79SR logo on the blue heatsink above the processor.  In order to reach and maintain the 4.9 GHz overclock on all cores without any clock drops, ORIGIN told us that the temperature of the VRMs are more important than that off the CPU and since those aren't being air cooled they have to be sure to push enough airflow over them.  Thus, the fans on the Genesis are running at a much higher speed than they might otherwise have to.

Because of that, the sound levels on this rig aren't going be anything we might have considered "quiet" but for users interested in systems with Quad SLI, you should expect that.  Just don't plan to use this system as a HTPC in your living room as well.

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Rather using water or anything like that, ORIGIN is using Ice Dragon Cooling fluid and includes a bottle of it for people to use when refilling the system.  ORIGIN did tell me they only expect users to have to add about 1/5 of the reservoir after the first year and the initial aeration and just a bit more every couple of years after that.

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Looking at the rear of the 800D you will see the wires that run throughout the back of the system for the power cables, SATA cables, fans and more.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of cable clutter back here; so much that it actually causes the doors of the 800D to bow out a bit and is a frequent problem we have seen on the Obsidian cases from Corsair.  It is possible that ORIGIN could have done a bit more to clean this up but most users will rarely or ever see it.

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And let's not forget the LED light strip on the back of the system that is powerful enough to illuminate the entire chassis quite easily.  Using a remote control the user can select from many different colors and flashing or fading patterns.  It is a little bit of a hack installation with a small hole being screwed into the front 5.25-in bay to house the IR receiver for the remote, but the effect works. 

Here you can see the closest we had to NVIDIA green...

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Another look with a red color that I think counters the green on the GeForce GTX logo on the GTX 690s. 

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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Part of Speech: adjective
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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