CNET First Look
The high end Origin GenesisThis high-end PC is a 3D gaming beast, but it also shows how Intel new CPUs don't provide the high-end value.
Hi. I'm Rich Brown, senior editor for CNET. Today, we're gonna talk about the Origin Genesis. This is a brand new $3,400 gaming PC and it's highlight feature is an over (clot?) Intel Core S7-3770K CPU. That Intel's brand new line of Ivy Bridge CPUs also called third generation core chips. And the chip in this system is over (clot?) from a 3.4 gigahertz standard setting all the way up to 4.6 gig. And because this is a boutique gaming PC, there's a lot more going on here than just the CPU. So you look on the outside, we can see it's a really nice look system. It's got this nice red line down the front of it. It looks pretty cool. It's got this sort of rubberized finished to it. Up here at the top, you get a series of USB ports including four USB 3 ports. Then here in the front of the case is a Blue Ray burner and here on the back of the system, you get 6 USB 3 ports, a whole bunch of USB 2 jacks, 7.1 audio, digital audio as well as 2 DVI and 2 HD (??) ports on the graphics card. So inside the Genesis, you've got an expert boutique cabling job. It's one of the cleanest systems we've seen recently. Here you can see the liquid cooled CPU, (??) goes up here and here's the heat exchanger. We got the 2 graphics card here and these are GeForce DTX680 card each with 2 gigs of video memory. These are (??) latest chips. They're the highest end cars available. And the system is one of the fastest gaming systems we've ever seen. For memory, we've got 16gigs of RAM here. That's becoming the standard and high-ran PCs these days. Over here you've got 2 60 gigabyte solid state hard drives for quick boot up. (??) You got a standard 1 terabyte drive for general date storage. You get a single piece extras, one extra slot up here and another one in between the cards and down below a standard PCI slot. that's pretty much all your expansion options. You do get the option to add more hard drives though and there's room for 2 more drive over here. So this system is an extremely capable high-end gaming PC. It plays some of our most demanding 3D benchmarks at the highest frame rates we've ever seen. (??) CPU doesn't provide (??) faster performance on what we saw from Intel's previous generation chips making it sort of hard to justify spending extra for the newer CPU. So I can definitely recommend this as a gaming PC. But you might save some money if you can configure it with Intel's older generation chips. So I'm Rich Brown and this is the Origin Genesis.