The Good Impressively overclocked Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge CPU sets new price-performance standard; overclocked graphics card provides gaming performance boost; polished build quality; comparatively power-efficient.
The Bad Drive bay cable rigging could be tidier; you'll want a beefier power supply than the one configured here to support a second graphics card.
The Bottom Line The Origin Genesis is the first system we've seen with Intel's new Sandy Bridge Core i7 2600K chip. Fast, and extremely overclockable, the new chip has provided Origin with a platform for a remarkably value-friendly gaming rig. Shop around for pricing as Sandy Bridge spreads among other vendors, but right now this is the $2,499 gaming PC to beat.
Origin Genesis (Intel Core i7 2600K)
Editors' note: Since this review posted, Intel announced a flaw in the Sandy Bridge P67 chipset used in this desktop., which affects certain data connection ports. As the hard drives on this system are not connected to the affected ports, we have no reason to believe that our performance results are compromised by the chipset flaw. If you order this system today, Origin will offer you several options, among them free shipping, labor, and parts replacement when the updated motherboards arrive from Intel. Intel has stated that the updated hardware will ship in the next four to six weeks.
This Origin Genesis gaming desktop was the first PC to hit our lab with Intel's new Core i7 2600K desktop CPU. Boasting impressive overclocking headroom and admirable power efficiency, this high-end quad-core chip sets a new standard for desktop CPU price-performance. We're also impressed with the desktop Origin has assembled around this chip. For $2,499, the Genesis outpaces older systems in the same price range, and even comes threateningly close to the performance of a $5,000 gaming desktop that uses the same new Intel CPU. We're also happy to see Origin maintain the commitment to strong build quality we saw in its debut last year. Be sure to compare prices for new Core i7s from the various boutique vendors, but short of a massive price disparity, we have no problem recommending the Origin Genesis for gamers and performance enthusiasts.
This incarnation of the Genesis is a more modest take on the Origin flagship line than the configuration we reviewed previously. Again, rather than being a full-tower, $5,000-or-so system, this Genesis comes in at $2,499, and it features a more manageable midtower chassis. The Lian Li PC-8NWX case looks clean enough, and a lockable, front-panel hard-drive bay provides convenient drive access with a touch of security. Inside, Origin's design shows most of the polish we expect in this price range. The internal hard-drive bays don't come with rear-mounted power and data cables, so you may end up with a cluttered interior if you add drives later, but for now, the inside of the case is clean and tidy, even with the large liquid cooling system inside.
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